You know the most frustrating thing about the magic addiction storyline is that up until Tabula Rasa it's pretty much perfect. ( Read more... )
But, that part hasn't happened yet this rewatch. Just Tabula Rasa.
Which this time was less funny.
Actually first there was Once More With Feeling, which I listened to this time mostly noticing the wobbly accents and how American it sounds. I know, weird, but I've been watching little TV and that often with the sound off, American is not what I usually listen to, so I keep actively noticing it.
Giles across these episodes... ( Read more... )
It's also vastly frustrating to me that a story about a woman finding her power and saving the world (a lot) is, repeatedly, a story about men feeling and in fact being useless, weak, knocked on the head a lot, standing in the way, unemployed because she doesn't need him any more. It's like... like when I've heard pitches for Supergirl stories that start 'Superman's off planet, because if Superman is around you don't need Supergirl'. Or it's like every paranoid nightmare of inverting the patriarchy. Women using their own power doesn't mean men are suddenly powerless, far from it. They don't need to be got out of the way to leave room for women to shine. If Giles was always the badass we know he can be that would make Buffy shine the brighter when he still needs her.
It's right up there with my frustration that Buffy might have power but she's portrayed thus far as wanting mostly 'to be like other girls'. The hell? Actually liking your power seems to be a symbol of badness, even when actually, everyone has power, like that one and only episode the whole school worked together. Power isn't something you have to be miserable about, just careful with.
Aaaand we've looped back to the other
reason the magic addiction plot kind of sucks.
Because this girl power fantasy we've been watching really has a problem with women having power.
It's not cool.
Spike... if Spike is meant to be the bad boyfriend, at this point, I'm not seeing it. ( Read more... )
I like Spike. He's on a really interesting trajectory about rejecting evil and remaking himself. It's just that seems to have been rather on accident and involve readings counter to what writers have said about him?
It's a lot of interesting layers of story going on.