Sunday, January 27, 2008

Grudge Match: Rupert Giles vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi - Exposition Competition

The great Exposition Competition of 2008 is on (oh, it's on!). It's Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars). Each contestant is asked to deliver exposition about villains, monsters, and other obscure issues to a young, dumb but powerful listener. But to shake things up, they trade listeners: Obi-Wan has to deliver the exposition to Buffy, while Giles has to deliver the same exposition to Luke Skywalker.

The competition has two criteria for judging:

1) Who can deliver the most exposition in the shortest time?
2) Who can make the exposition the most comprehensible to doofuses like Buffy and Luke?

I'm inclined to side with Giles, as he's been better able to deliver tremendous amounts of exposition without saying something that turns out to be wrong in the very next episode. But on the other hand, having to explain this stuff to Luke, he may be sorely tempted to kill him in cold blood and claim it was for the good of the world.

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