The error in issue 26. How to deal with it. Feb 11, 2010 11:19:41 GMT -5
Post by Paul on Feb 11, 2010 11:19:41 GMT -5
I agree that characterisation and dialogue are Joss' strengths as a writer. IMO, his biggest weakness is telling a logical story. Almost all of the major plots in Buffy make NO sense whatsoever. Ask yourself:
Why does the Master want to open the Hellmouth? When the Old Ones come out, they'll just kill him.
Why does Angelus want to suck the world into hell? It's not his m.o. at all, he prefers intimate, personal torture. What's he going to do with all the humans dead and gone?
Why does the Mayor want to be a snake? He'll kill a few people and then someone (Buffy, the army) would blow him up. Pointless.
Why does Glory sit around doing nothing when she's on a deadline and she knows Buffy has the Key?
What the hell was the First's plan? Seriously?
Joss doesn't care about these things so he doesn't worry about them making sense. He's quite lazy in that respect. He's also guilty of using cheap and obvious plot devices, like the Scythe.
I actually agree with Joss' stance; plot should play second fiddle to characterisation. A lot of old fashioned Doctor Who fans bitch about Russel T Davies putting drama before science, but I prefer it that way. But let's not pretend he and Joss are flawless writers. Plot holes shouldn't be obvious just because you can't be bothered explaining them.