This is it, the last one, the last hour of the party as everyone winds down, drunk, and tired of blogging and reading blogs, and words and letters and maybe they are thinking they’ll just go home and do some math for a while.
Ok, on to ZERO G.
This refers to the inevitable space issues where heroes have just about done everything they can do here on earth and have taken to the stars because that is the natural progression of things, right? You’ll be hard pressed to find any of your long running standard hero stories who haven’t at least taken a space ship up once or twice, forget actually flying there.
Like I said, a lot of it has to do with needing somewhere to go with a story. When you’ve got Superman, doer of all things super, your believability starts wearing a little thin when you’ve thrown every super genius, alien hybrid government super soldier at him, and there are only so many of those you can make up before you’re all like, damn, how many people are trying to take over the world anyway?
This is why Season 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is often cited as the worst of the bunch. Before that she fights The Master, crazy super vampire Nosferatu looking guy whose prophesied to kill her – and does. Then she fights her boyfriend, crazy hot sociopath vampire Angel. She fights the Mayor, who is my favorite baddy. Funny and scary and gets her where she hurts – by turning her teammate against her. He ascends to a giant snake demon thing and she gets to blow up the school to kill it. Likewise, she has to fight Faith, another slayer and once friend. And then the government super soldier program. All of this culminating in going toe-to-toe with a God.
After all that? She has to spend a whole season fighting three dorks with apparently a limitless expense account with e-Bay, most of which she either helped or took out in previous episodes early on in her hero career. Really? I mean, really? That’s the best they could do? For a whole season? But see, after you fight a God, where do you go from there? It’s the same problem comics have.
So, of course, instead of sending a trio of nerds to throw their collective comic book knowledge at Superman, they just sent him to another planet to deal with a new set of problems. (Alternately – watch the pun, here it comes – writers will send their heroes into an Alternate Universe, which was going to be my original “A” post, but Alliteration sounded sexier. (OMG I AM ON A ROLL.))
And…scene! *curtains close*