Buffy the Vampire slayer is, hands down one of the best Urban Fantasy/Horror series in Television. Had excellent characters, good plot (except season 6), ingenious Monsters and memorable Villains.
Then it came season 8.
I'm not saying Season 8 is bad. It's a nice story, good pacing and while sometimes repetitive, it really capture the attention of the reader, but the problem is that since it deals with the Unmasked world, it really brought down some serious Fridge Horror
from the series.
This is exemplified in the Fanfic Trick or Treath from the Fanfic Recommendations.
Simply put, the Slayers had to be the worst kind of group for Freedom you can dream. I honestly cheered for the SG 1
and the military from the entire Fic and I found from uncomfrotable to downright despicable the way Buffy manage the Slayers and her desire to mantain things "Traditional and Clean".
Put in other way, Buffy is suppresing the information about Demons and things that bump the night because only the slayers can do it. This is a Third world trained, 100+ group of girls for the entire world. In fact, one of the new recruits had her entire Family slaughtered in front of her and there was nothing she and here group could have done to protect her. She is literally taking a traumatized 13 ish girl and forcing her to become a Child Soldier. For Buffy, making Child soldiers is the moral, upstanding thing to do. That is evil.
The other fact is, for this to work, they had to make the Military and the Society at large a bunch of idiots, incompetent pen-pusher, gun totting psychopats (like in the comic) and since this is the SG 1
, it doesn't work. In fact, if you take it from the Real World View, what Buffy is doing is not only criminal and reprehensive, but completely inefficient
. Honestly, who would you sheer: for a mental unestable, selfish (she was ready to throw the world away several times for her love ones) barbarian-ish warrior with 100 equal mental fuck up girls with a firm mentality of strength equal right or the Military and your Goverment to protect you?
While Buffy is an outstanding heroine, she is the last thing you would wan't to give power or leadership. And it this what broke the series after the ending (imagine again if the slayers had failed...guhh)
Great work but easily broken.