I'll admit to it - I watch the series. Occasionally, I'm tuned to Pittsburgh's WB 31 and it just happens to be Tuesdays and I decide: OK, tonight I'm going to watch cheap horror and dammit, I'm going to do my best to enjoy it! Why Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my drug of choice I don't know. I've only been watching it for a few weeks and teen angst films and TV shows were never perennial favorites, but I'd like to think I see something in the show that most people don't. What is it? I would have to say that, like The X-Files, Millennium, ER, and Ally McBeal, four other shows that I watch about every week, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a sick sense of humor.
I've always been a fan of dark comedies, as anyone reading my reviews for a long time will know, and I've always found that, if a dark comedy doesn't try to have any point beyond humor, it's much more enjoyable. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", in catering to the acne center of the nation (both figuratively and literally), ends up putting all of this stupid crap of love and relationships and "well-built" characters which are actually cardboard cutouts. It would be much stronger without all this teen angst crap.
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