This post will analyze the the Episode 8, titled “Rupture”, of the For All Mankind television series using the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and the Editor’s 6 Core Questions from the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne.
Obviously, I will be discussing plot points from the television series For All Mankind. So, check it out before reading further.
Ed is stranded on the moon waiting relief from Apollo 24.
Ed’s son is brain dead from the bike accident.
Does NASA tell Ed the truth or not?
If they do, will it afect his work on the moon?
If they don’t, will they betray his trust and how will that affect his future operations?
NASA doesn’t tell Ed about his son.
Ed finds out about his son from the Russians who find out from the press. Ed does on a drinking spree and won’t talk with NASA.
Two more episodes left and everyone is curious how Ed will react to this blow.
This episode was very emotional, not a lot of action, but a good thought provoking episode. It is similar to what US Soldiers face when they are fighting overseas and some tragedy happens to their family back home (of course, they are a little closer to home, but occasionally they are located in the middle of no where and they won’t be able to return home for a week or so). Obviously, NASA will try to get Ed home as fast as possible, but being alone with that knowledge is going to have a serious impact on him I’m sure.
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!
If you want to learn more about writing a story using the Story Grid methodology, go to the Story Grid Webpage to find free videos and articles on how to implement the methodology.
These articles contain information about the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and the Editor’s 6 Core Questions from the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne. They also give details on obligatory scenes and conventions for specific genres, such as the thriller, love story, war story, crime story, and more.
For an example of how these techniques are used, read Jane Austin’s The Pride and the Prejudice with annotations by Shawn Coyne.
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Hi, my name is Randy Surles and I edit Thrillers and Action novels. I specialize in Fantasy, Science Fiction, and anything with a military flavor to it.