sg1: season eight

spinolsen  asked:

So is season eight the final season? It sounds that way and I don't like it!

Season Eight will in fact be the final season of Our Fair City.  We planned out our length and arc early on, and while it has been tough sticking to our guns (we love this world and our characters), we think you’ll be really excited to see how the series wraps up.

Never fear though—HartLife NFP isn’t going anywhere.  We are already in the midst of preparing for our next flagship serial, which we’ll start releasing after Our Fair City is concluded. 


JB: [The show] became a bit more of an ensemble at that point. Did you enjoy working with Robert and Annabeth as much as you did with Gillian Anderson?

DD: It was very different, because Gillian and I were like a mom-and-pop store. We made the business, you know? And at that point we were trying to hand it over to the kids while still being part of it. It’s kind of a difficult thing for the writers to do, to make Mulder and Scully part of an ensemble…

Impact, Dec 2004


I enjoyed aspects of the first five trade paperback’s worth of Buffy Season Eight, I really did. But the overall plotline was convoluted and towards the end beyond absurd. The characterizations were off, and I was left kind of mad. I’ll leave out a discussion of the main plot, because it actually has to do a lot with MY main plot in “I made a promise to a lady”, which is kind of an attempt to see the plotline of Seasons Six, Seven and Eight through while leaving more characters alive and happy. Instead I’ll go through my problems as they relate to the three central characters and four side ones.

Buffy has the weight of the world on her shoulders, no surprise, and even more so now that there are a bunch of Slayers for her to train and lead. It’s understandable that with all that pressure she’d seek solace with someone she knew was in love with her, namely Satsu the Slayer. I know some people were angry and called it out of character, but frankly a woman in her twenties having a one (in this case two) night stand with another woman is hardly outlandish. What I didn’t get was why the authors seemed to not know the words “bisexual” or “bicurious” or basically any non-straight/gay binary terms whenever they talked about what was going on with Buffy. If they want to say she’s straight but experimenting, that’s fine too, but sexuality is not binary and it pissed me off. They basically wanted to have their cake and eat it too: show Buffy having sex with another woman, but not actually have it open up the possibility of her being something other than heterosexual or having an actual relationship with Satsu. So essentially girl on girl fan service, which is particularly disappointing when B:tVS was one of the first shows on television to have a real, non-exploitative female/female couple. It also pissed me off that they implied Willow has always wanted to have sex with Buffy, because she’s a lesbian so of course she’s wanted to sleep with all her female friends :P.

That’s about the least of my problems with what goes on with Buffy of course, as the Satsu subplot didn’t really go anywhere except to cause a character who was only introduced in Season Eight to distance herself from Buffy. More troublesome is when Buffy gets mad at the main villain for his horrible deeds of the past year, but then gets overcome with some ill defined plot-device and gets carried away with him, pretty much forgetting all the people that are dead because of him. In the end this leads to the death of a main character at the hands of the villain and forces Buffy to destroy the world’s magic. Everything fall down go boom, and everyone’s mad at Buffy. It just made me so mad because the girl has been through so much shit and died twice for the world and every aspect of her life sucks worse than ever by the end of the Season. It was emotionally draining enough watching her go through Season Six. Now she has to watch hundreds of her Slayers die because of some ridiculous scheme that wasn’t explained until the eleventh hour and still doesn’t make any sense. It’s a slap in the face when Season Seven ended with the feeling that despite all the hardship and loss they went through, Buffy and her family had a future full of possibility ahead of them. Season Eight ending by saying “Nope, life sucks forever and it’s all your fault.” But of course, it has to be this way to get to the dystopian Fray future!

Xander almost started a relationship with Renee, who apparently existed just so he had another woman to join Anya and Ampata in his refrigerator (The show Angel fridged even more women, but Xander is getting up there.). Then he gets involved with Dawn of all people, an event that I am supremely “meh” about. To me it feels creepy, like she’s dating her older brother. And because they’re BOTH main characters, that means eventually one of them will die or they’ll have an emotionally devastating break up and one of them will leave for good. I’m just extrapolating from the show’s Joss Whedon’s track record.

Willow, dear god what happened with her made me so fucking disgusted. Maybe if it was Alyson Hannigan performing her, the same events could have happened and it would have felt like Willow, but what I saw on the page didn’t feel like her. I can understand relapsing into the darkness, really I can. I can understand the writers wanting to do different things with her character, and have her be an anti-hero standing between the dark and light, but all the fucking things she does are bad things she’s already done. She gets dark magic from someone who she knows is dangerous: she did that with Rack in Season Six. She keeps things from the woman who loves her: again, Season Six. She cheats on someone who loves her: she did that when she made out with Xander in Season Three. It’s even worse here, because she uses sex with a woman who loves her as a way to go meet up with the person she’s physically and emotionally cheating on her with. Then there’s Buffy and Xander’s bizarre reaction to the whole thing. They brush off Willow’s affair with Saga Vasuki jokingly like it isn’t a big deal, when we can tell by Willow’s status at the end of the Season it is. Buffy tries throughout the Season to make sure Willow and Kennedy are doing okay, but she doesn’t think Kennedy might get upset if she knew Willow was sleeping with a snake demon? For god’s sake Kennedy got jealous of Buffy hugging Willow. And Willow doesn’t get a cookie for breaking it off with Kennedy after realizing she’s in love (gag) with Saga Vasuki, because that was after she’d lost the ability to see her. Willow has been my favorite character for seven seasons of the television show, so I have a lot of emotional investment in her. I have no interest in reading Buffy Season Nine or Willow’s spin off comics if this is the path they want to keep her on. If they make her a villain again, or she stops being best friends with Buffy I’m just done, I don’t want to deal with it. I did actually flip through a little of the Willow comic, and they brought back Rack. Fucking Rack. So no one Willow killed during her rampage actually died. That totally doesn’t undermine how fucked up what she did at the end of Season Six was and diminish the character development she had to through as a consequence! It also makes me feel really great about the fact that Tara is still dead when apparently there were very few long term consequences to Willow’s reaction to her murder! *so sarcastic I’m pretty sure this post will dissolve from the acidity*

Then there’s Amy Madison. She goes from a nuanced character during the first six seasons, to wanting to cause Willow harm with a little mischief out of jealousy in Season Seven, to a completely out of control evil villian. Oh, and she craves cheese of course, because she was a rat, you see. Despite the fact that she vehemently asked NOT to have cheese when she was restored to human form in the show. Characterization is so much simpler when you just go for the simplest and “funniest” option instead of remembering what’s gone on before, isn’t it? It’s like they just completely threw away any character development she went through over seven seasons of the TV show just to have another one dimensional villain. I’m going to make a longer post someday about her lost potential.

Warren is back, skinless and more evil than ever. They retroactively stated that Amy saved him just after Willow flayed him (why?). This of course makes no sense as the First frequently appears as Warren in Season Seven and it was made very clear it can only do that with dead people. He’s a one note villain and just plain uninteresting. No offense to Adam Busch, who’s pretty awesome.

Poor Oz and Riley. They’re the biggest characters who left the show without dying or joining the cast of Angel, and they both have wives and could have just settled into their own happily ever afters. But they had to be drawn into the story for some reason. The whole subplots with Tibet and Riley being a spy didn’t really come to anything in the end with the nebulous way the main plot went. I really would rather have thought of them living peacefully off screen than have them show up just to join in the suffering.

Whoo. So yeah. My disappointment in Season Eight is what drove me to write “I made a promise to a lady”, and while I’ll be taking elements from the original I’ll try and make them into the kind of story I would have wanted to read. I hope the comics do get better for those who are continuing to read them, because I love the Buffyverse and there are so many stories that can be told there. Season Eight was just kind of a crappy one.

Are there any bright spots in Season Nine, Ten or its various spin offs?


Little House on the Prairie

Chicago”, S8/Ep8, (1981), Charles travels to Chicago to comfort his grief-stricken friend, Mr. Edwards, after young newspaper reporter John Jr. dies in what seems to be a tragic street car accident. M. Emmet Walsh guest stars as John’s boss who helps them track down who may have wanted to silence John Jr.