As global conflicts over our planet’s dwindling resources ensue, an astrophysicist leads a team to explore other universes to discover why, in a multi-verse of infinite possibilities, each Earth has suffered the same fate.

Knightrider Mentor Asked on November 13, 2015 in SciFi.
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As global warming builds to an impending apocalyptic catastrophe, an astrophysicist leads a team to explore parallel universes to discover why, in a multi-verse of infinite possibilities, each Earth has suffered the same fate.
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I don’t see what dramatic purpose is served by having the protagonist be “rogue” or the team be “ragtag”. (I, for one, do not subscribe to the dictum that the protagonist must always have a character flaw — no exceptions. )  It seems to me that in this scenario, the dramatic problem need not be specifically correlated to a character attribute of a singular homo sapiens (although it may be correlated to an attribute of the species in general — but that’s a different dramatic issue.)

dpg Singularity Reviewed on November 13, 2015.

Thanks. I have read a few screenwriting books that point to the idea that not every character have a flaw and  / or a character arc, but a few times I have written loglines without a hint at the flaw I get called up, so ‘Rouge’ was going to point to the fact he was a shoot first ask later type, which would relate to the wider theme of progression over self-sustainability etc

on November 13, 2015.
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Have you considered flipping the premise, such that:

As global conflicts over Earth’s dwindling resources ensue, an astrophysicist leads a team to explore parallel universes to discover why, in a multi-verse of infinite possibilities, all other Earths have escaped a doomsday scenario.  (34 words)

My take on character flaw is that it is a dramatically pertinent if it threatens or prevents the protagonist from achieving the objective goal until it is acknowledged and overcome. [And I have been compiling a list of films where the protagonist is not handicapped by a character flaw, at least not one that would prevent him/her from achieving his/her objective goal.]  Anyway, in this case, being rogue may be an asset not a liability.

Whatever.  The core concept is an interesting one.  Best wishes.

dpg Singularity Reviewed on November 13, 2015.

I hadn’t and I like the concept reversed as well, both seem to work. However, sticking with this way around as it works for the theme I am trying to explore about entropy and the idea that civilisation has remained on a constant pattern of build and fall with create consequence with every societal collapse and despite numerous and infinite choices we are still governed by human nature so on and on.

So, yep, hopefully that explains why it is this way around

on November 13, 2015.
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