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Old July 15th 10, 15:44   #311
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I put on Once More With A Feeling this morning while doing my morning routine, but had to sit down and re-watch the Anya/Giles/Xander sequence and caught a line I missed last time, about the police taking "witness arias."

I didn't make the Joan of Arc connection... so she was a slayer and fought the British? Not a bad resume.

Wikipedia confirms that, though, and points out that in France the reference didn't work, ironically, because it's "Jean d'Arc" there, so hearing "Joan" wouldn't have meant anything to them. Also that Xander was always called Alexander in the French translations so the joke of everyone calling him Alex in the episode didn't work for them.


About the relationships, I just remember another one that felt more believable than the others: Willow and Oz. Willow's love life is the only one in the show that is effective, so I'm going to credit Hannigan's work for making that happen.
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Old July 15th 10, 22:17   #312
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Added to my digital music library, under Soundtracks, joining Amadeus, The Blues Brothers, The Harder They Come, Pulp Fiction, Singles, and O Brother Where Art Thou. It's a good group.
(Purple Rain, Shaft and Superfly are, of course, listed under their respective artists)

Even though it's the same recordings as from the TV show, it sure "sounds" different without the visuals. Spike sounds better, almost everyone else sounds worse, Tara still sounds fantastic. There's also a demo of Whedon's singing Buffy's revelation song from the end of the ep. The suites from other episodes are nifty, especially Hush.
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Old July 16th 10, 04:22   #313
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Ow my head hurts- it's just been beaten over the head with the magic-as-addiction metaphor.\\

So now that I'm about half-way in, can someone explain- WITHOUT SPOILERS- why this season is so hated? Yes, the nerd villain trio is lame, as discussed. But that's really a small part of the season so far. It's mostly around Buffy dealing with being brought back from heaven, acting out by sleeping with Spike, and Willows plunge into darkness. This is actually pretty interesting stuff, why the hate?
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Old July 16th 10, 08:43   #314
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I never hated season 6 - I tought the overall seasonal arc was a bit daft, but I found it enjoyable enough.

I didn't *hate* season 7, but I found it dreary and dull. Season 4 of Angel is the only Buffyverse season I truly disliked, IIRC.
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Old July 16th 10, 14:00   #315
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My problem with season 7 of Buffy is that it feels in some spots like they just didn't have enough time to give the story the room it deserved, and in other spots it feels like they're spinning their wheels waiting until the ending finally comes.

There are many parts of season 4 of Angel that I really enjoy, but there are some aspects to it that are too forced; they just didn't adapt the planned story to real life circumstances all that well.

But I guess that's what happens when Joss is busy doing Firefly and leaving Buffy and Angel more in the hands of his lieutenants.
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Old July 16th 10, 14:10   #316
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Ow my head hurts- it's just been beaten over the head with the magic-as-addiction metaphor.\\

So now that I'm about half-way in, can someone explain- WITHOUT SPOILERS- why this season is so hated?
I think that which hurt your head is a good part of why season 6 isn't as liked as other seasons. It has some good moments, but there are times when it feels like the show is a bit too blatant with the metaphor. And looking at the list of episodes in the second half of the season, there really just isn't much happy or funny to punctuate the pain; the season's pretty depressing.
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Old July 16th 10, 14:21   #317
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But the show's always been blatant and heavy-handed with metaphors. Isn't one of the things that the show got attention for was that teenage problems were represented by literal monsters? Let's face it, if this show were any more subtle, it would be at all subtle.

I'm expecting the rest of the season to be heavy because addiction stories are never light-hearted romps. The reason I look forward to it is that it will center around the strongest actress in the show.
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Old July 17th 10, 00:44   #318
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Buffy in a fast food joint and everybody gets eaten- decent 1st season episode.
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Old July 17th 10, 23:51   #319
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Angel is Pete Campbell's father! Boy that sure explains a lot.

Loved the Buffy as a mental patient in an alternate universe thing, especially the ending in that universe, not the show's "real" one.

Now that I'm nearing the end of season 6, I think I get why this season is disliked despite its many enjoyable moments and themes: without an adversary as menacing as evil Angel or Glory, there is no sense of larger stakes. Everything is basically about internal weaknesses, relationships, personal issues, that kind of stuff.
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The season doesn't end without some larger stakes though.
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