I'm not watching it tonight, but I just wanted to say I'm excited to watch Saving Private Ryan
on Blu-ray this coming week. It will be my first time watching the movie at all, actually. I know, I know, where have I been?
As for what I'm actually watching, I'm still working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
that Mark convinced me to try. I'm on the third season. The series did have me worried, but the writing has certainly gotten more engaging over time. Certain things still bug me about the show, but it's getting easier to overlook them and focus on the stronger aspects.
- The overwhelming majority of the bad guys are two-dimensional throwaway characters. Spike has some depth (which I hope keeps developing), but I still wouldn't go so far as to say he's a standout compared to other great characters in fiction.
- The fight scenes. They're boring to watch. I think they're supposed to inject energy into the show, but they're simply not done well. This kind of goes hand-in-hand with the uninteresting bad guys. If there was any emotional weight to the encounters, the bad choreography could be saved, but they're mostly just there to show Buffy being a vampire slayer, lest the audience forget.
- Buffy and Angel. Their dynamic doesn't do a whole lot for me. Occasionally some sort of sympathy will stir inside me, but for the most part I find it hard to relate to their love story.
- The supporting characters. Mark, you're right about the character interaction making the show. The writing has improved a lot in this regard, and I find myself liking Xander, Willow, and even Cordelia sometimes. Giles has his moments, too. Without a doubt, the way these characters deal with each other is the most engaging part of the show.
Hmm, I'm having trouble thinking of more to say. I know I had some other points to make, but for now they've drifted into the murky depths. I suppose the main point is that despite my distaste for Joss Whedon, I do find there's enough to enjoy in the series to continue watching. Oh, I'll still hang my head in shame for watching it, don't get me wrong, but I'll at least acknowledge that there's something there to appreciate. Ha ha.