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Overstaying Your Welcome

May 20, 2010 12:04:19.000

I thought in retrospect that "Buffy" should have ended with season 5 - Buffy defeated the god "Glory" and sacrificed herself to save the world. When season 6 (and later, 7) came along, it was all anti-climactic. Sure, there were fun bits (the "bored now" sequence with Willow, for instance) - but overall, the show was done, and just hung on.

Now, "Supernatural" seems poised to do the same thing. This season's battle was with Lucifer. I'd ask where the heck you can go after that, and sure enough, it sounds a lot like Buffy season 6:

Heaven and Hell have been left in complete disarray since the apocalyptic events of season five. And now, monsters, angels and demons roam across a lawless and chaotic landscape. And so Dean Winchester, who has retired from hunting and sworn never to return, finds himself being pulled back into his old life - pulled back by none other than Sam Winchester, who has escaped from Hell.

And it's on after "Smallville", which is still on the air for reasons no one understands. By this time, Clark should be Superman, but no - based on how far from canon they've strayed, he'd never be called that - instead, he'd be "The Blur".

These are stories - that should have a beginning, a middle, and - most importantly - an end.

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posted by James Robertson

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