Spike’s back for a brief visit in s3, but he’s not the renegade from School Hard or even the deceptively defeatist vamp from Becoming Part 1. In his unglorious return to Sunnydale, he’s lovelorn and dejected, played for almost entirely for comic relief, and while I’m down with him as Read the rest of this entry »
More mirthful shenanigans! I had imagined the descent into darkness would be a constant following Angel’s reversion to soulless vampire in Innocence, but instead the showrunners planted two more lighthearted episodes into the framework of the season before returning with a vengeance to the grim nightmare they’d promised with Angelus. Last week’s Phases gave us a diversion from vampirism nearly altogether, Read the rest of this entry »
The first Cordelia-centric episode, in which a wallflower literally disappears after being ignored by students and faculty, presents us with yet another high school social archetype: the kid no one notices, the plain Jane, the nobody. Also, the episode where I discover why I think Read the rest of this entry »
In considering Joss Whedon’s TV series, Dollhouse, I recognized that the Dolls could easily be interpreted as Whedon’s meta-commentary on his creation, use, and sometimes disposal of characters, particularly female ones. (I’ll never forgive him for what he did with Cordelia on Angel.) Joss Whedon is acutely aware of his position as creator and how his faithfully, or obsessively, his fan base follows his creations. After Buffy, Angel, and Firefly, he was due some navel-gazing with Dollhouse.
Yet I chose to watch the show from more of a sci-fi perspective than from the standpoint of how a creator considers his creations. I found the questions raised in Dollhouse about humanness, Read the rest of this entry »