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To begin with Joss Whedon wasn’t just telling a story. He somehow managed to create a myth - a tale that reached deeper into who we are as human beings to reflect something of us and the world around us. Richard Slotkin termed it "mythogenesis". Mythogenesis is the creation "in both maker and audience of tales that are mythical and religious, drawing heavily on the unconscious and the deepest levels of the psyche, defining relationships between human and divine things, between temporalities and ultimate."

I decided this must be the case after I saw Becoming part 2. Part 1 was a necessary set up, but for me part 2 was the point. I watched this deconstruction of Buffy's character, systematically losing her friends, her family, the love of her life, all in one way or another. And when "Full of Grace" by Sarah McLachlan started playing and I watched Buffy walk away from her whole life, I knew. I knew that feeling, I knew that moment. And I knew there was truth and honesty there. Which I believe is the beauty of good storytelling, the foundation of myth making.

From there things just got more interesting. Joss isn't afraid to let his characters change and grow. Which is good because people change as they grow up. It's nice to see that change make sense and be logical at the same time that it's affecting and heart breaking. "I need to give them what they need, not what they want. They need to have their hearts broken. They need to see change. They hated Oz, and then they hated that he left. These things are inevitable."

And as each of the characters have a series arc as they grow and change, each season has it's own arc, the movements confined and isolated within a period of time. And it's so subtle and artful. I know that season 5 was the death season, and I know I didn't watch more than a few episodes. But the revelation for me was really about more than death - it was about destiny. The idea that Buffy's trying to figure out her destiny, trying to define things - look at her options and choose the right one. She never really knows what her options even are or how to figure out which one is right, let alone what "right" even means in the end. And everything throughout the season seems broad and diverse, but in a single moment it all coalesces - everything falls into place and makes sense. All of the worrying and thinking and analyzing doesn't really matter because in the moment everything comes together there is no decision. She just knows what to do. That's destiny. And it was created and revealed so subtly and so artfully.

On top of that, the dialogue is witty and fun. They're not afraid to take risks. Once More With Feeling was surprisingly powerful and moving because music has a way of reaching into us deeper than simple words are capable of. Hush was completely different than anything else I've ever seen on tv.

The crew of Buffy and Angel are also brilliant. The lighting is clear and reinforces the tone and personality of the shows. The editing is sharp and innovative and I think, brilliant. The actors handle their roles with aplomb. Stephanie Zacharek of Salon wrote, "Unlike 'The Practice' or 'The West Wing', 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' isn't a show made by a guy who's working overtime to show us how much drama there is in the prosaic; it's made by a guy who understands that when you're living high drama, you long for the prosaic." I think this is completely accurate and reveals part of what makes Buffy and Angel so unique.

Overall, I have a slightly broader affinity for Buffy than Angel. Simply because I've been exposed to more of it and it's had longer to deepen. But I think both shows are unparalleled. So, I have this website. Which doesn't reflect any of the things I've said well. But is a piece of Buffy and Angel that I have to remember.

"To be engrossed by something outside ourselves is a powerful antidote for the rational mind, the mind that so frequently has its head up its own ass."
- Anne Lamott