And off to work. Somebody who saw the torrent e-mailed me and asked if we would've abandoned the "multiple guest star" structure from the comic for the show. No. In order to have some semblance of continuity for network audiences, I needed some viewpoint characters -- but it couldn't be Miranda, because you never knew what was going on in her head. As a matter of fact, part of the entire five-season arc was that you were never sure what Miranda was up to.
The only person who knew what the entire five season arc was was, actually, Michelle. She knew what Miranda's full plan was*. And if you've got the torrent, watch her face in the final scene. When Flynn and Dr. Finch hook up, to start the five year journey. That is not a happy face ...
So we were going to use Josh and Jenni as the focal characters, but toss in a rotating cast of guest characters to be the expert of the week. Neatly, of somebody hit, I could then have built them up into recurring. Then, if the audience really started to like them ... I'd kill them.
Yep. The show format beautifully leant itself to actual, almost unheard of suspene. I could kill anyone, at any time, and other experts would just step in. It makes a nice tool for keeping your actors in line. "No, fine, go back to your trailer. I've got every character on the show's death scene pre-written and waiting."
As a matter of fact, at least one of those characters in the torrent doesn't make it past episode 13.
Again -- what the hell was I thinking?
* In a giddy moment, Michelle came in for her audition, and told me how the show ended five years later. And she was right.