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Further miscellany from a remote locale

  • Spring's new green is even more beautiful in a light rain. (It's like Mother Nature held a wet t-shirt contest, but tasteful.)
  • Buffy's over. I only saw the first few seasons in reruns, and had only seen one other episode this season before catching the series finale on Tuesday — but ends of good stories make me sad, and Buffy's was, I think, a good one, even if imperfectly told (it was good TV, but had its weaknesses). The standard critic's take (that I've seen) seems to be that the show should've signed off after last season, which was better executed and more dramatic. But (this last will be a spoiler, so if you don't want to know how it ends, skip it) I think Joss Whedon wanted to end Buffy's story, not just her series, and I think that's what he did. Buffy remains a hero, but is ultimately not alone — she and her friends have survived not just the demons and the vampires, but all the other things that would have separated them, too (which is perhaps why Anya and Spike don't survive). And the one thing that had separated her from her friends, the responsibility imposed on her by her being the (only) Slayer, has been lifted, too. It's a nice ending: Instead of the hero's sacrifice pulling her apart from those she loves, it brings them together. (I should say, the question of whether a hero has to be alone is one I've been thinking about for a while.)
  • The responses (as quoted in the NYT) to the bombings in Palestine and Israel this weekend were all wrong. The "road map" is supposed to show the way to peace. Obviously we're not there yet, and there will be more attacks, before we get there; it's simply delusional to pretend otherwise. So reacting to bombings by pulling back from the road map is completely backwards: The only way to stop them in the future is through the sort of resolution the road map attempts to move toward. Even politically, the reaction is backwards — it only gives the terrorist groups more power over the process.

    That said, such reactions are pretty much a given, and if the United States is serious about its stated policy in the Middle East, it needs to push, and hard, to give it even a chance of ever getting through. This is not the sort of game the Bush administration likes to play, but the question is simply whether it's worth it anyway. Given what's at stake, it's hard to imagine that it wouldn't be.
  • I had jury duty scheduled for today, but it got canceled. I've never yet served jury duty, for various reasons; I was kind of looking forward to finding out what it was like. (And, while civic responsibility isn't a Big Thing with me, occasionally serving on a jury seems a more than equitable sacrifice for living in a society where the government has to appeal to its citizens to decide who it can have locked up.)
  • I think I've forgotten some other thing I wanted to say.
  • I also seem to have developed the necessary conceit to write these little pieces of thoughts. (Hmm.) Maybe I will create a page for them.

May 23, 2003 12:59 PM

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Buffy, shmuffy. I didn't watch a lot of last season. What I saw of this last season was actually painful. I was hoping she'd buy the farm in the series finale. I found her too self-righteous, too self-pitying: not at all a very likeable hero.

Posted by Hex on June 3, 2003 3:49 PM


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