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Buffy’s Dawn in Showblockers!: 22 characters who stop good TV shows in their tracks

Wednesday 18 August 2010, by Webmaster

11. Dawn Summers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer

When you’re in the middle of an ongoing battle to keep the demon apocalypse at bay, there’s something unseemly about whining over it, even if you’re a teenage girl. Hence the resentment directed toward Michelle Trachtenberg’s Dawn when she joined the Scooby Gang as Buffy’s sister during the fifth season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Granted, any major character introduced that far into a show’s run is bound to face extra scrutiny, especially from Joss Whedon’s incomparably rabid fan base. But Dawn’s pouty third-wheelness often distracted from the entertaining and dramatically compelling business of squaring off against evil. What’s more, her petulance often actively endangered the other Scoobies, who were literally victimized by her moodiness. As “The Key” in season five, Dawn had a legitimate, poignant purpose that justified—or at least alleviated—her presence as a typical teenage fusspot. Later on, even the other characters could barely contain their irritation.


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