dangerous

Awaiting the sensation of a short sharp shock

Well, there's.... no, boring. And then there's... no, that's boring too. Er, at least I don't have to do giles_watchers tonight, thanks to the awesome kambee. Which is good, because to be honest, easy as that task is, I think it might be beyond me tonight. Brain == pudding. Was virtuous this morning, at least: packages and other oddments mailed.

I have some Blake's 7 to watch. I also have lots and lots of Doctor Who to watch. And last night's Eureka. Not to mention a movie with Mr Ears, Christopher Eccleston. What will I watch tonight? None of the above. Instead I will try to write.

I've never had Ethan go shippy on me before. But boy howdy, he's shippy in this story.

This discussion on Buffy's choice to activate the Potentials featured some interesting points made on both sides. Check it out, and fill out the poll if you're interested.

I found myself emphatically agreeing with liz_marcs' third point. I think I've discussed with some of you before how the subtexts in BtVS often undercut the overt message of feminism and empowering women with a story that is anything but. (And maybe not in the subtext, either: lots of the latter parts of the series are about how being the Slayer is destroying Buffy as a human being.) Slayer power might seem kick-ass, but really what it is, is a ticket to pain, suffering, and early death for all subjected to it. With no choice.

There are lots of stories to be told about that kind of setup, of course, but "go grrrl power" is not one that leaps to mind for me.

I'm curious to see if Whedon chooses to investigate the darker side of Buffy's action in the overall storyline of Buffy season 8. There were hints in Buffy's interaction with the military men that not everyone sees her behavior as an unmitigated good. And his "chain" story touches on the issue of choice. But then, we'll also have to see if Whedon has any interesting stories at all to tell about his Buffyverse; I remain unconvinced on that point.
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Shippy Ethan? Color me interested.

I too don't see the "Grr, girl power" aspect of activating all the potentials. It's sticky, it has consequences and somehow, I just don't see Joss addressing those. If he does, I'll be pleasantly surprised.
And! You have email from me with beta-read thing in it. I ask for more. Can you believe it? :)

I think the problems with activated Potentials might not be evident right away. Give those girls a few days or weeks to figure out what's going on. More cases of psychotic breaks? Definitely. Girls drunk on power like Faith was? Dude, teenaged girls are many things, but "mature" is by definition usually not one of them. Messy, oh yes.
I agree with Liz Marcs' third point as well. And yours: Slayer power was a ticket to pain, suffering and an early death. But, what makes Buffy a hero to me is that even though her life sucks and she's in agony, she keeps fighting every day to keep the world and herself going. That's the empowering feminist message. All life is suffering, and women suffer even more, yet look how strong they can be in the face of adversity. That's one of the reasons I have no patience for all the whining Xander, Willow and Giles do about Buffy being so self-involved. They should probably never be forgiven for kicking her out of the house. The woman had a really difficult life, and still she kept working hard and continued to maintain a pretty positive attitude. I would have thrown myself off that tower too. And a lot sooner. (As you can see, I am not a superhero like Buffy.)
Totally: all the bravery and heroism is in choosing to accept the fate and do the best we can. (Giles' story mirrors Buffy's here.) One of the horrors in Buffy's resurrection, for me, is that her fight was over. She'd gone to a rest and a reward and... sorry! nope! fight some more! only this time in total depression. Ugh. Poor kid.

I love Buffy best in "Prophecy Girl" for that reason. Seriously. I have two moments of utter gushing love for Buffy in the series. They're in the Season 1 opener, when she chooses to befriend Willow, and in the season 1 closer, when she goes to fight the Master despite knowing she'll die.

Okay, I have other moments of Buffy love, but those are the most intense for me.
Resurrected and abandoned by that rat Giles. That's why I love Breathing so much. And that sappy-titled Rari story, Love Heals All. They fill my need to fix that travesty. You give a reason I can believe and accept as legit. And Rari provides the schmoop.

I'm not sure Buffy choosing Willow makes me gush. A little condescending? But going to fight the Master is definite superhero-ness at its best. I have a million favorite Buffy moments.




See, I think Buffy choosing to be friends with Willow is an important moment in establishing her character. There's a little nose thing she does when Cordelia is mean to Willow that shows where her sympathies are. Then she goes off and chooses not to be popular. I swear, when I was watching the show for the first time, that was totally the moment where I fell for Buffy. I was on her side from then on.

I started losing sympathy with her in season 4. Regained it in S5. Never really reconnected with her fully through S6 & 7.
This has nothing to do with Buffy meta: Have you seen the pictures of ASH, John Barrrowman and Alexis Denisof from a 90's stage production of Rope?

It's here, and oh my, they are pretty.

One of the pictures shows ASH's cheekbones off perfectly. :fans self:

(I found this via Making Light, which found it through someone else's LJ.)