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Timothy’s Thoughts on Angel Season 1

In case you somehow hadn’t realized, we here at Get Geek looooove Buffy The Vampire Slayer and all associated media. Devin, being a Geek at LEAST ten levels higher than me, has seen all of Buffy and Angel, and while convincing me quite a while ago to watch Buffy, I only recently got around to starting to watch Angel. My report for the first season is: Awesome. I will elaborate below in three main parts.

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My Thoughts on Being Human Series 1(BBC)

This is a review of the BBC Being Human not the American remake.

Being Human almost reminds me of a British Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The keyword is almost, you won’t find action or magic, but you do get a drama about supernatural people trying to fit into the normal world.

The three main characters are as follows: Mitchel, a vampire trying to “get off the wagon” – vampire slang for not killing, George, a Werewolf who locks himself up on the full moon, and Annie a ghost who died in the house that they now residein.

The main conflicts over the course of the 6 episode season are how the three of them deal with being non-human.  Mitchel has to deal with someone he sired, and the temptation to feed. George still has to accept what he is, and protect the people he loves from what he is. Annie is trying to find out why she hasn’t passed on, and she has to watch as her fiancé continues to live his life with another woman.

Each roughly 60 minute episode sticks to these conflicts throwing in a twist here, or a supporting character there. It may not sound like it but there is enough story potential here, but the Toby Whithouse does a good job of keeping the goal of “being human” just out of the characters reach.

Of course it wouldn’t be a modern drama without an overarching story, which in this case is about Mitchel’s sire trying to make a vampiric utopia. The individual episodes bleed together into one story seamlessly while retaining compelling, complete stories within each episode.

Bringing it back to the Buffy comparison, it knows how to mix drama with light comedy very well. That said it can get pretty dark and nasty. There are multiple somewhat graphic sex scenes, and when vampires kill people, it gets bloody.

I think that the short season lends itself well to Being Human because it allows the season to feel like one big story without feeling stretched, or having filler episodes; another great thing about Being Human is that there are no filler episodes, in other words they are all great.The season ends on a good note, and with a bit of a cliffhanger, which is alright with me because I know there are at least 2 more seasons worth of episodes.  I will continue to watch this program excitedly because it is good enough to compare to Buffy.

REVIEW: Angel: The Wolf, the Ram, and the Heart(2011)

AngelHC7.jpgAngel: The Wolf, the Ram, and the Heart, is a six issue arc directly following The Crown Prince Syndrome. The book is a good end for the arc, but as the end of an era of Angel it doesn’t hold up.

Angel: The Wolf, the Ram, and the Heart

Writer: David Tischman, and Mariah Huenher
Art: Elena Casagrande, Jason Armstrong, Stephen Thompson
Colorist: Ilaria Traversir,Brian Miller, Lisa Jackson
Editor: Maria Huehner
Publisher:IDW
Cover Price: $24.99

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Putting the Savage(Worlds) in our Heroes: Willow Rosenberg

What is this:  Savage worlds claims to be a universal system. Usable for everything.  With this series I plan to look to see if this is the case, and look at some of my favorite characters. Today I’m going to look at Willow Rosenberg, from the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Also SPOILER WARNING.

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Putting the Savage(Worlds) in our Heroes: Xander Harris

What is this:  Savage worlds claims to be a universal system. Usable for everything.  With this series I plan to look to see if this is the case, and look at some of my favorite characters. Today I’m going to look at Xander Harris, from the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This is based on Xander after he’s been around Buffy a few seasons and has picked up some tricks, so that he’s not a complete puss in a fight.

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Putting the Savage(Worlds) in our Heroes: Buffy Summers

What is this:  Savage worlds claims to be a universal system. Usable for everything.  With this series I plan to look to see if this is the case, and look at some of my favorite characters. Today I’m going to look at Buffy Summers, from the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I based it on Buffy around season 7 but it really shouldn’t matter as her abilities don’t change drastically from season to season.

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Top 10 reasons to watch Buffy

To kick off my buffy themed week I’d thought I’d give a reason why people should watch Buffy, and her sister show Angel for a couple of reasons. One, if you haven’t seen the show I feel the need to make you. Two, Tim, the second and mostly dormant half of the Get Geek team has yet to watch it.  In all honesty though it was a good excuse to remember the fun times had watching the show, and if you have already seen the show it should be fun for you as well.

Creative episodes like Hush, Superstar, Conversations with Dead People, and Smile Time

The shows were great at pulling off really cool episodes that were very different, but could still feeel like they belonged. In hush there is no talking for most of the episode, in superstar one of the side characters becomes the main character in some alternate dimension episode complete with a new opening theme/title cards. Conversations with dead people features 4 completely isolated, but thematically connected stories. Then one of my favorite Angel episodes, Smile Time in which Angel is a puppet for most of the episode.

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REVIEW: Fables Vol.4 (2010)

AngelHC7.jpgIf you couldn’t tell, I really like Fables. In fact, I love Mr. Willingham’s work in general. This volume is no different. It is the biggest, most epic Fables story line yet.

Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers

Writer:  Bill Willingham
Pencillers: Mark Buckingham, Craig Hamilton, P. Craig Russell
Inkers: Steve Leialoha, P. Craig Russell, Mark Buckingham
Colorist:Daniel Vozzo, Lovern Kindzierski
Editor: Shelly Bond
Publisher:Vertigo
Price: $17.99

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REVIEW: Angel: The Crown Prince Syndrome(2010)

AngelHC7.jpgAngel: The Crown Prince Syndrome, is a six issue arc directly following Immortality For Dummies. The quo is even more status-ified, and things get more crazy. If you like the first volume, you will like this just as much.

Angel: The Crown Prince Syndrome

Writer:  Bill Willingham, David Tischman, and Mariah Huenher
Art: Elena Casagrande
Inks: Walter Trono
Colorist: Ilaria Traversir
Editor: Maria Huehner
Publisher:IDW
Cover Price: $24.99

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