In Supernatural's defense, they had to bring Dean back because even the fictional death of the actor that plays him, Jensen Ackles, is a travesty to humankind that should never have to be faced by any living soul. The producers of cyber-punk sci-fi series Dark Angel obviously knew this too, because after Ackle's death as character Ben in Season 1, they brought him back as new character Alec in Season 2 (conveniently, Ben and Alec are genetically enhanced superhumans who share the same DNA, so were plausibly identical).
And of course EVERYONE who has watched any Buffy at all knows that Dawn should've died instead of Buffy at the end of Season 5 (anyone who says otherwise should have their TV taken away from them NOW). Angel coming back was alright, because I liked him. And his death really was moving, I still cry every time.
Some more acceptable instances of characters being ostensibly killed off and then brought back are
- Han Solo coming out of his carbon freeze (Star Wars)
- Westly revealing himself as the Dread Pirate Roberts (Princess Bride)
- Aladdin nearly drowning and the Genie turning into a giant submarine and bothering to make
siren noises before rescuing him (how hilarious is this by the way).
hooo!!! Vampire Diaries s2 episode 1! Just started screeing in UK!)
Now I have to back to real study and write about Cormac McCarthy's '79 novel Suttree, in which lots of people die but no-one comes back. It's a bit more depressing really.
|Dean Winchester, human extrodinaire|
|Buffy sacrificing herself for her sister Dawn, Buffy s5|
|Submarine Genie rescues Al.|