Remember how I said over a year ago that I wanted to try and write a defense of Season 7? I've finally decided to just give up. I tried, I really did, but I just can't seem to come up with any kind of coherent essay. My notes have been all over the place, and every time I look at them I get depressed because I just can't get them to make any kind of chronological sense. *sighs* It was kind of stupid of me to even try in the first place, because I've always hated writing essays. Guess I'll just have to leave the job to those of you who are much more eloquent and analytical and can, y'know, actually write.
Still, it kind of seems a shame to let what I did do go to waste. So, if anyone's curious, here's some scans of my notes. Cookies to anyone who can actually figure out what the heck I'm trying to say in them, because I'm not sure even I know anymore.Page 1
And for those who might not want to look at a bunch of jpgs, I'll just summarize what I like about Season 7 here:1. Buffy and Spike
Okay, I guess this one goes without saying. There's really not much left to say that hasn't already been said a million times before.2. Xander and Anya
Their relationship in Season 6 ended almost as badly as Spike and Buffy's did, so for me it was wonderful to watch them slowly begin to warm up to each other again throughout the last season. Xander's fears were still standing in the way, and he never did really resolve them, true, but that's not the sort of thing you can suddenly just get over in one year, in my opinion. What mattered most to me is that they were both eventually able to put aside their anger and resentment over the breakup and perhaps became a bit closer and wiser for it. And even though I would have been much happier to see Anya live, her death was not meaningless. She made the choice to fight for something she believed in and knew full well what the consequences could be. To me, that can never be a meaningless death. If you want to talk meaningless, then look at Tara who died simply because she happened to be standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. You can't get much more meaningless than that.3. Caleb and The First
I admit that I think the First should have been a bit more aggressive and consistant with its psychological scare tactics, but overall I think it worked rather well. Because when the First does use its scare tactics, it does so very effectively. I also like how it kind of paralled the Master's situation from the first season, a big bad entity who can't do the dirty work itself and so has to rely on others instead. I thought Caleb's relationship with the First was rather interesting, too, although a bit on the creepy side. I'm also not sure why people are so confused about what the First's plan was. I mean, they spelled it out for us in the show after all: destroy the Slayer line by killing the Potentials, thereby tipping the balance to the side of evil which would give the First enough power to become corporeal. 4. The Potentials
Okay, so there really were way too many people in that house by the end of the show and it probably would have been better if they had just stuck to having a couple of new potentials instead. But still, I do like the whole concept and how Buffy tried her best to teach the girls how to stay alive and give them the ability to protect themselves when she couldn't be there to do it for them. And even though they may not have had much respect for her most of the time, you could see quite clearly that they did learn from her and put what they knew into practice. And I think the whole point of the empowering spell is that the old shamans got it wrong, it doesn't have to be just one girl in all the world. The Slayers can now make that choice for themselves instead of just being the sacrificial lamb.
That's all I can think of to say for now. Discuss. Or don't. Whichever you prefer.