ISA HOPKINS

Raconteur. Adventurer. Kimchi Enthusiast.

“Buffy”: In the end…

So, at long last: my final post on “Buffy”.  (Posts one, two, and three, for those who need a refresher.)   Before delving into any of the show’s politics, this much needs to be said: season seven – the show’s last – is terrible.  Not just mediocre, or bad, but truly, genuinely shit-tastic, such that any greater point is undercut by the horribly contrived narrative mechanics.  To wit:   – Caleb, evil preacher.. Read More

Buffy, Pt. III

I’m almost out of South America – I leave in two days – and throughout much of my trip I’ve been meditating on some of the issues I raised in my last post about ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, which you can find here.  Part of it is that the last episode I watched before my computer was stolen was season 7’s “Helpless,” which revolves around Anya – who came into the show’s universe.. Read More

Buffy, Take Two

My last post about “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was written when I was halfway through the show’s fourth season in my grand re-watch project.  Having just finished up Season Six*, I wanted to revisit some of what I wrote about then and expand on it a little.   My central issue with Buffy is that she never interrogates what being the Slayer really means.  Oh, I know, she goes on vision quests and.. Read More

Buffy’s Rightward Sense of Justice

I’ve been re-watching “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” recently, a generally agreeable show that I first became hooked on back in college (my roommate showed me the musical episode, and the rest was history).  At the time, I checked all the DVDs out of the library and watched, rapt, as the story unfolded; in the years since I’ve occasionally caught an episode on a cable rerun, but this is the first time I’ve sat.. Read More