Aug. 16th, 2010

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I've long had the ambition to write up notes on the whole series.  The idea for the project was born from an intensive conversation my brother and I had episode-by-episode covering the first four seasons (and more loosely about the last three).  It was fun going back and forth with him.  I invited Bro to co-write these notes with me, and he sort of agreed.  Alas, he's intensely overcommited with the full time job, the three kids, and the wife who is rather demanding.  I'm about a third of the way into season two, and Bro (who unaccountably wants to go by the moniker 'Strudel') is only through episode six of season one.  I finally told him I needed to start posting -- if I don't do this now, it's never going to happen.  So, I'll post once a week until I hit the Bro-less patch, and assuming he's still too overcommitted to write up his reactions,  I'll carry on from there posting twice a week.

The project isn't a set of reviews.  Although I value reading reviews that give lots of quotes or pics, it's not my own style.  What I've got are a set of observations that inform my reading of the themes of the show as they develop.  It's pretty much my write-up of a show that has consumed far too much of my energy over the last several years.  I'll often speak of foreshadowing, but that doesn't mean I'm at all committing to the idea that there was some fixed design from the word go -- it's a short hand for talking about the resonances that end up in the text as it unspools.

NOTE: The notes are written for folks who have seen all of BtVS and AtVS.  If they become relevant I'll spoil through the comics as well.  Basically -- if you are a spoiler-phobe and haven't seen or read it all, read further at your own risk.

The first set of notes are below the cut!

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