September 28th, 2007

New Tilley Hat

Lost vs. Buffy

I successfully fended off a cold for several weeks, with friends claiming it was ragweed allergy, then unsuccessfully fought it off this week. I've been on low energy, not getting much done, and not posting much. Here's a post which should be longer and in more detail, but will have to do.

I gobbled up the first two seasons of Lost like candy, seeing all 14 disks (including bonus discs and commentary) in about five months. They are well produced, well acted and well written, with gorgeous scenery, believable dialog and just barely enough plot to keep the pretense of a story arc going. It is in every way a superior tv show.

And despite huge flaws and a budget in the single digits, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is better tv. In roughly the same time period as the Lost discs, I flixed the fourth season of Buffy. In an interview on the DVD, creator Joss Whedon says, almost petulantly, that many critics thought the fourth season was when Buffy lost it, and he admits it is uneven but also contains some of his best work. I agree with that. As story arcs go, the fourth season is when Buffy jumped the shark (though I'm just starting on the fifth season now, so I hope it doesn't get worse). It also contains my favorite Buffy episode. No, not the one you're thinking about, the one that one the Emmy.

major spoilers for the fourth season of Buffy behind cutCollapse )
Okay then, now that I've ripped into the show, why is Buffy better than Lost? Because I care about the characters. Despite the flashbacks and interaction on the island, I really don't give a damn about any of the characters on Lost. I'm curious to find out what happens, and enjoy seeing how people's lives intertwined, but it's clearly not going anywhere so it's all just a game of sudoku that I can't win. (What about the people on the plane who died? Are they going to be in any flashbacks? If so, will we know?)

If the Harlem Globetrotters show up, I'm gone. I have my theories as to what's actually happening, but to be honest, I don't really care anymore. I'll watch the third season (when it comes out on DVD), but it's filler.

Buffy, on the other hand, is growing up. I can suspend my disbelief long enough to appreciate the stuff that works. While the fourth season isn't the best, I'm more curious about what's going to happen to Willow/Xander/et al than anyone on the island.