Brief but insightful essay by Jane Dark about arc plots in television references Buffy.
I don't necessarily agree that Buffy was a half measure in the way that's implied. The X-Files and The Wire are at opposite ends of intensity in the deployment of arc plots and Buffy's right slap bang in the middle. As I think Joss has said somewhere, possibly a commentary, the series had a perfectly adequate conclusion with Season Five. Then the series continued and another perfectly adequate conclusion had to be found for the next two seasons in case it wasn't renewed.
[ edited by feelinglistless on 2008-04-01 00:04 ]
March 31 2008
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