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June 18 2012

(SPOILER) Behind Buffy Season 9: The End of the Affair. Specific spoilers up to Buffy #10, with some minor spoilery stuff about the upcoming arc at the very end.

Always enjoy these Behind Buffy's CBR does.
They may say they don't just want 'lather... rinse... repeat' on the Spuffy front, but that is what this arc seems to me. Spike loves Buffy, Spike tries to help/protect/comfort her in her time of need, Buffy takes advantage of that until she no longer needs it, finally Buffy tells Spike (either with 'real words' or silence) that she's just not that into him. I admit she doesn't beat him up this time, but the relationship - such as it is - seems on infinite repeat to me.
All sorts of wrong. Bullets stop people, as indeed it did Tara. And he keeps talking about how fans won't like what they are doing. He made that comment twice. I find it worrying.
I agree Baxter, it seems like rinse and repeat to me.
@Dana5140
I agree, this was a frustrating interview for me. There was a lot of "people don't really like this" or in the case of the Kennedy arc, "people aren't going to really like this..."

I wish they would have tightened up the kidnapping plot so that we could have at least a little Xander/Dawn B-story running alongside. I understand everyone is in a weird place, but I want to see that weird place that their in--much more so than whatever is going on with this SFPD detective, who I have no emotional investment in.

On the bright side, I'm looking forward to the seemingly dark Willow miniseries. Regardless, I feel a bit distressed about the whole Buffy side of the Buffyverse in its current state.
So why are they doing things that they know people will not like? Sounds to me like intentionally trying to drive out the audience
"Next, she'll undertake a new avenue of employment that will lead to a pretty distinct three-issue arc that will feature a lot of Kennedy -- which people aren't necessarily going to love..."

First this made me laugh out loud. Then it just made me confused. Worst promo ever? Or compelled by a truth spell.
Sometimes I think I'm the only person in the whole world who actually sort of liked Kennedy...
anca, cuz it's never good to write for your audience?
No, pacer; i love Kennedy too. Didnt think the love story worked particularly well in season 7 (too much was crammed in that season, that relationship needed more time) but i never really disliked neither the character nor Limons interpretation of it and in season 8 she progressed very nicely. In fact, i was quite sad that Willow and her broke up.

Of course, the fact that Joss wanted to bring back Tara originally and how he was going to do it and the fact he couldnt will alwais sort of hurt a bit. Sometimes i just wish they would keep the whole "mi original intention was this, so cool, but unfortunately..." to themselves. ;)
I wonder when they will start to come up with stories where SA can say "I think the fans will really like this one!" because it's been a long time since he has been able to say that.

I wish they would have tightened up the kidnapping plot so that we could have at least a little Xander/Dawn B-story running alongside. I understand everyone is in a weird place, but I want to see that weird place that their in--much more so than whatever is going on with this SFPD detective, who I have no emotional investment in.

This. Agreed. I don't care about Dowling at all. They haven't written anything about him to make me care. Same thing with Koh. Or any of the new characters.

We are nearly half way through the "season" and there just isn't any forward motion at all. Where the hell is the Big Bad?

I miss S8. :(
I agree with the idea that our journey is almost halfway through, and here we are still waiting at the bus stop to go on our promised fieldtrip of glory and excitement… Did I just hear someone say, “Bored now?”

I think Buffy was going fairly strong up until issue 7. Then there was this train wreck of, “Oh, just kidding – this wasn’t even Buffy, nor were these actual concerns, SURPRISE – You’re welcome.”

IMO: I would’ve had Buffy experience a hard life choice, and I’m thinking she would’ve been “pro” after all that thinking in issue 6… Not do the whole robot stick, but possibly have Severin’s bizarre powers cure Spike and make him human (keeping this secret from Buffy), then lead to Buffy (right after having an emotional abortiontastic experience) be attacked by Simone to spice things up. Have Buffy crumble and Spike unable to save her (being human now), then have Dowling or Koh step in to save her… maybe then I would have had more love for those two lost characters, perhaps. But, until I make my way to the writing team, I gotta respect the peeps who do.
Koh is the only new Buffy character that I have any interest in at all and that's largely because we still know very little about the guy yet. I'm hoping that he will become something worth keeping around. Unlike Dowling and pretty much every other new character this season...

I think my main problem is that if you're going to willingly sideline two of your main characters for the majority of the season, by which I mean Xander and Dawn, then at least give the their time to somebody worthy of it. Dowling and Buffy's various new acquaintances really aren't worthy. At all. Dowling in particular is just not interesting to the point of being the blandest character we have seen in the Buffyverse since... well... ever!

I actually do like Kennedy though, so I'm pretty hopeful for the next arc. Looks like it's going to be really good.
Am I the only person who actually likes Dowling? Seriously, he's been my favorite part of season nine (unlike Angel & Faith who pretty much hit it out of the park every issue). I like the idea that there's this cop who has no powers or anything who's stepping up to the plate and protect his beat from the supernatural.

I see him as the type of character that Riley should have been, but failed short of.

Also, it maybe good for Spike to get away from Buffy for a while. She's not exactly the nicest to her vampire lovers, using them more than they use her. Except for the whole Twilight thing . . .

[ edited by Elf on 2012-06-20 04:50 ]

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