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Wikipedia on scenesThis basic pattern may be used by the writer to develop a scene: goal, attempt, and setback. A scene usually has a goal for the character to achieve. The writer indicates this goal at the beginning of the scene. The middle of the scene displays the attempt of the character to achieve this goal. At the end of the scene, the character has received some kind of setback. The next scene will reveal the characterâ€™s response to the setback and a new goal is set. This cycle continues until the climactic scene where everything is at stake for the character. At the end of this scene, the character achieves his goal or all is lost.So, sitting down with that definition, I watched about a third of an episode of Buffy: the Vampire Slayer and played a three hour role playing game. I didnâ€™t really see any scenes that followed that pattern. The TV shows didnâ€™t (although Iâ€™m sure the other thirds would have, I gave up and watched cartoons instead). The roleplaying game was just more of an exploration of the setting; the characters didnâ€™t have real goals.
The Buffy episodeBuffy is waiting for a vampire to rise when Angel appears. They end up arguing over their relationship, or lack thereof, and Angel decides to leave. When Buffy tries to follow him, she falls face first into an open grave. A body was apparently dragged out from it earlier.After that long I decided that I could find goals and conflicts, but it was a stretch. They were obviously useful scenes, entertaining to watch and setting things up for later in the show, but trying to find the goals explicit and implicit was tiring.
The next day, Buffy and Xander catch Giles practicing to ask Ms. Calendar out on a date. Giles hears Buffy's findings at the cemetery and fears someone is raising an army of zombies. Buffy goes to find Willow, who is signing up for the science fair and talking to Chris, the reigning champ. As Buffy approaches, Chris's friend Eric takes pictures of girls passing by.