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Things I Am Excited For


Hello, reader! It’s been a while. Have you come for a bit of entertainment? I think I can oblige. How would you like it if I read your mind?

I know. You’re thinking, “I’ve said no. Why’s she still talking?” Now you’re thinking, “Fair enough. Maybe she really can read minds.” I can. And now you’re thinking, “Is this what she’s been doing for the past month? Working on her telepathy?”

That would be a good excuse for my blog post deficit, but sadly, that is not the case. Honestly, though, would you rather a month’s dry spell from P0serge3k or five consecutive posts about Harry Potter and how it shouldn’t be over and how the books are just as brilliant now as they were the day I first read them?

That’s what I thought.

So, moving on! A week from tonight, Doctor Who returns from its mid-series break with premeditated murder, the third reich, and continuing epic-ness from one Rory Williams. (See below.)

Speaking of perfect human beings (which Rory technically isn’t [trust the plastic!]), Joss Whedon is working his magic on The Avengers even as we speak, and I couldn’t be more excited. Recent footage shows general awesomeness, also available below:

And my final tidbit for the evening: season 7 of Supernatural. The new season premiers 23rd September, and sports a mini Buffy/Angel reunion in episode 5, “Shut Up, Dr. Phil,” which will guest star both James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter. As a couple. Be excited–I know I am!

I DON’T KNOW HOW TO FEEL!!


There are big things going on in the comic book industry right now. The internet is abuzz with news about the DC renumbering to take effect in September. Now, on a very basic level what this means is that 52 of our favourite titles will get shiny re-imaginings, starting off again at issue #1. On August 31st, we’ll see Justice League No.1 by Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and bestselling artist and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee.

Naturally, this has sparked a lot of debate, and comic lovers are in a tizzy.

One of the prominent issues:  is this a reboot?

DC says no. Various official information from the publishers refers to this massive undertaking as either a “relaunch” or a “renumbering.” Fans hold that there is a vast difference between a relaunch and a reBOOT, and I agree. The spelling of the second syllables are hardly comparable. Yes, that was snark, because really, I think the two terms suggest the same thing: old heroes, new stories.

But that raises questions, too. What do I mean by new? Are we going to be reading about new villains? Different back stories? Again, DC has a response, but it’s pretty vague if you ask me. In an interview with USA Today, Justice League No. 1 artist Jim Lee (you know him from titles like All Star Batman and Robin) says, “This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.” It looks like characters and costumes alike will be getting revamped (there’s another “RE” for you guys), but the basic origin stories will remain the same.

I think Booster conveys my sentiments about this pretty well.

The horror!

As my title suggests, I don’t know how to feel! This is big stuff, my friends. This is huge. And honestly, I can’t tell what the real motivation is behind it. Are DC really trying to help the fans? Are they just in it for more money (probably)? Are they sick of trying to keep track of multitudinous, convoluted story lines? It’s probably a bit of all three, but who knows? It could be that aliens controlling their brains in a twisted experiment to see how the comic book community responds to change. There’s got to be an easier way, aliens. There just must be!

Certainly, there are pros and cons, as Blastr attempts to outline in this article, but here’s the rub: I’m not really sure we can know what the pros and cons are. I’m impressed we’ve even reached a point where we can acknowledge their existence. Now, I don’t mean that as an insult. Comic book lovers tend to be intelligent people, and if they’ve stuck with the characters all these years (see MULTITUDINOUS and CONVOLUTED above) they must be pretty good at wrapping their heads around things, however, this is a biggun.

Never fear, gentle readers! I may not be a super hero, but I do have one on my shoes.

Thus, I feel qualified to give my opinion on the matter. And here it is: I’m excited.

Mercy!!

WAIT! STOP! Don’t stone me to death! (That picture’s really handy.)

Let me explain.

I love comic books, but I would call myself an amateur comic book reader. Is there really such a thing? I don’t know. What I mean by it, though, is that I haven’t read very many of the big DC or Marvel titles, and I certainly haven’t been able to follow the stories of my favourite superheroes. The comics I actively read are more along the lines of Sandman, The Ultimates, Buffy Season 7, and graphic novels like Watchmen and V for Vendetta. In other words, graphic literature with an expiration date. When I first read Sandman, I knew it would end, which was sad, but it also meant I didn’t have to scramble to read five hundred issues of a story that wasn’t even finished. And I’ve always been a little bit cranky about the fact that I can’t just pick up a Green Lantern comic and start in. I wouldn’t know where to begin with any of those big names. There are series and spin-off series and companion stories and alternate universes and it’s all a little brain-explody.

So, yes, it’s kind of nice that DC is letting me start at the beginning, perhaps in a manner similar to that in which the Ultimates gave me a comprehensive story about the Avengers. (Or perhaps not like that at all. We’ll have to wait and see.) I’m excited for Justice League No.1 and I’m going to keep an open mind about other titles as well. Maybe this will be my chance to up my nerd-knowledge when it comes to comics, maybe it’ll just put a strain on my bank account, but either way, trying new things is good for the soul. It keeps me interesting. And you guys would probably be the first to tell me, I could use all the interesting I can get.

Questions?

I know. I think I’m so funny. But if you do still have questions, here’s a handy dandy source list:

DC Universe: The Source: DC’s press release

The USA Today article referenced above

The Comics Reporter’s blog

Geeks of Doom’s post

So…I’m not dead.


Hello, gentle readers. I know it’s been a while, and I’m sure you’ve been absolutely helpless in my absence. What kept me away for so long, you ask. If you must know, I’m in London! Yes, my friends, I’m in the midst of a brilliant semester abroad in the land of Doctor Who, Being Human, and the most beautiful men on earth. Seriously. I think instead of putting fluoride in the water here, they pour in hotness.

Moving on! I have a few things to share with you, some of which are a bit belated. Give me a break, okay, I had to fly all the way over here (and boy are my arms tired–badum ch!), find a flat, and start classes! Plus, I left my time turner at home. No, really. It’s sitting in my bedroom along with the rest of my Harry Potter memorabilia and the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings action figures that designate me a hopeless nerd.

So, first order of business: Fringe. As you may know, it’s awesome. And the really incredible thing about it, it just keeps getting awesome-er as the series goes on. Exhibit A, Marionette. Creepy, beautiful–all in all, completely wonderful. It really blew me away. Also, not surprisingly, it reminded me of an episode of Buffy. (Some Assembly Required, anyone?)

For your viewing pleasure:

While we’re on the subject of Fringe , I really enjoyed this list from SyFy’s Blastr. Especially the bit about the comic books, which I totally spotted in-episode. I was pretty excited about the Red Arrow and Red Lantern. I recall thinking, “I would go to the other side just to read the comic books” and then scolding myself for my willingness to tear a hole in the fabric of reality simply to satisfy my love of graphic literature.

In other news, I love Joss Whedon. Please, try to contain your shock. The reason I say this is because I introduced a friend to Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog recently and I remembered how badly I wanted to know what happened next. And then I thought about how sad it is that Doctor Horrible II hasn’t happened and probably won’t happen. But, we must console ourselves with the knowledge that Doctor Horrible II probably won’t happen because Joss is busy writing The Avengers (ohmygodyesIcan’twait!) and Neil Patrick Harris is busy working on How I Met Your Mother. Legen–wait for it, I hope you’re not lactose intolerant because the second part of this word is–dary.

Legendary. See what I did there. I referenced HIMYM and I formed the word legendary. Yeah.

Okay, I promise I’m almost done. Two more short super hero themed comments:

1. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? Okay, I’m a heterosexual female, but even so, I have to say, she is going to be SO sexy.

2. After the travesty that was this image (I won’t have it sullying the face of my blog), Fox finally released some high quality, fantastic X-Men First Class pictures!

I am pleased. Yes, very pleased.

Right, well, I’ll let you lot get back to reality, and I’ll continue looking up pictures of super heroes on the internet. Hey, I lead a full life.

Next time, I’ll be reviewing NBC’s The Cape, so stay tuned.

Raise Your Hand if You’re Surprised


Raise your hand if you’re surprised by this post. No? No one?

That’s right, ladies and gentleman, put your hands together for…another Buffy themed post!

So, first I’d like to say a little something about the Buffy reboot. I’m against it. Again, I know you’re not surprised.  Well, Joss Whedon’s not particularly pleased about it, either.

Want to hear what the man himself had to say about all these shenanigans? Well, aren’t you lucky? It just so happens to be right below you. Look down! Now back up! (Sorry, I couldn’t help it. I love me some Isaiah Mustafa.)

Kristin [Dos Santos of E!Online], I’m glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film. This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.

Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this. My first reaction upon hearing who was writing it was, “Whit Stillman AND Wes Anderson? This is gonna be the most sardonically adorable movie EVER.” Apparently I was misinformed. Then I thought, “I’ll make a mint! This is worth more than all my Toy Story residuals combined!” Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?

I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don’t love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I’m also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly. I can’t wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill. I can, however, take this time to announce that I’m making a Batman movie. Because there’s a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.

Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon. (From ComicBookMovie.com)

*Shuffling papers.* In other news, the SyFy network still seems to be unaware that there is NO SOUND in space. Don’t believe me, SyFy? Read this. Ah! Science!

Now, I know that the television shows on SyFy are not the first–nor will they be the last–to portray sound in a vacuum, but I’ve been watching a lot of Stargate Universe lately (guilty pleasure–don’t judge!) and the amount of NOISE in their vacuum is really mind boggling. Today there are explosions, yesterday there were shuttle propulsion systems, and the list goes on and on and on. It’s kind of like that Taio Cruz song. Anybody? No? Moving on.

I just want to see a little bit of science–a smidgen, perhaps, or a pinch; maybe a dash–in my science fiction. To quote myself from earlier today (yes, I’ve stooped to that), “Dear SyFy channel, One cannot hear explosions in SPACE. Change your name, you’re a disgrace to science fiction.”

Love,

Sarah Jane

P.S.: If you need me, I’ll be in the TARDIS. Nerd jokes nerd jokes nerd jokes!

A Comic Rant (*spoilers ahead*)


***Read no further if you have any qualms about Buffy Season 8 spoilers.***

Okay. I warned you.

You know how sometimes you just don’t like a storyline?!? Yeah, well, this is one of those times.

Admittedly, I don’t know what’s happening in this issue of Buffy Season 8 (because I haven’t read it yet), but it illustrates my point, and that point is no, no, no, no, NO! What is happening here? Why in the name of all that is holy are Xander and Dawn in a relationship? Have we forgotten the fact that Xander has been a caregiver to Dawn for a good portion of her life? He’s babysat her. He’s driven her to high school on his way to work (at his job, which he has because he’s an ADULT)! Does no one else find this cringe worthy? It’s almost as bad as Cordelia’s little tryst with Connor. Okay. Not quite as sketchy, but still, how do we go from this:

to THIS?!

Bleh…. I’m serious. It sends little shivers of revulsion down my spine. I am very much not okay with this pairing. If I were Buffy, Xander wouldn’t be so much a person anymore as he would be a sack of bruises. I don’t think it’s healthy. Age difference aside, the big-brother/caretaker role morphing into the romantic partner smacks a little too much of incest to me.

Here’s a nifty idea, they could have simply not killed Renee off. I loved her.

I know. That was always just a pipe dream. We all knew she was going to die as soon as Xander started crushing on her. And…

…dead.

Of course, there are plenty of other odd things that have happened in the Buffy comic books. Buffy experimenting with being a lesbian, for instance. I have absolutely no problem with lesbians. I’m a Buffy fan, for god’s sake–Willow and Tara all the way! But what an incredibly awkward pairing! Especially since Buffy is straight. That’s just part of her character. I feel like she’s a little too old and a little too self-aware to have an experimentation stage. Isn’t that what college is for?

And then there’s Oz and his new gal. Their whole situation is just odd. I always figured he would be on tour with Dingo Ate My Baby. I miss wears-lots-of-black-Oz. I’m not particularly fond of one-with-nature-Oz.

“We get it,” you’re saying. “You don’t like the direction the comic books are going. Here’s a novel idea: stop reading them.” You have a fair point, imaginary reader, but here’s the rub: I need my Buffy fix. It’s an addiction, I know. Let me know when they establish BTVS Anonymous. I’ll consider getting help.

Until then, resist the Xander/Dawn love!

It’s Hard to Pick Just One


In light of this gargantuan poll by SFX: http://www.sfx.co.uk/2010/08/18/sfx-200-poll-results/ I’ve decided to let everyone in on my top pick for each of the SFX Top 200 Characters Poll categories.

Let’s begin:

Favourite Robots & Androids
K9 (Doctor Who) K9 (courtesy of BBC )

Favourite Monsters, Supernatural Beings & Fantasy Creatures
Dream/Morpheus (Sandman)

Dream (courtesy of Chronicle Books)

Favourite Superheroes & Comic-Book Characters
Batman

Batman (courtesy of studiodaily)

Favourite Alien
Spock (Star Trek)

Spock (courtesy of nerdles)

Favourite Sages, Mentors And Boffins
Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Giles (courtesy of SFX)

Favourite Villains
The Joker (Batman)

Joker (courtesy of MovieHole)

Favourite Anti-Heroes, Accidental Good Guys And Dodgy Do-Gooders
Doctor Horrible (Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog) Dr. H (courtesy of SFX)

Favourite Vampires
Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel)

Spike (courtesy of TVsquad)

Favourite Hero
**Okay, this one is extremely difficult, so it’s going to have to be a tie. I made the rules, I’m allowed to break them!**
Doctor Who

Dr. Who (courtesy of SFX)
and
Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly)

Mal (courtesy of examiner.com)

Favourite Heroin
**Of course, I’m going to go with my namesake–wouldn’t you?**
Sarah Jane Smith (Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures) SJS and Four (courtesy of 21 PIMLICO )

The 21st Century is when everything changes… (minor spoiler)


Will you be ready?

YES!!!! In a beautiful display of the universe’s goodness, Torchwood is returning–and not only that, but it’s returning with new writers, including the illustrious Jane Espenson! You may know her from Battlestar Galactica or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I, for one, am thrilled. See, Torchwood has a lot of potential. It’s dark, sexually charged, and intense (although sometimes a little melodramatic), but the best part of the show is its balance between heavy plots and witty dialogue. What better writer to walk that tightrope than Espenson? If anyone can do quick wit, it’s a Joss Whedon alum, and Battlestar Galactica practically invented heavy plots.

So, I’m excited to see what the new season has in store, especially given where Children of Earth left off. Jack’s in a bad place, but I think Gwen and Ianto can bring him back. By the way, RIP, Tosh and Owen.

For more information, see: http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2010/08/torchwood.html