Well, since I’m too distracted by everything that’s going on in the world to write, I thought I’d post a couple of conversation starters about stories I’ve wanted to analyze.
Has anyone seen Good Girls? I’m not so interested in trying to puzzle out a complete storyform—I’m not even sure there is one yet as they’re still on the third season and there hasn’t been any clear wrap up. (I’m enjoying it, but predicting frustration as there’s often an impulse to drag series like this on too long instead of completing the story).
That said, here’s what I can say. OS is Psychology (couldn’t be more clear about that). I strongly suspect the Concern is Being – you could probably guess that Concern from the title.
Beth (Christina Hendricks) is the MC. The IC is the gangbanger Dio. Also pretty clear. They also have a twisted relationship that revolves around crime.
The heart of the story though is the the relationship between the two sisters (Beth and Annie) and their lifelong friend Ruby. As I was thinking about the story, I realized that this makes complete sense, as their relationship grows through their “partners in crime” activities (Physics/Doing).
If I’m right about this, it’s an interesting example of you can use a more expansive view of the RS (as @jhull has been writing about recently) to really fill out a story and add drama, by not limiting your RS to the relationship between the MC and and IC. This is particularly useful I think for “ensemble” shows where you need a bunch of different characters and don’t want everything to be OS.
Has anyone else seen the show? Any thoughts? Am I right about the story?