I’m a Netflix Junkie pure and simple.
Watching a full series of television episodes back to back has taught me so much about story that even my husband, geek-number-loving sweetheart, knows things like the hero’s journey. My teenage son will say during of a movie, “That is so the black moment, Mom.”
I suppose we are story geeks and I am entirely to blame for their corruption. Well, me and Susan May Warren. Still, I watch new shows as if I can’t get enough of them, even if there is only one season. Yes, I set myself up for frustration as I rant and rave about the time to wait between season 1 and season 2.
This clip’s backstory will help you understand the tips I found in episodes 7- 8.
Idea Sparking Examples From Madam Secretary Part 1:
*Make Secrets A Focal Point In The Plot or Relationships–
In episode 7 the daughter believes her father is having an affair while her mother is out of town. The truth is her husband has been recalled to work for the NSA undercover. When Mom finds out that he is working for the NSA, they still can’t tell the daughter the truth.
This sets up the family for more trouble if the press who recently called him Top Ten in Arm Candy in previous episodes if the press see’s him in public with his female handler and he can’t explain.
In episode 8 both the Secretary of State and her husband can’t share a lot of the specifics about their jobs because of high clearance levels. The set up for secrets and lies, cloaked by unexplained actions is going to ramp up the tension over and over.
Think of the danger he has of being recognized as well during covert operations. I also think it might be used as leverage over the Secretary of State when she knows deadly secrets in future episodes.
Secrets Make Conflict!
*Use Mirroring To build Conflict In Scenes and Tension for Hero/Heroines-
In episode 7 we see an office relationship with two members of the Secretary of State’s Staff. They are trying to hide a on and off relationship from a boyfriend. The idea of that becoming known to the significant other is a mirror of what that might be like for the Secretary of State.
In episode 8 a former NSA operative the heroine calls in to do a covert operation is kidnapped and the spouse is devastated. We see how awful it would be for the heroine herself to go through this horrible experience. This builds emotional tension for the heroine as her husband has been recalled to work with the NSA.
I just bet we are seeing foreshadowing.
Have you recognized any other Idea Sparking Conflict Strategies in shows you watch?