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Here are the story notes for episode 5, "My Camp." The original title was "What A Bummer."
These notes are just a collection of ideas (in no particular order) of what could happen in the story. There's some dialogue, some action, ironic twists--but nothing set in concrete; just ideas.
I spend years collecting ideas. Whenever I come across a news story, a personal incident, a joke, I end up thinking how it could be used in a Soul Patrol story. (When you're a writer you may not have fun at parties, you may find yourself gathering material.)
I have found that the longer I spend collecting appropriate, specific ideas for a story--the better that story will be. The longer I hold off writing a script, the better.
Caution! Spoilers ahead! If you haven't heard episode 5 you may wish to skip the rest of this page!
"My Camp" is about why Adolph Hitler is reincarnated as Judy, a Jewish Valley Girl.
I came up with the idea from seeing pro-fascist groups wanting the return of a Hitler. Of course, the most ironic, dramatic and worst outcome (and the kind of irony that heaven would cherish) would be if the facists got their wish but Hitler was now the opposite of what they had wanted (a weak, unoppressed, Jewish, Valley Girl).
The story concerns their reaction and also why reincarnation is on a different dimension. We're not supposed to know the specifics about it and for good reason.
The original story notes cover how evil the main character Judy became. How she ended up acting like a Hitler, and how her parents were involved. I threw all of that out. It was boring and predictable and didn't truly reflect the possible purpose and outcome of reincarnation.
Then I came across the idea about Hitler, the failed artist, and if he had been accepted into art school how history could have been very different. I had found an interesting way to tell the story and (bonus feature!) make a comment on art.