(This was supposed to be a couple sentences of the happy and turned into a TD 210 commentary. Hmmm.)
I finally got a bit of feedback on the new TD episode. It sat there for over a day with crickets chirping, and I started to seriously second-guess myself. m3sektet challenged me to do a comedy episode, and comedy just isn’t my strong suit. In addition, I started to realize as I was writing it that my idea of “funny” is very visual and physical, and that’s hard to get across in writing, even when you’re writing what’s supposed to be a “television show.”
Also, a lot of my jokes were pretty “inside”–as in maybe funny only to me. In the episode, I have Angel take Connor on a business trip to San Francisco. I’ve been wanting to set an episode in San Francisco for a while now, and San Francisco is a highly mockable city. The people there are just so weird and earnest at the same time. Plus, I have a few demons to exercise after eight years of residency. So I’m mocking San Francisco, which people may not be familiar with, and I’m mocking Angel left and right (because he’s always been so highly mockable), which people should be familiar with.
In the meantime, nothing is sacred, and I realized only *after* I posted the episode that it might strike some people as a smidge homophobic.
A few jokes I had in there I ended up taking out because they were no longer that funny. Like, there’s a scene where Connor is chasing a “ghost” up the street in the SOMA district, and the ghost leads him to a loft-style office building that in real life is the headquarters of Six Apart. Angel was supposed to follow him and make a comment about how they were clients of Wolfram and Hart who “refused to give up their demon investors.” But that’s not as funny as it would have been before LJ was sold. Plus, talk about your inside jokes. A lot of TD readers aren’t LJers and a lot of LJers don’t follow LJ politics.
Another challenge was the appearance of a special guest star who appears both in the teaser and the end of act two, and whom several bit characters make reference to throughout the episode, but whose identity I didn’t want to reveal until the end. It’s really hard to show-but-not-show a character in *writing*. On TV, you can blur them out, show the scene from their Point of View and have the viewer aware there’s another person in the room without showing them. In writing, that’s more difficult.
And did I mention the repeated Interview With the Vampire nods? Mostly ‘coz part of that book/movie took place in San Francisco.
Of course, the ultimate point of the episode was to write a little Congel, with fight scenes and father-baiting and of course that Connor-and-Angel-get-soused-together-in-a-bar scene I’ve been wanting to write for a long time. ‘Cause of…the fun!