on 31 August 2002
Its a strange season to review, really. As an artistic work, its as great directed and written as ever, bust it is so much diferent. I remember the days i enjoyed the firs season, and second, for example. I mean, there you had a series with funny comedic moments, homages to horror movies, great issues about relationships and life struggles and very grat characters, full of weakness, yes, full of mistakes, but whos friendship was more like a family issue than other stuff. Now the comedic tone, six years later, has disapeared. And the horror homages are not that much. No stand up episodes. No a central story, only pure development. And pure sadness. Its a sad, sad season. Everything that can be broken, is broken. Is like Whedon said to himself "Yea, i will torture my characters this season. I will give them a taste of real life hell." Its logig progresion? Yes. One of them. I mean, there where other ways, as logic as this, as valid as this. But this is maybe not as enjoyable. You know, at first the series was perfect to have a great fantasy-tragig-laugh night. And a beautiful look to friendship and love. Season four was like a ensamble season. It was lefting the season 1-3 note and embracing the new. 5 was a litle darker than 1-4, but it resembled sometimes the fun of them, the laughs, the joy, the friendship. Season six is great aer, but it is dificult that one fan that, like me, loves all this caracters, will want to see them suffer like they suffer once and once again, like before. To see the Willow like we see her here, for people who care for the caracter, is really painful, even if ist so great done and Alyson Hannigan shows why i think she is so a great actres. And yes, i saw the series in two nights and half, like always. Its just...so dark. Its my problem, not Whedon's, of course. But you, reader, should know, if you dont. They split, they hurt themself and the others, theres no much comedy, even if there is, almost no slayage, only pain, pain and pain. And the finale four episodes (seeing red, Villains, two to go and grave)are, in fact, an incredible well made finale, even if, its so painfull. Look, i spend to many words, because i am not a english speaker. I barely know this language, but, i think, the main thing i wanted to express, is that this season is dark, very, very dark. Its not as much a fantasy tale like it used to be, as it is actually a painfull drama about tragedy of lifes that get wrong and bad, and how a human being can get trhoug the pain. The message seem to be:" Well. Its not easy. But there are two things that really help; family and love. Every kind of love." Its logic that a whole number of people dont like it. Its diferent. The series has changed from the begining. There is no more Halloween, or Amends, Anne, Becoming and graduation Day. No more Innocence. Tragic tales, yes, but full of the magig of mith, of metaphor, of simbolism. They are gone. Maybe forever. Who knows. They were so full of pure magic and ideals. What i say is, its a great piece of work, but a lot of people who have a smile thingink of the Willow in Doppelgangerland, maybe will not enjoy this absolute heartbreaker. Still, its a fantastic way to be with your imaginary friends, even if they are swiming in pain.