See, I think Season 5 was one of the weakeste season to date. Season 6 was great though. I showed more of a darker and adult side to the characters than in past seasons. This season just rules on so many levels. The fact that the storyline has been going since the first episode this season and each one gets better and better.
I can't help to find Caleb to be more irritating than a threat. I like the idea of an evil priest, but he so fucking annyoing that I am just waiting for someone to off, and I know who and its a bit of a disappointment. Jasmine an Caleb are basically the same villian using peace, love and God's word to do unspeakable acts. Jasmine has been more stale out of the two and since Angel only has three episodes left I assume that she dies this week or next week. Since I get the feeling they are going to use Angel to wrap up both Buffy and Angel since both are going to get canned.
A Fan- How come ER with its terrible storylines and character developments stays on, but these shows get canceled. Stupid Americans.
Originally posted by Excalibur05I for one love Andrew. He's established enough, and he's there to play clueless comic relief, which alot of heavy handed episodes (like last week) need. Xander and Anya will sometimes pull that out, but Xander's character's humor has been pretty spotty of late. Anya is consistantly funny, but there are a lot of people who don't like her character, and really she serves as little more than cannon fodder in the story right now, so there's no reason for her to be there.
Though I hate Kennedy and her storyline, I don't dislike the reasoning behind why she's there. The headstrong sure of herself Slayerette, whom the others are more likely to rally behind than whiny bitchy Buffy. It works on some levels.
I don't think they need Andrew for comic relief. That was always Xander's job, and the fact that his humor has been spotty is the fault of the writing team. We used to have Cordelia for comic relief, but she went to Angel, and we got Anya (one of my favorite characters) who was funny as hell.
Everything Andrew does on the show is stuff that should be done by Xander or Anya. He totally unnecessary, and it irks me that he gets more screen timer than Anya. True, al lot of people don't like Anya, but I'd bet that more people dislike Andrew. Anya only serves as cannon fodder now because the writers are fucking up, and have been for quite a while.
I also can see a role for Kennedy, but I think they should have brought Faith over earlier to fill that role. I think it's bullshit that Willow is all over her and bullshit that she talks shit to Buffy (not that I like Buffy, either, at this point) and doesn't get her ass handed to her. She doesn't have a leg to stand on when she tries to tell Buffy off. Buffy has been the slayer for seven years, and Kennedy didn't have a clue until a couple of months ago. She needs to shut the fuck up. Faith has a much stronger platform, after all, she's a slayer, too.
I just hate the Slayerettes, period. I think it's a poor storyline, and there are too many people on the show now. I'll keep watching, but I sincerely doubt that Whedon will pull the show out of it's two-year nosewdive in four episodes. My guess is that he'll kill off everyone I like, and lety everyone I hate live.
I think Andrew's getting the bulk of the humor on the show because he's a new character for the writer's to play with, even if he's getting jokes that the other characters could make, and the writers have said that they like Tom Lenk. At the same time, its possible that Anya's reduced role is the result of Emma Caulfield's wanting off the show more than any direct fault of the writers. As for Xander losing some of his humor, maybe the writers are intentionally trying to shift him away from being the funny guy into more of an assertive role. I watched the episode from season 5 where Xander gets split into his good and bad halves, and the Xander of late has been more like his good half than his bad half. Maybe they're trying to demonstrate how fighting evil for seven years will change a guy, or maybe there's another reason yet to be seen (we have yet to see how losing an eye will affect him, for that matter.)
That said, I agree that I would prefer to see dopey Xander in any given scene rather than Andrew.
I also think they might be setting up characters with the thought in the back of their minds as to who they would/could put in a spin-off. If they are currently working under the assumption Willow will get her own show, I'm thinking Kennedy's role in the next few episodes will written with that in mind. I don't see Kennedy as the strong slayerette whom everyone will rally behind as much as the trigger happy inexperienced rookie who still thinks a brute force attack is always best. Then again, after last ep, I think I just described Buffy...
Looks at hockey ratings: I think you need to put watching paint dry above hockey on the list. I'm still waiting for the American Professional Australian Rules Football League. Now that would draw in people.