Tuesday, June 03, 2003

One ray of sunshine in an otherwise dreary, no-job-prospect imminent Tuesday is that Gregg Easterbrook has contributed a new Tuesday Morning Quarterback column. One of the best things in this edition is his summing-up of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which he notes a lot of stuff that just plain old didn't make sense about that series, including one or two that had actually occurred to me, believe it or not. Here's an excerpt:

One TMQ complaint about the "Buffy" sendoff involves the Hollywood convention of the protagonist being severely injured and then inexplicably fine again. A standard instance: In the first "Beverly Hills Cop" movie, during the climatic battle, Eddie Murphy is shot point-blank and collapses to the ground; viewers are supposed to think they are seeing his death scene. Then, a moment later, Murphy jumps back up, fine. In the movie's denouement that follows the gunfight, he's clowning around. What happened to just being shot at point-blank range?

In Buffy's climatic battle, she is run through with a sword, which enters her back and comes out her stomach. She drops to the ground and viewers are supposed to think they are seeing her death scene. After the commercial, Buffy leaps up and resumes fighting, not even bleeding, to say nothing of hemorrhaging. No explanation whatsoever.

For the rest go here...you'll need to scroll about 3/4 of the way down for the BtVS piece.

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