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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Missed "Angel" but...
Saved my copy of "Restless," the season 4 closer for Buffy, which I expected to lose with copying Angel over it tonight.

Every time between airings of this episode, I forget just how much I enjoy it. This is a wonderful handling of symbolism and the dreamscape, and I can't decide which is my favorite of the four dreams presented. For those who haven't seen the episode (or read this particular exegesis of it), Kip Manley takes it apart, really paying attention to how it all fits together. I'd actually recommend it even for Buffy non-fans--it's a neat look at how symbolism mentions in a totally non-linear and non-literal setting.

I really love writing dream sequences and visions, being totally free of the linear and literal, and writing total free-association. In some world where poetry was received as anything but, er, self-pleasuring prose without the decency of proper punctuation and line breaks, I might be a poet. Except, of course, for the fact that my rhyme schemes and rhythm are only two or three degrees above greeting cards, and not nearly to the level of popular songs. Hmph. At any rate, I love the use of pure symbol and image, and I think that "Restless" is one of the few times I've seen it used extremely effectively on television. I think I watch Buffy not so much because I'm wild about the characters or plotlines, but because it's simply a wonderfully put-together series. It's neither over-arced to the point of being impossible to catch on as a newcomer (as Angel and B5 are), nor is it so fragmented that you don't feel the build-up from episode to episode.
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ladyaeryn From: ladyaeryn Date: April 29th, 2004 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll have to take a look at that exegis when I'm more awake. :)

You ever listened to Joss's DVD commentary on the episode? Very interesting, and definitely helped me understand the episode better. I re-watched it a few weeks ago and was left with an even greater respect for the guy's creative abilities (well, more so with 'The Body' commentary, actually, but this one was impressive as well) - the way each dream and its symbolism are such a cleverly done insight into the state of mind of each of the respective characters. Willow in her "costume," Xander always ending up in the basement; then of course the epic shot of Buffy standing alone in the desert. You really have to know your characters and what you're doing damn well to pull off a symbolism episode like this, and Joss does. It's still a hard episode for me to like because it's so... out there (it's not really an episode you can just sit back and watch casually for a light fun time like, say, 'Band Candy'), but I do see why so many love it. And I do like it. It's just a very heavy episode.

(Haven't seen tonight's Angel, either. I'm downloading it right now. ;))
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: April 29th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow. It's funny that you point tot this .it's one ofthe few episodes I actually wathced (and one of those moments of "dang jsut when I' min the mood to try to get hooked to it yo uget one that's so difficultto follow1.)
well, IK'm blind which seems to make it harder to followthe whole visuals of buffy anyway. butthanks.
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