Sunday, August 29, 2010
This scene with Anya & Buffy was a bit different in the original script:
ANYA: That's your friend from work?
BUFFY. Well... yeah. (beat) All the good ones got picked off by that lady with the wig. Lay off.'
ANYA: Hmm. Our friend is better.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
"All heroes are champions, but not all champions are heroes.
A champion is a warrior who fights for the cause of others, be the cause good or ill. A hero is a warrior for good.
The terminology is a deliberate choice. As Giles puts it "Buffy is a hero, you see?" while Angel is a champion. Angel is the vampire with a soul who could go either way in the apocalypse. No one knows what side he'll land on, they only know he's pivotal. That's why he's not labeled simply a hero."
It's still up for debate what is a good cause and what is not. I bet Angel would generally define himself a hero as well as a champion, and as much as I loathe some of his less un-heroic choices he didn't seem to feel bad enough about (I mainly thinking of him killing the demon slave in Not Fade Away), I would have to agree with him. Just as I would agree that any demon was a champion if he was working for someone else as a warrior.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
These lines were cut from the beginning of this scene, when Buffy finds Xander in his messy apartment.
"XANDER: (re:beer) Think there's still a cold one in the fridge. Haven't gotten around to busting the major appliances yet.
BUFFY: Thanks. Still a little early for me.
XANDER: The tyranny of the clock must be overthrown.
BUFFY: So how many coup d'etats is that?
XANDER: General Cirrhosis has seized control of the Liver parliment.
He smiles weakly, sips his beer. His pain is obvious, despite his jocularity."
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Keep watching the buffyfest blog that I just linked to, they're likely to follow the story and update with articles and interviews (just beware of spoilers, they're not always that careful with marking them).
Friday, August 20, 2010
Now I'm more scared than excited.
I'm so cranky now, after thinking this through. But not because of Angel, because of Spike. I was looking forward to years and years of the Spike ongoing, and now it's turned into a mini series, and that might be it.
"The main thing is that IDW has to wrap up their stories"
That line bothers me. They have to wrap up their stories. Considering what people have been telling me about the main series (still haven't gotten the chance to read past issue 27), saying they have to wrap up their stories would be like having to wrap up BtVS season 6 before it's time, even tough it might, like season 6, has to be told completely to be appreciated. Maybe if IDW had been given a chance, they could have made the ongoing great, and this is just a rough patch.
I really hate that it seems like Darkhorse "stole" the story from IDW. I was much happier believing IDW choose it.
"Yes, but believe me, it sucks to have too many characters in a single book"
They should have thought about that before buying the license. I'm really starting to think that I jumped to conclusions when I thought "Hey, this must mean they're going to release lots of stories, and have many people working on this".
I wonder if the "I saw some posts on Slayalive, and I know everyone wants an absolutely mathematical answer" line could have something to do with my "I want to know what exactly is canon and what is not" rant on there, lol. Glad to know I don't have to put all of my thoughts in a fanmail for a chance of Allie reading them.
And oh, I would really have liked to listen in to the "refreshing" phone call between Ryall and Allie. Drama, drama, drama.
I forgot to mention, that I heard there were some talk about how the license for Angel ends in 2011 (thus my line about the comics being stolen), and that's how Darkhorse got the license. Sneaky, sneaky, but so far, only rumours.
"The main thing is that IDW has to wrap up their stories" I might have jumped to conclusions about that line. Might just mean that he's aware of the problem, not that he'll think that's what's going to happen. I'm still worried tough.
Read Darkhorse's statement, and IDW's statement.
I am so happy. It seems like this will canonize a huge part of the IDW books, and once again join the two verses.
I hope we will find out exactly which comics are canon and which are not. This might seem silly to some people, but I really care about which stories are real, and can be "added" to the history of the character. Because I really want to know these characters, what they've been through, what they feel, and why.
I'm so happy that it seems like the verse have grown in just one day, making what some people can "glorified fanfiction" into the real deal. I hope I'm not getting too excited too fast, since canon hasn't even been mentioned, just that the storlines will be coordinated, but it sounds like it will canonize them, doesn't it?
I can't wait for Season 9. Season 8 hasn't turned out the way I hoped it would (The Twilight arc makes me sick) but now I'm really excited for whatever will happen in the next run. And I don't even like Angel as a character!
I wonder if Willow will meet Illyria and find out about Fred, and maybe about Giles not wanting to help Angel in Shells. Oh, the potential drama. And it will be nice to see if Xander have learned to behave around Angel now, and not to give Buffy shit over having dated him. It's not like Xander hasn't dated a redeemed demon himself.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
If you haven't seen the spoilery Jo Chen cover for issue 38 (if you want to see it, go here) and don't wish to be spoiled, don't continue reading:
"Has anybody read the novel "Queen of the Slayers" by Nancy Holder? There are a few tidbids within the novel that seem to have popped up in Season Eight that i thought i'd share and hear your thoughts..
1. The title itself has been used in "No Future For You", whom rogue slayer Genevieve used to describe Buffy.
2. Robin Wood takes a group of Slayers to the Hellmouth in Cleveland, this is Robin's current location in Season Eight.
3. They go to Tibet, and re-meet Oz. Tibet? Oz? sounds like "Retreat"?
4. Willow goes into a coma, but is somehow woken up by a kiss from her lover, Kennedy. Sounds a little like Satsu waking up Buffy from a coma with a kiss ay?
5. Dawn goes into a coma, as she was The Key, and has a link to the Earth, which is crumbling because of the ensuing evil. Now after the cover reveal of #38 this got me thinking, could Dawn be in a coma in the cover as a result of whats happening in "Twilight/Last Gleaming"?
5. Buffy is then joined by both Angel and Spike's souls, and together they create an angelic daughter with all of their features. Now i know everyone hates the idea of Buffy being pregnant but this could be "The Seed"."
Very interesting comparisons, don't you think? Could simply just be coincidences. Kennedy has after all already used a kiss Willow to cure Willow in Season 7 (The Killer In Me), and Oz being in Tibet is nothing new (read this scene), so both the book and series using that isn't weird. Together with the rest it gets spooky tough.
I think the theory on why Dawn is sick/dead/hurt on the cover could be correct. Her dying because of Buffy would cause some mayor grief on Buffy's part, and maybe that could make for interesting stories for Season 9 (but we did see Buffy deal with this sort of guilt before, when she sent Angel to Hell, so maybe it wouldn't be that interesting).
It's very well made, but the common conlusion seemed to have been that it was a fake, since it looks traced, and nothing like what George Jeanty usually draws. It was later confirmed that whoever that said that was a real preview had been lying.
Turns out the guy who's art I showed here is the one who made it, and in his art thread at slayalive he has posted more art, some very very beautiful (if you're Spuffy fan, you have to see this George Jeanty styled piece).
Not sure if he meant to trick everyone with the fake preview (btw, here's another quite poignant one), he hasn't replied to my question about that yet, but you can't deny that the guy should have been hired by a comic book company yesterday, because he's so damn good.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
"Buffy tries to lighten up the situation with her shoplifting sister in a line cut due to length:
'And, you know, maybe in a couple of months they'll let us visit the leather birthday jacket.'"
Monday, August 9, 2010
The Season 8 motion comic is available on itunes and amazon now. Íf I remember correctly, one "issue" per week will be released. 19 issue are planned, adaptations of the 19 first issues of Season 8.
The DVD will be out January 4, 2011. Question is; Should I buy it? I'm facing a few reasons to buy, and quite a few not to buy.
Why should I buy it?
*It's Buffy. I feel like I should love it.
*It's sort of a collectible (I consider all merchandise a collectible).
*It supports the franchise.
*It might be entertaining.
Why should I not buy it?
*I've seen two clips(One from the The Long Way Home part 1 and one from Wolves at the Gate) and one trailer. The WatG clip as been taken of the internet, supposedly because a lot of people at whedonesque.com hated it. Because it's not good. The voice actors are crappy. I can do better, at least the Willow voice. I wonder if the actors and creators have seen Buffy and studied the characters at all. In that Wolves at the Gate clips, Buffy sounds like Cordelia. Which will be messed up if they air issue 20, which has both Cordelia and Buffy in it.
*People who have watched the first issue says they cut out lines.
*Joss Whedon or anyone who created the comic is not involved at all, might not even have been asked to be. This is a interpretation of the story Joss wanted to tell. How the lines are said, how he imagined the characters moving, it might all be off.
*It's not canon. It's a interpretation and summarization of canon, for the two reasons mention above.
*The comic book writers and artists are (supposedly) not getting payed for their work being used for the motion comic.
And the biggest con of all: The comic series is not done yet. How can the creaters of this motion comic know if they're cutting out something important to the story, or interpret it the wrong way? What if they cut out the panel or line that solves the entire Twilight-mystery? Will they have to create their own ending?
So what do you think? That's a whole lot of cons. Over at whedonesque.com, many don't want to pay if the writers and artists aren't getting payed, but I care more about that this is basically fanfic pretending to be canon, by people who aren't fans. I don't like paying for fanfic. It's one thing buying the fiction books or the non-canon comics, but they're usually a lot better than this.
Of course, I won't know how crappy the motion comic is until I buy it. Which means that I'll have to. Just like I'll have to watch the original Buffy movie one day, even tough Joss has been said to really dislike how it turned out.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Willowswarlok used a Buffy premium format sideshow cast to make this Chosen-Buffy bust. I've never seen anyone else use that sculpt to make a bust (red pants version or black dress version, I think it's the same sculpt).
Look here to know how it was made and for more pictures.
Remember when Anya & Xander interrogated Andrew, doing the good cop bad cop appproach?
"Xander continues to play good cop in this line cut due to length:
XANDER: 'I know. You were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I get that. But they don't. They need your answers. It does seem suspicious, you know, buying the blood.'
ANDREW: 'That blood wasn't for me. I was just buying meat.'"
Thursday, August 5, 2010
PS. The characters mentioned in the post are from the comics Spike Asylum, Spike Shadow Puppets and Angel After the fall.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
"Anya mistakenly councles a scorned woman instead of helping her seek vengeance in a scene cut due to length:
ANYA: 'What a creepazoid. It's like he didn't just forget your birthday, but the day on which, in keeping with moderna American tradition, one's life is celebrated. One's very self. He didn't celebrate your self.'
ANYA:'But anyway, this boyfriend of yours - it sounds like maybe he was trying to do what you wanted.'
(And later still...)
LULU: 'Thanks, you've been a big help.'
She exits. Anya smiles. until she realizes she didn't wreak any venegance. She looks up, but Lulu is gone.