Well at least it’s not too bad with canon this time…
So this is a clip from “Wayward Sisters”:
Those monsters? They’re coming, lots of them.
They’re after me.
Then we should stay and fight.
There’s too many, they’ll kill us.
Maybe, maybe not.
Look, I gave up a lot to come here. To do what was right, to save you. You want to brush that off? You want to think I’m a fake, fine. But I’m telling you right now we’re all in danger.
[The monsters break into the house through the windows just as in PATIENCE’S vision, and wreak havoc on the house. A webcam has been set up through which CLAIRE and KAIA are watching the mayhem in shock. They are in PATIENCE’S car driving away from the house.]
You believe me now?
Now on the one hand, people shouldn’t be robots. You don’t want your characters to be flat with “I am making this argument.” “Well I believe this argument proves counter to yours.” “Interesting, but did you consider…” That’s flat and too unrealistic. But you can have SOME argument in a scene. Say what if instead of “maybe, maybe not” Claire said, “We’ll set up choke points around the house and thin their numbers.” The Kaia replies “Claire, we’re not all fighters. I’ve never shot a gun before!” At least have characters make a point, let there be a bit of back and forth.
Heck, when you get really good at crafting the scene, you can draw drama from one character agreeing with another.
That’s another point where drama comes from – surprise. The other problem with bickering is that there is no suspense to it – no tension. Once the audience realizes that one character is just going to automatically contradict another one then their conversations becomes boring and predictable. Mixing it up with the characters, that’s how you keep the audience on their toes and how you keep them engaged.
Thanks to Raloria for her screencaps.
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