Happy Birthday Comma, Kali56, and Malachi!
wolfguard, Agent Cooper - If the darkness of scenes, whether GoT or BtVS/Angel is supposed to let the viewer sense how confused the battle is, I think the concept fails. They might as well just play a dark screen and have a few sounds, and save themselves the trouble of paying actors. Some tolerant folks such as yourselves will rationalize it, others behind the fourth wall will just squint at the screen and get more and more irritated instead of appreciating the situation of the characters, and possibly conclude that the show is doing a bad job of showing anything. It's worth remembering that one condition of paying for a fifth season of AtS was that the show be lighter, and I don't think they meant the emotions. So say I. *g*
wolfguard - With 16 years of hindsight, your predictions for the end of BtVS seem like the only way things could have gone. At the time, and remembering how tricksy Joss liked to be, good work! About the time of End of Days, I might have been focusing on other scenes. You'd never guess which ones, though. *cough*
Agent Cooper - The lighting was awful the first season of Buffy, but they were using cheap film and cheap everything. I think it was midway through S2 when they were allowed to switch to more expensive film. Remember how the filters would be all light whenever the camera was on Buffy, and then get dark when they switched to Angel, in the same scene? Very meaningful. *g* But night fight scenes always tended to be very dark. I was able to see once I altered my TV, but if you had a set without brightness control, you were stuck. People complained on the Bronze when the writers were posting, and they'd always say "Really? I wasn't aware " but nothing changed.
Ebdim9th - I shudder at the thought of dealing with school and work. That requires more stamina than I'd want to spend. I salute you.
lostinamerica - It seems to me that as an adult, one has to accept that people will be people. I find I've gotten a lot more flexible as I age. It's a good thing, too, because the more I age, the more I learn that a whole lot of people were, ah, more adventurous than people cared to speak of. Or perhaps they were just like us.
DaddyCatALSO - I think it was Agent Cooper who answered you instead of wolfguard in error about GoT books. No matter, the question was answered. ;-)
Comma - It's comforting to know that if vampires try to take over, they won't have the advantage of vision. Since I didn't actually watch GoT, I can only speak to my reactions to BtVS dark scenes and extrapolate, but I'm glad that you could relate to the battles and appreciate them. Nevertheless, I come down on the side of wanting to know what was happening.