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(02-14-2015, 07:25 PM)Metalrodent Wrote: The Voice, getting annoyed as normal. They turn for round frankly average singers every week yet a quality opera singer only has Will turn round, sadly I suspect it's because the others know he can't be sold commericially.

I suppose the problem with Opera in a show like that is that viewers aren't really sure whether it's good or bad, and the 'mentors' probably don't feel they can add as much value to the performer.

Just started 'The Killing'. Realised I had missed out on it and so purchased the bluray of the first 3 seasons on Amazon last week.

Also watching 'Suits' season 4, which is a show that I would highly recommend to anyone who didn't catch previous 3.
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#12
You. I'm watching you, Rodent.

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On topic, I've started a rerun of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, because I'm nostalgic for my late teens and all the lovely angst I've never actually gotten rid of, apparently. Big Grin Also starting American Horror Story. Absolutely bonkers, but rather enjoyable. Only 2 eps in, mind.
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#13
I look back at Buffy and think why didn't I do drugs like normal teenagers. It's not really as good as I remember. That and it seems Joss Whedon's idea of creating a strong female character seems to be to make her increasingly unlikable until I start rooting for the villains.
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(02-17-2015, 03:37 PM)Heavyarms_Kai Wrote: I look back at Buffy and think why didn't I do drugs like normal teenagers. It's not really as good as I remember. That and it seems Joss Whedon's idea of creating a strong female character seems to be to make her increasingly unlikable until I start rooting for the villains.

It definitely didn't age well, especially the CGI. Big Grin I think it was a generational thing, though - you'll forgive it if you loved it back then. I haven't a notion what someone nowadays watching it for the first time would think!! It was perfect teenage angst stuff. And it did tackle some good themes about growing up, etc, as well as disgracefully controversial topics like HOMOSEKSHUALS, which was done quite sensitively and without fuss (excluding Willow/Oz shippers blowing a collective gasket, that is.)

Buffy was a good character, but I always found it was a case of the supporting cast outshining the protagonist.

Of course, the main reason I loved it is that Eliza Dushku gave me the gay. Cool

Possibly off topic, but did you follow the continuation into the comics? "Season 8" kind of lost its shit a bit with Joss not having any logistical or geographical constraints on storytelling, but it's evened out ok. And the separate Angel & Faith book was actually excellent, and far outstripped the Season 9 Buffy comic.
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Well I can't blame you for the Dushku love, she was absurdly hot. I hated the episodes on drug...sorry 'magic' abuse and alcoholism. It felt like being brained with a sledgehammer. Funny thing was for a show that was supposed to be about 'female power' the slayers actually got their power from men, because if the shadow men hadn't performed the ritual on the first slayer to give her demonic level physical abilities none of the current slayers would be alive today. So Buffy having her little feminist rant in the last episode smacked of a complete lack of self awareness, both on the character and Whedon himself.

Never read the continuation, mostly because I heard something about Dawn turning into a Centaur or something and decided it was a bit too silly for me.
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Yes, but they reclaimed the power for themselves and changed the world...or something.  Big Grin I like to think of it as just "empowering", rather than all the feminist subtext. Could just as easily been a male character.

Yeah the centaur thing was completely ridiculous. I think he just decided to let loose and have fun in the new format. It's not perfect, and in all honesty I probably never would have gotten into it if it weren't a continuation of a show I loved for 7 years. It was more clinging to a past love. I'm the type who will stick with a franchise I love to the bitter end, even after it jumps the shark, slips into the water and drowns.  Big Grin The Angel & Faith book really did impress though - they had better writers and artists, who amazingly were shipped over to work on Buffy Season Ten.  Wink

I loved Dollhouse, but I dunno, she stopped being as hot after Buffy IMO. Perhaps she became far too skinny for my liking. God knows she wasn't fat in Buffy like, but she seemed to halve in size in later years. Still, we still have reruns and Google images...  Heart  Tongue

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Given Whedon's politics (extreme progressive left) I'm not that convinced. Wink
I remember one episode of Angel where there was this guy whose sweat (yes really) could bring out men's 'primal hatred of women' because yeah, we secretly hate you all and want to muderalise you (except the enlightened ones like Mr. Whedon I'm sureWink)
I did notice both Dushku and SMG lost a lot of weight as time went on. Compare season one Buffy to season four, no wonder she stopped wearing skirts. I suppose it takes all sorts, but really they were beautiful as they were. What bright spark thought they needed to lose weight?
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I didn't notice SMG losing as much weight, possibly because she's naturally slighter than Dushku anyway. In the face, definitely, but I thought that was just growing up - completely forgetting that they weren't actually young teens at all. Big Grin I guess it was the "Hollywood" thing, or at least mainstream telly. It baffles me - they were both stunning. Sad

Yeah Whedon's politics are a bit much sometimes, but I still like the characters he creates. And empowered female characters are a good thing I guess, speaking as a girl. This will sound daft, but I always looked deeper than the gender - e.g Faith's "bad-girl-gone-good" was always a richer story and character development than Buffy's "I was a dozy Valley Girl who became a super hero and now my life is so hard, waaaah" vibe. That's a bit simplistic and unfair to poor ol' B, but still. Big Grin I wish we could just have female characters that were kickass and be like "hey cool, awesome" rather than all this reading too much into/projecting onto them.

EDIT: That last bit goes for people like Joss creating characters as much as how we perceive them, in case it looked like I was having a dig at you! He definitely projected a lot of stuff, especially in Buffy's speeches near the very end.
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#19
Probably why I prefer Xena really, she kicked ass, looked sexy while doing it and it was never really considered an issue. Nobody really talked down to her, she was never dismissed as 'just a girl' and prior to the events of the series was the leader of an army who was a champion of Ares. Now that is a kick ass woman.

Why isn't she playing Wonder Woman again ;(
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Oh Xena...whatta gal. Heart Way better than that Hercules mess. What did you make of the ending, actually? Pandering to fans reading into subtext, or did it makes sense?

Much as I am a Gal Gadot fangirl, Lawless would be awesome. She just *made* the BSG remake. *nostalgic sigh*

On topic but slightly different vein: should I get into Community? The BFF screams "YES!!!" I'm just incredibly slow to get into new shows or follow up recommendations. Big Grin
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