Originally Posted by God*is*7
I can understand why they pull things which are very relevant and very soon, but you'd think some things might actually be a help for people to watch.
I was watching Buffy at the time, and I thought the Graduation Pt. 2 business was out of line. I understand pulling the Jonathan-in-the-clock-tower episode, even though the school shooting idea was a red herring, it was obviously a red herring for the purpose of having the characters discuss the issue, which they did. I believe the prom one was yanked too – either that one or the clock tower one was set to air the actual week Columbine happened.
But Grad 2 was a little later (although not all that much – the show always closed in late May, so we’re talking not much more than a month). More importantly, it seriously had nothing to do with the idea of students hurting other human beings. Frankly, to me the prom one really didn’t either, the Devil Dog plot was deliberately very perfunctory. The real story was the kids thanking Buffy for all that she’d done for them, and in doing so, taking the crucial step of saying out loud that there was something wrong in their town. But it was scheduled quite close to the actual tragedy, and it did involve the whole-you’ll-all-suffer-for-not-liking-me-thing.
Graduation 2 had nothing to do with any of that. The kids pulled together – geeks, popular kids and nobodies alike to save themselves, as well as the town/world. It seemed to be the bare facts of the idea that they were carrying weapons underneath their gowns. If the commencement speaker is a demon about to unleash an army of the undead to feed the graduating class to him so he can sustain his transformation into a 50-foot snake, then even I want the kids armed. Somebody has to be able to tell the difference between something like that and random killing. If adults can’t, how can we expect the kids to?