Day 4 – Dichotomy

The Story Behind The Scenes

By Daniel

Original Posting Date: August 5th 2009

For this episode I got to take a step back into our original plan for Season 2. That plan was for Dr. Spoon mostly to be cycling through various partners and getting turned down by them at the end of the episode. I already had Juno on board, but I needed somebody to play the villain. Garland volunteered, so that solved that problem, but we still didn’t know what villain to use. I spent days pondering over just what villain they would take down. I knew it had to be somebody easy enough that Dr. Spoon would seem pathetic failing at taking him down. Browsing through the list I decided none of them would be work. Instead I made a new super villain.

I had made the costume months back for Dark Knight opening weekend. A Two-Face costume. I had brought it with me to previous filming occasions, but I had never gotten any use out of it. I found an old hat, and messed up one side of it to continue with the Two-Face theme.

However, I couldn’t figure out a name for him. Doug and myself were tossing around some ideas but none of them really seemed to fit.

It was Steve who came up with “Dichotomy”. I wasn’t sure what it meant, so I looked it up. A division into two parts, kinds, etc.; subdivision into halves or pairs, two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups:(Example) A dichotomy between thought and action.
Perfect.

This episode reminded me of Season 1’s Say 2, not just because of the uncertain feeling in the dialogue at times, but also because we actually had no idea what we were doing. I had only a vague idea of where the episode was going to go, so most of what happened was made up on the spot. It felt almost like a step backwards, because so far we had most of Season 2 pretty well planned out, but at the same time it felt nice to get back in touch with the roots of series. Improv.

A note on the goggles, I had actually lost my Dr. Spoon goggles. I decided to cover that up with a gag, until I could find them.

Since it was Flying Boy, I wanted him to land by me or something, supposedly having just been flying. The problem with this was that it probably wouldn’t look good, and we couldn’t figure out how to do it. We couldn’t have him jump off the carport roof, because that was dangerous. I think it was Juno then who had the idea of him hiding in the recycling bin. We did, and it was damn funny.

We had a brief bit of dialogue to establish that Flying Boy was on the lookout for Dichotomy.

Now let me say that Juno is a hilarious guy, as well as good actor. That’s part of why I picked him. The problem though was that at times you could see that he didn’t know what to say next, which I suppose helped make it look more natural, but to an unknowing audience, they might just think it was bad acting. That being said, Juno did a fantastic job, and it still makes me laugh.

Garland had the idea of finding Dichotomy smoking on a street corner. I thought it was funny, seeing as so far every time we find we find a super villain he’s just chilling. Also it added to the stereotype of the bad guy smoking. Garland was trying to quit smoking at the time, but he had a cigarette on him. He didn’t light it up or anything, for the sake of my lungs. (Thank you) Garland had also brought a fake gun with him, which I knew would come in handy.

Because I wanted to be on camera at least once per episode, Dr. Spoon hands the camera over to Flying Boy while he goes to fight.

Garland’s gay joke caught me off guard, I wasn’t expecting them at all, but then I realized that Garland hadn’t seen the series before, so he himself was unsure of the language limitations. It was pretty funny though, so I didn’t cut it out. We figured it would be funny if Garland used that gun on me.

I’m not sure why but I had recently become fascinated with sudden cuts as a comedic device. I’m not sure why, but I find it just really funny to see a cut to black. Also, it works well with my low budget, seeing as I can’t stage a real gunshot. I think I use the sudden cut to black 3 or 4 times in this episode.

Of course Flying Boy ends up taking out Dichotomy. After which he explains to Dr. Spoon that it just isn’t working out. Doug had to go to work, and I wanted him to make at least a brief appearance in the episode. At the end of the shot where he’s walking off down the street, he was actually leaving. That’s why Andrew manages to make his way into the shot, there wasn’t much room for retakes.

I was surprised at how short this episode was. It never occurred to me that it would be a single part. But that’s okay, I think that if it were any longer the episode might drag out a bit too much.

Upon showing Steve and Doug, they reeaally liked this one. Part of their love for it I think is that they weren’t really so much a part of it, so they didn’t know what what was coming. The gags caught them off guard. Either way though, I enjoy getting positive feedback.

The episode really is funny though. Dammit Juno, I love you!

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