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so, where have I been the past 3 months....


.....the Buffyverse!!!


Just watched the Angel series finale last night. I am exhausted from it all really. Having all the DVD's right there, it became like a race to get through it all. 12 seasons of television, over 250 episodes. Sometimes I was managing 2 seasons in a week!! (eek!!)

Overall impressions....wow, so hard to put into words. I guess it was all a bit of a let down, to be honest, but before you get all outraged let me explain. Buffy defines cult TV, people gush over it in everywhich way and because of that, I don't know, I was expecting...I'm not sure...but not what I ended up watching.

Buffy

I had to keep reminding myself that this was 12 years ago, that on occasion when I felt I'd seen the same plotline countless times before I had to remind myself that every other show was probably copying Buffy in turn. Buffy seasons 1,2,3 > 4,5,6,7 definitely. I loved Angel, Spike, Darla and Dru, I loved the old school Library, the days when Giles was important and of Willow's fluffy cardigans.

But in saying that, aside from Spike, my all time favourite Buffy character is Anya, someone who was mainly in the latter seasons. She made me giggle. Dawn I was indifferent on, dark!Willow was just a little silly, the trio were stupid and, especially into s7, my biggest issues with the show was that it wasn't about that core group of characters anymore. I know the intent was to go larger but those characters are why people love the show, those characters are why I continued watching. Also, Buffy stopped being punny and that was basically the only thing Sarah Michelle Gellar had going for her. So, yeah.

Angel

Angel was a great show and I think, if I had been watching these shows live, I would definitely have been looking forward to a new Angel episode during seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4 rather than a Buffy episode from seasons 4, 5, 6 and 7. Angel, Cordelia and Wesley all became better characters in moving from Buffy to Angel and if for that one reason only I'm glad this show was made so we could appreciate these characters more. I loved Fred just as much as Angel, Cordy and Wes. Doyle and Gunn I was indifferent to, Lilah was a treat but I prefered Lindsey. Lorne and Connor...unfortunately I could never really could warm to them at all.

My major thing with Angel, I've come to realise, is that every season was near flawless apart from one horrid plot line they always seemed to shove in which ruin the whole flow of the season. Lets list them.

s1: Not too shabby honestly. I liked Kate and liked how Gunn was introduced I suppose. Maybe Doyle as he was there for such a brief moment it was hardly worth the effort at all.
s2: Pylea (medieval alternate dimensions done on a TV budget will never look good)
s3: Connor (everything up to his birth was awesome, Darla should have killed them both!)
s4: evil Cordy (not only did they make her the villain but a villain who has sex with her sorta almost stepson (Connor), then has an (evil, fully grown) baby to him. ergh)
s5: Iiiyria (why kill Fred, a beloved character, when Iiiyria brought nothing major to the plot)

Although I have my reservations I would truly recommend the Buffy/Whedon'verse to everyone and anyone. Character driven drama, with a mytharc spanning 200+ episodes, that is why television was invented really. Any 'verse that epic is worth getting sucked into (expect maybe if it's Smallville. Alien child is raised as human. Has super powers. Other people do to. He grows up. Mayhem ensues. He eventually becomes Superman. Seriously, that's all you really need to know. ;)
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Hm I missed this post as it looks like it was over my busy weekend from a few weeks back, but yay for watching Buffy! Anya is fab.

Doyle was on Angel for such a brief period of time because of the actor having drug problems, IIRC.

I love the Fanged Four (that's Angel, Darla, Dru, and Spike). they are fabulous and I love how Buffy 5x07 "Fool for Love" goes hand in hand with Angel 2x07 "Darla." Those flashbacks were love and I love how the mirror scenes were shot. Just wonderful.

Lindsey is the freaking MAN. I adored that guy and found it fucking lame he died in the end.

I liked Kate, too. That's an unpopular opinion.

Overall, I like Buffy 5 and 6 the most out of the Buffy's. 2 and 3 are next. Then 1, 4, and 7 go to last. For Angel, I can usually pick out episodes I love, but have troubles picking out my fave season. Maybe season 2. But fucking Pylea ruins it. Even if there's Joss Whedon as Numfar doing the Dance of Joy in it. Even if it's how we're introduced to Fred who is one half of my Buffyverse OTP-even-if-I'm-a-multi-shipper-who-ships-pretty-much-anyone-with-anyone-except-Giles-'cause-he's-only-shipped-with-people-that-are-older-than-Buffy-and-the-rest-of-the-Scoobies: Fred/Willow. (I effing love "Orpheus" from season 4.)

ANYWHO. The reason why I came to your journal is because I heard about the ChCh earthquake and you are the only one of my online peeps that lives in ChCh and I haven't heard from yet. So please let me know if you are OK.

And with that, I say good night.

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