I liked this post a lot — he breaks down the typical X Files episodes into acts, describing the events that almost certainly will happen each time. I had waves of happy nostalgia as I read through. However, the later comments left me hanging (a bit). I agree that “If the leads aren’t compelling we won’t mind if the monsters feed on them.” But how to create such characters? That seems to be the rub, and I’m not sure that merely supplying character details (religion, views on stem cell research) is the answer. Maybe there is a version of the act based progression, but for character rather than plot, something that also develops over the course of each episode…
(via Burlesque Press)
The X-Files defined dramatic science fiction in the 90s. It inspired fans to write spooky stories of their own. Rumor has it, the show is returning for a limited run. Mulder and Scully will wave their flashlights across our TV screens one last time.
I wanted to share what the show taught me about plot structure, characterization, and planting scares in an audience’s imagination.
How Mulder and Scully Taught Me to Write My Own Scary Stories
Modern TV shows are tailored for binge watching. They have serial story lines to keep us streaming all weekend. They tease mysteries, love triangles, and thematic shifts that will carry into future seasons. Shows no longer use the ‘TO BE CONTINUED’ caption because it would be redundant.
Before J.J. Abrams gave the Ted Talk where he said, “Mystery is the catalyst for the imagination,” The X-Files was answering questions with questions. Would Mulder discover…
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