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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1560 on: March 06, 2019, 05:11:25 am »
Some ideas:

*Tens of thousands of years into the future, the combination of mass extinctions followed by the apocalyptic collapse of civilization has resulted in most ecological niches being filled by evolutionarily specialized mutant humans

*The plot of the song "Ghost Riders In The Sky", except instead of cowboys chasing the devil's herd, they're cats chasing a red dot

*Speaking of which, a dot's apparent motion could exceed the speed of light if it were projected from far enough away (remember, the dot isn't an actual thing but merely the point of impact of the photons from its source; and the photons and source are still moving at luminal and sub-luminal velocities, respectively). This vould badly vex a race of anthropomorphic felines living on a planet in proximity to a pulsar.
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1561 on: March 08, 2019, 12:30:23 am »
A zombie movie where the zombie virus is spread through inhalation of aerosolated or atomized blood (and as a result, the zombies are liable to pop like ticks).


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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1562 on: March 08, 2019, 12:34:55 am »
A buddy cop movie with an odd-couple pair of psychics. One's powers are fueled by extreme emotions, while the other's powers are blocked by them and require calm meditation to produce; as a result, the first one has developed a firey personality and is constantly overreacting, while the other is deadpan. They eventually figure out that they can work as a team only through careful delegation, and if they work too closely together during an operation they just drag each other down; however, working together in non-emergency situations makes sense because it prevents the kinds of accidental use of powers that occasionally occur when one overreacts & because the other is pathologically indecisive & lacks an intuition for when something might be important in hidden ways.


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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1563 on: March 11, 2019, 04:23:30 pm »
Comedy skit: Treebeard from Lord of the Rings is the boss at an office and handles with every crisis, including things like a disgruntled employee shooting up the place, by calling a long-winded meeting
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1564 on: March 15, 2019, 08:46:34 am »
NO SILVER BULLET: In the late 1980s, a skilled bullshitter with no technical background interviews for and unexpectedly gets a programming job. The day before his work starts, panicing, he decides to snort a large quantity of cocaine and memorize some programming textbooks, but ends up passing out in front of the book, during which time he has a vivid dream: Satan has come to him in the form of Lawrence Talbot, the man who transforms into the titular Wolfman in the Universal film franchise of the same name, and gives him a box of 1024 silver bullets, saying "your blood sacrifice allows you to solve any problem, but of these, four are my accursed share". He woke up with his nose bleeding, blood soaked into the pages of the textbook. He goes to work, and finds that every time he bullshits a solution, not only does it work but it's considered brilliantly successful. As a result, he quickly rises up the ranks, making fewer and fewer technical decisions. By the late 1990s, he is a VC, and firmly believes that he has some kind of subconscious genius. In 1999, he invests all his liquid assets into four startups -- the day before the bubble burst. Two days later, his corpse is found in a bathtub, a copy of this story handwritten beside him, a silver bullet in his brain.


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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1565 on: March 18, 2019, 07:42:11 am »
Dispute over the ethicality of a theoretical new technology of some sort degenerates into rioting and war, plunging large parts of the world into chaos. At the end of the story it turns out that it was all for nothing as new research comes out which proves the proposed technology to be impossible. One of the characters laments that "They asked if they should, but they didn't bother to ask if they could"
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1566 on: March 18, 2019, 07:46:59 am »
A buddy cop movie with an odd-couple pair of psychics. One's powers are fueled by extreme emotions, while the other's powers are blocked by them and require calm meditation to produce; as a result, the first one has developed a firey personality and is constantly overreacting, while the other is deadpan. They eventually figure out that they can work as a team only through careful delegation, and if they work too closely together during an operation they just drag each other down; however, working together in non-emergency situations makes sense because it prevents the kinds of accidental use of powers that occasionally occur when one overreacts & because the other is pathologically indecisive & lacks an intuition for when something might be important in hidden ways.

Wasn't there an old episode of Teen Titans vaguely something like the first part of this? Like, Raven's and Starfire's powers got swapped somehow and then it all went to hell because Starfire's powers were powered by emotion while Raven's required tranquil calm, and neither was used to the mental state required to activate the other's powers.
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1567 on: March 19, 2019, 01:39:22 pm »
Comedy skit: A holy man who can walk on water, but keeps tripping over the ripples and waves

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The headless horseman, an excaped lunatic with a hook for a hand, a deranged musician with a deformed face, and a one legged pirate travel to visit a character who is a combination of the Wizard of Oz and Mephistopheles to seek replacements for their missing body parts
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1568 on: March 25, 2019, 05:16:17 am »
NO SILVER BULLET: In the late 1980s, a skilled bullshitter with no technical background interviews for and unexpectedly gets a programming job. The day before his work starts, panicing, he decides to snort a large quantity of cocaine and memorize some programming textbooks, but ends up passing out in front of the book, during which time he has a vivid dream: Satan has come to him in the form of Lawrence Talbot, the man who transforms into the titular Wolfman in the Universal film franchise of the same name, and gives him a box of 1024 silver bullets, saying "your blood sacrifice allows you to solve any problem, but of these, four are my accursed share". He woke up with his nose bleeding, blood soaked into the pages of the textbook. He goes to work, and finds that every time he bullshits a solution, not only does it work but it's considered brilliantly successful. As a result, he quickly rises up the ranks, making fewer and fewer technical decisions. By the late 1990s, he is a VC, and firmly believes that he has some kind of subconscious genius. In 1999, he invests all his liquid assets into four startups -- the day before the bubble burst. Two days later, his corpse is found in a bathtub, a copy of this story handwritten beside him, a silver bullet in his brain.

This is an awesome idea!
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1569 on: March 25, 2019, 08:22:57 pm »
Idioms and Iterations: A fellow extends idioms to keep the folks on their toes. The folks are talking about a breakup, folk2 gives the obligatory 'plenty of fish,' fellow adds 'though no fish is going to be an oyster.' Other folks are discussing social plans, folk2 gives the forewarning 'don't count your eggs before they hatch,' fellow provides 'and possibly don't even hatch those eggs before you've laid them.'

'x and y' novels usually have some lesson, maybe the difference from pessimism to cautious skepticism
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1570 on: March 28, 2019, 05:13:48 pm »
A Nixon-like 'law and order candidate introduces an anti-counterfeiting measure: a device that scans cash, which all vendors are legally required to use. Later, it's leaked that it was storing the serial number, date, & location of all cash purchases, sending it to a central database. It'd defended on the grounds that none of the info was identifying. But, it was determined that most people could be deanonymized from this info, & indeed the candidate (now in his 2nd presidential term) bolstered his position with blackmail based on such correlations.


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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1571 on: April 01, 2019, 06:23:30 pm »
In a world of giant humanoid sci-fi anime battle mechs, the greatest weapon is a taut piece of wire stretched out at shin height (shin height for a mech that is). The impossibility of passing such tripping hazards has created an uneasy world peace. But now one nation has shattered this peace by creating a weapon that is totally immune to this defense: A primitive WW1-style battle tank.

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Fake medieval hagiography detailing the life of a fictitious character who is the patron saint of moneyshots
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1572 on: April 06, 2019, 03:32:42 pm »
Macbeth, but with the three witches replaced by diegetic Rod Sterling.  "Tonight we consider the story of Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, soom to be Thane of Cawdor, and king hereafter until the birnam woods march against him.(Macbeth hears up to this part of the narration but misses the next) In his rise to glory he will find that power comes at a price, and the price may be more thsn he bargained for in the Twilight Zone "

EDIT:
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A crossover between The Twilight Zone and Gilligan's Island wherein Gilligan et al. make it back to the mainland only to discover that the world has been devestated by nuclear war and they are the only survivors
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1573 on: April 06, 2019, 09:49:40 pm »
So in other words: everything is better with Rod Serling.
O, the Frog fell down to Tehran.
To fix the broken hourglass in the sun.
From the gates, to the city, to the market so pretty,
They'd not leave until they were done.

Said the Goddess to the Frog,
"You'd best be moving along."
So sayeth the water, the words of Anahita,
But the Frog just made themselves a bog.

And lo, they said:

"May I have your shoes, miss?
O great Water Goddess,
I've a journey that I need to start."
She responded from her knowing, wise heart.

With this, said the Goddess,
"Go now, take these shoes with."
And covered their webbed feet with glee.
"You'll do good not to disappoint me."

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« Reply #1574 on: April 07, 2019, 04:25:09 pm »
*Reboot of The Brady Bunch where one side of the family is black

*Another crossover of Twilight Zone and Gilligan's Island, this time where it turns out that the reason they can never leave the island is because they actually died in the storm and have been ghosts the whole time
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