Back in Part Three of Will and Bobby Wrote Something, I started explaining another show Bobby and I came up with, called Edinburg Falls.
I ended Part Three with the stunning (and unbelievably stupid) revelation that the town of Edinburg is sinking into the ground because it’s built on the head of a gigantic screw.
Seriously. We came up with that idea.
It seems like the kind of idea you see on a sitcom where two morons are writing a TV show. They honestly think that what they’ve come up with is brilliant and clever. Bobby and I very seriously thought this was a smart idea. At least it’s unique. As stupid as it is, there’s still a part of me that thinks aspects of it are kind of cool. For instance, as the town sinks, it also spins (obviously), though our characters wouldn’t have learned that for a season or two.
If you take another look at the poorly drawn diagram I posted (click here), you’ll see that as the city sinks, it reveals caverns within the surrounding walls. You’ll also notice that somehow the town is settled what looks like a mile up in a mountain. Stupid.
I don’t think we ever 100% decided what would be in the caverns, but our ideas ranged from rooms full of the fossils of legendary monsters, to secret control rooms manned by megalomaniacs in charge of the screw. Overall, I know the concept of the show is laughably ridiculous, but there’s something about this show that still captures my imagination.
Maybe it’s a concept that just hasn’t taken it’s final form yet. In my super-limited experience with writing, I’ve always found that there’s no such thing as a final draft. Even with the comedy Bobby and I started with, which I love with every cell in my brain, there are little things here or there that can be changed. As a writer, every time you read your own work, you find something cringe-worthy. There are huge problems with Edinburg Falls, but I have to believe that there is still an honest core to it. The basic idea of the show still grabs me:
A hack writer goes away to a small secluded town in the hopes of finding his integrity. The town is filled with a million mysteries and may serve as the birthplace of all the world’s nightmares.
I love it still.
Now let me reveal to you a little more of what we wrote. Let me tell you what’s at stake…It’s worse than the screw thing.
You see, not only is the town of Edinburg resting on the head of a gigantic screw (which turns once a year), but when that screw taps into the Earth’s core… volcanoes erupt around the globe.
That was our idea.
Leave me alone.
Read the treatment and mock us if you must, but I swear to god there’s something I love about this:
Thanks for reading guys, next month I’m going to wrap up the story of Edinburg Falls by posting the outline Bobby and I wrote for a possible pilot episode. It’s a doozy. I’ll also start explaining the next TV show we came up with, which is so completely amazing I can’t wait to write about it. I’m not being sarcastic. It makes up for the mess that is Edinburg Falls.