So that was “Buffy the Vampier Slayer” the television series… overall, I gotta say that I’m pretty impressed. It took me a little while to really warm up to the show (it had me by the third season) and my appreciation for it cooled off at times (especially during most of Season Six) but that final season… wow. I’m almost afraid to read “Season 8” in its comic form now… and I love comics, but I don’t understand why they couldn’t just let the series end where it did. It ended at a near perfect moment (which as I have read, was more or less ruined by the subsequent season of “Angel” so perhaps an extra season as a comic book isn’t such a bad thing after all).
It’s really Whedon’s magical touch for the high concept, character driven series that sets him apart from so much of his competition. As far as I’m concerned his only real rival lies in J.J. Abrams, and while Abrams might have him beat on the high concept front, he doesn’t hold a candle to Whedon’s ability to make you relate to his characters, and in my opinion that’s the most important thing of all. I don’t have much else to say other than that (well, I do… but I have so much to say about this series that I’d end up losing you all and myself about halfway through) but I’ll leave you with a few final images and a rundown of my thoughts on the characters.
Note: Angel will not be appearing on this list as he was what really held me back from enjoying the first couple seasons. From his brief appearances after Season 3 it seems like he got away from his more… annoying habits, once he had to start supporting his own T.V. show. (Why they ever thought that would be a good idea is beyond me.) Regardless, Angel drools, Spike rules. And yes, I’m a six-year-old school girl when it comes to Spike.
Cute and a lesbian… what more could a man want?
Hot and straight. Okay, now really, what more could a man want?
Xander was one lucky, lucky man. Until the whole eye thing. Well actually, that poor bastard went through a lot, but most of the time, he had this waiting for him when it was all said and done. I’d take this for that.
Speaking of Xander… he was probably my favourite character on the show for the first couple of seasons and really the only reason I stuck with it at first. For now I suppose he’ll have to put up with being my third favourite, but him saving the day at the end of Season Six is still one of the highlights of the series and almost completely redeems Season Six for how lost in itself it got at times.
Bad Ass. What else can you say? (Okay you could also probably make a “WARRIORSSSS COME OUT AND PLAAAAAY!” joke, but seriously whose sad enough to do that?) Normally I despise the bad boy characters and champion the more sensitive and caring types (cough Angel cough) but I cannot do that here. And why? Cause Spike was the man. Pure and simple. He was so bad ass that it made him sensitive and caring. And his poetry is the shit.
Ahh Giles, my favourite character. How often I would worry at the end of each season that this would be your last Apocalypse, only for you to surprise me and survive them all. No one can best your witty british sense of humour and precision point timing. Sure you disappeared for nearly half of Season Six and Seven, and believe me, you were sorely missed, but you always came back and kicked some more ass. “I’d like to test that theory” is the best line before opening up a can of kick ass on a big bad ever. Smile old man, you deserve it.
And to pure Buffy enthusiasts out there, I apologize that my favourite characters were all male. I’m sure that this pigeon holds me as some misogynistic asshole who can’t appreciate one of the best pieces of feminist power art-form for the right reasons. And all I can say in response is, I love you. (But my loyalty lies with the funny, and I’m sorry, those three were the funniest among many funny characters.)
Onto Season 8…