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she might just be the one who's going to save us all
And we finally finished Buffy Season Two last night. We'd quit for a while, then watched the last five episodes in two days. D got on a kick, and who am I to refuse?

When we started this rewatch, D hadn't really seen much of it since it went off. I'll watch reruns when I can find them (Chiller has them on at 7am weekdays), or sometimes put in a disc if I'm in a Buffy mood, but he had a lot of gaps in his memory about things. Sometimes he'd say, "Oh, yeah, I know what happens here" and others, "Wow, I don't remember this episode at all."

And he said, "Okay, I see why you love Xander so much." Because Xander is awesome! He was totally Key Guy. He was totally Buffy's second. Always had her back. Always there to save her, not because she needed saving, but because he wouldn't leave her.

You know, they really messed with his character later, but at the same time, ignoring him as they did meant he kinda came out the best in the end. He got his act together, he had a real job that he was good at and was becoming a career, which was more than anyone else had going.

And I'm with him on the big "lie" in "Becoming". I know why he did it, I don't hate him for it, and I don't think he's irredeemable because of it. I don't think it even requires redemption, because he had to say what no one else would. He had to be the one to put forth that it might not work and they couldn't count on it and why were they even bothering anyway.

I always say that Season Three is my favorite. In terms of plot and everything, it is. But Season Two really has it all in terms of characterization. I think from that standpoint, S2 might be a bit better. The characters just completely shine here.

Willow and her love of teaching! Where did that go? Where was that Willow when we needed her?

And Cordy! D and I had some massive Cordy love here in the second half of the season. Still snarky, still bitchy, and a good friend besides.

Spike when he was still entertaining. Non-woobie Spike.

Crazy, crazy Dru.

Tragic Giles.

Oz. Just Oz.

Kendra, Jenny, Joyce.... you all were so missed later. I love Faith, but would gladly have had more Kendra.

D wants to stop after Season Three. He says that's where it ends for him. He's not wrong.

Current Mood: nostalgic nostalgic
Current Music: she's too much--duran duran

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mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 4th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Most shows would do well to have a definitive endpoint after three or four years. I never could really get into Firefly or Dollhouse, but the short runs probably did help. Everyone gets to remember them before they hit that downslide.
serena_b From: serena_b Date: August 5th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I still like the later seasons of Buffy but I have to say, the first few were the best. Totally agree there. And Oz. I loved Oz. :)
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 6th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are a lot of great episodes in later seasons (I think S4 has mostly strong episodes but a weak overall arc, if that makes sense), but the ratio of good to bad really gets turned around in the last couple years. I may try to talk him into watching S4 though, or just watch it by myself.
3 pathetic excuses or justify your existence