Monday, 24 July 2017

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Rewatch & Review Part 1

I have been inspired to rewatch Buffy (with the intention of rewatching Angel as well once I get to that stage) and giving each episode a short review, throwing in a favourite quote or two from each episode as well, because Whedon-speak is the best!
For simplicity I'll be rewatching in this order suggested by the Buffyverse Wiki.
So here's the first few episodes as watched over the last few days!

01.01 Welcome to the Hellmouth

Rating: 4/5

Willow: “But aren’t you hanging out with Cordelia?”
Buffy: “I can’t do both?”
Willow: “Not legally.”

Back to where it all started (forgetting about the weird movie that was technically the origins of Buffy). A great first-half-of-pilot, introduces everything while still also being exciting and entertaining and funny. Xander's character introduction is my favourite, it just about sums up his character for the entire first season.

01.02 The Harvest

Rating: 3.5/5

Buffy: “Well, I gotta look on the bright side. Maybe I can still get kicked out of school.”
Xander: "Oh, yeah, that's a plan. Coz lots of schools aren't on hellmouths."
Willow: “Maybe you could blow something up! They’re really strict about that.”
Buffy: “I was thinking of a more subtle approach, you know, like excessive not-studying.”
Giles: “The Earth is doomed.”

The pilot concludes, already a seemingly could-have-been main character has been killed! No one is safe! A bit slow for the first half of this episode but they did have to go through the lore and the research I suppose.

01.03 Witch

Rating: 3.5/5

Giles: “This is madness! What can you have been thinking? You are the slayer, lives depend upon you… and you enslave yourself to this… this cult?”
*Camera pan to Buffy wearing a cheerleader costume*
Buffy: “You don’t like the colour?”


An interesting introduction to Buffyverse witches (which, wouldn’t you know, becomes important later on!). Not exactly amongst my favourite storylines or characters though.

01.04 Teacher's Pet

Rating: 3/5

Giles: “...this computer invasion that Willow is performing on the coroner’s office, one assumes that it is entirely legal?”
Buffy & Willow: “Of course.” “Entirely.”
Giles: “..right. Wasn’t here. Didn’t see it. Couldn’t have stopped you.”

Ah the giant bug episode. A classic trope of grossness that must be killed. I will always think of Men in Black first though! An alright episode overall, but not great in Buffy standards.

01.05 Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

Rating: 3/5

Willow: “It’s a big deal. Tell her!”
Giles: “I’m afraid it’s very big.”
Willow: “Thank you! ...wait, what are you talking about?”
Giles: “What are you talking about?”
Buffy & Willow: “Boys!”

Another basic baddie ep, leading up to the creation of “the anointed one” who may in fact free the Master. Ooohhh. A fairly average episode as Buffy goes though. Oh no one boyfriend down, so many more to come?

Thursday, 29 June 2017

June 2017 Reading Progress

June 2017 Books
Much fantasy. Such Brandon Sanderson. Wowe.

  • The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6, Alloy Era #3) - Brandon Sanderson
  • White Sand Vol. 1 - Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hoskin, Julius Gopez (Graphic Novel)
  • The Gathering Storm (The Wheel of Time #12) - Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick
  • The Winter Made - C.L. Wilson

Currently Reading:
Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0) - Sarah J. Maas
Towers of Midnight (The Wheel of Time #13) - Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

May 2017 Reading Progress

May 2017 Books
Rereading the Lightbringer series was a good call because I had hardly remembered the details, and I finally got around to book 4, which was a tad underwhelming compared to the rest of the series so far, but still great. Ashling, on the other hand, not so great.

  • The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) - Brent Weeks [Reread]
  • The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) - Brent Weeks [Reread]
  • The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) - Brent Weeks
  • New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos - [edited by] Ramsey Campbell
  • Ashling (Obernewtyn #3) - Isobelle Carmody

Currently Reading:
The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6, Alloy Era #3) - Brandon Sanderson

Monday, 1 May 2017

April 2017 Reading Progress

April 2017 Books
I had a relatively good month this time for reading more books from even more series, most of them very good ones. Unfortunately the Wheel of Time prequel was fairly disappointing and given that I haven't yet started book 12 hopefully I won't completely loose track of that particular series, but at least rereading the Lightbringer series I'll finally be able to get around to reading the newest fourth book!

  • New Spring (Wheel of Time #0) - Robert Jordan
  • Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) - Sarah J. Maas
  • Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere #1) - Melina Marchetta
  • The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) - Brent Weeks [Reread]

Currently Reading:
The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) - Brent Weeks [Reread]

Friday, 31 March 2017

March 2017 Reading Progress

March 2017 Books
I just managed to squeeze in the end of Wheel of Time #11 just before the end of the month! I kept getting distracted by all these many other books which were mostly really great, but I did it anyway! And it was worth it, book 11 has been one of the strongest so far, with the most big events/reveals/anything actually happening since about book 4 or 5?

  • Obernewtyn (Obernewtyn #1) - Isobelle Carmody
  • Pendulum - Adam Hamdy
  • Astro Boy Omnibus Vol. 1 - Osamu Tezuka
  • Elantris - Brandon Sanderson
  • The Farseekers (Obernewtyn #2) - Isobelle Carmody
  • Knife of Dreams (The Wheel of Time #11) - Robert Jordan

Currently Reading:
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) - Sarah J. Maas

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February 2017 Reading Progress

February 2017 books
The Starbound series is absolutely incredible -3 separate stories which aren't actually so separate as it turns out (do read them in order), with Sci-Fi, Romance, Action, Comedy and pretty much anything else you could want in a good YA series! I only wish there had been more books in it.

  • These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner 
  • Crossroads of Twilight (The Wheel of Time #10) - Robert Jordan

  • This Shattered World (Starbound #2) - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3) - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • This Night So Dark (Starbound #1.5) - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Currently Reading:
Knife of Dreams (The Wheel of Time #11) - Robert Jordan
Obernewtyn (Obernewtyn Chronicles #1) - Isobelle Carmody

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January 2017 Reading Progress

January 2017 books

Hope everyone's new year is off to a great start!
Mine is (clearly) off to a slow start in terms of reading at least, I only just finished my first collection of Lovecraft stories on the 30th. If I had to choose, my favourite stories of those would have been Herbert West: Reanimator, The Colour Out of Space and The Whisperer in the Darkness.

  • Winter's Heart (The Wheel of Time #9) - Robert Jordan
  • The Call of Cthulhu and other Weird Stories - H.P. Lovecraft

Currently Reading:
Crossroads of Twilight (The Wheel of Time #10) - Robert Jordan