Posted November 20 2004 - 12:53 PM
| What do you people who are watching S7 for the first time think of it? Good, ok, bad? I've only rewatched the first 4 eps and they're really good, I hope the middle episodes hold up. Everything after episode 9 (except for a few noticable eps like Storyteller and Lies My Parents Told Me) bored the hell out of me. |
Overall, I thought it was a strong season.
After CWDP, there was a pretty drastic change in tone, but I didn't find the middle stretch to be bad at all. Much better than the middle of the sixth season. Hell, I even liked
Kennedy, and I didn't hate the potentials like most seemed to. I was expecting Ewok-level annoyance from them (sounds like something Andrew might say, no?) but I actually liked most of them.
A lot of the complaints about the season, I think were unwarranted. Xander did have a somewhat diminshed role, but he's just a normal guy getting on with his life. It's kind of the point... Buffy's a superhero, Willow's a witch, and he fixes windows. In seven years he went from being an awkward teenager to a responsible, successful adult with more ease than anyone else. And when he lost an eye in "Dirty Girls," it had all the more impact because of it.
Willow's different attitude toward magick was also a breath of fresh air. After watching all of the silliness of season six (mostly her antics from "Smashed" and "Wrecked") it was good to see her start to treat her powers with a greater degree of responsibilty.
I can see the complaint about the potentials overshadowing the regular cast, but I think they kept an overall good balance. It's tough to pull in a half a dozen new recurring characters in during the final of act of the series, but it was necessary. A major theme of this season was passing things off to the next generation... going back to the first part of the season, it thematically started when Dawn began her first day at the new high school and ended when all of the new slayers were called.
While the First Evil's plans were never really made explicitly clear, it wasn't as bad as I feared. I still wish they would've made the FE's plans more explicit, I would've liked to have known more about how resurrecting Buffy disrupted the Slayer line, what really happened with Joyce in CWDP, was it Caleb/FE/Bringers who tried to have Faith killed in prison, or was it someone trying to activate a new slayer? Lots of questions left over, but it's really not too hard to fill in the blanks without being spoon-fed everything.