I am doing all the extras on all the seasons of Buffy & Angel. I am currently on Season Three of Buffy. I had forgotten how delightful this season was. Season Two had some great MotW episodes and some fun stuff and Spike and Oz, so that was all good - but overall, Season Three was more consistently good. They weren't hitting us over the head with the whole Buffy/Angel stuff quite as much anymore. We get Spike back without Dru, (though I loved Dru, she got to be too much after a while.) Joyce finally knows the truth about Buffy and we get the fallout from her running away. The Giles & Buffy stuff develops so much more once they aren't hiding it from Joyce and then there is that whole betrayal thing. We get Faith. And Wesley. And that whole "Faith killed a guy" thing and Faith & The Mayor - (oh god, I actually wanted The Mayor to win and buy Faith more clothes and go mini-golfing with her forever and ever!). We get some excellent Xander stuff. And the finale of this season - with the giant snake and The Mayor and when the kids throw back their robes and have FLAMING ARROWS, I mean come on!! And when they give Buffy that special award at the dance because she saved them from zombies and shit! And "Band Candy" where all the adults started acting like kids. Plus - Jonathan's episode...
Okay, so I didn't watch all the time when Buffy was originally on, so I saw bits and pieces of Jonathan and loved him, but I didn't know his whole story. Then watching from the beginning to the end this last year, all seven seasons...I saw his full character arc. But I didn't realize that his episode, "Earshot", never actually aired when it was originally on. It was just after the Columbine shootings, so they had to pull it because Jonathan was in a watch tower with a gun. That makes sense - but I can't imagine watching the development of the character without that episode. I can't. I feel like it totally changes who Jonathan was as a person to take that episode out. I guess it doesn't matter because it seems everyone loves Jonathan anyway, but my empathy for him seems so much stronger because of the reveal at the end of that episode.
Also, did you know the actors who play Jonathan, Andrew and Warren all bought houses within a half mile of each other? Actually, I found this out after watching all the later season episodes with them and going to look up what those actors are doing now, but it amuses me to no end.
This is starting to piss me off. Marty is such a Mary-Sue, it's ridiculous. I mean her name is Marty for fuck's sake. So, she can do gymnastics which obviously means she can totally get on the cheer squad, and she is super-smart and going to be a lawyer and gets picked for all the special class assignments, and totally takes care of her alcoholic worthless mother because /sigh/ someone has to, and she can play the guitar and sing like a rock goddess...and now we find out that she can totally play football too! I mean, they were so losing that game until Marty showed up and saved them by totally being awesome on the field and like catching the ball and shit. Wow, she is so dreamy! (did you catch my sarcasm?) I am enjoying the stupidity of my guilty pleasure show, but even my stupid guilty pleasure show is starting to be too stupid. No one is that awesome, for fuck's sake! Settle down, writers. Isn't it enough that she is smokin' hot and can do triple back flips? Why does she have to be perfect at everything? It's boring. Next she'll change her name to Diamonana and then marry Prince Legolas and save us all from the impending doom of the Evil Lord Guck.
Though I do like their emphasis on how people don't take cheerleading seriously as a sport yet. It didn't use to be, but the way lots of school do it now, especially on a college level, those girls have to be as athletic as any male sport. Which leads me to their second point, in that women's sports don't get as much financial backing as the male sports. Those are good points. Of course, I'm not really looking for in-depth social issues in my Hellcats. I want cheers and sex, basically. Hot Principal, er I mean Hot-Doctor-Boyfriend, should take his shirt off.
Mad Men -
There was nothing I didn't love about Don Draper in California with his kids. But he's marrying his secretary? WTF? But this was such a good episode. Peggy is so kick-ass. Peggy and Joan together, they are awesome. They are Ladies Awesome-Cakes. And Joan and Lane, I kind of love the development of their relationship and how they really are holding that place together. Also, Cosgrove, who knew the guy had testicles!
And menel, I still love Harry Crane. He couldn't have been more of a douchebag in this episode and yet, I love him and all his douche ways. I do.
Ha! I am amused at the wide range of shows I just covered in this post.
Also, The Buffy commentaries are lame when they do them by themselves. Everyone is better on commentaries when they have someone to play off of. However, the commentary in second season, for "Innocence" I think it was, with Whedon was pretty entertaining. I think he might have been just a wee bit stoned, which surprisingly is something I encourage. At least in this instance. Stoned in regards to commentary recording = A+. He didn't mock or poke at any of the actors too much, except for Tony Head - (btw, porn name or what? Anthony-Stewart Head, fine. Tony Head? Porn star. I wish.) Anyway, Whedon kept insisting that Tony refuses to wear pants. - "See, we had to shoot from the waist up here, because Tony Head refuses to put on pants." - "All our actors are totally professional, except for Tony Head, who refuses to put on pants."
This amuses me for two reasons - 1) It leads me to believe that since Tony is the only one Whedon gives any shit to, he's really the only one worth any fun on that set. - and 2) I love it because it is a running joke everyone, (including myself), has about me. - "Call before you come over, in case I'm not wearing any pants." - "We have to go to the bank? Does this mean I have to put on pants?" But, I mean, never has anyone let themselves into my house to find me without my pants on. Except that one time. (No, really that one time.)
Also, my sister has been sick all weekend with a fever. This leads to amusing things - (not amusing that she is sick but "fever-ill sister" can be funny when randomly babbling.)
She keeps wandering around muttering, "Giles has no pants. Giles needs no pants." That probably won't stop once the fever is gone.
Also, while playing Mean Bean Machine with her - (yes, we are that cool that we play video games from the 90's.) - the following conversation occurred.
Me: Damn. I had it and then I panicked.
Sister (in a weird accent): Patience, young grasshopper, you must learn patience.
Me: Shut your hole over there, Cracky.
Sister: I prefer Mr. Miyagi.
Me: Shut your hole over there, Mr. Miyagi.
Sister: That is better, grasshopper. Now you learn.
Then she spends the better part of the next round giggling like a crazy person.
In Sum: Giles has no pants. Giles needs no pants.