What have I done over the past few days? Spent it with my first love. Not that one. My true first love - Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Sigh. I think it was probably the bawz that was Southland Tales and my disappointment at what seems to be SMG’s career after Buffy that left me with the urgent need to break out the DVDs. I have so much love. A love that will never die.SMG, in my opinion, has made some pretty bad choices in her career sans Buffy. And that’s not what I wanted. I wasn’t bitter and twisted and wished a professional death to all actors involved. I wanted to see them flourish and show themselves on a ‘bigger’ stage. But, c’mon, fucking Scooby Doo? Twice?? I can only assume it was purely out of love for his husband. I loved Cruel Intentions but that was during Buffy. Simply Irresistible I’ve seen about six times and it just gets worse -- Don’t ask me why I’ve seen it six times. I watch movies I hate more than regular people watch movies they love. Simply Irresistible is case in point.
Normal person: ‘Oh I loved Titanic! I’ve seen it 3 times!’
Me: ‘Yeah? I’ve seriously seen it about fifty. Seriously. I used to keep count, last count I remember was 33 and that was in the first year of it being released on video. It dwindled since then… But I still kick your ass.’
Anyway. Harvard Man? Terrible, implausible, awful. It’s in my collection and I’ve only watched it twice. That’s an indication of how bad it is.
The Grudge/The Grudge 2/The Return – I confess I have not seen. I’m not really that interested in horror, though I have been made to watch quite a few sick, bizarre and rare trash movies because I have several friends who have an overwhelming love for horror. (Can I pick ‘em or can I pick ‘em?) But from reviews, articles and the like my only thoughts on these are that SMG is surely better than this shit? Is she trying to distance herself from Buffy in a way that’ll stop people seeing her as (what was then) the revolutionary, turn the concept on it’s head Tiny Blonde Heroine to the prosaic, stereotypical Tiny Blonde Victim?
It’s probably unfair to judge as I haven’t seen them, but who gives a shit? Are the judgement police gonna batter down my door? Whatever. *walks away from that lame quip*
So then her CV’s got a lot of voicework on it. Fine, cool. Didn’t see a lot of them (TMNT, anyone?) but OK.
Then there’s Suburban Girl and Possession which I haven’t seen (mostly because they weren’t released over here and I had no idea until I looked at IMDB). Suburban Girl looks like fairly standard rom-com fare with a lukewarm response, which I am in no way opposed to. I often like to sit down with a predictable schmaltzy movie. But it doesn’t look like SMG’s setting the world alight.
As I see from the IMDB.com message board on Possession, someone seems to have having similar thoughts - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368563/
Anyway. That wasn’t even what I wanted to write about. SMG isn’t even my favourite cast alumni (That would be Dushku.) but I ran away there…
But I’m getting to the point. And my point is this – I loved and still love Buffy an unhealthy amount. It’s like not seeing an old lover for a while. You can think of them and reminisce. You can adore them in their absence. You can think about all the good times together. You can look at a picture of them and go slightly giddy. You can hear about what they’re doing now and be jealous/intimidated/saddened/proud/
ATM, What’s My Line pt 2 is on in the background. Actually, I paused it because it’s at the point with Buffy and Kendra in the library with Giles as they figure out what’s going on with the two slayer thing and I don’t want to miss a single moment of Kendra dialogue. (‘Chick Fight?’ and ‘Dats me favourite shirt – Dat’s me only shirt! are two favourites) In the short time I had with you, Kendra, we loved a lifetime’s worth. But you had to go. Because Dru was awesome and otherwise my other favourite slayer would’ve never come to town.
I wouldn’t describe myself a season 1-3 purist. I enjoy 4-7 immensely, even when others bitch and moan and whine. But I do think that season 2 is my favourite and I think that’s because of the superb arc plotting, great standalones, supreme evil characters (unholy trio of Dru, Spike and Angelus) but mostly because season two Buffy, as a character, is the one that I truly love. The one that is vulnerable and coming into her own. The one that is unsure but still fights for what is right. The one that is wistful of a normal life but loves and appreciates who she has in her life then…
Season 3 may be superior on the whole. It has many plus points over season 2. I do think it is slow to start but it has so much packed in - Faith, the Mayor, yet more great standalones, The Wish, Doppelgangland, the downfall of Faith, the supreme finale and the emotional journey of all the characters as they’re reaching this pivotal moment of ‘What the Hell do I do after school?’
But sometimes I wonder why. When all I need is in an episode of Buffy.]