Buffy

So I was just thinking last night, while watching Buffy, just how dark this season has become. It’s adult in the most horrifying, brutal reality sense of the word – the crushing weight of finances, drifting family, realization of responsibility, etc. The 3 arch-nemesis(es), who started the season so humourously have crossed the line now. No longer a way for the viewer to indulge their own superhero/villan fantasies, they crossed a serious line last night, with abduction, rape (mental if not physical) and finally on to murder. Then, they lay it on Buffy. That 2 of them think that it’s cool that they got away with murder is just really, really disturbing. Buffy, of course, has been battling her own demons. Believing that she came back ‘wrong’ as an excuse for how she’s been feeling, she’s forced to confront the fact that she simply has some ‘twisted’ desires. It really was wrenching to watch he sob to Tara ‘please don’t forgive me’ – she’s aghast at what she’s becoming all desires and darkness…

After a somewhat questionable start to this season, I’m getting right back into it – oddly, it’s beginning to rank how the first few episodes of Law & Order:Special Victims Unit did — I love the show, but am incredibly disturbed by it at the same time. I’ve ended up no longer watching L&A:SVU, but hopefully I won’t feel the same need with Buffy.