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19 July 2009 @ 09:40 pm
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I meant to make a big fancy-ass post detailing my Thoughts on seasons 1-4 of Buffy and the last few eps of Gossip Girl, which I finally got around to seeing. (You might think, from reading this, that my life is massively busy and intense. You would be wrong.) In fact, my Thoughts can be quite easily distilled into a few points. Thoughtlettes, if you will.


Buffy
Angel and his emopain need to DIAF. The only time he was interesting was during that "Dude, Where's My Soul?" plot cycle. I don't like his backstory, either, especially compared to Spike's. WHY IS RANDOMLY IRISH?
I find it deeply, deeply difficult to become invested in Buffy's relationships. Riley is soooooo booooooring, in fact I died of boredom just typing his name.
Anya and Spike are the BEST characters.
My favourite finale so far was season three's. Whoosh! Gowns and mortars off, daggers out!
Late nineties, yes, but the couching of Tara and Willow's relationships in coy Victoriana terms pissed me off mightily.
THE FASHIONS, OH GOD, MY EYES. One time, Buffy wears TIE-DYED BROWN PANTS.



Gossip Girl
CHUCK. CHUCK. CHUCK.
What, you wanted coherence?
'I HAD A SCRAPBOOK TOO.'
There you go.



17 Again
WHAT. A. DREADFUL. FILM.
They should have just made a montage of Zefron's pecs and saved us all the trouble of sitting through the hot mess that was the actual film. What girl ever swoons at the idea of a SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD GUY rhapsodising over babies? There are probably more LotR-style nerds than 'normal' people nowadays, so I doubt Headmistress Lady needed to cast her net so wide. Also, shouldn't it be Elvish, not Elf?

I think I would have liked it better if he dumped his pregnant gf and got to know her again after an equally unfulfilling life. Or if Chandler Bing stayed Zac Efron. I know I'd take that option if I were Chandler Bing.


Anyone want to burble with/at me? Without spoiling the other seasons of Buffy, please!
 
 
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daybreaqdaybreaq on July 21st, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
It's been awhile since I watched "Buffy." I have to be careful about what I say because my memory is just hazy enough to forget exactly how far into the story Season 4 goes.

Spike and Anya were my favorites too! So yay!

No one and I mean NO ONE liked Riley.

I don't think I'm spoiling too much when I state my opinion that the portrayal of the Willow/Tara relationship got better and much less coy. I generally liked Willow/Tara. The thing that bugged me in general was they couldn't admit Willow was actually bisexual for some reason. Once she was with Tara, she could only be "gay" to the point where she actually says, "Hello, gay now," at one point directly indicating it's somehow impossible that she'd be interested in a man sexually. THAT was stupid because she clearly wasn't faking her love or attraction to Oz or her crush and obvious attraction to Xander either. It always felt like to me TPTB decided having lesbian characters was pushing the envelope as far as they could go but that people wouldn't be able to handle bisexual.

I always felt Angel was overrated on "Buffy" though he certainly had his fans. The word was that "Liam's" Irish accent was really bad. As a hopelessly tone deaf American, I couldn't really tell. So was it? I did like the character much better on his own show ... after the first season. I think a big part of that was David Boreanaz gradually became a better actor. There's a tendency to think of acting as only in terms of "natural talent" but a lot of it is purely learned skill. I always thought it was a bit of an interesting symbolism or something that Spike and Angel kinda had the same first name. So I *think* Angel may have been Irish so his name could be "Liam" an Irish derivative/nickname of William.

They put the word out that they were going to make a new "Buffy" movie; but it's going to be a remake of the original movie (which wasn't that great IMO. In fact, I initially avoided the TV series because I had seen the movie.) The producers of the original movie still have the rights to it and Joss Whedon (Buffy creator) will NOT be involved and it won't be part of his "Jossverse" (the universe of the "Buffy" and "Angel" TV shows and comics.) As I recall, he had little creative control of the original movie though he did write the script. I believe he stated several times the TV series was more what he intended the movie to be. Anyway, this just irritates me.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: realityscoradh on July 22nd, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
No one and I mean NO ONE liked Riley.

I don't think even Buffy liked him that much! I certainly didn't think ZANDER did, which was why his 'go get 'em!' speech struck me as so ... OOC. I guess someone had to do it, otherwise we couldn't have that very moving helicopter sequence.

I have to say the gay v bisexual thing was not something that ever occurred to me. I'm just mad they got their first on-screen kiss at Joyce's funeral instead of that cute ep where they were dancing/floating on air. :(

I didn't even notice Angel's real name was Liam. I think I've retroactively blanked out a lot of the series that involved him because ZZZZZZZZZZ. He had his moments ... sadly only while evil. I just can't see the attraction of a show where the male lead can't fall in love or have sex like, ever. And yes, his accent was dreadful. I'd suggest you rent out Intermission or In Bruges to see just how dreadful it is, but then you'd have to watch Intermission or In Bruges ... Catch 22.

Did that even come out in cinemas? I saw the DVD and 'Buffy' looks wrong, although I'm tempted by Joss' scriptwriting. If he wrote the new one I'd also be happy, although why they can't just tell the story of the next Slayer is beyond me ... but then, this is the industry that wanted to make a sequel to Romeo and Juliet.
daybreaqdaybreaq on July 22nd, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
I think it was out in theaters in the US for maybe a week or so. (I saw it years ago via rental videotape.) I think the reason *they* can't tell the story of the next Slayer is the people who are making this movie have no rights beyond the storyline of the original movie itself. It's a strange loophole I think. Anything beyond that movie, Joss Whedon has creative control over. Basically, *they* are cashing in on Joss Whedon's later success from doing the idea his way after they kinda messed up the first try.