One of the things that fantasy/sci-fi TV shows need to work on is, well, a) being better, but more specifically, b) maintaining consistency in affliction. If vampirism is going around, or zombie…ism, or there are alien hybrids, they all need to be 1) infected in the same ways, 2) vulnerable in the same ways, 3) fully dead when they appear to be dead, in the same ways. (The occasional deux ex machina is expected, and fun sometimes, but IN GENERAL: consistency matters.)
I am right now finishing season three of Buffy (actually, I tried to watch part two of the Ascension episodes last night and my Netflix kept having problems, and saying “come back later”? It was like they didn’t want me to be able to stop the mayor…*scary gong noise*), and while I love it obviously, I would like to talk about the time when Faith shot an arrow right through Angel’s chest and, ridiculously, it did not kill him.
This has happened only one or two other times on the show; a vampire gets stabbed, with a pointy piece of wood through the chest, and he does not die, and then someone has to remind us that vampires need to be staked through the HEART to die. And every time someone says that, I say “WHAT?? Since when?” and make a series of incredulous facial expressions, because that is a bunch of bullshit and even Buffy knows it.
Buffy stakes vampires through the chest region, anywhere. THAT is how they die. (See this very odd video of her kills, with a very off-putting musical choice, for proof.) Who even knows where the heart is, exactly, really? (Scientists? Doctors?) I have no idea, and everyone’s is probably (a little) different, and Buffy does not carry an x-ray machine.
Let’s be serious. Angel got an arrow through his chest, roughly a half inch to the side of the same place every other goddamn vampire gets stabbed, and he lives because he is ANGEL. Buffy did not turn into a vampire when Angel sucked her blood because she is BUFFY, not because “she didn’t drink [Angel’s] blood” in return. Another fake rule! Ludicrous!
Wait, no, another thing: I’ve had it up to here with sweaty, poisoned, mopey, droopy-mouthed Angel. GodDAMMIT, David Boreanaz, you are a needy piece of work. A PIECE of WORK.