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BTVS Episode Poll: 6.04 Flooded

Thematically appropriate for any of you on the east coast -- the BTVS episode is Flooded. Hope you are surviving your real life flooding okay!



Poll #1876439 BTVS Episode Poll: 6.04 Flooded
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 17

1 One of my BTVS-watching friends hates the needs-money storyline and think Buffy’s friends all suck here. Why isn’t the Watchers’ Council contributing? They pay watchers and not slayers, WTF? And aren’t Willow and Tara paying rent? Etc. -- What say you?

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He’s right. They suck. It’s one of the things that bugs me about this season
7 (41.2%)
Of course they suck. That’s the whole point.
1 (5.9%)
They suck, but it’s perfectly understandable -- it’s not like the others have a lot of experience dealing with this kind of stuff either
5 (29.4%)
Only Xander sucks
1 (5.9%)
Other
3 (17.6%)

2 There’s a scene where Anya suggests Buffy charge people for heroic acts on their behalf, which dissolves into pointless nerdy bickering over the nature of Spiderman, followed by Xander and Anya having another one of their fights over whether Xander is ready to announce the engagement. What’s really going on here?

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Anya nails it with her parting shot: When are you gonna grow up, Xander?
6 (35.3%)
Foreshadowing. Lots of foreshadowing.
6 (35.3%)
Xander finds Anya frequently embarrassing and is genuinely conflicted about that.
2 (11.8%)
Only Xander sucks
2 (11.8%)
Other
1 (5.9%)

3 And now, as the semi-hapless commanders of the bank-robbing demon that disrupted Buffy’s life, we have the first appearance of the Trio!

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Don’t like them. They are one of the things that bugs me about this season
4 (23.5%)
They’re okay.
3 (17.6%)
A little silly, maybe, but they’re funny, so I’m inclined to be forgiving
3 (17.6%)
I love the Trio!
1 (5.9%)
I not only love the Trio, I find them thematically fascinating and much more significant than they might at first appear.
5 (29.4%)
Other
1 (5.9%)

4 Willow and Giles have an important scene in the kitchen, which I failed to turn into one question, and instead turned into three. (What? It really is that important!) Question one -- immediately after the Buffy resurrection spell, Willow seemed pretty burnt out and serious about the whole raising the dead thing. But here she is shockingly cavalier, snacking and making jokes. What’s going on?

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Now that she knows the spell succeeded, the power is going to her head
11 (64.7%)
She’s giddy with relief that everything worked out okay (as far as she knows)
1 (5.9%)
She is downplaying the seriousness of the spell for Giles’ benefit. trying to make it seem like less of a risky big deal than it was
2 (11.8%)
She sincerely thinks he’ll be happy with her, since the spell succeeded
3 (17.6%)
Me? I’m mostly distracted by her incredibly dated reference to The Blair Witch Project.
0 (0.0%)
Other
0 (0.0%)

5 Giles gets upset and gives her a serious dressing-down. How does this work as surrogate dad behavior?

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He’s right to get mad. He has to make her understand the seriousness of what she’s done.
6 (35.3%)
It’s understandable, but a more nuanced reaction might have been more productive.
4 (23.5%)
He’s screwing up big time, driving a wedge between himself and Willow that ensures she won’t turn to him in the future when she needs guidance in her magic use.
3 (17.6%)
You’d think he’d be a little more sympathetic, Mr. I-used-to-summon-demons-for-kicks-when-I-was-about-her-age
2 (11.8%)
Giles is being more attentive to Buffy’s emotional state than she is, and is actually picking up on her “no, actually, I wasn’t being tormented in a hell dimension” vibe. That’s why he reacts the way he does.
2 (11.8%)
Other
0 (0.0%)

6 Willow reacts to Giles’ dressing-down by getting mad and actually threatening him. “You’re right. The magics I used are very powerful. I’m very powerful. And maybe it’s not such a good idea for you to piss me off.” Then she snaps back to normal Willow, seeming a little confused, as if she has no idea what just came over her. What did just come over her?

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Mostly a natural, psychological personality shift.
8 (47.1%)
Mostly a magical personality shift, akin to possession.
0 (0.0%)
Little of both.
0 (0.0%)
Whatever’s going on, it’s pretty weird, and why isn’t Giles taking her to magical rehab or something RIGHT THIS MINUTE?
6 (35.3%)
This personality shift is the *real* price she’s paying for the spell. All that vomiting snakes stuff was window dressing.
2 (11.8%)
Other
1 (5.9%)

7 Buffy and Spike have a scene -- he makes a joke about “thinning the herd” and, when she seems amused, says “knew I could get a grin.”

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He mostly just wanted to make her laugh.
9 (52.9%)
It’s mostly his way of signaling that if she needs an outside shoulder to cry on, he’s available.
5 (29.4%)
He’s testing the waters. If he can make her laugh by talking about killing her friends and family, that speaks well to his romantic chances.
1 (5.9%)
It’s part of a very deliberate seduction strategy that starts with separating her from her friends and family
1 (5.9%)
Is there really a question here? You just wanted to talk about Spike.
1 (5.9%)
Other
0 (0.0%)

8 Favorite thematic/quotable dialog

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Buffy: It's bills. It's money. It's scraps of paper sent by bureaucrats we've never even met, okay? Not the end of the world. Which is too bad, cause that, I'm really good at.
0 (0.0%)
Anya: Captain Logic is not steering this tugboat.
2 (11.8%)
Giles: It's ... you're a … Buffy: A miracle? Giles: Yes. But then, I've always thought so.
4 (23.5%)
Giles: The magics you channeled are more primal and ferocious than anything you can hope to understand, and you're lucky to be alive, you rank, arrogant amateur!
9 (52.9%)
Buffy: They all care so much. I'm spending all my time trying to be okay, so no one'll worry. It's exhausting,
2 (11.8%)
Jonathan: Crime is our wormhole
0 (0.0%)
Giles: She took one crisis at a time, without the aid of superpowers, and got through it all. So can you.
0 (0.0%)

9. Rate this episode

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Mean: 7.00 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.19
1
0 (0.0%)
2
0 (0.0%)
3
0 (0.0%)
4
0 (0.0%)
5
2 (11.8%)
6
3 (17.6%)
7
7 (41.2%)
8
4 (23.5%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
1 (5.9%)


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