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Warring Villains as Plot Device


NBC’s Timeless. Image courtesy IMDB.com

Unlike many Americans, I’m watching NBC’s Timeless. I say this because it has been announced that the show will not be renewed for a second season.

But, folks, you need to watch it.  It’s really good.

If you do not watch the show, and want to watch it, the following contains spoilers but it taught me something about plot development.

The main plot of Timeless is that a villainous man is traipsing through time with a time machine changing history by killing certain people of interest.  The reason he is doing this, it turns out, is because there is a terrifying organization that has existed for centuries which is bent on world domination.

These two villainous forces fight each other, damage the time line, and the protagonists in the story are forced to attempt to survive it and also to do their best to repair any damage done by the two villains.

Most stories have one villain, maybe two villains working in concert, but to pit the two villains against one another with the protagonist (whom we care most about) being forced to become third in line to the events caused by the villains is very intriguing, and could make for some excellent fiction.

If you are looking for a good way to increase the peril for your protagonist, then this could be an excellent way to do that.  I plan on using a version of this plot device in my latest novel due out in July.

I just have to get the short story compilation out the door.

That’s coming soon.

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