Thursday, April 24, 2008

Breaking Down (and Building Up) Chuck (5)

Last week I put up the first post in a series (inexplicably numbered 4, but bear with me) that will show you, step-by-step, how Jul and I built the story for our Chuck spec. It's here, if you're interested.

If you're just here to learn the structure of Chuck, I've tried to tackle that, too. Look here, here, and here.

But back to breaking our story...

So far, all we have is a couple of vague ideas:

1. Chuck flashes on Awesome doing something bad or involved with spies somehow.
2. Chuck complains about being the Intersect, then loses his ability to flash, which makes him realize that he likes being the Intersect.

Number 1 seems pretty self-explanatory. Not necessarily good or bad, but easily gettable. You immediately know what the story is. You understand the stakes for Chuck, because the fate of his sister's fiancé may now be in his hands. Or the fate of his sister, assuming Awesome might be a bad guy who's really, um, awesome at hiding it.

Number 2, however, brings some baggage. In the show, Chuck has no control over his flashes and no choice about being the Intersect. A simple story about him realizing he likes it (while I think somewhat self-evident in the show) might say something definitive about his character that it isn't necessarily good to say in a spec. His story is one of a guy who is thrust into a situation and simply has to deal with it, so him having the Intersect in effect taken away and then wanting it back...something just seems a little dangerous. He needs to need it back. So...

Ideas Refined

Chuck flashes on a super-spy and sees Awesome doing bad spy stuff--he needs to flash on Awesome again to prove his innocence; inexplicably his flashes stop working and cause him pain. Now he has to do real spy work to prove Awesome's innocence and figure out why he can't flash.

Something about Sarah and Casey fighting each other. Maybe Chuck asks for time to flash on Awesome and Sarah agrees, but Casey doesn't. Sarah has to stop Casey from trying to take Awesome in until Chuck can flash and prove Awesome's innocence. Hilarity ensues. (Note: B-story)

Beginning, Middle and End

Chuck flashes on a super-spy and sees Awesome doing bad spy stuff; he needs to flash on Awesome quickly to prove his innocence, but suddenly his flashes stop working.

Chuck tries to figure out what's wrong with him that's preventing him from flashing while attempting to do real spy work on Awesome to find evidence he's innocent--he fails miserably at both.

Chuck realizes that he's been going about things wrong and needs to be himself: he thinks of the bad flashes as a computer issue and solves the problem; he also decides to be honest and ask Awesome about the spying thing (obviously without mentioning spying) and Awesome gives evidence that proves his innocence. Happy times are had by all.

Next week:

Ideas Further Refined and B-Story (Beginning, Middle and End)

1 comment:

Emily Blake said...

I love a story centered around Awesome. As long as you remember that he is indeed AWESOME. I wish he was my boyfriend.