Buffy Season 8 - Book 6

Before I start I must say that when it comes to all things Whedon I am a little biased. Buffy was the start of the admiration, so obviously I am an avid reader of the season 8 comics.

The latest installment was written by Jane Espenson and was mostly a good read. The characters were true to their television personalities, something that was sure to happen when written by one of the main writers on the show!

The story begins with the crew heading to visit Oz to learn how to lose their powers in a bid to stop Willow turning to the dark side again. This is something that seems pretty plausable within the Buffy universe, although Oz having a kid is something I didn't see coming!
We have Twilight (season 8's big bad) starting war against the slayers, causing upheavel in Oz's peaceful life. This war is fought using man-made weapons, such as tanks, bringing Dawn and Xander to come to the foreground as the only characters who have never had any powers.

It was nice to see Oz again, as this would probably have been difficult within the actual TV show due to Seth Green's busy schedule with all things showbiz! However, his having a kid seemed pretty unlikely for some reason. Maybe that was just me...

Another unlikely thing within the show to me was the relationship between Dawn and Xander. I don't feel like he would ever have gone for her due to the fact that she was so much younger, but I have a friend who thinks that it was hinted at throughout season 7, so I may be wrong. There were many things I can think of to suggest it wouldn't have happened, but the Buffy crew don't seem the sort to ignore the way characters behave.

Mostly I think that this book was a good one, but not a stand out read compared to some others. The short comics at the end were pretty good, especially the one by Joss Whedon focussing on Buffy's dream. As the dreams we usually see are premonitions of awful things to come, it was nice to see a normal weird dream, like we all get (well maybe not exactly like we all get!)

Overall, I would recommed reading this and all the other Buffy season 8 comics. Although I would recommend anything Joss Whedon has done. There's that bias coming in!

Brendan Benson Glasgow gig - 3rd March 2010
I went to see Brendan Benson at ABC 2 (moved from QMU) on Wednesday. Was a small venue and looked like the turnout wasn't going to be too great, but by the time Brendan took to the stage the place felt packed.
We missed the beginning of support act 'Heartless Bastards' but from what we heard they were pretty good. Strong female vocals, but the atmosphere in the venue kind of detracted from their performance. Nobody was really paying attention other than around 10 people standing right at the barrier.
Everybody moved forward to pay better attention to Brendan Benson, which I feel made him relax more easily than last time I saw him (at Oran Mor in October). He seemed really comfortable on stage and appeared to enjoy himself. Benson appeared particularly enthralled by the fact that there was a young child (aged around 10-12) attending. He spoke to the wee boy and reached out to hold his hand. Although I am jealous of the wee boy getting the drum sticks at the end!
The music was a good mix from his 4 albums, with no apparant preference to newer material. Everything was really tight, although the sound was a lot louder than the gigs I normally attend. This makes me sound like such an old fogey, but this isn't a complaint, just something slightly different than usual.
Personal highlights were Sitting Pretty and Cross Eyed Girl. Mostly because these are 2 tracks I really enjoy. My favourite 3 tracks are all songs Benson is unlikely to perform live (Emma J, Insects Rule and Left & Right) but this means I'm not dissappointed not to hear them. Despite not getting my favourite tracks, I enjoy seeing Brendan Benson live and I think this show was an improvement on his last Scottish date, which was a really good show in itself!
I would highly recommend Brendan Benson shows to anybody and hope that he can be known as somebody other than the other singer from the Raconteurs! All in all great show!

creative outlet
So, my job sucks and I'm not really doing anything towards what I want to, so I thought I would start a wee blog to keep myself occupied. Who knows if anybody will find it interesting, but I'm just gonna talk about the different media I see. Working in a cinema this will be a pretty common occurance I think.
Tomorrow though, Brendan Benson gig. Been moved from QMU to ABC2 which surprised me. Didn't think he was big enough to sell out a venue on solo work. Should be interesting. Guess I'll update on Thursday or Friday.
Well, we'll see how long this'll last. Can I keep this going for longer than a week? No idea.


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