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Date Posted: 13:18:43 04/04/06 Tue
Author: Sunshine
Subject: Buffy and Science
In reply to: AW 's message, "No, just the body thing" on 22:19:08 04/03/06 Mon

I understand what you are saying; it’s just the term “suspension of disbelief” when applied to Buffy or Angel just always amuses me. Vampires, demons, fashion challenged gods, mayors who turn into giant snakes, rock-like demons who suck the world into a vortex, spunky scientists whose bodies are inhabited by million year old gods – just where does science come into play? Disbelief is pretty much left at the door when you enter the Buffyverse. That is not to say that some rules of reality seem to usually apply – gravity still seems to attract rather then repel but even that is somewhat inconsistent as in some episodes Angel leaps tall buildings in a single bound yet in others he seems unduly tethered to the earth. I can never get over the fact that he can sometimes punch through solid walls but seems to have a real problem with flimsy wire cages. My education was in Physics (although now I am a computer geek) and frankly I just suspend everything I know about science and reality when I view Buffy or Angel or otherwise I would go nuts and not enjoy the show.

With respect to Some Assembly Required, exactly what specific events create the problem for you? As this is one of my least favorite episodes, I don’t recall too much of the details. Is not Daryl some kind of really, really smart zombie? Just what was the nature of his resurrection?

Which brings me to my next point: BtVS S2 is perhaps the most uneven season in the Buffyverse. We have brilliant episodes like Surprise/Innocence, Passion and Becoming that are at the top of my (and I think most fans) list of favorite/best episodes. Then there are a whole bunch of really good episodes (When She Was Bad, School Hard, Halloween, Lie to Me, What’s My Line, Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, I Only Have Eyes for You) that certainly rank in the top 50. But almost a third of the episodes are what I would consider way below par (Some Assembly Required, Inca Mummy Girl, Reptile Boy, Ted, Bad Eggs, Killed by Death, Go Fish). Now even some of these episodes have something to appreciate (Willow as an Eskimo in IMG, John Ritter as a robot in Ted etc – I really can’t think of a single Buffy episode that doesn’t bring a laugh or a tear) but by and large these are not great additions to the lore. The fact that all of these are stand-alone episodes certainly adds to my ho-hum attitude, as I prefer the seasonal or sub-seasonal story arcs much more than the Monster of the Week episodes (plus none of the above episodes have Spike and Dru). Now adding the standard boilerplate disclaimer – In my opinion.

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