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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine Volume 3: Guarded Paperback – May 7 2013
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On last week's episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY, Leonard decides Buffy is the perfect show for he and Penny to share. At the end of an episode Penny says it was "Cute". This really has nothing to do with the review, but the scene was serious deja vu for me. I can't count how many times I've tried to get my fiancé to watch Buffy. It's gotten to the point that I'm starting to take it personally.
It saddens me to report that GUARDED is one of the weaker story arcs so far for Season 9. Buffy finds herself working for Kennedy (I knew there was a reason I never liked her) as a Slayer bodyguard for the rich and famous. Buffy and Kennedy take a gig protecting the founder of a Facebook-like website called Tin Can. There's some mild amusement when it's discovered that Tin Can was partially funded by those demon-lovers at Wolfram & Hart. Needless to say hijinxs ensue. Kennedy and Buffy argue over how to handle things (and literally come to blows) and Buffy realizes she can never just look out for herself. She's a Slayer. She saves people.
This epiphany was long time coming (and I hope it leads to some better story lines), but the whole arc felt a little flat. GUARDED falls far short of the type of dialogue and plotting I've come to expect from Buffy (especially when compared to the stellar writing going on at ANGEL & FAITH). And the artwork. Oy vey. Half the time you can't tell who a character is supposed to be - and when the dialogue also isn't working it's often difficult to figure it out. This is a serious problem with the series and one I hope they rectify sooner rather than later.
All in all though, it's still Buffy. The television had low points as well and always managed to find its way again. I'm hoping the same is true for Season 9.
can only be described as a GLAAD PSA.
A bullied, misunderstood gay kid in a small town gets attacked by a vamp, the cute guy he secretly has a crush on appears for no reason whatsoever and helps him kill it, and despite having no powers or training, the two decide that they can be slayer and watcher. The rest of the book involves them killing zomires while smiling constantly and making way too many flirtatious one liners. So the story is predictable and clichéd, the characters are never developed in the slightest, and it's never explained how these kids are able to kill so many vamps or why they should be the ones doing it. I expected better.
I feel after all this time I can address you by your first name. As a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer since the 90s I feel we need to address some issues. WTF happen? where are the scoobies? Yes, it's called Buffy the Vampire Slayer but we still need to see Xander, Willow, Spike and unfortunately even Dawn. Billy was a nice addiction but did he really need two issues? The lack of magic is going on to damn long. Bring back the magic! Buffy needs the magic! I need the magic!
A True Fan
The Bad: Billy the vampire slayer. Yay for including more gay characters. Boo for making a weird situation out of it. There are men who slay vampires, but they aren't slayers. I appreciate what they're trying to do here, but calling him a slayer, just because he's attracted to dudes is ridiculous. Men don't have the powers bestowed upon a slayer. Billy doesn't have the power either, because sexuality doesn't define gender. Slayers are women. Kennedy is a lesbian and that didn't take away her slayer abilities. It has nothing to do with who you love and you can't just go around calling every person a slayer when they clearly haven't been mystically called.
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