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Fannish 5

Five canon events that you found unbelievable and wished had not happened.

Agreeing with my flist on a number of these:



(1) Richie's death (Highlander): it's not just the fact of his death, but how they did it. Here you have a show with a well-established mythology. There are these immortals. There isn't much else supernatural out there except immortals. Vampires, legends, heck, (perhaps) even Jesus Christ himself are explained as being immortals. Then, out of the blue, they have this demon. They never had a demon on the show before. But a demon shows up, and there's this prophecy, and the demon makes Duncan kill Richie. It was such an unearned rip-o ff.

(2) The mind-wipe (Angel): I almost divorced my show over this. I still think it gave me Post Traumatic Stress for a few months afterwards. Not only did it write one of my favorite characters o ff the show, it wrote him OUT OF the show, essentially, like he'd never been there. After the 5-month hiatus, I decided to give season 5 a chance. But I still feel that Angel's choice in Home was incredibly self-serving. In real life, where we don't have magic spells, we have to take care of our troubled children, and nurse them back to health.

People tell me that ending to "Home" would have made for a boring season 5, one where Angel didn't get to go back to his Big Champion-Man lifestyle having wiped his hands of his son. But see, I never bought that Connor was that far gone to begin with. Home came to me as an utter shock on many levels.

I can forgive a lot of this after Origin and Not Fade Away, but I still think Connor was a character with a lot of potential that was utterly squandered in season 4. He had friggin' prophecies that heralded his birth about the deeds he would do. There was so much emotional terrain they could have covered between father and son that would have tied into Angel's redemption, his stunted emotional state, and his own daddy issues. Well, at least there's fan fic.

(3) The series end to Forever Knight: Totally agree with [personal profile] gehayi on this. Rocks fall, everybody dies. The whole point of the show was Nick's redemption and the hope it provides. And then in the end, in a fit of nihilism after accidentally killing his beloved while turning her into a vampire (which was totally OOC, since he would *never* condemn anyone to his own fate), he asks La Croix to kill him. Also, his new partner dies just after she finds out the truth about him, and two other great characters from the season died in the episode before. Oh, not to mention Janette died earlier in the season and Schanke died the season before.

I am so tired of writers with no imagination killing off characters to (1) up the angst quotient for the survivors or (2) 'cause they can't think of a good ending.

I'm looking at you, Joss Whedon.

(4) Fred's death (Angel): Fred was the last remaining female regular on the show after Cordy was also slaughtered like a dog for no good reason just because the actress needed to leave this show. And while the actress who played Fred remained, in order to sell it, they had to convince the other characters and the audience that no magic could bring Fred back from the dead, and they did that by saying that "Fred's SOUL was destroyed in the fires of Illyria's resurrection."

WTF? Her soul, essence, spirit, was destroyed? When has that ever happened before in the Buffyverse?


(5) Data's death, Star Trek: Nemesis. Granted, the actor was aging in a way they couldn't play off with some lame, "he has an aging program" hand-wave they tried on the TV series. But since Nemesis was the last Next Gen film anyway, what did it matter?

Although I am canon's original bitch, I pretty much pretend (1), (3), and (5) never happened. (2) I can live with after fan fic and a lot of therapy (but I still can't rewatch the episode "Home" with the sound on). (4) is only made up for (marginally) by Amy Acker's portrayal of Illyria.

Comments

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cornerofmadness
Jun. 9th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
I agree with almost all of these (not liking Fred, I sort of liked #4)
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 9th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
I have no issue with Illyria per se, but I just got tired of Joss-the-serial-killer slaughtering female characters left and right.
cornerofmadness
Jun. 9th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
yes he did do more of that than necessary, especially in Angelverse
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masqthephlsphr
Jun. 9th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
What annoys me most about Cordy's death is her story was a redemption arc. We invest in Cordelia to see her become a better person and *use* that for something in life.

The fact that she died a better person (in the end, s. 5) than she started out with on BtVS doesn't make up for the death of her and characters like her who we invest in for season after season to see them become better people.
scrollgirl
Jun. 9th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
The thing about Fred's death is that she didn't need to actually die for us to get Illyria! She could have been invaded by this ancient god and turned blue, etc, had her personality suppressed for large chunks of time. She could have had split personality! Or Illyria could have remade her entirely, a melding of personalities. But what was the point of her soul being destroyed? It didn't make any material difference to plot or characterisation.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 9th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
My fan wank is that Dr. Sparrow was lying when he told Gunn Fred's soul was destroyed, and that would have been revealed in Season 6 had their been one. That would have led to the split personality story line you mention, which was one of season 6 spoilers we heard and incorporated into the ATPo Season 6.
atpo_onm
Jun. 13th, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
I don't consider it a fan wank that Fred's soul wasn't destroyed. Sparrow could have been lying, but it's more likely that he:

1) accepted what he was told or read about the Illyria prophesies, just like people accept many supposed 'truths', latter-day empirical evidence to the contrary.

2) That's what should have happened, but it didn't. Fred pulled it off when she asked "Why can't I stay?"

The fact that line was used tells me that the soul destroying aspect was intended to be revealed in the next season as being wrong. The Illyria episodes that followed Fred's death gave additional evidence to support this.

My spin was that Fred merged with Illyria much like Seth Brundle merged with the fly-- at a DNA sort of level. Nothing presented objectively in the remainder of S5 contradicts this theory.

Plus, Acker was positively stunning as Illyria and her Fred/Illyria permutations. Masterful acting work.
cactuswatcher
Jun. 10th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
(2) It's hard for me to worry much specifically about the mind wipe among the myriad travesties that made up season 4 Angel. ;o)

(3) I watched season one of Forever Knight for the first time recently. It was so consistantly pessimistic in outlook that I wouldn't suspect much of a better outcome for the series. Still, Le Croix looked pretty well killed, dead, out-of-the-picture, after the pilot. So I'd guess Nick could have survived to fret about it all later, as he always did.

(4) I have to agree there was no point in destroying Fred's soul.
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masqthephlsphr
Jun. 10th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
No, Data's not dead. Or Richie. What gave you that idea? ; )
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