Saturday, August 5

Buffy, and Other Shows I Never Thought I'd Like

I always assumed that because Buffy the Vampire Slayer was such a cult hit, and also possibly because there was a cast of skinny hot people, that I wouldn't like it. Turns out, I flipped past one scene in season five one day (rerunning on FX, of course) and I was pretty much hooked for good. For those of you who are curious, it was that episode where Riley* [eta: leaves and I turned it on just as Buffy was arguing with Xander and he was telling her all about why she should make Riley stay, and then she runs off to catch the helicopter and make him stay after all even though he's been getting his blood sucked at that vampire whorehouse and she's standing down there and the helicopter is up in the sky and she's screaming his name and not once does he look down to see her there. Who doesn't look down? Despite that, and the fact that I didn't want to like it, I was hooked.]

*Just then, I wanted to call him Ben for some reason. I suspect that I was subconsciously trying to guess his last name, my mind called up "Radley", and went to "Boo" automatically, and that Ben was the closest sane name I could conjure up. My mind sometimes works in mysterious ways, and while that alone isn't exactly creepy, the fact that I backtrack along my train(s) of thought and share them with the internets at large, well, that's a little weird.

After our last run of Buffy (I own the entire series on DVD, and usually once a year I subject Bruce to watching them in total), we decided that we wanted to watch Angel. I started up a Netflix account, and we can't get them fast enough. That's about all there is to that. I didn't think I would like Angel (mainly because I thought they took all of the characters I didn't really care for that much on Buffy and puked them up onto a new show on the WB, and I wasn't crazy about watching a show consisting of the nasty by-products of the show I love) but I'm really getting into it. Not as much as B, he blasphemously said today that he likes it, and I quote, "I almost think it's be-." That's when I froze him with my laser death ray of stone-making, and he wisely stopped that sentance before I had to kill him. I like the show, but I can't say I like it that much. It's good TV. It's better on DVD. I recommend it. They really took the characters I didn't so much like and made them into some people I can really get into watching for hours on end, if that says something, and I think it does. It says lots of things. Good ones.

At work (yes, I have a job, even after moving), the pharmacist and I got to talking about watching TV on DVD (what? It gets boring back there sometimes.) and she mentioned that she's got almost all of the Gilmore Girls on DVD. I'm always up for something new, and she said that the dialogue and the acting was really good. We just finished a two-day marathon of the first season, and I have to agree. I've not always been the biggest fan of girls, actually, for a while I really couldn't stand any girls that weren't Lisa, but recently I've been turning over a new leaf. I sort of like girls now, and this show is pretty damn good. You should watch it. The best part is, it's still on the air, so no disappointing cut-off dates or anything. The other best part (for us, at least) is that the pharmacist said, "I hope you like it, there's more where that came from!" I love that. Seriously, I thought it was going to be a little too teen-drama meets single-mom angsty for my tastes, but it really doesn't hit the cheesy gag-reflex. It's heartwarming, but not like that. I recommend it.


susan said...

Tom actually got me to start watching TGG when we started dating. I like the snappy writing and quick delivery of dialogue. :) This last season though (no, I'm not going to give anything away here, don't worry) was a little too much dumb drama and not enough happy-happy. Which is a shame, 'cause it's a pretty happy-happy show overall. But anyway...yay for Gilmore Girls. :)

HappyFunBall said...

So what did Riley DO?!?