So finally we reached the end of the wretched mess of a season which was Buffy Season 6 and it really makes you wonder if the series should have just ended with what would have been a fitting ending of season 5? Of course back in the day none of us were ready to say goodbye to Buffy and of course the idea of her being resurrected for season 6 was unquestionably a welcome one. Sadly it seems this was as far as the showrunners got with their planning for what we end up with was a largely forgettable season bar a handful of episodes such as Xander and Anya’s wedding and the much beloved “Once More With Feeling”
One of the big mistakes of the season is the lack of any real big evil, as here we get “The Trio” who outside of Warren’s slow corruption in his quest for power are never really a threat though they do provide many of the season’s high points with their bumbling attempts to take out Buffy largely thanks to the inclusion of Andrew and Jonathan. Perhaps their combination of techology and magical abilities could have made them more of a threat but sadly it was not to be as they main purpose is to pave the way for Dark Willow.
Here lies one of the major downfalls of the season, for not only has Willow continually been an irritating presence since season 4 but here this season it was really cranked up several notches as drunk on her own success at bringing Buffy back from the dead, the egotistical Willow is much like having to deal with a drunk when everyone else is sober. Sure they might be having a good time as we got to watch her and Amy go off on magical benders but no one else really was and the attempts to add emotional weight by having Tara leave her only felt cheap. Now by the time we reach the end game and Dark Willow is triggered by Tara accidental being shot by Warren the chances are you were more upset at the loss of Tara than what it meant for their relationship.
Dark Willow just doesn’t work as a big evil outside of the draw of having Willow and Buffy fight things out which considering the two have been on the same power level for a while on paper just have some minor appeal. However by the time the pair face off its against an overpowered Willow in what is essentially a massively unbalanced fight that Buffy has no real way to win as proven by Giles return in what easily was one of the best moments of the entire season unlike say how she ultimately beaten by Xander of all people which was great in that it gave him a purpose outside of comic relief but an achievement drenched in overworked smaltz.
The misguided attempts to tap into the emotional side of the characters frequently proves to be the downfall of the season be it Dawn’s Kleptomania or the Buffy and Spike getting together a direction for the show which still makes zero sense even now, while his attempted rape of Buffy after their relationship disolves only served to break the character in a way which its hard to redeem him from even though the series ends with his quest to regain his soul.
So were do the issues come from? Well one of the main reasons can be placed with Joss Wheldon stepping down as the show runner to work on “Firefly” leaving Marti Noxon to take over as Show runner and in many ways left the show drifting away from its routes and generally pushing characters in directions which we didn’t want to see. Marti Noxon would continue as the showrunner as we move into the final season which is often viewed as the worst….or is it?
Join me next time we start our look back at Season 7 in which Buffy faces off against The First Evil who are now targeting potential slayers around the world, forcing Buffy to ally with some familiar faces as she battles to save the Slayer bloodline.
It’s certainly been a season of brave choices for the show as we not only saw the introduction of a major new character in Buffy’s sister Dawn but also the death of her mother both things which on their own could have threatened to derail the show so all the more credit to the show runners for being able to somehow pull them both off.
This season we also saw Buffy tackling her toughest foe to date in the hell god Glory, who not only managed to be both a terrifying challenge for her to battle but also frequently providing some of the funiest moments of the season as she tormented Buffy and belittled the dimwitted and unfaulting devotion of her demonic minions.
So here we are at the end of another season and what a diversive season this one has been which was the general opinion going into it, with some fan regarding it as the worse while I proclaimed it my favourite.
Revisiting this season in a more critical frame of mind it unquestionably has been clear this time round how many ups and down this season has had as we essentially saw the group being divided as Buffy, Willow and Oz headed off to College. Xander hit the road and Giles celebrated his new unemployed status by hooking up with old friends and giving us the occasional musical moment. Unquestionably it was a transformative season and perhaps because of the division these various life paths caused with the group that it failed to sit with some fans who perhaps would have preferred more of the group mentality we got with those first three seasons.
I guess I forgot all about this Season 2 wrap-up as I’ve been planning for Halloween and had family visiting. But it’s also kind of a testament to the show itself how low it ranks on my to do list. Looking back over my previous posts for each episode I realize just how little impact this show has on me.
Season 3 has been kind of a weird one to revisit especially as it played a lot differently than my nostalgic memories with this season being certainly one of the heavier “Monster of the Week” seasons while our big bad in Mayor Wilkins who basically spent most of the season hiding out at city hall. Occasionally he sent a henchmen to deal with Buffy or appeared to be playing the puppet master, but ultimately it was all a lot of distraction while we edged ever closer to the big finale.
Well, I know I did loads of complaining, and it wasn’t exactly a very even season of iZombie, and at times they seemed to be making up the rules as they went along, but I’d rather take it the way it was than not have it all. And it definitely ended on a high note.
My biggest complaint, obviously, was Liv’s over-the-top (how many times have I typed these three words this season?) antics while on most of her brains. They were normally for laughs, and usually well earned, or they led to big changes, like when Clive severed ties with her after her superhero brain adventures. But I feel that this season they decided to change things up and make Liv take on a brain’s most dominant trait, whereas last season, that wasn’t always the case. Not only did it lead to some ridiculous gags, I also feel it’s very short-sighted to say a person amounted to this one personality trait. When she ate the brain of the prostitute in the pilot, she didn’t try to sell her body to anyone. She became a kleptomaniac and spoke the victim’s native language. When she ate the amorous artist’s brain, she spoke in extreme detail about things she saw, picked up a paintbrush and tried to get back together with Major. So I’m a little disappointed they decided to settle on this angle.
A bit of a nutty season, no? As much as I still love Rick, maybe he shouldn’t plan things anymore. First his plan to lead the quarry herd away from Alexandria got a lot of people killed in the first half of the season, which led to the walls collapsing and more deaths, like his girlfriend. Then he planned to kill all the Saviors with zero information about them or their compound, and ends up on his knees with his son, new girlfriend and 8 besties all at the mercy of Negan. I think maybe we should put someone new in charge for awhile.
Season 2 really has been something of a mixed bag for the show, as here having setup its premise with the brief 13 episode first season here really stepped things up and made the most of having a full 22 episode run as we start to see the Scoobie members starting to settle into their roles, while others powers start to awaken.
So here we already at the end of the first season which isn’t surprising that its flown by so quickly especially considering that the show was a mid season filler and such only given a half season order of thirteen episodes, only to of course far succeed what anyone expected from the show and while many fans will often look to the later seasons when getting nostalgic about the show, it’s been a pleasant surprise to be reminded during this revisit of how many good episodes this first season had.