This week on Buffy and the Art of Story – Helpless (Season 3 Episode 12 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), where Buffy turns 18 and faces a grueling test. This podcast episode talks about:
(1) weaving in seemingly insignificant details that make later plot developments work; (2) the dangers of sacrificing character for plot; (3) metaphors, theme, and pace; and (4) the demands of writing with a short turnaround time (really short).
As always, the discussion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is spoiler-free, except at the end (with plenty of warning).
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Last Week: Gingerbread
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Episode Transcript for Helpless
Coming Soon. (I promise, as Buffy might say.)