Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Storyform for the Season 3: "The Zeppo" Episode

SYNOPSIS: "Xander experiences an adventure of his own when he encounters a group of reanimated corpses out to construct a bomb. Meanwhile, Buffy and her friends battle the forces of evil when the Hellmouth reopens."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
Xander changes his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

Main Character Growth: Start
regarding Xander, the audience is waiting for something to start.

Main Character Approach: Be-er
Xander prefers a mental solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Xander uses linear problem-solving techniques.

Story Driver: Action
In terms of the overall plot, actions force decisions to be made.

Story Limit: Optionlock
The story climax occurs because all options have been exhausted.

Story Outcome: Success
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is achieved.

Story Judgment: Good
Xander ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Sunnydale's Proximity to Hellmouth

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Progress
Overall Story Issue: Fantasy vs. Fact
Overall Story Problem: Test
Overall Story Solution: Trust
Overall Story Symptom: Ending
Overall Story Response: Unending
Overall Story Catalyst: Fact
Overall Story Inhibitor: Worth
Overall Story Benchmark: Present
Overall Story Signpost 1: Present
Overall Story Signpost 2: Past
Overall Story Signpost 3: Future
Overall Story Signpost 4: Progress

Main Character Throughline

Xander

Main Character Throughline: Psychology
Main Character Concern: Being
Main Character Issue: Desire vs. Ability
Main Character Problem: Test
Main Character Solution: Trust
Main Character Symptom: Expectation
Main Character Response: Determination
Main Character Unique Ability: Knowledge
Main Character Critical Flaw: Enlightenment
Main Character Benchmark: Conceiving
Main Character Signpost 1: Being
Main Character Signpost 2: Becoming
Main Character Signpost 3: Conceiving
Main Character Signpost 4: Conceptualizing

Influence Character Throughline

Buffy Gang

Influence Character Throughline: Physics
Influence Character Concern: Doing
Influence Character Issue: Experience vs. Skill
Influence Character Problem: Process
Influence Character Solution: Result
Influence Character Symptom: Ending
Influence Character Response: Unending
Influence Character Unique Ability: Wisdom
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Thought
Influence Character Benchmark: Learning
Influence Character Signpost 1: Understanding
Influence Character Signpost 2: Doing
Influence Character Signpost 3: Obtaining
Influence Character Signpost 4: Learning

Relationship Story Throughline

"We're doing this for your own good."

Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Preconscious
Relationship Story Issue: Worth vs. Value
Relationship Story Problem: Determination
Relationship Story Solution: Expectation
Relationship Story Symptom: Ending
Relationship Story Response: Unending
Relationship Story Catalyst: Value
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Fantasy
Relationship Story Benchmark: Conscious
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Conscious

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Progress
Overall Story Consequence: Preconscious
Overall Story Cost: Doing
Overall Story Dividend: Being
Overall Story Requirements: Present
Overall Story Prerequisites: Conscious
Overall Story Preconditions: Learning
Overall Story Forewarnings: Conceiving

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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