Usually with my first watch through a show/movie, I always watch purely for entertainment. If I like it, I’ll watch it again. If I fucking love it, I’ll over-analyze it and pick it apart and try to know everything that the characters are thinking and want to watch all the commentary and behind the scenes footage and trivia and make fanart and look at fanart and fanfic and INTERVIEWS and all of it give me the action figures too I want to consume all of it and it’s never enough.
Prayer circle for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., may it have many successful and traumatic seasons and never be cancelled unfairly AMEN
Imagine the ripple effect it would have had on the series had Warren learned his lesson from “I Was Made to Love You” am refused to build the BuffyBot and opted to be a man Katrina could forgive
So much, for better and for worse, would have changed.
Yes, it’s a funny joke that Joss Whedon and George RR Martin kill off our favorite characters and put us through emotional turmoil, and to some, it can feel like they do it just for fun.
Sometimes, it isn’t a joke—it genuinely pisses people off. I think about this a lot in terms of the recent Red Wedding on the Game of Thrones TV series. LOTS of fans (obviously unsullied book virgins) were super butthurt that he could kill off such important characters. Many vowed to stop watching the show, as they felt betrayed. “It was so pointless”, they said, as they continue to ignore the book series. “What could possibly come of that?”
These writers especially are known for their ruthless serial killing of our favorite characters, but sometimes it irritates me—they’re so much more. They are in the business of giving us, the audience, what we need, not what we want. And it produces amazing results.
The inside-joke is funny, don’t get me wrong. But (!!) please keep in mind:
• They actually kill characters for a *reason*
• You know, reasons that move the plot forward
• They aren’t the first to toy with tragedy???
• Their characters live more often than they die.
But it isn’t SPN either, where they can’t commit to killing a character off permanently (unless it’s a woman). If a character serves the plot better alive, guess what, they don’t die! Spike from Buffy comes to mind—he was supposed to die very early on.
• While they might get some sick enjoyment from killing off our favorites, it’s never just random and purely for the *feels*
like in Supernatural
You feel so attached and don’t see these deaths coming because they’re *great fucking writers*, not giddy fanfic authors just trying to push readers’ buttons for the sake of it
like Moffat’s Doctor Who
If Xander still retains his military knowledge from “Halloween”, that means Willow remembers what it feels like to die. It sheds a whole new light on her agony and response to Tara dying—or anyone in the series, really.
She can’t bear it when people she loves dies, because she has felt what it’s like, and it was awful.
re: Spike trying to turn Buffy into a vampire in Seeing Red instead of the awfulness we got
I mean if they had to play out the arc as they did, a much better alternative that MADE SENSE would have been him trying to turn her. Until now, the narrative has told us that he can hurt her, and he’s constantly trying to pull her deep into the darkness. This would have been his way to try to ~make her love him~ in the same way that he loved Dru, and give her the darkness he so desperately wants to believe that she desires.
And at the same time, this is tempting to Buffy, too- Buffy who craves death, who wants to be done, who’s so tired and might succumb, for just a moment. Not for long enough, because she’s come a long way from Bargaining and this is just a narrative continuation from Normal Again! But for a moment, just long enough to give the audience pause.
And this serves purposes for both their arcs and for the season’s plot as a whole. It gives us a Spike who, desperate with regret and self-loathing, would seek his soul, seek the light, rather than try to bring others into his dark. It gives us a Buffy who’s beginning to realize just how much she still wants to live. And it gives us a plot about two characters who’ve spent too much time in the dark and are finally climbing out of it for good.
It also has the added bonus of omitting a slut-shaming narrative that, as Rolly pointed out to me, is only continued in the next season when the “healthy” Spuffy relationship is emphasized by a lack of the physical. And while it’s still a problematic story about violence and abuse, it isn’t nearly as damaging a message as having a beloved character attempt rape and then give him a ~champion arc~ and a romantic one the next season~
Reblogging again for the level of OMGYES in this post. I feel so strongly about it that I dedicated a thread to it on my forum. THANK YOU!