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FADE IN: meeting the (anti) heroes: the wild bunch freeze frames.
New World: riding into town.
Developing the (anti) heroes: sacrificing the people in the bank; shooting their way out.
Meeting the Shape Shifter: Pike glimpses Thornton.
Forced onto a Journey: forced out of town by Thornton et al.
Developing the antagonism: Thornton's dumb ass men and Harrigan.
Developing the heroes: Pike kills one of his own; you wanna give him a decent burial.
Developing the Shape Shifter: Thornton's reasons for working with Harrigan.
Time Pressure: 30 days to get Pike or back in jail.
New World from afar: nothing Lindo about it; just looks like more of Texas as far as I'm concerned.
Marker of the Crossing: the river.
World of the Supernatural Aid: by the well.
Supernatural Aid: the old man waiting.
Developing characters and relationships: I either lead this bunch or end it right now.
Magical Gift: steel washers, not gold.
Supernatural Aid: who are "they?"; railroad men, bounty hunters.
Trial: come on boys, don't kill me; easy boys.
Developing characters and relationships: Talking about whores.
Hero's Status: What kind of man is Pike; the best; he didn't get caught.
Foreshadow of the Trials and Transformation: every one of them will have a payroll delivered; they'll be waiting for us; I wouldn't have it any other way.
Hero's backstory: Pike and Thornton with the whores; Thornton gets caught.
Antagonism's Motivation: damn you sure must have hurt that railroad.
Conscious Decision: I wouldn't have it any other way either.
New World: riding the sand dunes.
Warning / Danger: falling over the dunes.
Rules: when you ride with a man you stick with him.
Physical Change: Pike falls and hurts himself.
Pushed Forward by the Antagonism: Thornton et al riding.
Developing the Shape Shifter: no, we wait.
Developing the Mentor and his backstory: how did my boy do?
First Threshold: in the Mexican village.
Romantic Challenge: the girl.
Foreshadow of the Transformation: who killed my father.
Developing Characters and Relationships: you know what we are then.
Resistance to the Transformation: you get over it or we leave you here.
Departing the First Threshold: the celebration.
Entering the Belly of the Whale: the town full of Federales.
Warning: I don't like Americanos.
Physical Separation: shooting the girl and engaging with the Federales and the general.
Guided to the Trials and Transformation: to steal the guns.
Developing Characters and Relationships: in the sauna; give him a crate of guns.
Developing the Shape Shifter: Thornton negotiates with Harrigan.
Time Pressure increases: what you've got is 24 days.
Journey to the World of Trials: on their way to rob the train.
Hero's Romantic Challenge / Backstory: the woman he wanted to marry; getting shot in the leg.
Trial and Transformation 1:
Outer Cave: robbing the train.
Middle Cave: pursued by Thornton and loading the goods.
Inner Cave: trapped and escaping from the bridge.
Foreshadow of the Resolution: he'll be along.
Transformation: sharing whisky; laughing.
Trial and Transformation 2:
Developing the Shape Shifter: why the hell did you have to shot at the army you idiots.
Developing the Antagonism: the general is under attack; runs out of ammunition and retreats; need Pike's weapons.
Outer Cave / Pushed: Pike et al watch Thornton following.
Developing the Shape Shifter: Thornton could pint to them if he wanted.
Transformation [Tornton]: the next time you make a mistake I'm going to ride off and let you die.
Preparing for the Inner Cave: Pike booby traps the weapons.
Middle Cave: the Mexicans take their share.
Push: general, without the guns this would never happen.
Inner Cave: taking control in the canyon.
Developing the Antagonism: quien fue; matalo; killing one of their own.
Trial and Transformation 3:
Pike exchanges some of the guns for some of the money.
Tector throws dynamite at the Old Man.
The General plays with the machine gun.
Transformation: the guns are sold for money.
Meeting the Oracle: the general takes Angel.
Resisting the Sword: how the hell are we gonna go after him; they got guns and 200 men.
Pushed to the Sword: I am sick of being hunted; protection in the General's camp.
Foreshadow of the Resolution: the old ma gets away.
Foreshadow of the Near Death Experience and Rebirth: I want to buy Angel.
Seizing the Sword: plenty of muchachas
Night Sea Journey: lets go.
Rebirth through Death: the General kills Angel.
Atonement with the Father: battling the General and his men.
Apotheosis: Thornton finds Pike and sends Harrigan's men along.
Ultimate Boon: Harrigan's men die; the Old Man returns and asks Thornton to join him.
by Kal Bashir