What changes in your story if your antagonistic forces can’t be bargained with?
In this Part Three of our Five Part Epic Exploration™ into antagonistic forces (and sources of conflict), Chas & Stu explore “nature” antagonists, including some supernatural ones. What became clear in doing the homework (and recording this episode twice) was that the antagonistic forces – whether natural or supernatural – presented different narrative challenges to the protagonists if (a) they did not seem to make choices and (b) could not be bargained with or defeated.
And so we embarked upon ALL IS LOST, THE GREY and CONTAGION — with special mentions of THE VVITCH, WORLD WAR Z, ZOMBIELAND, ANNIHILATION, ALIEN, ALIENS and probably some others we’ve forgotten.
Stu elaborates on his distinction between obstacles and pressure; Chas riffs on how nature antagonists can mirror the protagonist and reinforce theme; and they both explore the effect on protagonists who are pushed to their limits by antagonists that cannot be reasoned with.
As always: SPOILERS ABOUND!
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- DRAFT ZERO RELATED EPISODES
- INTRODUCTION: vs Nature
- Watch: The Terminator Will Not Stop
- Read (on Education and Thwarting): A Letter from David Mamet to the Writers of The Unit
- ALL IS LOST w & d: J C CHANDOUR [@ 13m 54s]
- THE GREY w: Joe Carnahan and Ian Mackenzie Jeffers [@ 34m 13s]
- CONTAGION w: Scott Z Burns [@ 1 hr 1m 05s]
- VS SUPERNATURAL [@ 1 hr 37m 14s]
- THE VVITCH w&d: Robert Eggers [@1 hr 40m 28s]
- WRAP UP AND LEARNINGS [@ 1 hr 46 m 36s]
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