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Mon, Nov. 6th, 2006, 12:48 am
dfordoom: Buffy and female perspectives in TV

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of the three classic science fiction/fantasy TV shows (the others obviously being The X-Files and Xena) of the 90s that changed the way women were depicted on TV. No just by having strong female characters, but by making female characters the focus of the show – the stories are seen from a female perspective. Scully, Xena, Gabrielle, Buffy and Willow, in their various ways, all defied traditional ideas of how women should behave and what women should want. But did these characters actually blaze a trail for other women characters to follow? What other programs made since then have had equally strong female characters and an equally strong female perspective?

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Sun, Nov. 5th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)

In terms of Xena, I was a huge fan for many years, but felt that towards the end the show had become more a fantasy for men who like hot chicks in leather than a show that truly wanted to present a woman's point of view.

I think it's an unfortunate fact that most American TV shows run too long, and you usually end up with the last couple of seasons being sadly inferior to the program at its peak. I guess Xena was no exception.

Sun, Nov. 5th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)

I take it then that you were not a fan of post-season-5 buffy? I agree that the season finale of 5 would have made a great series finale, and was set up by the now defunct WB to be just that--but i truly loved season 6. And not just for the musical episode. Some of my favorite moments of the show come out of that season, even though many people think that was when it "jumped the shark" so to speak.

Sun, Nov. 5th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)

I wish I'd stopped watching after Season 5. The last two seasons really ruined the show for me. Especially Season 7! My God, what were they thinking of? Now I just pretend it really did end after Season 5, and I find that as long as I keep believing that I'm OK.