Thus revealed, the creature buried its nose in the tire-tilled soil...
May 29, 2004
Comments on the “Buffy” series finale.
Category: Serious … TV, Film, & DVDs

Nothing new tonight, but since Tina commented on the "Angel" finale entry and wanted to know the extent of my grievances with the "Buffy" series finale, I popped over to a Buffy board on which I've been posting for some time and looked up my old comments on it. In case it doesn't come out as well in these older reviews (though I think it does), I'll preface these remarks by noting that my dislike of the series finale was the logical end of my immense disappointment with the final season as a whole. And, of course, I'd been upset with the series since the beginning of Season 6, since I felt then and still feel to this day that Buffy should've ended with Season 5. In addition to Buffy's ultimate sacrifice and the rather triumphant ending despite her death, it was pretty much driven home that while there might have been fun from time to time, the life of the Slayer must ultimately be an unpleasant one, fraught with conflict... and that the Slayer's fight never really ends until she's dead. (more...)

-posted by Wes | 3:02 am | Comments (0)
May 28, 2004
City Quiz and the Friday Four. Also, Angel.
Category: Meme … TV, Film, & DVDs

It's been a while since we had a quiz, so let's go!

Take the quiz: "Which American City Are You?"


San Francisco -- Liberal and proud, you'll live your lifestyle however you choose in the face of all that would supress you.

Interesting. And there's more: (more...)

-posted by Wes | 3:15 pm | Comments (0)
May 27, 2004
Sayonara, Angel.
Category: Serious … TV, Film, & DVDs

So I'm finally getting around to blogging about the series finale of "Angel" that aired on the 19th. (Wow, only a week ago? Guess I'm not as behind as I thought.) We've already heard a few words about it from Tina and Anon -- "What the hell was UP with that ending?!" and, "I loved the ending of Angel. Angel has always been about the shades of grey areas between good and evil. The point was that the battle against evil never ends, something they were saying in the episodes near the end of the series," respectively -- so I suppose I'll attempt to address some of their points and go from there... and I guess I'll start with Anon, since Tina's comment refers to the end, which I guess I'll talk about at the end. 🙂 (more...)

-posted by Wes | 2:31 am | Comments (0)
April 18, 2004
Re: Buffy/Angel and Free Will
Category: Serious … TV, Film, & DVDs

So Tina over at has recently written a blog entry addressing the depiction of vampires in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel". She writes:

It is repeatedly said in the show that vampires (and other demons) do NOT possess free will. Why is that? Well, it seems to be due to thier intrinsically evil natures. That is, humans have free will because they have a soul, which gives them a conscience: so they have something within them that pulls them towards the good; there is some motivation in them, intrinsically, to do the right thing. Vampires do not have this: there is nothing in them that motivates them to do what is right...

Yet, while the characters recognize that vampires don't have free will, they nonetheless seem to hold them morally responsible for their actions. Buffy has no problem killing creatures that simply cannot help doing what they do. But she will never kill a human being, on the grounds that they do have a soul (i.e., free will). This seems rather mysterious to me: so you willingly kill those that had no freedom to anything but evil, but will not kill those that freely do evil.

So being something of a Buffy "expert", I wrote up a comment to post over there. And then it ended up being so lengthy that I figured I'd just post it as a blog entry. Be warned, I'm kinda exhausted (it's past 5 AM...), so it's probably not the best example of my work, but it should make sense. So Tina, this one's for you. 🙂 (more...)

-posted by Wes | 6:26 am | Comments (0)
April 12, 2004
Left Behind: The Movie is weird, creepy stuff.
Category: Serious … TV, Film, & DVDs

Tonight's one of those nights on which I'd like to hang myself and talk to the jellyfish. One of those nights on which I'd just like to go to sleep, yes, and not wake up in the morning, or ever again. Tonight is filled with envy for the dead. (more...)

-posted by Wes | 12:37 am | Comments (0)
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