**Ok, ground rule: please don’t spoil for me (feel free to use spoiler boxes). I just want to know whether I should keep watching. **
I completely missed the buss on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I was kid when it ran the first time, but didn’t know about it till a few shows in, when a friend of mine clued me in on “this realy cool show with vampires and things”. Me being a smart-ass purist at the time, I refused to watch any show if I’d already missed episodes; I told her I’d wait for the reruns.
Anyway, several years later, here I am, having never seen a single episode, and I keep running into people who love this show. My boyfriend’s best friend keeps raving about it, another group of friends were in the middle of a year-long "episode-a-day"marathon. So I give it a try.
And I’m baffled. I’m two episodes in, and so far, these are my conclusions:
It’s mostly badly done slapstick, idiotic dialog, and (granted, I expected this one) mid-nineties TV acting.
Every single character, maybe with the exception of Willow, is a psycopath.
I realise that tastes differ and it wouldn’t bug me if I just didn’t like it. Its just that I feel like someone who has had eleven different people describe lemons as sweet, and then tries one for the first time. I don’t understand how people can sit, years later, discussing inter-personal relationships, charachter development and plot for BTVS, and be living in the same universe as me.
An example; I don’t understand how this conversation (in a thread about sympathy for fictional rapists)…
…can happen, and apply to the universe I’ve just been watching. I mean what? How can this dramatically described rape happen in the same universe as the two episodes I have just seen, where someones best friend gets killed for a joke, and no one ever reacts to it? How can a rape, in such a universe, be anything but farce? I don’t get it.
I might ordinarily assume that the series changes dramatically between the first and sixht season, but my boyfriend has seen an episode here and there, and he tells me the slapstick element just gets worse, and the plot even sillier.
So, are my friends crazy? Am I crazy? Have I fallen into some strange warp-zone, and amwatching an entirely different show than everybody else?
Bottom line: should I give this show a few more seasons before scrapping it, or will it be an exercise in frustration?