The thing that keeps me from watching these shows is the bland use of tropes and the unrealistic dialogue. I've noticed that when tropes are used well, they blend into the story. But in shows like Buffy, Angel, and Firefly, they draw attention to themselves because they're not properly woven into the story. They're just used as is without embellishment or nuance.
The dialogue rubs me the wrong way because of all the unrealistic snark. There's this constant sarcasm, glibness, and repartee between characters like Xander and Willow. I don't know how else to describe it except that it's unnatural and...not real. Like, some of the lines Cordelia has on both Buffy and Angel make me cringe superhard because they're just so bad. Maybe part of that has to do with some of the actors over-acting, but I think the problem mainly lies in how their lines were written.
I think this was useful to realize this because it made me start looking at situations and portrayals in terms of realism and authenticity. (And made me realize why I find some scenes and lines so jarring).
Like with Dragon Age. For all of DA2's flaws, the plot was believable to me. Kirkwall was a problem waiting to happen. The Circle was full of corrupt templars and mages willing to do anything to escape. Meredith and Orsino were both trying to do the best they can to protect people. Elthina was someone who could've prevented the endgame events from happening, but she didn't. Anders is living in this environment, trying to go about helping mages through peaceful means. But no one will listen, and as he watches his friends fall one by one, the only likely option that will result in change now is to force it himself.
That's believable to me. But a portion of DAI's main plot isn't for reasons listed under the cut.