J has been spending time rewatching Angel and Buffy. He watched all five seasons of Angel, as he had only ever watched them once or twice, and declared Seasons 2 and 5 his favourites, as he enjoyed the Darla arc, and particularly liked the way S5 panned out. His Buffy viewing has been restricted to S5 through to S7, as he did a rewatch of the earlier seasons when he had glandular fever last year.
J is an impartial viewer, not tied down by 'shipper feelings, so it has really been interesting getting his reactions to the eps as he watches each season. He absolutely loathed S6, hated the overblown drug and sex addiction metaphors - which was pretty much why I hated it as well. I remember the first academic paper I read (and I think one of the first ever written about Buffy), was a paper written by Rhonda “Buffy and the monsters of life: There will never be a ‘very’ special Buffy” published in a 1997 edition of the Journal of Popular Film & Television, which emphasised how good the show was because it didn't come across as one of those afternoon teen specials filled with not-so-subtle anvil-sized metaphors about drugs and sex and smoking etc etc etc. I remember bemoaning to Rhonda in an e-mail at the turn for metaphor worse of Season 6, she was of a similar opinion. (Did you like the oh-so-casual namedrop?!?)
J also thought that Buffy was spectacularly horrible in her using of Spike, and wasn't overly impressed with that storyline either.
On the other hand he is thoroughly enjoying S7. When I asked him why, he replied that he loved the one it was going full circle - returning to the high school, bringing back the images of past bad guys. He hasn't been enjoying some of the Buffy speeches, especially the one in Showtime, and was not at all surprised when I informed him that Noxon had written that one. It will be interesting to hear his feelings about the rest of the season, he's currently up to Storyteller.
I love the fact that he and I share an affection for the Jossverse, and that he is happy to share his opinions with his old mum. It's a nice feeling.
In other TV news, I loved, loved, loved Dr Who: The Christmas Invasion. I was somewhat reticent about David Tennant, but I think I could grow to like him as the new Doctor very quickly indeed!