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Date Posted: 19:55:00 06/19/07 Tue
Author: Doug (Phlegmatic)
Subject: Re: Buffy S8: "The Long Way Home" (#1-4)
In reply to: KdS 's message, "Buffy S8: "The Long Way Home" (#1-4)" on 13:51:16 06/18/07 Mon

Twilight. The super-secret government organization confronting the supernatural is called Twilight. You know, just when I've finally stopped thinking about ideas for crossover fics that never work out this comes up.

To tell you the truth I haven't particularly been enjoying the comics all that much. Part of the trouble is all the rapid cuts from action to action; it's like watching the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.

I think my hostility to the return of Warren and Amy is caused by my bad memories of Season 6. Joss is reminding me of Magic-Crack and Orbs of Power and that isn't good.

Willow's magic use also contiunues to bug me, though that's mostly just carryover from seasons 6 and 7. I can't find any real difference in the way Willow's superpowers from when she is evil, the methodology of her magic shows none of the negotiation of forces that's part of most traditional magic systems. The term superpowers is used deliberately her powers seem to function like...well it's like the scientist saying their are no rules in magic, and a well-crafted fantasy setting demands that the writer at least knows what the definite rules of magic are.

I'm probably being overly negative about these elements, as mostly this just carries over from the end of the TV series. A lot of the things I found weak in the comics were things that carried over from the series.

Anyway, I actually like Xander's status as an organizer, though I'm not sure where he picked up the computer skills he mentions having. It's a good role for him, and I'm not just saying that because I've been bored out of my skull by Xander in Seasons 5 through 7. Some of the details of the new Slayer group annoy me but given my feelings towards the potentials arc in Season 7 that's quite an improvement. Several of the new characters win the "Do not annoy me enough to wish them dead" award. Well done.

Besides that I'm mostly in wait-and-see mode. The story arcs haven't developed enough to come to any real conclusions about their merit. I do hope that there is some depth to the Twilight arc.

And it's always nice to see Faith again, fingers crossed for August

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