Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bones: Season 1

After finishing Angel, I decided to follow David Boreanaz and watch Bones. I'm at the end of season 1 (already) and I still can't make up my mind if I actually like this show. Not saying that it's bad, but it still hasn't got me hooked. The fact that I went through the season quickly just proves that I have no life, not that I love the show. I'm sure it's a good show, being in its eighth season and all, but I'm still waiting for that one thing (other than Boreanaz's face) that will get me hooked.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Wait...that's it?!

I mean... WHAT THE HELL HAPPENS NEXT?! Yet another Joss Whedon series that ended way too soon. Angel could definitely go for another season or two. But, I have to say, I think that it was a great ending to the series.

In the end, Angel signed away his chance of happiness and humanity for a chance to fight evil –– just like a hero would. I thought that was one of the defining moments in the show; Angel, for the last few seasons, was driven by The Shanshu Prophechy, which said that Angel will be returned to his human form after he defeats evil. The fact that he realized that that's not supposed to be his goal, that this thing is bigger than him, to me showed what a strong character he is. Sure, he seems shaky at best at one point or another, but he does give everything (including a chance of happiness with Buffy) for the greater good.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Angel vs. Spike

Obviously, the ultimate question of the Buffy series. Or not -- I mean, there's the whole saving the world (again), sharing power, not being alone anymore thing. Maybe the ultimate question is supposed to be "what happens next?" But right now, just after finishing all 7 seasons of Buffy, I'm all about Angel and/or Spike.

I've mentioned in my previous post that in Buffy, we didn't actually see enough of Angel (pre-Angelus revival). Sure, I was attracted to his mysteriousness and his brooding, but we weren't let in on his character. Not that Spike did any better in the earlier seasons, especially since he wasn't supposed to last too long in the show.

After Angel branched out to Angel and Spike became a more permanent fixture in Buffy, things got more interesting. We get to see who Angel(us) is and how much he's willing to give to help the helpless. We also get to see how adorable Spike is when he's in love with Buffy. Spike is definitely the breakout character in the universe, so if we're just talking about character development, Spike is the runaway winner. However, I'm very interested in the fact that pre-chip, soulless Spike is very tame compared to Angelus; this makes me think that character-wise, we can dig much deeper into Angel(us).

We can't really compare their relationships with Buffy, since it was more about Buffy growing up than Angel or Spike themselves. Angel's relationship was all about romance. It was both of their first loves. It was very romantic and innocent -- well up until Angel achieved that moment of true happiness and lost his soul and turned evil and tried to kill everyone. Spike's relationship was definitely not about innocence or romance. It was physical and maybe even a little toxic to both of them. Buffy admitted it herself, she was using him. Not that he minded.

Tall, dark, and forehead.
I have to say, I was very disappointed of how small Angel's part was in the final battle. I expected him to stick around until the end, but Buffy had to kick him back out to Los Angeles. I would have loved to see an Angel and Spike scene (or, even better, multiple scenes) with Buffy caught in the middle of it all. I absolutely loved it that the hundreds of years old vampires turned into jealous preteens; they're just so adorable. Both of these relationships were given a great ending, in my opinion. Sure we don't know what happens to Buffy next (except for the comic books -- I should look into it after I'm done with Angel), but it was just so them, the way it ended: Angel telling Buffy that he'd wait until she's ready, and Spike telling Buffy that he knows she doesn't love him, and still thanked her for saying so.

So, Angel or Spike? I really can't choose. I agree with Buffy. Have them wrestle it out, with oil of some kind involved. I'm sure there are fanfictions on this...right? (To Google I go!)

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Dark Avenger

To get the timeline right, I'm watching Buffy and Angel simultaneously (i.e. watch one episode of Buffy followed by one episode of Angel, and so forth). I know that there won't be much crossover –– I've checked a few fansites –– but I, stupidly, still hold hope. I just think they could make it work, somehow.

I'm about 3/4 through Angel's first season now and I am liking this show a bit more than Buffy. It might be because I like looking at David Boreanaz more than looking at Sarah Michelle Gellar. Obviously, the tall dark handsome hunk of mystery got my attention, so I was waiting for Angel to have a bigger part in Buffy. Getting his own show allows him more screen time (duh!) and more character growth. I am excited to learn more about Angel(us) –– both good and evil.

The more I learn about Angel's character, the more charming and adorable I find him to be –– or maybe it's just the more I see him on my screen instead of the whole character thing. I even think he's cute, which is strange because a brooding, skulking, and pining vampire probably shouldn't be cute. But he is. Sometimes, his adorableness almost makes me forget about his darkness. And I definitely enjoy the glimpses of Angelus. Less brooding and a whole lot more fun. But, you know, Angel-with-a-soul looks like he could use a hug, and I really want to give him one.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Asylum of the Daleks

Tonight's the night. It's finally back. I am disappointed in myself that I only managed to get up to halfway of season 3 in my rewatch; Buffy and Angel definitely got in the way of doing this more properly. But hey, it's back!!

New title sequence