I am going insane, my brain is mush, I am horrifically depressed, I am not meeting the most basic of my obligations. Part of the problem may be that I do not have a creative outlet. I take refuge in television, not just to turn my mind off, but I try to be an engaged viewer and I have strong opinions. Sadly, when I dream I often dream of tv. Maybe a creative side project can be trying to write a hypothetical script for a tv show that I like. That way, I get to be creative (as I always had the opportunity to do in high school and college) and maybe that will help me deal with the (seeming) drudgery of my everyday life.
The shows I think about the most are Parks and Rec and Community.
1. The most underserved characters are the older ones: Shirley and Pierce. I think there is a lot more to explore with Shirley:
a. Main thing: her character is one who had major drinking problems in the past and major responsibilities: her children. She has been defined as a religious character in a very one-dimensional way, but for someone who has struggled to keep their life together and someone who people depend on, church and religion provide really important support mechanisms. Britta and Jeff are very dismissive and everyone else is indifferent.
b. Related: the stakes for Shirley at community college are much different: she needs to find a job. Maybe at some point everyone else is taking blow-off classes and she has to tell them that she needs to figure out what kind of job she is going to get. Britta is in favor of exploring the arts, Abed wants to go into entertainment, she may poo poo these ideas, and find an unlikely ally in Jeff. May cause reflection on what education, and particularly their time in community college, is for.
c. motherly relationship with Troy as they are both black and what that might mean and how Troy may resist identifying with her since that is not how he primarily defines himself.
a. I think she’s been under-written for some time now. She is a knee jerk liberal, and has only been portrayed as being that way to gain some sense of superiority. But what are the sincere reasons why she identifies this way or wants to be concerned with the underprivileged and the downtrodden? Explore further the disconnect of WANTING to care about these things, but not actually feeling it. Explore the idea of how she feels she should approach caring about these things. How would she stay funny?
a. Ambitious, but why? Feels like a failure for having been high-achieving but then dropping out. She is the one who wears the community college label most uneasily. Idea: she has the opportunity to transfer to the state university and instinctively jumps at the opportunity, but actually doesn’t know what she wants to do.
a. Old football friends from high school meet Abed. They basically call him gay and really don’t get Abed. Troy has to come to terms with the fact that there was a network of people who knew him and had a certain idea of him and he has changed quite a bit. Maybe over Thanksgiving, when friends come back from college and he has to own the person he has become.
a. Gives inspirational speech for his own ends to manipulate people to do something they don’t actually want to do. Usually finds out he’s wrong.