History SoYouWantTo / WriteAVerySpecialEpisode

7th Sep '17 9:04:06 PM BlackBaroness
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* CompressedVice: Don't give your character a flaw out of the blue to deliver the relevant lesson. The potential CharacterDerailment that will ensue will only make the episode look more {{Anvilicious}}, and thus erode at the audience's WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.

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* CompressedVice: Don't give your character a flaw out of the blue to deliver the relevant lesson. The potential CharacterDerailment that will ensue will only make the episode look more {{Anvilicious}}, and [[{{Anvilicious}} desperate to gets its message across]], thus erode at eroding the audience's WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.
7th Sep '17 9:02:53 PM BlackBaroness
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* ((Glurge)): A good very special episode delivers its lessons with enough tact that it doesn't deviate too far from the typical tone of the work. Going for a more serious tone than normal [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped might be able to hammer in the moral more effectively]], but it could easily backfire if the work can't handle such a ToneShift: a BlackComedy isn't going to effectively convey a hot-button issue with a straight face, if it jokes about similar subject manner on a regular basis. Play your very special episode to the work's strengths, lest it comes off as an [[FanonDiscontinuity unwelcome]] BizarroEpisode.

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* ((Glurge)): {{Glurge}}: A good very special episode delivers its lessons with enough tact that it doesn't deviate too far from the typical tone of the work. Going for a more serious tone than normal [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped might be able to hammer in the moral more effectively]], but it could easily backfire if the work can't handle such a ToneShift: a BlackComedy isn't going to effectively convey a hot-button issue with a straight face, if it jokes about similar subject manner on a regular basis. Play your very special episode to the work's strengths, lest it comes off as an [[FanonDiscontinuity unwelcome]] BizarroEpisode.
7th Sep '17 9:02:39 PM BlackBaroness
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* CompressedVice: Don't give your character a flaw out of the blue to deliver the relevant lesson. The potential CharacterDerailment that will ensue will only make the episode look more {{Anvilicious}}, and thus erode at the audience's WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.
* ((Glurge)): A good very special episode delivers its lessons with enough tact that it doesn't deviate too far from the typical tone of the work. Going for a more serious tone than normal [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped might be able to hammer in the moral more effectively]], but it could easily backfire if the work can't handle such a ToneShift: a BlackComedy isn't going to effectively convey a hot-button issue with a straight face, if it jokes about similar subject manner on a regular basis. Play your very special episode to the work's strengths, lest it comes off as an [[FanonDiscontinuity unwelcome]] BizarroEpisode.
4th Apr '17 3:52:07 PM DougDevilsMutt
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* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' has "Braap Braap Pew Pew", an episode tackling an extremely sensitive topic (in this case abortion) that has no shortage of the show's trademark BlackComedy, proving that very special episodes should not resort to total melodrama to prove their point.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'', already a {{Dramedy}}, has episodes like "[=BoJack=] Hates The Troops", "Hank After Dark" and "Braap Braap Pew Pew", an episode episodes tackling an extremely sensitive topic (in this case abortion) case, entitled heroism, washing sins of celebrities and abortion respectively) that has have no shortage of the show's trademark BlackComedy, proving that very special episodes should not resort to total melodrama to prove their point.
11th Aug '16 11:51:12 AM twilicorn
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''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had one about guns ("Deadly Force", currently a MissingEpisode), and about reading ("A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time").

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had one about guns ("Deadly Force", currently a MissingEpisode), and about reading ("A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time").
* The ''Series/{{Blackish}}'' episode on police brutality/racial violence is a good example of using material RippedFromTheHeadlines to create a quality VSE.
* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' has "Braap Braap Pew Pew", an episode tackling an extremely sensitive topic (in this case abortion) that has no shortage of the show's trademark BlackComedy, proving that very special episodes should not resort to total melodrama to prove their point.



''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' had a few.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' had a few.
9th Mar '16 10:33:23 AM Hossmeister
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* BrokenAesop: Make sure that the lesson you're trying to teach doesn't go against the entire premise of your work, or the methods used to resolve the plot. You can't have HarryPotter decrying the evils of witchcraft, or have an episode of BeavisAndButthead that has...[[IdiotPlot well, really any morals whatsoever]].

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* BrokenAesop: Make sure that the lesson you're trying to teach doesn't go against the entire premise of your work, or the methods used to resolve the plot. You can't have HarryPotter decrying the evils of witchcraft, or have an episode of BeavisAndButthead WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead that has...[[IdiotPlot well, really any morals whatsoever]].
24th Jan '15 1:38:54 PM dexterian120
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Again, the world is your oyster, but make sure that whatever Aesop you pick doesn't get cancelled-out by your premise. Also, make sure that your series can deliver an Aesop that your intended audience can handle reasonably well.

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Again, the world is your oyster, but make sure that whatever Aesop you pick doesn't get cancelled-out by your premise. Also, make sure that your series can deliver an Aesop that your intended audience can handle reasonably well. If you don't think you've done that, don't dumb the Aesop down. Rather, choose a new one or shift your demographics. Don't think young children could understand your detailed morality lesson? Aim towards a teenage audience.




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*If you're trying to illustrate the pitfalls of something, a reminder of the protagonist's "old life" can work very well. If a character's love interest is shown repeatedly warning a character about drugs, but she does them anyways, one can make a strong motif of a necklace that her girlfriend gave her.

* A good motif will stay with a character. For example, scars can help avoid [[CompressedVice]]s.
2nd Oct '14 7:10:28 PM Creepypastafan206
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* SpaceWhaleAesop: You can use metaphor, but don't get too crazy. Having your characters get into an accident after driving drunk makes sense. [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Having the beer turn out to be magical and turn those who drink it into cavemen]]... is suspect, but useful. If the beer summons EldritchAbominations that steal everybody's cats until the kids stop drinking, and you've lost all credibility.

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* SpaceWhaleAesop: You can use metaphor, but don't get too crazy. Having your characters get into an accident after driving drunk makes sense. [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Having the beer turn out to be magical and turn those who drink it into cavemen]]... is suspect, but useful. If the beer summons EldritchAbominations [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] that steal everybody's cats until the kids stop drinking, and you've lost all credibility.



Pick an Aesop, any Aesop, and subvert it. SpaceWhaleAesops are really good for this.

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Pick an Aesop, any Aesop, and subvert it. SpaceWhaleAesops [[SpaceWhaleAesop Space Whale Aesops]] are really good for this.
2nd Oct '14 7:08:07 PM Creepypastafan206
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* CluelessAesop: Do the research, and make sure you can reasonably fit it into the story. A Saturday morning superhero cartoon isn't going to do well with a moral on Keynesian economics. If the subject matter is particularly [[MediaWatchdogs dark or controversial]], it might be best to try and approach it from a different angle.

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* CluelessAesop: Do the research, and make sure you can reasonably fit it into the story. A Saturday morning superhero cartoon isn't going to do well with a moral on Keynesian economics. If the subject matter is particularly [[MediaWatchdogs [[MediaWatchdog dark or controversial]], it might be best to try and approach it from a different angle.
9th Sep '14 4:17:43 PM nombretomado
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* SpaceWhaleAesop: You can use metaphor, but don't get too crazy. Having your characters get into an accident after driving drunk makes sense. [[BuffyTheVampireSlayer Having the beer turn out to be magical and turn those who drink it into cavemen]]... is suspect, but useful. If the beer summons EldritchAbominations that steal everybody's cats until the kids stop drinking, and you've lost all credibility.

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* SpaceWhaleAesop: You can use metaphor, but don't get too crazy. Having your characters get into an accident after driving drunk makes sense. [[BuffyTheVampireSlayer [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Having the beer turn out to be magical and turn those who drink it into cavemen]]... is suspect, but useful. If the beer summons EldritchAbominations that steal everybody's cats until the kids stop drinking, and you've lost all credibility.
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