Season 4 (part 2) – Weirdness

Season 4

Dramatic Structure:

Has 3 areas of concern:

Let’s talk about that…

Negative

For season 4, it’s all about:

“Weirdness”

You can get weird in many different ways but…

The two you’ll see most often are:

  • Invasive
  • Otherworldly

Invasive Weirdness

“Invasive” weirdness, is weirdness that invades the lives of your characters.

We see this on Smallville. In season 4, Lana is repeatedly possessed by a 17th century witch. While possessed, the Countess Margaret Isobel Thoreaux is walking around in Lana’s body, using magic and hunting down the “Stones of Power.” Not only is that weird, but her body is literally being invaded and controlled by someone else. That’s as invasive as it gets.

We also see invasive weirdness in Angel season 4. When Angel’s son Connor knocked boots with Cordelia? She became pregnant. That’s a little weird. When she gives birth to a full-grown woman deity from a higher dimension, bent on enslaving this world through mindless devotion and love? Things get super weird. This deity, Jasmine, used Cordelia’s womb to birth herself into this world. That’s specifically, invasively, weird.

Otherworldly Weirdness

Now, in the examples above, there are some definite “otherworldly” elements:

  • Witchcraft from the 17th century.
  • A god from a higher dimension.

But let’s take a look at some other examples:

Weeds:
At the end of season 3, the “Agrestic” suburb burnt down to the ground. At the beginning of season 4, The Botwin clan have moved to “Ren Mar,” a town near the Mexico border. Nancy gets herself tied up in Mexican drugs, guns, and human trafficking. She’s traded the suburbs, for this whole other world of hardcore crime in Mexico. That’s some “otherworldly” weirdness, for a show about selling weed.

True Blood:
In season 4, Sookie finds herself in the alternate dimension of “Faerie World.” Season 4 then plays out the ramifications of her brief visit. We also see, in this season, the first inclusion of witches. Even for a show like True Blood, this inclusion of faerie business and straight forward magic is pretty weird, and definitely otherworldly.

So when crafting season 4, be sure to address your negative theme by getting into some weirdness. If you’re looking for ideas, go with invasive and otherworldly.