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Almost, But Not Quite

January 12, 2009

     This review does not include Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #21 because I have not read it yet.

     Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight is the continuation of one of my favorite shows of all time, and I’ve been reading the series ever since it started.  It’s been fun, and the arc with Faith and Giles was a great character study.  But the whole series has been missing something crucial: the actors.  Most of the plots are the same kind of things we would see in the series, aside from the wholly crappy idea that Buffy have sex with another Slayer, which had no purpose whatsoever.   But without Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendan, Alyson Hannigan, and the rest of the cast, the characters are missing some of their trademark spark.  That’s not to say that this is a terrible series.  It’s quite good.  But it isn’t as good as the series.

     Case in point.  Issue #20 features Buffy having some sort of dream where she is back in Sunnydale in her high school days.  Joyce is alive, Angel’s still hanging around, Cordelia is popular and nasty and not some kind of god, and everything’s all so nostalgic.  The purpose of this issue was to showcase what the failed animated series would have been.  But instead of being a great, retrospective look on Buffy’s past, it was just too goofy.  It was almost unbelievable.  And the whole thing with Buffy asking Angel whether or not she was allowed to tell people what she knew about them from the future was kind of silly.  Anyway, I do love this series, and from what I’ve heard about the new arc, things are going to be even crazier.  I just wish that 1) Joss was writing the series all the time and 2) it could actually be a TV show, with all the actors we know and love.

Plot: 8.8      Art: 8.3      Dialogue: 8.5      Overall: 8.5

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