Mentoring Authors One Scene at a Time – Thriller/Military/Non-Fiction/SF/Fantasy
Posted on December 12, 2019 by Randy
Welcome to Episode 7 of our podcast. This week we will discuss the 5 Commandments of episode 5 of Killing Eve titled I have a thing about bathrooms.
So, last episode we agreed that there was a significant sequence that began with:
So the 5 Commandments of the rest of the episode are as follows.
Melanie: Frank is eating in the restaurant and he tells Eve learns that Villanelle’s real name is Oxanna. Now Eve has her real name and she sets Kenny to find all her files on Oxanna. Eve knows more about Villanelle. She makes a better analysis of the Villain.
Randall: Villanelle breaks into Eve’s house and threatens Eve and her husband
Parul: The turning point for me is when the husband walks in
Randall: What are the stakes then?
Parul: Good Question
The Turning point is a beat, scene, sequence, act, subplot or Story is the moment when new information comes to the fore and a character can’t help but react. This is where the rubber meets the road in a story. Without clearly defined and surprising turning points, the reader/audience will lose interest. Quickly.
The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne “The Turning Point”
Parul: If the husband didn’t walk in that it’s pure chaos, she’s now vulnerable and so is his husband.
Melanie: I think that the turning point is when Villanelle starts to fake cry and ask for help.
Melanie: Does Eve believe Villanelle’s cry for help or not? Eve’s gift is her psychological evaluation of people, especially Villanelle.
Melanie: Eve calls Bullshit on Villanelle and Calls her an asshole and calls her by her name – Oksana. Then Eve gives a speech in praise of the villain:
»I know you’re an exceptionally bright, determined, hard-working. I Know you are an extraordinary person. I know something happened to you. I know you’re a psychopath.«
Randall: Eve fights back, then Villanelle disarms and threatens Eve, then Eve’s husband comes home and she begs for his life, and finally, Villanelle steals Eve’s phone and uses it to track down and kill Frank.
It starts with Eve trying to connect with Villanelle to Eve’s life and family threatened and Frank’s death and failure of MI6 to keep Frank safe – the good guys aren’t able to protect their own.
Polarity Shift: +/-
Parul: Yes – there’s action and death.
Melanie: the innovation of the genre is very obvious here – the interrogation of Frank is not what you expect, Frank behaves like a child. Eve threatens Villanelle with a toilet brush and Frank threatens Villanelle with a toothbrush.
For an innovative Love Story scene, Villanelle is asking Eve out by drowning her in the bathtub. And Eve gives the Speech in Praise of the Villain to the Villain, which is out of the ordinary.
Randall: As a love story –
Here we see the lovers meet in person, just the two of them. We see the connection between them. Villanelle doesn’t kill Eve
We only see the aftermath, but Villanelle ups her badassedness in this episode showing once again how she outclasses Eve in every way. This time, it’s not a couple guys who aren’t expecting anything to happen at a hospital, but an MI6 safehouse with trained operators who are expecting her to come, and she takes them all out before confronting Frank.
What other shows had great Safe House scenes? Basically, not-so-safe houses?
Randall – Safehouse; Hanna (movie and series); Blacklist; 24
Mel -Ninja Assassin 3; The Purge – they are all in their own safe houses.
Parul – Designated Survivor
Can you think of any shows we missed?
Did this episode work for you as a viewer?
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If you want to see more applications of the Story Grid methodology, below are links to my analysis of various novels and television shows in blog posts and podcasts:
Story Grid Showrunners Podcast – Parul, Melanie, and I analyze hit TV series using the Story Grid methodology.
My blog posts analyzing other Television series – my person take using the Story grid 5 Commandments to look at my favorite TV series – Jack Ryan, Batgirl, For All Mankind, Hanna, and more.
Novel analysis – I analyze some of my favorite books using the Story Grid 5 Commandments and 6 core questions – First Blood, Old Man’s War, Waylander, and more to come!
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