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Doctor's appointment went fine, for any who might have been worried. Just a routine checkup, no big. Although I am going to have to go for a mammogram, since I'm turning -- *URK* -- 35 next month. Yep, I'll officially be exiled from the young and cool demographic.

I decided to break out the Buffy DVDs last night since there was nothing on TV. Sort of randomly chose "Lie to Me" (because I am a sad, sorry sucker for any Willow/Angel interactions) and "Passion." And I realized a couple of things:

1) The haircut I got last week, which I am not entirely pleased with, is very darned close to Buffy's S2 hair. Which may be why I'm not loving it, given that I am not a tiny, blonde, ass-kicking high school student living in 1997. It's my own dumb fault, though. I told her to cut my bangs shorter because last time they felt like they got too long too fast. And then when I got home I realized that I don't like short bangs on me. It looks too young, or something, but it doesn't quite go with my face.

2) "Passion" may very well be the first Buffy episode (chronologically speaking) that I consider to be wholly good. Up until that point in the series, there were some really good moments, but they were too often tainted by embarrassingly bad effects, amateur acting/directing, stupid demons, lame plots and/or deficient plot logic (a chronic Buffyverse problem that I've never quite been able to forgive). But "Passion" is, pretty much start to finish, a really engaging, really scary, really sad, really good, well-told story. I'd sort of forgotten that. I'd rank it up there with "The Wish" and "Dopplegangland" and "Hush" and "Tabula Rasa" and "The Body" and all the other really great eps. And now I'm really wishing I'd made austin360 watch it during Buffyfest '06.

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qill13
Mar. 22nd, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
"Passion" is indeed awesome. Ah, season 2. (austin360 definitely MUST see "Passion".)

I'm going for additional imaging tomorrow, as a follow-up to my first-ever mammogram. Oh, joy.
hannasus
Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
We'll obviously have to schedule a follow up Buffyfest.

Good luck with your imaging tomorrow. Oh, the joys of womanhood.
franlock
Mar. 22nd, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
I have short bangs too! My dad cut them too short on accident. I feel your pain.
hannasus
Mar. 22nd, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
At least with bangs, it doesn't take too long for them to grow out from "too short" to "long enough."
austin360
Mar. 22nd, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
since I'm turning -- *URK* -- 35 next month.

You *are*? And here I was thinking you're turning 32...

And now I'm really wishing I'd made austin360 watch it during Buffyfest '06.

There's always Buffyfest '06 Part II! Check your calendar!
em_meredith
Mar. 22nd, 2006 11:51 am (UTC)
Hey, austin, now that you're One of Us you need to help convert mcsister.
austin360
Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
Hee! She told me yesterday that you mentioned you were going to start the crack-dealing and was all, "This is *EM* we're talking about! I'm bound to open my mailbox and find Buffy DVDs in there!"
em_meredith
Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
hannasus
Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
You *are*? And here I was thinking you're turning 32...

And how much do I love you for that? *smooch*

'Course, one day you're going to catch up to me and then we'll both be eternally 32.
em_meredith
Mar. 22nd, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
For me, the worst part about s1 and early s2 of Buffy is the music. I can overlook the other stuff, even if there are hyenas involved (okay, mostly), but, seriously, the music is just unredeemable.

*hearts Chris Beck*
hannasus
Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
The music is hideous. The production values are so bad in S1 that it's like watching old episodes of Dark Shadows, that cheesy vampire soap opera from the '60s.
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hannasus
Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
In some bizarre way, I also think Season 2 has a lot more resemblance to Season 6 than any of the other eps in between.

I'm intrigued by that idea, but I'm pretty rusty on S6... in what ways, would you say? Just the darkness of it or other things?
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zandras_court
Mar. 22nd, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
S6 is the best for me because it felt much more mature. And the Buffy/Spike thread through it all was so realistic to me because I had a relationship very much like that (secret, not exactly self-affirming but couldn't get away from. 'Course I ended up marrying him, so it worked out in the end *g*).

And my early 20s were very rough on me. Dreams unrealized, finding who I was and having many moments I wasn't sure I could make it in life. I just really related on so many levels to that season.

So, even though I know the Buffyfandom as a whole thinks it's the worst, it's not for me at all.
zandras_court
Mar. 22nd, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
Funny you mention Passion. We just watched Surprise/Innocence last night. I think the reason I so seldome go back to S1 & 2 is for exactly what you mention. And that's also part of why I don't get so obsessed with the Buffy/Angel ship.

What I did love seeing again was the dawning of Willow/Oz. He was such a wonderful addition to the Scoobies. Even if they could never get the wolf-costume right at all.
hannasus
Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
It's such a shame, because there's some great character arcs in S2 and they inform the rest of the series. The show really started to come into its own in S3, but I don't think those stories would have meant as much if the characters weren't carrying the weight of everything they went through in S2.

I love the history that Angel and Buffy have together, but I don't actually like seeing the episodes where they're together much. Angel-with-Buffy is a vastly different character than Angel-post-Buffy, and frankly I like the latter much more.

I adore the blossoming of the Willow/Oz relationship, too, and all the tensions between Willow and Xander and Cordelia that went with it. But you're so right, Oz = Worst Werewolf Ever.
helygen
Mar. 22nd, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
You get exiled from the young and cool demographic at 35?? Shit! No-one told me that! You think if I keep dyeing my hair quiet, they won't notice? *g*
hannasus
Mar. 22nd, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
You get exiled from the young and cool demographic at 35??

By our American marketing standards, you do. No longer do corporations care what TV shows I watch, what music I like to listen to, or what movies I go to see. My taste in clothes is irrelevant, as is my opinion of the latest iPod.

They would be happy, however, to sell me financial services, insurance, or the latest selection of Oprah's Book Club.

Someone pass the hair dye.
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