Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Monday, June 24, 2002
There are new stories here and here giving teasers for the upcoming season 7 of Buffy. (Thanks to War Liberal for alerting me to the links.
(Warning: Numerous Season 6 spoilers follow)
The new season is reported to be less dark than season 6. The main character dealt with depression for most of the year, while other characters worked through addiction and kleptomania. One got dumped at the altar; two others had a mutually destructive relationship. The only healthy couple going was broken up for most of the season, and just after they got back together, one was murdered and her lover got kind of pissed off about it and almost destroyed the world.
Even for Joss Whedon, getting more dark than that and still being watchable would be a neat trick, so less dark seems to be the obvious route and not too surprising.
The new season will begin with the re-opening of Sunnydale High. This seems to suggest that Dawn will be a central character in the upcoming year, and probably doing more fighting as was suggested by the year 6 finale. This is chancy: Buffy's already done coming of age pretty thoroughly, and Dawn would have to be a lot less bratty.
Amber Benson comes back for another season as Tara. This is also risky. It's the fifth time that a character has returned after dying, and the dramatic tension has to suffer if death starts looking like not much more than an inconvenience.
It has also been revealed that Willow will be in London for the season opener, presumably for a reconciliation or confrontation with Giles. Or maybe she's scheduled a secret meeting with the Watchers' Council.
Spike will remain a vampire, not a human. So the scene in Tabula Rasa where he decided he was a vampire with a soul wasn't only self-parody but also another of Whedon's foreshadowing tricks. How he will rebuild his relationship with Buffy and Dawn is unclear, but I'm predicting it will happen, even though it will probably take most of the season before either of them trust him again.