Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I've been watching Buffy lately, after being convinced ten years later that despite some poor episodes, it is a decent show. Season one was a mixture of good and bad storytelling, good and bad ideas and good and bad acting. Season two stumbled a few times, but was mostly exceptional. Season three, so far is kind of...meh.
I heard people go crazy over Angel when the show was new. It was probably the basis for Stephenie Meyer's silly Twilight fantasy. Generally, I liked the nice little love story between Angel and Buffy. Then, it turns out, Joss Wheden is not a nice man. He put his characters through some truly awful experiences. The most grueling happenstance came when Angel became a bad guy. After that, David Boreanaz played him with twisted abandon. He is truly a great villain.
The biggest flaw in the show is the inclusion of Xander--an utterly worthless, annoying, petty, jealous, mean-spirited windbag that doesn't deserve the friends he has, the girls he gets or even his length of life. For some reason, he's one of the main characters instead of a circus sideshow. I've already heard that he is in the show for the duration, dammit.
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