Post by Brian Melanson on Apr 7, 2018 21:40:50 GMT -6
1x10: One Day of Normalcy Written by: Brian Melanson Summary: WE JUST WANT TO LIVE — After defeating Evelyn (Teressa Laine) and locking her away in the cemetery forever, Phoebe (Dove Cameron) and her friends try to enjoy their time at the Settler’s Ball. A night of fun turns into disaster when a vampire attacks the Ball. Phoebe and Clark (Burkley Duffield) look towards their future together as a new threat arises. Air Date:4/7/18 Link:[x]
Post by Brian Melanson on Apr 7, 2018 21:38:29 GMT -6
1x09: Here Lies the Darkness Written by: Brian Melanson Summary: PRAISE BE TO GOD — As Evelyn (Teressa Laine) uses a kidnapped Courtney (Taissa Fargima) to activate the five points of the pentagram, Phoebe (Dove Cameron) and Clark (Burkley Duffield) rush to figure out a way to stop the Trinity from completing their plan. Meanwhile, Vanessa’s (Maika Monroe ) revenge is completed. Mal (Amandla Stenberg) uncovers something inside of her. Finally, all hell breaks loose and only one side comes out the winner. Air Date:4/7/18 Link:[x]
Brian Melanson, I've been loving "Nightfall", but due to RL, haven't had the chance to read episodes on release - I'm up to Ep 4, and since it's a short season, I was going to wait till the season finished to continue... just wondering when you'll be releasing those final two episodes?
I’ve been busy with work, we’re currently in peak season here for my location and I’ve been exhausted. But once I get home, i’ll Be posting the final two episodes and ending the season tonight. But I’m happy you’re enojoying it! Would love to hear your thoughts! But don’t worry, real life comes first.
Post by Brian Melanson on Mar 31, 2018 22:07:18 GMT -6
In New York City, Young Violet Stronger is on a hunt. A hunt to make her past right. With the aid of her friends, Alex, Patricia and Max, they are going to rid the world of all supernatural beings. They discover an old library above the HellHole, a place where all matters of hell come into play. Their librarian, an older witch, mistankely turned himself into a Cat and now runs the library from his feline state. A dark power is rising and coming and will destroy ALL of New York. That’s if these kids can pass their history final! They have one destiny and one chance! This is VAMP!
STARRING Nina Dobrev as Violet Paul Wesley as Alex Candice King as Patricia Ian Somerholder as Max with Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert the Cat
Episodes: 1x01: Welcome to the Hellhole 1x02: The Night of the Meteor 1x03: Vampires In the Basement 1x04: Mom's Dating a Vampire 1x05: Uh Oh Here Comes Hell 1x06: The Vampire's Journals 1x07: Gone Forever with Wind 1x08: Stacy is a Vampire Hunter 1x09: Once Upon a Werewolf 1x10: Staked in the Heart (SERIES FINALE)
Post by Brian Melanson on Mar 23, 2018 21:40:48 GMT -6
1x08: As The World Turns Written by: Brian Melanson Summary: BREAK THE HOLD ON ME — With Evelyn (Teressa Laine) locked up, she takes this chance to drive a wedge between Phoebe (Dove Cameron) and Clark’s (Burkley Duffield) relationship. But with the Blood Moon coming, Courtney (Taissa Fargima) tries to see if she can protect the church and learns something more about the towns history. Meanwhile, Bradley (K.J. Apa) struggles to stay alive. Air Date: 3/23/18 Link: [X]
Post by Brian Melanson on Mar 23, 2018 21:38:17 GMT -6
1x07: The Longest Day Written by: Brian Melanson Summary: BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN — Unlikely alliances have been made and the fight begins to get Fredrick (Luke Evans) back from Evelyn’s (Teressa Laine) grasp. Courtney’s (Taissa Fargima) magic continues to grow and she tries to help Phoebe (Dove Cameron) stop her sister before it’s too late. Phoebe learns a shocking truth and Evelyn faces a set back. Air Date: 3/23/18 Link:[x]
This episode had me initially quite mixed — it started off rather slow with way too familiar story beats, but eventually progressed into new, game-changing territory for the show that not only tightened up some storylines I wasn't too interested in, but also set the season up into an interesting trajectory. I was actually quite impressed with how the episode turned out.
First up, I wanted to talk about my favourite aspect of the episode and that was the subplot with Courtney and Micah. As I said, this episode was initially plagued with painfully familiar story beats (most notably from The Vampire Diaries) and so when the episode had Micah confront Courtney in class about her being a witch, it shifted gears into a new, more exciting territory. And I really liked their dynamic. One thing I've noticed is that the dialogue of these characters can sound quite immature at times and so it was nice to see Courtney paired up with an older character of authority because it eased a lot of those issues I had. Her practising magic, and the way it culminated with the climax of the other story beats, was done really well. But the big twist came in at the end when we found out Micah was reluctantly working with Evelyn — an instant favourite of mine — and his mission is to teach Courtney to be competent enough in magic so that she can perform some big ol' spell for Evelyn. I just thought that was a really great twist that added even more relevancy to Courtney's journey. And then, of course, for Courtney, that journey takes a quick pivot when she finds Phoebe at episode's end dead (but not dead). It was firing on all cylinders for her story in this episode.
I'm happy you finally got the chance to read! But yeah, Ep2 was hard because I do remember when I first started writing it, I was struggling with the tone of the show. And I think with the Micah/Courtney stuff, that really helped set some of it. And with that segway, I'm really happy you enjoyed it. I knew Micah was going to be a mentor to Courtney from the beginning. But I wanted to see how I could incorporate him further into the story, branch him out and see where he could go. Why not have him align with the bad guys? He is going to have a fun journey going forward. He will have to see what side is he really on.
Courtney is also another thing that really has saved me when writing this show. I had Phoebe and Clark and their stories. But Courtney is what is really helping me branch out and do things I didn't think I could do. Here we have a girl who is constantly failing and thinking lowly of herself and suddenly she finds she's something extraordinary. She is the third player in this story of Nightfall. Phoebe/Clark/Courtney are my trio and I'm very happy about that. And going forward, Courtney will be having some fun. She just saw her friend come back from the dead and she's a witch. This is going to end well, right? But Courtney's story really helps propel the season forward so I'm excited.
There was some development in the Mal/Bradley/Vanessa triangle in this episode which I actually appreciated. When the episode started, it touched on this sort of drama quite immediately and I wasn't really here for it, haha. It just felt so detached and — again — way too familiar. But what saved it for me was the moment when Evelyn visited Vanessa in the hospital and recruited her as part of her plan. I thought it was actually kind of genius to do that because it added relevancy to their drama that, on the surface, looked quite filler and unimportant to the rest of what's going on. Now, it has a sense of significance and urgency about it. I like that in this recruitment, Vanessa is promised Bradley forever, and that they'll kill Mal. I'm eager to see where this goes.
Vanessa will get Bradley, whatever it takes. Originally, this episode was just that Mal and Bradley rekindled their flame and Vanessa just sat on the sidelines being a blood bag. That wasn't fun. So I tried to think because later on in the season, this storyline will come to a boiling point and it's going to be a twist.
Speaking of Evelyn, I appreciate how much effort you've put in to establishing her as this huge threat. I particularly liked the scene where she's with the public worker and he's done all that was required of him but she STILL kills him. It just shows us how evil she truly is. I liked the back and forth between her and Brock and how she was trying to control him throughout the episode. Brock actually made for a pretty decent conflict for Phoebe to go up against, and I like that he went rogue from Evelyn. And even though everything went to shit, the script made it seem like it was all part of Evelyn's plan anyway. I'm quite excited to see what that big plan is and how it all comes together and what this "darkness underneath" is.
Evelyn is my favorite character to write! She is just fun. I love just how evil she is right now. She's involved in something that she probably can't come back from. So it's going to be fun to see how the story goes forward, I think you will like it.
The biggest problem with this episode came from the two leads — Phoebe and Clark — and their romance. I'm pretty disappointed in the handling of their romance, to be honest. It's not only been rushed into romance in the matter of a few scenes, but it's actually felt quite forced at times, too. I know it's going to sound funny to use a "it's just not realistic" justification for the criticism (considering this is a show about vampires and witches), but there were so many times throughout the episode where Phoebe and Clark said something that I feel like two people who just met each other would not say. I also think the dynamics shifted so much from the pilot to here. This episode delved into Phoebe being the one with a "tragic past" (instead of Clark) and suddenly Clark was able to talk lightly about his parents being dead with Phoebe being a little inward about the things she's been through. Clark seemed to carry more of a burden in the pilot which made him feel more like the mysterious one, yet the whole episode had him talk to Phoebe like she had "secrets" which, as the audience, we know she's a vampire but there hadn't really been anything said or done prior to that to make Clark see her as some big mystery. And then to sort of force these lines where they're already talking like they're in a relationship but have known each other for like a hot second -- it was just kind of jarring to read. Considering they're the main leads and I'm sure their romance/connection is one of the most important aspects of the show, I wish it was starting from a stronger foundation and didn't feel so shoehorned in. I almost feel like they'll be dropping L-bombs in the span of two episodes or something, haha. Obviously, what's done can't be undone, so I hope that as the season progresses, and the show as a whole, the relationships and dynamics develop at a better pace even if the plot is moving rapidly. I think it's important for us to be invested in these characters and this relationship, not because the show tells us we should be invested but because its taken the time to create that investment.
I agree with you on this, big time. When I first started writing, I think I panicked because I have only 10 episodes. And in the back of my mind, I was like "Holy crap I gotta get them together". I will admit, it happened fast. But at the same time, it kind of doesn't go without some attention. I think with this, Phoebe and Clark don't know each other well enough, so why are they rushing into this? But I don't think I did it the way I intended for it to be. But this is really helpful because maybe I can try and fix this somehow going forward and changing some scenes around. We'll see but I do appreciate it.
Other things to note:
- I liked the flashes we got from Courtney reading that book. Simultaneously, loved the same thing we got with Clark reading his family journals. They're both kind of on the precipice of discovering their destinies and that's exciting to see play out. - Sarah unmasked Chloe as the hunter, and she knows she's a vampire??? Why do I feel like Chloe is gonna die now? - The epilogue didn't really work again this week. I feel like they need to either be more than half a page, or something bigger than the cliffhanger that precedes it. I'm sure it'll feel like a more relevant addition to the episodes as the season goes on. - I actually kind of liked Mal/Bradley reconnecting -- the whole "and THIS is going to be my biggest mistake" that prefaced their kiss was a nice touch. here
- Courtney finding that book is no accident. Clark finding that Journal kind of was. But this is going to cause Clark to figure things out. - Chloe and Sarah will come face to face again. I can say that much. - I was trying to force them in lol. Now I regret it, but note taken and I think this will help me going forward as well. - That was one of my favorite scenes to write and to finally get it done right, I'm happy.
THANKS FOR READING JACK! I can't wait for you to read episode three!
Post by Brian Melanson on Mar 12, 2018 19:22:21 GMT -6
THE DARKNESS CONTINUES
With the season finale of Nightfall quickly approaching, it's time to announce that Nightfall will be making a huge return for it's SECOND SEASON! That's right, we can confirm that Nightfall will be returning FALL 2018! The writing for Season Two is in full throttle with the script for 2x03 being written as we speak! WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR: - It will be a ten episode season. With this, we can confirm every season of Nightfall will be ten episodes.
- Everyone in the main cast is expected to make a return. While some, we will have to say goodbye too. For now at least.
- There will be BRAND NEW characters that expand the Nightfall Universe. Brian has said "There are three new characters that have HUGE potential of joining the main cast. As from what I've written so far of them, I want to keep them."
- There is a lot of story happening this season. Brian continues with "This season, I'm taking risks. Things as a writer, I've never done." As for those stories. He said it will all tie in with Season One's story. Which without giving a lot away, the Trinity will be heavily involved.
- There will be a couple of flashback episodes.
- There is so much that is going to happen and it all will be revealed THIS FALL! Oh and here is the FIRST OFFICIAL POSTER!
Make sure to keep reading Nightfall! This Fall, the Darkness will Rise.
Post by Brian Melanson on Mar 9, 2018 22:58:16 GMT -6
1x01: Tale of Two Sisters Written by: Brian Melanson Summary: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE — Clark (Burkley Duffield) knows that Phoebe (Dove Cameron) is a vampire. Phoebe knows that Clark is a hunter. As Clark tries to understand Phoebe’s story of how she became a vampire and her true story, Micah (Rahul Kohli) and Sarah (Jenna Coleman) work with Chloe (Lyndsy Fonseca) to figure out the truth. Meanwhile, Bradley (K. J. Apa) and Mal (Amandla Stenberg) must now deal with a new Vampire who wants them both dead. Air Date: 3/9/18 Link:[x] notes: as of 10/23, 1x06 was edited to reflect major changes. There are new scenes and changes to the overall story.
Post by Brian Melanson on Mar 8, 2018 21:52:05 GMT -6
NIGHTFALL TEASERS #2 Welcome to PART TWO of the Nightfall teasers! I will be doing this twice a season at the half way point! And episode 5 just aired! Things are beginning to come together and battle lines are being drawn! Let's celebrate that with some teasers! Be mindful there are SPOILERS ahead. Hope you all enjoy the remainder of Season One. And stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks!
- Phoebe and Clark know the truth about each other. They are going to have to find a common ground and Phoebe does that by telling her story. Which involves her telling the story of his ancestor, whom she loved.
- Evelyn isn’t giving up just yet. The stone will come back into play and she has a way of getting it.
- Vanessa is a vampire?! Who saw that coming! Now that she’s immortal and all powerful, she is out to kill Mal. She wants her dead for ruining her life. But could this cause bigger problems for Mal and Bradley when Vanessa enacts her plan?
- Sarah and Chloe will face each other once more. But this time, they will work together to put together the Trinity’s plan and why it involves the stones, the sacrifices and the church.
- Something dark is coming to Blackridge. Or has it been there the whole time?
- The Hood is going to be revealed.
- The Settler’s Ball takes place in the season finale and it gets bloody.
- Bennett faces new challenges.
- Courtney taps into her magic more.
- Phoebe and Clark make a deal.
- There is a major cliffhanger that puts the lives of all our characters in the balance
1x07:The Killer Within Air Date: 03/16/18 Summary: I NEVER WAS ONE — Unlikely alliances have been made and the fight begins to get Fredrick back from Evelyn’s grasp. Courtney’s magic continues to grow and she tries to help Phoebe stop her sister before it’s too late. Phoebe learns a shocking truth and Evelyn faces a set back.
Spoilers: - Phoebe has to face new challenges. - Clark and Phoebe take it to the next level. - Evelyn makes a two steps forward and one step back. - Sarah must face consequences for her actions.
1x08:As the World Turns Air Date: 03/23/18 Summary: BREAK THE HOLD ON ME — With Evelyn locked up, she takes this chance to drive a wedge between Phoebe and Clark’s relationship. But with the Blood Moon coming, Courtney tries to see if she can protect the church and learns something more about the towns history. Meanwhile, Bradley struggles to stay alive.
Spoilers: - Evelyn holds nothing back. - Phoebe and Evelyn's story after becoming vampires becomes clear. - Why was Evelyn locked away?! - Bradley could be meeting his maker. - The battle to get into the catacombs to it's boiling point.
Post by Brian Melanson on Mar 3, 2018 23:35:35 GMT -6
1x05: You and I, Forevermore Written by: Brian Melanson Summary: YOU LIED TO ME! — On the night of the big game, Evelyn has a plan, get the second witches stone or kill the entire town of Blackridge. While all this is going down, The Blackridge Gang tries to understand Evelyn’s plan, Evelyn and Phoebe come face to face. And after a plan goes into action, Phoebe and Clark face new challenges. Air Date: 3/4/18 Link:[x]
Post by Brian Melanson on Feb 23, 2018 11:05:54 GMT -6
The Mother and the Darkness
In preparation for an upcoming flashback, we have learned that Phoebe and Evelyn's Mother and Step-Father has been casted. Mädchen Amick has been casted to play Abigail Reynolds. She is described as being kind and using self sacrifice to save her family from hardships after the death of her husband. She cares deeply for her daughters. While she won't have a big role in Season One, creator Brian Melanson assures, Abigail's story will be told in the future, but it's crucial we meet her now to understand who she is.
Finally, Dan Stevens has been tapped to play, Vincent St. John, a wealthy land owner from England who has taken an interest in the rich history of Blackridge. He sees the opportunity of marrying Abigail to begin a family. But not all men come with good intentions. Vincent is described as a monster of a man. Someone that is trying to gain power. And a little teaser from Brian "Vincent is someone you want to watch out for". These two will make their first appearance in 1x06: The Tale of Two Sisters
1x06:Tale of Two Sisters Air Date: 03/09/18 Summary: CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG — Clark knows that Phoebe is a vampire and Phoebe knows that Clark is a hunter. As Clark tries to understand Phoebe’s story of how she became a vampire and her true story, Micah and Sarah work with Chloe to figure out the truth. Meanwhile, Bradley and Mal must now deal with a new Vampire who wants them both dead.
Spoilers: - Can Phoebe let Clark know she's not a killer. - Can Clark keep to his families code. Or will he realize... the darkness isn't his girlfriend. - Evelyn's true intentions are discovered. - A King Is Revealed. - Where for art tho Benjamin?
Post by Brian Melanson on Feb 23, 2018 10:48:28 GMT -6
1x04: Hell Hath No Fury Written by: Brian Melanson Summary: NOT ANOTHER TEEN DEATH — Evelyn’s (Teressa Laine) plan moves forward as another life is lost in the process. Micah (Rahul Kohli) and Sarah (Jenna Coleman) come to an understanding of who is really behind everything. Clark (Burkley Duffield) begins to wonder what his purpose in his families bloodline really is. Courtney (Taissa Fargima) begins to understand Phoebe’s (Dove Cameron) life more. Mal (Amandla Stenberg) feels guilt for everything she’s done. Finally, Evelyn shows how much power she really has. Air Date: 2/23/18 Link:[x]
Post by Brian Melanson on Feb 15, 2018 23:30:48 GMT -6
1x03: Love Thy Family Written by: Brian Melanson Summary: FIGURE OUT WHO YOU ARE — The students of Blackridge High put on a party in protest of the new curfew. Clark (Burkley Duffield) and Phoebe (Dove Cameron) begin to show their romance in public. Courtney (Taissa Fargima) continues to struggle with her magic and she has strange visions after finding a weird book. Meanwhile, Clark’s Uncle Fredrick (Guest Star Luke Evans) pays a visit and it causes Clark to wonder what his families legacy truly is. Evelyn (Teressa Laine) and Phoebe come face to face. Finally, a powerful Cult comes into play. Air Date: 2/15/18 Link:[x]
1x05:You and I, Forevermore Air Date: 03/02/18 Summary: YOU LIED TO ME! — On the night of the big game, Evelyn has a plan. Get the second witches stone or kill the entire town of Blackridge. While all this is going down, The Blackridge Gang tries to understand Evelyn’s plan, Evelyn and Phoebe come face to face. And after a plan goes into action, Phoebe and Clark face new challenges.
Spoilers: - Phoebe and Clark will have to admit that maybe they just aren't meant to be. - Evelyn attacks someone Phoebe cares deeply about. - Uh oh. They're not really dead! - The Blackridge Vikings score big! - Evelyn causes more mayhem! - Courtney sees how far her magic can go.