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Date Posted: 08:32:57 01/23/06 Mon
Author: OnM
Subject: Re: eye of the beholder
In reply to: Kevin 's message, "Re: eye of the beholder" on 07:25:51 01/23/06 Mon

Not sure which scenes (in specific) you're referring to, but it was my understanding that Gellar objected to the continuing darkness her character was 'forced' to endure throughtout the season. Her take was that Buffy would be resurrected, and after a month or so of traumatic angst and all would bounce back to her original basically happy self. (I'm oversimplifying, but that was the gist). Whedon didn't want that-- he wanted a more realistic depiction of long-term chronic depression and the effects that it had not only on the person suffering from it but those around the character, and the changes it brought about in their lives.

The fact that a sizable portion of the BtVS fanbase agreed with Gellar shows (for those people) that she had a valid point, which was that if Buffy stayed dark too long, fans would lose sympathy/empathy with her.

Did that make it the wrong move on Whedon's part? It was ultimately his vision, and Gellar accepted that, begrudgingly or not. For my part, and for another contingent of fans, the extended period of emotional darkness rang true, and was more realistic. I never lost sympathy with the character-- in fact, the opposite occurred.

One last tangential comment: You mentioned earlier that you enjoyed the latter seasons more when you watched them as a continuous series, unbroken by the typical erratic scheduling of network programming. You aren't the only fan to have noted this, and frankly it seems that the message is finally getting to the PTB at the various nets. Note, for example, "24" airing without breaks, every week from January to May.

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