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So, I've been devouring watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I've gotten to the point where Angel spins off. How should I watching the show from here on? Should I alternate episodes? Watch a season of one, and then a season of the other?

Also, is it work trying to get my hands on any of the comic books once I finish the shows?

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.


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Jun. 7th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
Husband has been enjoying the comics. No idea how hard they might be to get ones hands on.

I found Angel to be a stupid show. Husband might argue for a few seasons of it.

Argh. I wish I could remember more details of what happened when in Buffy. I liked it into the college years. I really liked her college boyfriend and his subplot. I really, really disliked the Dawn developments, but I am not the only one. I stopped watching much later, but I don't really want to say when because I don't know how unspoiled you are for the later seasons. Wait! Maybe I can figure out which season it was! *time passes* I gave up in about the middle of Season 7. There are plausibility issues all along the way - like why would the Council of Watchers not provide for the room and board of the Slayer, for instance, since she can't really hold down a normal job - but there were still lots of fun times well into Season 6, anyway.
Jun. 7th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty much completely unspoiled, which is remarkable, I know. I'm dragging out the last few episodes of season 3.

I know Angel isn't very good--I've caught an ep or two on TNT--but I have a stupid crush on Boreanaz-as-Angel, so I'm going to watch the show anyway.
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Jun. 8th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
I agree with the 'watch all of Buffy first' idea. I always thought that Buffy was brilliant - and Angel wasn't nearly as good.

I finally watched Angel this past March. It was fun - but not nearly as much fun as Buffy.

Jun. 7th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
I will ask Katie when we have time, she has watched much of Buffy and Angel and tried to connect the two as you are doing. My friend Cindy is also a big Buffy buff (hah, such a big understatement), and I will also ask her opinion and get back to you in a few days. Maybe via text. We'll see.

Jun. 7th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)

This, to me, is the "right" way to watch them (but I did watch them live). Also, I actually really, really like Angel. (A better constructed show than Buffy after the first season, and the third season of Angel is hands-down my favorite season of Jossverse ever.)

Actually, if you're not crazy like me, this is the crossover formula:

There are 3 sets of crossover episodes during the first season of Angel. These are "The Harsh Light of Day" (Buffy) and "In the Dark" (Angel), and then "Who Are You" (Buffy) sets up "Five By Five" (Angel) and "Sanctuary" (Angel) then sets up "The Yoko Factor" (Buffy).

After that there isn't much crossover except the end of Buffy Season 5 events are relayed on Angel, and then things probably make more sense in Season 7 of Buffy if you follow this crossover formula: Season 4 episodes of Angel "Calvary" and "Salvage" set up the end of the Buffy series starting with the episode "Dirty Girls."

Hi, I'm obsessed, we all know this.

Also, the comics are totally worth it. Dark Horse is really good about released trades so while you might not be able to get your hands on the individual issues, you shouldn't have any trouble buying TBP. DH always has a big Buffy display at D*C, so I bet they'll have at least the last 3 trades on hand. (The trades tend to be about 5 issues long and the comic is in the 30s. I think through issue 20 has been republished in TBP-form.)
Jun. 8th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
Dear Lord, I will have to write this down.

Or, conversely, just alternate episodes, which might be simpler for my poor brain to handle.
Jun. 8th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
My plan has succeeded. MOO HA HA HA.

Also, there are preorders up for TBP #7 which collects #31-35, so nearly everything is already out in TBP.
Jun. 8th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
Also I totally forgot about the other crossover in Season 4: "Pangs" (Buffy) and "I Will Remember You" (Angel). BAD BUFFYFAN!
Jun. 7th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
This is the advice I gave my sister when I leant her my DVDs. Watch Buffy season 4 straight through until at least Who Are You?, that's where it really is an important crossover with Angel.

Or, watch one alternate Buffy and Angel eps. But the crossover eps are Harsh Light of Day/In the Dark, Pangs/I Will Remember You, Who Are You?/Five By Five for Seasons 4/1. Then they don't crossover again until the end of Season 5 of Buffy/Season 2 of Angel and then not again until season 7 Buffy/Season 4 Angel.
Aug. 11th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
I'm a few months ahead of you in terms of watching Buffy/Angel. I finished Buffy in May and Angel in July. I was going to alternate with each episode, but I found it annoying to switch discs.
I don't think the Buffy comics are too hard to find. In May, I was able to go to a vendor at a convention and ask for $xx worth of issues starting with #11 and there was only one gap. The first 4 or so issues are a bit harder to find. You're best off looking for one of the multiple issue bound copies.
I'm still missing several of the Angel comics, but I haven't tried as hard to find them.
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