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Least Favorite Buffy Moments

I have to start this out by saying that I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I watched the show when it first aired and fell in love with it. The characters were so fantastic and the relationship between the original gang was just so much fun to watch. At the same time with all of the things that I love about the show, there were definitely moments where I felt it either went off the rails a bit or just fell flat. In general these moments do not reflect badly on the show as a whole and I will still re-watch.

But there are some things that still just bug me. (Spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer to follow!)

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Geek 501 Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I decided that it could be fun to write a post doing a basic run down of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The idea is to give a basic run down for someone who has not watched the show to partly explain why we who did watch it loved it so much and where it started, as well as where it is now. The thing is Buffy the Vampire Slayer is not just the tv show. It started out as a movie, moved to a tv show, and currently is a comic book. These three versions each have their own distinctive flavor and story being told.

The movie came out in 1992 starring Kristy Swanson and Donald Sutherland. The movie was written by Joss Whedon, but Directed by Fran Kuzui. The movie ended up terrible. They took Joss’ vision and ended up with everything playing all wrong. I personally think they ended up taking themselves way to seriously instead of having fun with it like they should. In 1995 Joss decided to bring the story to tv because the movie did not do his vision justice. The tv show was so successful that it lasted seven seasons and a rabid fan base. Even after the show ended this fan base has kept up the passion for the story that had been told. This has then led to continuing the story in a comic book form, which is now up to season 9 and still going. The story has grown and changed, but some of the basics have stayed the same. Continue reading

X is for Xander Harris – the Zeppo

XYou may have thought we had made it through the month with no Joss Whedon characters, but take heart! For X is for Xander Harris! Just your average, socially awkward, class clown of a teen, he ends up an integral part of the Scooby Gang in Buffy, saving the world from demons, vampires, and general badness. 

Right? He matters, right? The defining Xander episode was The Zeppo, where Xander has a solo adventure while his friends, Buffy and the gang, fight off what is described as “the worst thing they have ever faced” – which happens off-screen. And meanwhile, trying to find his identity and figure out what it is that is his “thing” – what makes him cool or unique – Xander gets mixed up with some undead who want to blow up the high school. He beats them all, and saves the school, while his friends save the world – something they couldn’t have done if they had blown up.

So let me look at Xander, but also at this idea of “the Zeppo,” this character who is at once essential and expendable.

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What Comics Should I Read

So I did not grow up reading comics like David did. I have only recently gotten in to reading comics, partly due to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I did like some manga, but the problem is that it goes on for so long and can take up an entire room with comics or manga. The amazing thing that has happened is the ability to get my comics on my iPad (or other tablet devices), which means I am not taking up precious space and since there is not a comic book store in my town I can actually access comics.

So the thing that really got me started was season 8 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I have been trying to keep up with season 9, but I just get so busy and then get behind and then I have to catch up. At the same time I have really enjoyed reading the comic version of Buffy and have read all of the Firefly continuations. Part of the other problem that I have is wondering where do I start. Continue reading

Nine Movies I Apparently Need to See – And One I Now Have

I often run into a wall of not having seen the “classic” movies of geekdom. In my mind, geekdom is large, and can contain many things. In high school, my group of friends considered only a couple of things to be our baseline: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (the book), and The Princess Bride (the movie). Solid foundations for geekdom.

Oh, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Obviously.

Some of the most fun you can have with fantasy, science fiction, and parody, this is indeed a good start. From there, I have gifted some of my favorites, like Dune, and The Killing of Worlds. We loan people things or watch them together, like Doctor Who and Game of Thrones. We share our passion for geeky things.

And in some circles, I was known as an expert in cult classic movies. And in other circles, I am left decidedly wanting. We finally started working on the list of movies I hadn’t seen (or don’t remember seeing as a child, one of the two) recently, and my friends and family led with a winner. Here we have a list of nine movies I need to see that I haven’t, classics and cult classics and then one movie I just recently saw.

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