(Some Season 8 Spoilers Ahead)
I reluctantly read Buffy Season 8. I have nothing against it coming in, but I really didn’t like Buffy Season 6 and 7 (mostly the very abusive and overly angsty relationship of Buffy/Spike). But I went with it anyway and I was pleasantly surprised. It had the same Buffyesque feel, the same witty banter and action and it lived up to my expectations immensely. The Xander/Dracula interaction was hilarious.
The Twilight arch however very much disappointed me.
There was too much going on- were they really battling Hindi gods at one point? And they fracked up poor Oz’s home life after he was luckily able to get away from the Buffy team and Willow’s lesbian cheating ways in the first place (well she didn’t technically cheat, but she did lead poor Oz on for a while and make both Oz and Tara feel horrible…don’t judge me, this is as close to a soap opera as I can get).
But there was TOO much flying sex during Buffy’s Twilight ascension, it was hilarious bc violent sex seems to be a thumbs up do it again and this time with more dynamite theme in Buffyverse. But after a certain point I was becoming confused about whether I was participating unknowingly in soft porn distribution. I like sex as much as the next guy-or girlie person-but umm against a mountain upside down in the air and in the stratosphere drifting towards the moon seems honestly just like it hurts.
But besides that, the last issue was a realization of the truth of Buffy-her humble, simplistic beginnings. Whedon kills off our dear Giles and we’re left once more in a world that isn’t very nice to our dear Buffy. She struggles to survive both the real world and slaying. She also has a we hate Buffy fan club on her tail, including Willow, after Buffy pretty much smashes magic to pieces.
[END OF SPOILERS-DON’T LOOK UP SILLY]
I think Whedon has experimented enough now and is willing to get right back on the wagon and write Buffy the way we like her-struggling, quirky and above all human. He’s planned to write a lot of the first half of the comics and he also addresses the fact that he overdid the Twilight arch. I agree. The whole idea of Twilight is somewhat confusing and unbelievable.
And for godsake, was no one else hoping that there would be a Buffy and Spike shagathon? Bc I was practically bleeding from the nose hoping for it. Sigh. My Spike never gets the action he deserves. Stupid Buffy.
This is What I Hope for in Season 9 Buffy List:
- Spike and Buffy action of a type where he doesn’t get beat up or have to take vamp counseling for vampires abused by the Slayer
- Buffy kicking more ass
- NO Dawn/Xander, there’s some weird stepbrother dynamic that makes me cringe
- Buffy finding a career/interest in life outside of slaying
- Evil Willow again. It was hot, continue the evil!
- NO ANGEL. He’s so blaaaahhhh
- Xander finds a new eye that shoots laser beams like Cyclops but can only be activated once his other eye is closed.
- Giles’ resurrection. WTF Whedon, kill off Buffy too why don’t you!
- Dr Horrible makes a singing debut as the new villain-actually I want a really bad ass, horribly terrifying villain this time- like the First/Nathan Fillion’s Character with a mix of Soulless Angel evil
- Me as a possible writer for it, I have the knowledge to do it, Whedon!! Grant me a chance!
I’m excited about what may be coming. I also might read Dollhouse as well since I loved Alpha, but I’m not sure about that commitment yet. Whedon has been on a roll also hasn’t he? The new Avengers movie, the possible horror movie Cabin in the Woods along with his comic book writing? Dude’s phenomenal, mad respect.
I’m glad there will be less issues over the expanse of two years and that only Joss Whedon and Andrew Chambliss will be writing the issues exclusively. (Supposedly they will be more character specific! and no more musical chairs Buffy across the world.)
Still, despite the changes to come there’s still stuff I’m hoping to see but know may never come. Just curious, what would other people like to see happen in Season 9?
-Keep Reading. Keep Writing. ‘M out.