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Three Years On - The End...

Tonight was an end to something that started over three years ago. It must have been over three years ago actually as it was three years ago this coming weekend that Sarah and myself split up for the first time.

Back when we were originally going out we started to watch Buffy: The Vampire Slayer from Season One onwards. Now, all this time later - and through two breakups and through relationshipships with othwr people we watched the last episode of Angel Season 5. We finally made it trhough every episode of Buffy 1-7 and Angel 1-5.

At times it seemed as if we'd never complete it as we both had, at times, partners that weren't keen on us getting together for video evenings. But partners either came to terms with it or became ex-partners (not due to the Buffy/Angel embargo) and we've come to the end.

It was emotional. Well, I find the end of Angel emotional anyway not only because it was the end but also because of what happens to my favourite charcter in the show.

Three years is a long time. I pointed out that Sarah had been 24 when we started watching the show. Then she pointed out I'd been 32 which I thought was a bit unfair.

Anyway, we no longer need to see each otehr now as the task is complete.

Actually, that's a complete lie as we were already talking about what we should tackle next. I'm not sure what series I want to see to be honest. I wouldn't mind seeing all of the X-Files or Babylon 5 but don't know if eitehr would grip me enough for regular viewing over an extended amount of time. I guess we'll find out what the future brings when it reaches us.

For now though I'm a little sad that the whole Buffy/Angel gig is over.


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Dec. 6th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
I'd suggest the West Wing. Compulsive viewing in DVD-box format.
Dec. 6th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Sopranos, if you've not already watched it?

Or Doctor Who... I believe that might end up seeming like work, though. ;) Kyle & I have been watching it from the beginning, at least the ones that are available, and a lot of the early stuff is still remarkably good. We're about to start the Jon Pertwee era adventures.
Dec. 6th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
Bab5 is a good long termer.
Dec. 6th, 2007 08:52 am (UTC)
First off, congratulations on doing it:) Secondly, I understand the sadness thing, it's a hell of a ride and one which has extra connotations for you.

Now the good news:

-If you've not already go beat a path to the door of your nearest comic shop and pick up BUFFY-THE LONG WAY HOME. It's the first collection of season 8 which Whedon, along with some of the best writers in the industry, is doing.

Forty issues. Minimum.

-And whilst you're there, pick up Angel Season Six. A twelve issue mini-series that shows what happened next. There are some interesting developments in there, if I'm thinkin of the same character you are.

As to your next longform thing I can heartily recommend either

Battlestar Galactica-There's a third year slump but when it's on form it's phenomenal.

or second the West Wing recommendation. That's an astounding achievement and one that actually works better if watched consecutively.
Dec. 6th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
I've been picking up all the Buffy Season 8 comics as they come out :)

This is actually the 2nd/3rd time I've watched the entire Buffy/Angel series.

I've watched Battlestar Galactica Season 1 and have Season 2 on DVD but haven't watched it yet.

I'd like to see West Wing at somepoint and it is on my list - along with the Sopranos and Seasons 2 and 3 of The Shield :)
Dec. 7th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
If you already have an urge to watch West Wing, then I'd third the suggestion. I'm not a great fan, but my wife watches it often so I've seen quite a lot and Aaron Sorkin is an excellent character writer. It mirrors some of Joss Whedons left wing leanings but deals with the dilemmas really well. Also, you can buy the whole lot in one fell sweep now if you fancy so you'll know you have it all to watch. If you start with Battlestar then you run the risk of it being canned at an inopportune moment, or just sliding downhill like crazy.

Hmm, nobody has mentioned Stargate yet, although I'm not sure if my thinking of it at that point is a good sign or not :-)
Dec. 6th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, definitely go pick up Angel the season 6 comic ("After The Fall"). It ain't over for Angel yet :). The first ish seems to be a bit of "fan service" (I think it's called that?) where you see all the familiar characters and go "yay, they're back....bwuh?!", but I think things are going to start moving properly next ish.

I do love the end of season 5 though :).
Dec. 6th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
There's always Firefly if you've not done that one yet.

I'd recommend Battlestar Galactica (no 3rd season slump in what I saw :-)
or also Medium which is one of my favourites.

Mind you, I suspect you also have a lot of Dr Who to catch up on! :-)
Dec. 6th, 2007 10:29 am (UTC)
One disc of B5 seems to pass very quickly, it's only 5 series with 22 episodes and once you get past the obligatory 'bit rubbish' first series, it's really good.
Dec. 6th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
i have all of the Bab 5 on dvd
which you're more than welcome to borrow long term :)
Dec. 6th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
Re: i have all of the Bab 5 on dvd
Thanks for the offer. I also have them all on DVD as I picked them up in a HMV sale a year or two back ;p
Dec. 6th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Having done the B5 run , curently doing the X-Files and considering Angle/Buffy, can I recomend B5. X-Files is good but, in all honesty, if you have already seen a lot of the episodes it's just a little to hit and miss to make it gripping enough to bring two people together who may well not be hanging out anyway week after week.

Unless you really like X-Files.
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