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Category Archives: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

5 Retrospective TV Reviews Worth A Look

Hindsight is frustrating in real life.  Of course sitting at a computer reading blogs and never exercising can make you fat and hurt your eyes.  But when those blogs the blind fat you is reading are using hindsight for media, it’s awesome; connecting the dots, tracking the evolving trends, and tying together overarching themes you wouldn’t get from any single installment.  This works for any media franchise, but especially television.

While fans tend to discuss the same sorts of concepts and often repeat the same ideas ad naseum, one way to add some freshness to a fandom is by revisiting the entire series again, watching episodes one at a time, sometimes week-to-week, and then analyzing them one kernel at a time.  The Time Team has done retro-Doctor Who episodes in Doctor Who Magazine since freaking 1999, so it’s not a new concept.  But as many of us get older, the appeal of taking another, more in-depth look at our favorite decade(s) old shows become stronger and stronger.

Retrospective articles and videos are things I plan to post more of, both here and on other sites, but for now, I’m actually going to turn my traffic away, and towards five other bloggers and journalists who are doing a damn good job at retrospectives on their own.  Episode-by-episode, these guys break down, analyze and review each story and character, but with a foresight past reviewers wouldn’t have had.  Yet, in a way, their eyes are still “fresh”–some haven’t seen these episodes in years and only remember vague details, giving them a unique perspective of viewing it 50/50 as a newcomer and veteran, in a way.  If you’ve seen any of these shows, you should check out these sites, in no particular order. Read more of this post

Buffy Already Did It, Part 2: Supernatural Season 6

It’s common knowledge among our generation that Buffy the Vampire Slayer played a big role in the development of TV series.  If you’re a moderate TV buff, or have visited TV Tropes even once (seriously, there’s a Buffy reference on almost every page) you’re probably aware that many tropes in current serialized genre shows–Big Badshalf arc seasonsweirdness sensorsChekhov’s gunsheavy continuity–were either invented or popularized by Buffy.  Even if you don’t like it, you can’t deny the impact it’s had on how we watch TV.

Unsurprisingly on shows within the same genre or airing on the same network, there’s bound to be even more similarities in plot structures, characters, etc. Sometimes, though, the similarities and parallels border on eerie.  Surely the writers might have similar genre shows in the back of their heads, but at a certain point it just seems weird.  Two shows specifically brought me to writing this up, both of which are cult genre shows that originated on The WB Network–Smallville andSupernatural.  

Check out my entry on Smallville‘s final season here, but today I’ll be comparing the season 6 of Supernatural and Buffy.  Read it after the jump!


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Buffy Already Did It, Part 1: Smallville’s Final Season

It’s common knowledge among our generation that Buffy the Vampire Slayer played a big role in the development of TV series.  If you’re a moderate TV buff, or have visited TV Tropes even once (seriously, there’s a Buffy reference on almost every page) you’re probably aware that many tropes in current serialized genre shows–Big Badshalf arc seasonsweirdness sensorsChekhov’s gunsheavy continuity–were either invented or popularized by Buffy.  Even if you don’t like it, you can’t deny the impact it’s had on how we watch TV.

Unsurprisingly on shows within the same genre or airing on the same network, there’s bound to be even more similarities in plot structures, characters, etc. Sometimes, though, the similarities and parallels border on eerie.  Surely the writers might have similar genre shows in the back of their heads, but at a certain point it just seems weird.  Two shows specifically brought me to writing this up, both of which are cult genre shows that originated on The WB Network–Smallville andSupernatural.  

 I’ll be spotlighting Supernatural in the next entry, but today I’ll be comparing the final seasons of Smallville and Buffy.  Read it after the jump!


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