Tag Archives: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Micro-procedurals in Urban Fantasy

When Buffy the Vampire finished up its run, I was ready for it to be over. I had loved the show, but over the course of the seventh season I’d been feeling a palpable sense of de ja vu bordering on boredom … Continue reading

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Conflict in Stargate & Stargate Atlantis

Morgue’s long study of seasons 1-3 of Buffy the Wampire Slayer provides a fairly clear set of methods they use for creating conflict, which I somewhat simply express as Myth-As-Metaphor: the ordinary concerns of life are horrifically recast into literally … Continue reading

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The Veronica Mars Movie [2014]

The best detective fiction often has a pair of crimes in parallel – one in the present caused by one in the future. To solve the present, you must excavate the past. This can take a range of forms, so … Continue reading

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What Stories Want

Over on his blog, my friend (and probably yours, that guy gets around!) Morgue has been reviewing Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode by episode. I have been enjoying his posts because Morgue’s perspective on drama is very different from mine. … Continue reading

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Why Riley Left

One of the big risks of facebook and even G+ is that they are potentially echo chambers where everyone is basically in agreement because that’s how we got to be in the chamber. According to a quick vote-tally of my … Continue reading

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The Sons of the Slayers

The idea of Buffy was simple – a monster stalks a pretty young girl into a dark alley, and she comes out wearing its head as a hat. The point is at least partially the aleatory nature of the act, … Continue reading

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Text and Subtext

One of the tensions which exists in television is between the episodic story and continuity of story. Shows on mass-market TV in the USA are often structured in such a way that they can be shown in any arbitrary order … Continue reading

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