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BTVS Episode Poll: 6.05 Life Serial

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Here it is, another episode poll! Just one more episode until we get to the musical!



Poll #1878034 BTVS Episode Poll: 6.05 Life Serial
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22

1. Favorite segment?

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College goes too fast
3 (14.3%)
Construction is full of misogynist jerks
0 (0.0%)
The retail day will never end
8 (38.1%)
Whiskey, tequila, and kitten poker
9 (42.9%)
Other
1 (4.8%)

2. Assume the Trio wasn’t messing with her. Do you think Buffy would have had success during any of her three “normal world” days?

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Yes, college
5 (25.0%)
Yes, construction
6 (30.0%)
Yes, retail
1 (5.0%)
What, are you kidding? Of course not.
6 (30.0%)
Other
2 (10.0%)

3. Buffy’s exaggerated BLEAHRRGH alcohol face.

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It’s adorable and I never get tired of it.
15 (71.4%)
It was funny at first, but then I got tired of it.
2 (9.5%)
It was funny, then I got tired of it, then I thought it was funny again.
2 (9.5%)
No opinion, really
1 (4.8%)
Hate it. Too silly.
1 (4.8%)
Other
0 (0.0%)

4. Why kittens?

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I don’t know. It’s too ridiculous. Why is the “dark, depressed” season also the “goofy” season?
1 (5.0%)
Because it’s funny. Don’t overthink.
4 (20.0%)
No, it’s a perfect BTVS thing: cute and funny at first, but kind of horrifying the more you consider it
7 (35.0%)
It serves to effectively trivialize the demons as a threat, while still making them seem -- you know, demony
8 (40.0%)
I refuse to think about what they do with the kittens. You can’t make me think about what they do with the kittens.
0 (0.0%)
Other
0 (0.0%)

5. This episode marks the first time the Trio targets Buffy specifically. How evil are they here?

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Not very evil. None of their “tests” has the potential for permanent harm.
1 (4.8%)
Moderately evil. Their pranks might be non-lethal, but it’s still pretty evil to target somebody for that kind of mystical pranking.
8 (38.1%)
Extremely evil. They are treating Buffy like she’s a video game character or action figure, with a callous disregard for her welfare and personhood.
12 (57.1%)
Other
0 (0.0%)

6. Spike tells Buffy: “You’re not a schoolgirl. You’re not a shop girl. You’re a creature of darkness, like me.” Is he right?

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Yep. Spike is being his usual insightful self.
2 (9.5%)
No way. He wants to believe it, but he's wrong.
2 (9.5%)
It's mostly a seduction tactic. He wants her to believe it.
5 (23.8%)
He’s half right. Slayer’s dual nature and all.
12 (57.1%)
Other
0 (0.0%)

7. Favorite thematic/quotable dialog

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Willow: Because social phenomena don’t have unproblematic objective existences, they have to be interpreted and given meanings by those who encounter them.
2 (9.5%)
Jonathan: Stop touching my magic bone!
3 (14.3%)
Anya: Don’t be nervous. Do what I do. Picture yourself naked.
1 (4.8%)
Buffy: Yes! And then I’m going to marry Bob Dole and raise penguins in Guam!
4 (19.0%)
Buffy: Life is stupid. Spike: I didn’t figure you were here cadging my whiskey because life is all blood and peaches.
1 (4.8%)
Spike: You’re not a schoolgirl. You’re not a shop girl. You’re a creature of darkness, like me.
2 (9.5%)
Buffy: The only person I can stand to be around is a neutered vampire who cheats at kitten poker!
7 (33.3%)
Giles: Go easy on yourself, won’t you? You don’t need to figure it out all at once
0 (0.0%)
Other
1 (4.8%)

8.Rate this episode (on a recalibrated scale where 5 is the lowest score)

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Mean: 8.35 Median: 8 Std. Dev 0.79
5
0 (0.0%)
6
0 (0.0%)
7
3 (15.0%)
8
8 (40.0%)
9
8 (40.0%)
10
1 (5.0%)



Bonus question: do they check ID in demon bars?

Comments

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mcjulie
Nov. 10th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
1 College goes too fast. Three of four (I don’t particularly like the construction segment) were strong contenders, but college gets it for two reasons. I love Tara in this segment -- the disconnected good-natured chattering that gives us gems like “and then I realized that was her yummy face” and references to Spongebob Squarepants, her delivery on “she didn’t like Mike?” -- all seem very natural and sweet. The second reason is that I think it’s the one with the most perfect metaphor. College is literally going too fast, passing her by, and the smallest things about that kind of social interaction are becoming incomprehensible.

This episode was when I fully realized that Season 6 was about the aimless period in one’s early twenties, and that, in Buffy’s case, it was specifically about the post-college funk. In literal plot terms, her attempt to re-enter college is still about completing her BA, but in story terms it feels much more like dipping a toe into grad school when you already have your BA and aren't sure what to do next.

2 What, are you kidding? Of course not. You notice, though, how her closest success is the demon bar? During the poker game she’s bored and disappointed in Spike, but nothing bad happens. And afterward? She doesn’t stop the Trio for good, but she does prevent them from a fourth test. So it’s not like she fits in at the demon bar, exactly, but it’s less of a bad fit than the normal world. Which I think is very much setting up the Buffy/Spike story arc this season.

Each of the four segments could be regarded as one of her major social sub-groups saying “come into my world,” and the only one that even comes close to working is Spike’s.

3 It’s adorable and I never get tired of it. Unlike her exaggerated crying in Triangle, which I hate, her exaggerated BLEAHRRGH face I find really endearing. Buffy doesn’t have much drinking experience, especially not straight stuff, and I think I’ve seen inexperienced drinkers make that exact face when they do tequila shots.

Another thing to notice: this is the first time Buffy gets to drink without supernatural consequences. Drinking isn’t a metaphor here. I think it fits with the idea that some of the writers have talked about on the commentary tracks, that as the gang ages, a lot of story elements -- like sex and drinking -- that have been treated metaphorically in the past become more literal as they’re incorporated into the adult characters’ lives. The metaphors are about other things.
red_satin_doll
Nov. 12th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
It’s adorable and I never get tired of it. Unlike her exaggerated crying in Triangle, which I hate,

And I also hate her exaggerated crying in this episode (the retail sequence) though maybe for different reasons? SMG doesn't do "comic crying" well - and part of it is the way her face gets twisted up (which is real to the way we cry in RL); but in this ep, for me there's also 1) I have a had time believing after everything Buffy has faced over 5-6 seasons, that THIS would be enough to reduce her to tears, depression or no depression; and 2) it emphasizes emphasized Buffy's humiliations in this episode in a way that's almost OT - that is, I find myself cringing for her. It's not just the machinations of the Trio but of the writers themselves, saying "How much can we tear her down?" As if the Trio were also stand-ins or the alter egos of the writing team?

(Then I saw the comics and realized oh, no, they can tear her down SO much further, damn it.)

this is the first time Buffy gets to drink without supernatural consequences. Drinking isn’t a metaphor here

Excellent point, and I hadn't noticed it before. Isn't this only the second time she's shown drinking (Beer Bad) or am I forgetting an episode. Your comments remind me of The Wish, actually - even Wishverse Buffy, hardened as she is, is no drinker; she sniffs at Giles' decanter. (Faith would have slugged it back and probably stolen the whole bottle in contrast.)
mcjulie
Nov. 12th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
You know, I don't mind her comic crying in the retail sequence, partly because it's so brief, but also because I think the emotion conveyed is "tears of helpless frustration" rather than an unconvincing attempt at "oh, God, my heart is so broken." It's like the way you might cry when you just can't seem to get something to work, or when you get lost on the way to a job interview, or when traffic is really bad and you're going to miss the play -- that kind of crying.

Although I think I convinced myself that maybe her Triangle crying seems so fake because her heart isn't actually broken, but she's telling herself it is...

Good callback on Wishverse Buffy!

mcjulie
Nov. 10th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
4 It serves to effectively trivialize the demons as a threat, while still making them seem demony. Because only a horrible demon would eat a kitten, right? And yet, it’s also kind of un-terrifying.

5 Extremely evil. One of the most interesting things about the Trio is the way they seem so funny and trivial, yet their moral depravity will eventually lead to rape and murder. And, if you’re paying attention, you can actually see that coming, percolating under hilariously pointless bickering over James Bond movies. The Trio, as a season-arc threat, is about the banality of evil -- a departure in a show that is usually about the gigantic cosmic significance of evil.

6 He’s half right. Slayer’s dual nature and all. Also, see #2 above. And #7.

7 The only person I can stand to be around is a neutered vampire who cheats at kitten poker! I figure this one is a gimme. But it's very telling -- she admits point blank (and drunk) that Spike is the only person in her life she can stand to be around. That seems pretty significant.

Random thought: I think this is another episode where Xander kind of sucks, because his loyalty to Buffy as his friend -- and his loyalty to the demon-fighting cause -- both seem seriously compromised by his professional relationships. (re: the way he freaks out when demons attack at the construction site)

Xander’s story this season doesn’t get nearly as much clarity or development as Buffy and Willow’s, and I think it’s a shame that this episode, for a second time, leaves him seeming more like a sucky friend than like a young adult who’s facing his own kind of choice between the big, scary, messy, exciting, dangerous slayer cause, and a nice, normal life. Because I think that’s an interesting conflict, but most of the time you have to read between the lines to get it.

8 I give it a 9. I really like this episode.
red_satin_doll
Nov. 12th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
The Trio, as a season-arc threat, is about the banality of evil -- a departure in a show that is usually about the gigantic cosmic significance of evil.

Very much so! I really hated them at first but was also annoyed/bored by them (the cultural nerd references got to be a bit too much -and sort of made me feel like I was not privvy to the joke anymore). The way they humiliate, frustrate and violate Buffy for most the season is almost painful for me to watch (and worse as Giles is gone and her friends are pretty much MIA, so she's not got a lot of support except Spike, who has his own agenda.) I had no idea where things were headed, though. When Katrina died in DT I literally gasped in a way I hadn't since Jenny's death in S2.

On the same subject, it's interesting as well that Spike's "crime" later in the season is, as the_royal_anna pointed out back in her 2003 meta, a crime of Spike the man, not the demon.

I think this is another episode where Xander kind of sucks, because his loyalty to Buffy as his friend -- and his loyalty to the demon-fighting cause -- both seem seriously compromised by his professional relationships. (re: the way he freaks out when demons attack at the construction site)

*nods* I don't remember if I mentioned this at the Flooded poll, but it's ironic to me that Xander spent all of S4 complaining that he wasn't in college and thus not of the same social class as the girls (Working class vs middle class), and then he ends up with the best paying career/profession. And it's true that in the real world, in the US, men with high school diplomas statistically make better incomes than women with college degrees, because of the jobs that are generally open to men (construction being one of them.) This was before the current recession, and I know a lot of people in construction who work very seasonally, but overall I think that holds true.

Buffy and Willow don't have degrees - they both end up dropping out of college - but having some college is of no help to Buffy. I think the show is also very realistic in that, during the Clinton administration (and forward in to the Bush administration), the largest sector of job growth was the service industry, ie, hotel, food service, tourism, etc. And that is also still true today, what little job growth there is. The economy was depending more and more on low-paying jobs in service sectors while better paying jobs in production, manufacturing, etc disappeared. (I saw it happen in Detroit, my hometown, in the 1980's.)

I had thought that Buffy ought to start her own business such as being a personal trainer, but I doubt that Joyce imparted any financial advice (or we never see her do so; maybe Buffy didn't listen?) But Buffy doesn't seem to have the inclination - and at any rate, a company requires capital she doesn't have. So what Buffy goes through financially is very true to the decline of middle-class wages and opportunities since the 1990's. (The writers just handle some of it badly.)

Because I think that’s an interesting conflict, but most of the time you have to read between the lines to get it.

Xander is not my favorite character but I really agree with this, more so as time passes. The ways that his arc mirror Willow and Buffy's are there but, as you say, you have to parse things out. And then big things like Hell's Bell's (or even The Real Me) are thrown in the viewers face and we're given these sudden developments rather than gradual character development. And that makes it almost too easy to dislike Xander.
kikimay
Nov. 10th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
1- College. I love all the segmets, except the one in Xander's workplace.

2- Other. I don't think she would have exactly "success", because she was feeling too low, but of course those jerks didn't help.

3- It's adorable! In general, in this episode, Buffy is superadorable and love all the outifits! She's the cutest!

4- To trivialize the threat.

5- Moderately evil.

6- Half truth because Buffy has this destructive, slayer side, but also a seduction tactic, because he said with a sexy innuendo-y face.

7- "Don't be nervous. Do what I do. Picture yourself naked" ANYA FOR THE WIN!

8- 9, because I like the segments and the outfits and Buffy is supercute. Also, kittens.
mcjulie
Nov. 10th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's true about the outfits! I love that black triangle top thingy and Buffy should wear denim jackets more often.

Actually, I like everybody's look in Season 6, for the most part.
kikimay
Nov. 10th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
I adore that and the violet thingy from the college segment. So nice! >O
red_satin_doll
Nov. 12th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Buffy should wear denim jackets more often.

*lol* Well she does wear one in the climactic scene in Smashed (yes, pun intended.) Whoever would have thought that a demin jacket over a turtleneck sweater could be so hot? (And note how Spike's clothes are color-matched to her's in that scene.)
red_satin_doll
Nov. 13th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
Actually, I like everybody's look in Season 6, for the most part.

Oh and that long swishy peach skirt in the retail scene. I love the drape and cut of that.

It's strange to me that Willow's prettiest hair, ever, is in Tabula Rasa. For a bunch of people who are suffering undiagnosed depression, PTSD, etc (and I'm firmly convinced that Buffy is not the only one, she's just the one carrying the label, the scapegoat in a sense) they all look pretty damn good. (Buffy's at her most gorgeous IMO in OMWF.) In my personal experience, giving a damn about appearance is one of the first things to go when it comes to depression.

On the other hand - Buffy's tiger-striped highlights? (See icon.) I file those with the bad bangs and pink highlight in S3.
pocochina
Nov. 11th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
1. Retail day, definitely. Been there.

2. I think Buffy would've done well in college. School is tough when you're depressed, but it's doable. And, while she doesn't like school the way Dawn and Willow do, she's smart enough that she'd at least be able to get by until she could pull herself together. I don't think she'd have much liked retail, and construction would have been difficult because she's not used to following someone else's plans to spec.
mcjulie
Nov. 11th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
So, what do you think Buffy was majoring in?
red_satin_doll
Nov. 11th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
And unlike the other two, she actually has experience in college, so the day probably would have gone just fine w/out the Trio's interference (not a great student like Willow, but I imagine if she'd stuck with it, Tara would have been a very patient study-buddy. And they already live in the same house, so - bonus.)
rebcake
Nov. 11th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
1. I thought the "retail never ends" segment was great. It foreshadows the DMP to come. The "night out with alcohol and kittens" was super cute, and has bonus Clem, but it didn't address the "what should I do with my life?" question. Because turning into Spike is just not an option for Buffy.

2. She WAS succeeding at construction until the nerds interfered. The foreman was coming to tell her what a great job she was doing. That's not to say she would have been happy working with those tools, but I have a suspicion she would have won them over, eventually. College and retail were a struggle for her even before the nerds, though. I think she's capable of being college girl again, but perhaps not at this moment post-resurrection.

One of my favorite episodes. Of course, there are a lot of those. ;-)

mcjulie
Nov. 12th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
Good point about the foreman!
red_satin_doll
Nov. 13th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
I thought the "retail never ends" segment was great. It foreshadows the DMP to come.

Good point, I hadn't made the connection before. I'm not sure why not - I've worked retail, my sibs have worked fast food, and there's the same low pay, high stress, the same sense of a dead end - unless you're not looking for anything beyond that. (My sister actually seemed to enjoy working at White Castle, but she wasn't afraid to sass back to customers.) I think the near-catatonic look on Buffy's face at the DMP in Normal Again pretty much sums up my entire experience in retail.

The foreman was coming to tell her what a great job she was doing

I'd forgot about that. I was sort of pissed at Xander for not having her back; he gets mad at Buffy later in the season for not telling him about her affair with Spike, for prioritizing Spike over him, but here he's clearly prioritized his job over his best friend. Maybe not unreasonable but, still - I kind of love how righteously pissed she gets at the work crew, but she doesn't get mad at Xander. Such a forgiving girl, our Buffy.

I think she's capable of being college girl again, but perhaps not at this moment post-resurrection.

She didn't really do such a fabulous job of it in S4 though, did she? Maybe with a few years time, a little maturity, and an army of Slayers to take the burden off her shoulders, it would be possible to really focus herself on that MFA degree in Poetry? (Has anybody ever written a fic with Buffy going back to college post-Chosen? Actually, if anyone could, I think it'd be you, Reb.)

One of my favorite episodes.

*nods* It's one that I'm really ridiculously fond of. "You call your teacher Mike? Wow, school sure has changed since my day."
rebcake
Nov. 13th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
I never got the impression that Buffy was doing a crap job of college in S4. She got asked to lead a discussion group, and seemed to be getting her work in... a small miracle considering all her extracurriculars. She was doing okay in S5 until her mom died, too. There was a great recent story about someone looking at Buffy's uneven transcripts and extrapolating that she was very bright, but had a lot of outside committments.

As for the "Buffy goes back to study poetry" story, I wouldn't dare. For that, you must read anaross 's brilliant "My Life Closed Twice". *nods*
red_satin_doll
Nov. 12th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
An episode I've actually re-watched recently, yay! And one of the most comedic eps of S6, even as it's painful for me to watch Buffy suffer at the hands of the Trio, and not able to do anything about it.

1) I couldn't decide between the retail, or the whisky/poker kitten segments as my favorites, so I chose Other. SMG is brilliant and hilarious in both, and the episode reminds me of how good a comedic actor she is, physically as well as verbally. My love for this episode is pretty much almost entirely based on her performance, actually - actually, it may not even be that I love the episode so much as I love what Sarah does in it. And Anya's chipper bluntness at the Magic Box is pure comedy gold, as always.

2) I said college because she actually has experience in college (S4) unlike the other two. Success may be a relative term, however (meaning, not getting called out by the teacher); and in a way it might be apples to oranges? Retail and construction are professions; being a college student isn't. (And I speak from experience - a college degree is no guarantee that you'll find work afterwards.)

3) I chose the third option - Funny the first time, then OTT on repeat (point made, thank you), then she grabs the bottle at the bar and slugs the booze down, and it was funny again. And then during the poker game we only hear her making the sound, which for some reason was even funnier.

4) I chose for the kittens "Cute and funny at first but more horrifying when you think of it" so it fits with the "banality of evil" theme. But every one of them applies equally IMO. I'm sure it's there just because the writers thought it would be funny.

5) Extremely evil - see my comments upthread. Personal violation (of body and mind) is a running theme in JW's work, and in this series, and there is something spectacularly creepy about what the Trio do to Buffy. In part because they are, literally "beneath her", and it's maddening to watch; because I love Buffy and she's already suffering; and because it's so random, there doesn't seem to be any real goal or plan besides "become criminal masterminds and rule Sunnydale." Hell, Buffy helped Jonathan in Earshot, and he presented her with the Class Protector award in S3, so it seems even worse that he would be a participant.
mcjulie
Nov. 12th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
Personal violation (of body and mind) is a running theme in JW's work

I don't know if you've seen Cabin in the Woods -- it's quite a bit gorier than BTVS, so I don't know if every Buffy fan would like it -- but it strongly features that particular Whedonverse trope, including some characters who are very analogous to the Trio (and who are also, according to the writers, based on themselves.)

An interesting aspect of the Trio that popped into my head just now when I was thinking about Jonathan, and why he goes along with all this when he actually likes Buffy and owes her his life. The thing that popped into my head was that the Trio are, just like Buffy, directionless -- but they are turning to her to define them.
red_satin_doll
Nov. 13th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Oh no, I don't go for gore AT ALL. So, nope, nada.

Something that has occured to me lately - for all the talk about Glory mindwiping Tara, and later Willow performing the forgetting spell, as mental violations (metaphorical rapes, if you will), has it ever been acknowledged that the monks inserting memories of Dawn into everyone's minds could be classified the same way? that is, to enter someone's mind and alter their memories without their consent, in this case adding to rather than taking away.

why he goes along with all this when he actually likes Buffy and owes her his life

Interesting. Can you elaborate on that a little?

The thing that popped into my head was that the Trio are, just like Buffy, directionless -- but they are turning to her to define them.

EXCELLENT point, and I don't think I've read it stated like that before? I can see you building on that one point as a meta. There is really so much to dissect when it comes to the Trio - as mirrors to the Scoobies, as mirrors to Buffy, Warren as Buffy (leader of the Scoobies), Warren as Willow, etc etc. I know JW said that S6 was the season they threw out metaphor? Bollocks.
mcjulie
Nov. 13th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
why he goes along with all this when he actually likes Buffy and owes her his life
Interesting. Can you elaborate on that a little?

Jonathan's dialog in Flooded includes: "Yeah, she saved my life a bunch of times. Plus - she's hot."

Also, in Earshot and Superstar they both have conversations that seem pretty friendly. Buffy tries to straighten him out in both episodes. (Obviously it doesn't take)

So, why doesn't he take a stronger pro-Buffy stand? I think it's the way Buffy embodies power on the show -- other characters all recognize it, and they want some, and they try to get it in different ways. Willow and Xander mostly try to share in it, the Council tries to own it, Giles tries to steer it. In Superstar Jonathan tried to steal it outright. Here, I think he's trying to measure himself against it. He will really feel important if he can beat the strongest person in the room. That attitude really comes out in the final scene with the Trio, where they are busy congratulating themselves for "taking on" the Slayer and surviving.
red_satin_doll
Nov. 13th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
I have nothing to add to this except you've really thought this through - I'll have your analysis in mind when I watch the episodes again. Excellent points. (I love your brain - may I borrow it on occasion?)

I think Jonathan's murder is one of the most poignant aspects of the show - he's the only character still around from the Sunnydale High days of S1, and I think he appeared at least once every season? And of the Trio, he is the one who admired Buffy the most and most wanted to be part of the gang. The dialogue he has with Andrew about no one else remembering him "but I remember them" is heartbreakingly tender. (I just wish they hadn't replayed his death about 5 times or more in Storyteller, as if Jonathan's death - or rather, Andrew's redemption - was THE most important on the show.)
red_satin_doll
Nov. 12th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
6) I don't remember what I put - but I was torn between "he's half right" and "it's a seduction tactic". I think they are both equally right in this instance. He wants something from her more than friendship - as long as they were friends and fighting partners things were ok, but whenever he presses his suit as a lover (FFL, Crush, Smashed, DT) things go downhill between them and badness ensues.

I do see him as attempting to woo her, but here the line about belonging in the dark is played for laughs - the bar is very ordinary (I've seen far more dangerous dives in RL; and Willie's bar in S2 had a creepier vibe), they play for kittens, and he gets no information out of the demons. So it's a joke at his expense, but it's amazing how the line gets turned around into something truly frightening in Dead Things in contrast.

7) My favorite lines aren't here. "Ya want slug? Go with slug - she's not gonna sleep with you anyway." I've done retail and oh do I know the feeling. And she says it while tossing the candle and rushing past the guy - perfect marriage of verbal and physical comedy by SMG.

And the exchange at the poker table when Spike asks someone to "Stake him" "I will! What, you think I was just gonna let that lie there?"

It's one of the few times in the later seasons that Buffy actually makes a pun or joke not related to slaying and, more importantly, actually gets to laugh at her own joke, And she has to be drunk in order to be able to do so.

8) I think I gave this a 7 or 8.
mcjulie
Nov. 12th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
Good additions to the quotes!

Because I am nerdy that way, I will probably do some full-season meta analysis where everybody's favorites get summarized.
red_satin_doll
Nov. 13th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
Oh that sounds like fun! You must be a good deal more organized than I am.

I'm almost sorted through a meta on The First as Buffy (focusing on a scene in Sleeper) as part of the doppleganger series you encouraged me to write. I want to try to post that tomorrow or this week.

Life Serial is just so freakin' quotable. (As is Something Blue - probably my two favorite comedic eps? Or the ones that I think of first when it comes to the Buffyverse, and make me grin and giggle like the village idiot.)
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Nov. 13th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
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red_satin_doll
Nov. 13th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
Ok, general question to anyone: is there any specific significance to the image we see in the college sequence in the "Renaissance book": Bernini's 17th century masterpiece, the sculpture of St Teresa of Avila? (She's being pierced by the arrow of the angel of God, but Bernini depicts it as an erotic, orgasmic moment. It's also one of the few religious images we see on the show.)
spikesjojo
Dec. 23rd, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
As far as six is concerned, I really think Spike believes Buffy came back wrong - in other words, she now has some demon in her. As it happens, we later find out that this is how slayers are created.Yeah he grabs his chances and he manipulates her - but he wants her to recognize her new reality and adapt instead of break apart.
mcjulie
Dec. 23rd, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
That was my theory on why he could hit her in Smashed -- as we were watching it I said, "oh, the chip is picking up on her demon side instead!" and all my friends were, like, "what? Slayers are half demon? You're insane!" and I said, "No, it's true, it's canon! I didn't make it up!" Then I couldn't figure out where I got that idea, but now I think it might have come from the Fray comic book.

I definitely think Buffy is on a path where she has to reconcile the contradictions in her nature, and Spike is the only one singing that tune. Sure, he's pushing for an extreme the other way -- join me, renounce all this hero-ing business and just have fun on the dark side with your super-powered self! But she needs a little of that.
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