Legends of Tomorrow Binge Watch

legends-binge-logoAG made me look at the Legends of Tomorrow dynamics more closely, and now I want to do a one-week binge watch. (That’s Killer, Klepto, Pryo over there in the logo.) The first season is on Netflix so if you want to watch along and you have that, you’re good. Expect a lot of bitching from me about Hawks and a truly awful antagonist, plus Rip Hunter, Worst Team Leader Ever. So why do I want to do this? I think this is a great series to look at because it fails so badly at team-building in some aspects and succeeds so brilliantly in others. Leverage is the gold standard in team story-telling, but I think I’m learning more from Legends.

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Thinking About Story Teams: Part Two: Four Teams

My reference points for this story team analysis have been many and varied, but the three I’ll hit the most often in these discussions are Person of Interest, Leverage, and Legends of Tomorrow. Since we’ve binge-watched the first two here, I’m going to assume most regular readers have at least a general idea of how those teams work even if they haven’t seen the series; I’m using Legends because it’s such a sterling example of what not to do coupled with a great team hidden inside the dysfunctional larger team; I can often learn a lot more by figuring out what didn’t work than what did. Think of the following as my practice jumps before turning to Nita’s team.

Needless to say there are MASSIVE SPOILERS IN THIS ESSAY. And the shows I’m talking about are really good; you should watch first. The post isn’t that great and it’s really long and probably redundant, which is what happens when I think out loud on paper. You’re not missing anything. Go watch good story. Continue reading

Thinking About Story Teams: Part One: Definition

I’ve been thinking about fictional teams a lot because I’m writing one. Krissie was here this week, and we were arguing discussing the idea, and she pointed out that the theory depends on how I define “story team” or, in fact, how I define “team” in general. Since I’m also disagreeing with TV Tropes on their discussion of TV teams as a five-man-band (let’s start with that name, shall we?), I figured it was time to define my term.

Here’s my definition of “team” in story:

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Keep Calm and Carry On


I bought a canister of tea yesterday even though I have plenty because I wanted the pink tin to remind me that even though there is real and present danger on the horizon, every day life is important, too. And in that spirit, I’ve been working on pulling the basics of Nita’s book together. I’ve looked at the cast and tried to figure out how to make them a team, so next week, there’ll be a post on defining and building a story team. I think I’ve solved my antagonist problem and I’ll probably be talking about that, too, because this is a new approach for me. And I’ve been talking with Krissie about the importance of touchstone images while pulling a story together, and I have a lot of those. So starting Monday, it’s gonna be a lot of posts about writing and Nita again.

Add a hot cuppa for attitude readjustment and I’m good to go.