Meta-analysis and Me!

So, I have always loved critical theory, literary theory, film theory, etc.  Shows and movies and books that allow us to dig into them deeper and deeper, that hold up upon the zillionth rewatch, that drop us clues and hints and lend themselves to obsessive viewing are great.  I have a few shows that I’d love to do episode-by-episode guides or breakdowns or reviews of.

This probably means I’m going to make myself yet another blog shortly, because this blog was created with the sole purpose of recording my thoughts on the Buffy’verse.

In any case, some of the shows I watch and would love to do episode guides and/or write meta posts for include:

  • Supernatural
  • Once Upon a Time (particularly the first season, which is a solid arc that stands alone from the rest of the show)
  • Sherlock
  • Firefly
  • The Walking Dead
  • Leverage
  • White Collar
  • Bomb Girls
  • Blacklist
  • Agents of Shield
  • Agent Carter
  • Jericho
  • Plus various one-off metas on movies, particularly film noir.

I’m mentioning this here because I like the idea of a multi-fandom blog that talks about and analyzes more than one show.  A lot of the people I follow on youtube and tumblr only discuss a single fandom, which is fine, but being a multi-fandom girl myself, it gets a little tiring trying to figure out if any of the people I follow have side blogs or alternate channels where they talk about other stuff I might be interested in.  So, if you’re like me and want to know my other interests, here you go!

I mostly write meta for visual series, and while there are several book series I am a fan of, I generally don’t participate in fandoms for books (Harry Potter being the single exception thus far) because I feel like books lend themselves less to the creation of fanworks due to being a more fleshed-out experience than TV and movies often are.  Visual media lend themselves more to subtextual clues, background information a viewer might not pick up on, and nuances of emotion and acting that books just don’t have.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a book lover at heart, and if given the choice between never watching another anything, and never reading another book, I’d take books hands down.  But part of the fun of movies and television is looking for the clues, hints, and giant neon signs the creators have dropped for us, which is something you don’t really get very often with books, due to the author being omniscient and all.

Anyway, meta analysis, girlfriend!  I’m a fan.  I’m gonna probably do some discussion of fandom and fan culture as relates to Buffy at some point.  I know I have a couple of little essays on Joss’ writing and directing episodes I want to get up at some point–maybe after I’ve gotten through a couple more seasons?  If there’s anything anyone out there might want me to talk about, feel free to drop me a comment letting me know!

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I love this plan! I’m excited to be a part of it!

A blog post about every single episode of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Angel, the Series?  I must be crazy, right?

Eh, probably.  Deal with it.

This idea was a whim I had actually a few years ago, and I was thinking about it again today, and about how livetweeting a Buffy rewatch wouldn’t probably stick very long, but doing blog posts about each episode might.  And then I thought, “I should just do it.  No one else is going to, and no one else probably would even be interested in doing it at this point, or if they are interested, they probably won’t do it the way you would anyway,” and then I was mid-shift on a very, very early Friday morning, figuring out how I’d do this crazy thing.

So, here are the rules:

  1. There must be a blog post about every episode.  Even the ones I hate.
  2. Each post must be completed and published before I can watch the next episode
  3. The episode guide posted on The Watcher’s Council will be used to determine which episodes go in which order when I get to the part where Buffy and Angel run concurrently.
  4. Two-part episodes (such as “What’s My Line?”) will be viewed as a single episode.
  5. Spoilers are fair game.  This is a rewatch, I’m going to assume that most of my readers, like me, already know what’s going to happen.  Let me just repeat that:  SPOILERS ARE FAIR GAME.

I may add more rules as the need arises, or amend current rules, but this seems like a fairly solid place to start.

The content of the posts is probably going to vary.  I’m envisioning a kind of a review vibe, but more in the “let’s talk about themes, character arcs, and plot development” kind of way than in a cinematic kind of way.

Well, I have no idea what’s going to happen next, but I’m excited to find out!