Some things are pretty easy. Just like most everyone regards "The Constant" as a great episode of Lost, most everyone (including the producers) regards "Stranger in a Strange Land" as a series low point (noted thespian Bai Ling and Jack's tattoos? Really?!). Some things produce a sharp divide. Sopranos finale - open ended work of genius, or confounding cop out? Battlestar Galactica finale - fitting conclusion to one of the best series ever, or "god did it" hackwork nullifying the choices of all the characters? "Stairway to Heaven" - legendary rock song, or overplayed, self indulgent Tolkien acid flashback?
What I want to do is look back at pieces of work (episodes, movies, performances, songs, albums, etc.) that are considered "bad," "poor," "awful," "less than" or "substandard" and reevaluate them. Examine their pros and cons, and see if they deserve their reputation in the pop culture and critical zeitgeist. "Reconsider" them, if you will.
First up, I'll be taking a look at "Beer Bad," an episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer's fourth season. A while back, I did a rewatch of the entire series, and assigned a numerical value to each episode. According to that evaluation, "The Pack" was the worst episode for me. Of the 144 episodes, "Beer Bad" was ranked 135th (including ties). But ask just about any Buffy fan you know to name a "bad" eppy, and "Beer Bad" is usually one of the first, if not THE first, eps they mention. So, it will be "reconsidered" in an upcoming post.
Here's a short list of other items I'm thinking about for "Reconsidered:"
- "Spock's Brain," episode of Star Trek: TOS
- Riley Finn, character from Buffy
- "Black Market," episode of Battlestar Galactica
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw), character from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- "Expose," episode of Lost
- "She," episode of Angel
- The Matrix Reloaded (or, The Matrix Revolutions)
- "Heart of Gold," episode of Firefly