This month, we’re diving into the sixth Rogue Tyger serial “The End Run” and sharing show notes about the thought behind and making of that season two finale.
~Bjorn Munson, writer/director, Rogue Tyger
Season Finales and Payoff
At this point, I had been furiously writing scripts for about a year and a half, catching up to my outlines and notes in order to meet recording dates, so the urgency you hear
The character’s snark, especially Aidan’s I credit to working on a less-than-desirable-yet-financially-necessary contract job. Working on this series has been a delight, but in this case, it was a vital creative outlet.
In any case, one of my goals for this finale –which if you recall was originally meant to be the final serial of a 30-episode season—was to give the audience payoff. So that meant having some of the intrigue we’d heard in “Flatrock,” some of the ship action we’d heard in “Uninvited Guests” and “Cat & Mouse” and some character arcs being fulfilled.
I knew I had to have that scene between Reg and Aidan, for example. The nice thing was, on this side of time as it were, I now knew better how Brooks and Nick would and could play it. It was important to me that Aidan initiate the conversation, showing where he had come to at this part. It was also important to show that even though you see Reg through the serial get excited at actually winning rather than surviving, he still doesn’t quite know how to be comfortable being victorious. Both have grown, but still on their own trajectories.
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Originally Multiple Filmmaker Cameos Were Planned
Back when I was doing the high-level plotting for the 30-episode season, I thought it would be fun to involve a bunch of the indie filmmakers and others I had worked with. That’s why in episode two, you hear Reg talk about the different captains with some specificity. I had created backstories and personality traits for each of the captains you hear him reference. Originally, the serial was going to revolve around him playing the Zenocrate captains off one another to make his escape. The action would bounce between multiple ship bridges as the audience heard the disparity between what a particular ship thought was true and what was really happening.
As I was writing out the script — and certainly after recording “Uninvited Guests” — I decided that all the different ships and their subplots were going to be more complicated than we could pull off. There was both the limiting factor of the 15-minute episodes (which was what I was I was aiming for) as well as making sure audio listeners could distinguish between all the different bridges.
The Border Wars
One of the benefits of not trying to cram all the different maneuvering between the Zenocrate captains was that I was able to spend more time setting up both character backstories and the history of the Imperium.
One of these empire-wide events, and certainly a formative one for Reg Macorum was a series of conflicts that came to be known as “The Border Wars.”