Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The Third Age: Episode Twelve/Thirteen: 'The Last Supper'

Here's the last episode of Volume One! Zinone mulls an intriguing proposal from Jerrod Woolf, and makes a decision that will irrevocably change his world. The apocalypse begins here!

I'm really proud of this episode, and the series as a whole. Thanks to everyone who's been watching, and I'm eager to hear your thoughts on the season finale. And, if you aren't caught up, head over to http://watch.thethirdagebegins.com, where you can see all our previous episodes.

Also, look for a Lost post later tonight, and some more content later this week!


suncore598 said...

Oh MY GOD. Great season finale. The mythology is as alluring as ever with the reveal of Seth's connection to Morning and Morning's father's badass moment. And the emotions of the episode were on an epic scale this time around thanks to the episode's heartbreaking twist.
I still can't believe you guys actually did it. I thought for a second you were going to have Chris give Holly and Morning a heads up about Wolfe or have Chris play Jerrod making him think he's actually going to betray Holly and Morning but won't actually go through with it. But now that I'm wrong, I'm very interested in what happens next. This reminds of the scene when Garibaldi betrayed Sheridan in Babylon 5. Only in this case, Chris can't use brainwashing as an excuse. He knowingly betrayed Holly and Morning. But for what reason? I can only guess and piece together what I know about Chris from past episodes which is one of the things I love about this show. Half of the time it lets you (the audience) connect the dots. My guess is that Chris did what he did for what he perceived to be the greater good of Morning. Maybe a part of him believed in Jerrod's story. Maybe it didn't. Maybe he used Jerrod's story as an excuse to get Morning right back into his life because like I said, Chris has become dependent on Morning's company and without her, he thinks he's doomed to be a failure for the rest of his life. A nobody which is the opposite of how he feels when he's around Morning. Like Alicia said, such a feeling can addictive. When the moment of betrayal occurred, a part of me was pissed at Chris while the other felt sorry for him. Even his "I'm sorry" to Holly, though did nothing to make the situation better, made me look at him like he's broken. His decision doesn't seem out of character if you take into account all the hints about his troubled soul and past.
Question: Was Holly shot or stunned? For a second, I thought you guys were going all Joss Whedon on her.

Patrick said...

Awesome, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Writing the Zinone stuff in this episode was some of the toughest we had to do, and even on location out in the woods, we reworked a lot of what was written to make it play. A lot of the second season, as you could probably imagine, is about dealing with the fallout of this and what it means for Chris, as well as the rest of the characters, and raising the question of is he beyond forgiveness or can he be redeemed?

As for your question, Holly got shot with a tranquilizer, as will be revealed early in Volume II. So, she will be back, but she won't be in a good situation when she does wake up. Not a full on Joss Whedon with this one!

suncore598 said...

Good to know about Holly and I had a feeling Volume Two would explore the consequences of Chris's betrayal. I would be very disappointed if it didn't. I think there would take some time for Holly to forgive Chris. Morning, on the other hand, I don't know.
I've also noticed that there's something about Chris that reminds of Jack from Lost. Do you see it? Was Jack one of the inspirations for the Chris character?

And on another subject, I'm beginning to merge the first two episodes of my show into one episode but I'm busy with college work so it may take a little time. I also have a question for you: do you think the relationship between the characters in the show idea of mine could reach the emotional, humanly complicated level of the Nate/Brenda romance? Because I'm thinking of having their relationship progress slowly after the first season concerning the reality of the characters' issues but I want to do it in a way that increases the dramatic tension without giving us the feeling of things getting dragged out and the couple's relationship being reduced into something boring and dead in the water. And Nate/Brenda are one of the few romances on TV that were able to do that successfully. So I want my couple be like Nate/Brenda but with a happy ending.

Patrick said...

I wouldn't say Jack from Lost was a direct influence, since I hadn't even seen the whole series by the point that we wrote/shot most of this Volume. However, I can definitely see the parallels, particularly in that attempt to maintain leadership and play the alpha male, while constantly running into trouble trying to do so. That's the big conflict for Chris in the backhalf of this Volume, and for Jack throughout much of the series.

And I'll e-mail you now on the other issue.