(Btw, I know this show is so old that it really doesn’t deserve this warning, but SPOILERS ahead)
Wow, it is hard to believe how long it took. Well, actually, the length of time is to blame on Angel, since I watched them both concurrently to get “the best experience” of the universe of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Its been…an interesting experience. This is probably the best mediocre show I’ve watched.
So why did I watch it? Well, by the time I got tired of the show I was still too invested into it to give it up. Although, to say I got invested is being a bit too generous. I mostly watched it to see what would happen. Which this may be because this is not my type of show. I have never really been a big fan of the vampire genre. The main reason I watched it was to see what all the fuss was about. You hear about this show a lot due to its creator, Joss Whedon. Being a fan of Firefly, I had to see what all the fuss really was about. Especially when I saw it on Netflix.
This show is campy at first. In fact, it was downright painful to get through and its really only thanks to certain friends on Twitter that I got through it. They shall remain nameless, but they know who they are >_>… The show started picking up in about season 2.5. Even then, I don’t think it was till season 3 that it became somewhat enjoyable. After that, the show goes on a while and it isn’t too bad overall. But not too great, I’ll try and explain. I should also note that CGI/special effects weren’t too bad either, I’ll give it credit for holding up after all these years.
What is the main fault of the show? The lack-of-death suspense. Actually, what’s funny about the show is that it threw it out in the first season. Sure, it would surprise you but after that, all the fights really become…pointless. I mean, how many apocalypses do we go through on the show? I lost count after three. Which made the last few seasons really pointless because its “oh no, another apocalypse is coming, we’re all doomed, oh wait, nope, most everyone survives it, some might be injured, but its all happy-go-lucky.” Bring on the next apocalypse! Yay….I guess. Really, between this show and Angel I think we have enough apocalypses to destroy the galaxy…
I’ll give the show credit, the humor is pretty good. Despite some of the agonizingly bad puns, there is quite a bit of good humor that is not saturated with the once-modern pop culture. (Though with some exceptions). I found myself laughing out loud several times throughout the show so I will give it credit for that.
The character interactions are at least believable. If sometimes requiring a few leaps of faith for plots sake. One of my bigger issues with the show was actually the clique characters that showed up and clique/overdone plot points. When you saw the overdone plot points, these episodes were incredibly painful. Didn’t help the fact that I could predict every action in the show, or at least take a stab out of 1 of 2 choices and be right most of the time.
As far as watching both at the same time for the “best experience”. I’m….in disagreement. For the most part, both shows stay fairly independent of each other. With a few exceptions here or there, there is really no reason to watch them both at the same time. It is disappointing because the cross-overs are rare and to a degree, pointless. And they could have had some great crossing over of the two shows, but about the only good ones was Faith swapping from show to show as her character went along. Sure, we had some interesting cross-overs, but overall, it was an opportunity that never really took form. Yeah, I know, being harsh here, but I felt like this could have been done better and richer.
I don’t mean to be hard on this show. But it is dated. It is certainly not as timeless as a lot of shows out there. There are some good points and some bad points. Its not a terrible show but its not a good show. Yeah, it sounds like I’m unable to make up my mind, but its really how best I can describe this show. Its not something I plan on watching again, but I wouldn’t mind watching it either. I’ll give it credit that it managed the characters pretty well, though I don’t have enough of a solid opinion on them tbh.
Overall, if your a fan of Vampires and the whole fantasy genre surrounding them, this is most definitely a show for you. For me, I’m slightly impressed with what they did, but found it overall to be a “meh” as far as shows go. It never hit what I felt could have been its potential. Still, it was enjoyable enough that I didn’t feel like I wasted my time with it either, though I doubt I would have ever finished the show if I felt it completely did. And perhaps all this is a bit harsh on the show, considering its origins and considering how old it is. But afterall, it is just my 2cents.
-King Isaac Linksr