redfiona99: (Thinking)
I don't use the full thing, but my response to whether I'm helping someone does tend to be "I'm hindering" care of Willow in School Hard.

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redfiona99: (Thinking)
I'm going to go with Lurconis from Band Candy although every time they aimed for reptilian CGI they failed. I have no idea what the problem was (CGI still not being quite up to doing that, not enough budget for better CGI) but it was always the snakey/reptilian demons where it happened.

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I am aware that I fail 'shipping forever, because I don't have a good answer for this. I am entirely on the Willow/Spike train however, which is odd because Spike/Dru is my Buffy OTP and I <3 both Willow/Oz and Willow/Tara.

(And no, Giles and Ethan don't count because they're non-canonical in the same way Xavier and Magneto are. Barely.)

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The Zeppo.

Because it's all about how everyone (and anyone) can save the planet, and I am all for that.

As you've had a short meme answer, you can have my long rant about Xander and why everyone who says he doesn't do anything after season 3 is wrong.

Because they are. Because he does more in the later seasons. He's the character that has to grow up and go out into the real world. He has to set up a life entirely unsupported by his family, and he succeeds. While helping the Slayer. And being the only functional person at least twice.

And oh yeah, saves the world single-handedly at least twice.

That's not my definition of not doing anything.

Yes, he's no longer the loser comic relief that chases hopelessly after Buffy and Willow, but you know what, I prefer later series Xander because of that.

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redfiona99: (Thinking)
Is it just me or are the Willow-centric episodes less centred on her than say the Xander-centred episodes are on him?

I've gone with Doppelgangland because it does explore Willow as a character separate to any over-arching season plots. And it's fun. And it contains my favourite Angel scene in the whole series, where Angel goes to the library to tell everyone that Willow is dead and, of course, she isn't, and he is incapable of expressing his happiness and hugs her instead and it's funny and heartwarming.

It also sets up some later stuff about how much vampires are the people they were before, and how much they're the demon that comes in, and, backing up what happened in 'The Wish', when Willow's good she's very, very good and when she's bad, she's horrid.

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Fool For Love

First, it is a most excellent example of villain as the hero of his own story. Because yes, Spike is self-aggrandizing and giving it some flash in the fight scenes. Also, of course someone who wanted to be a Romantic poet would turn into someone like Spike and it explains *so* much about him.

Then there's the fight scene vs Nikki Wood, which is probably the best fight choreography in the whole series. And I love Spike's narration of the fight.

And then the way that fight scene segues into the Buffy versus Spike scene where she just destroys him, not just in the fight but verbally and that part of the scene is filmed and blocked exactly like a fight and it is just wonderful.

Then Spike shows why he's killed two Slayers before, by skipping the tradition thing and reaching for the shotgun. And of course failing miserably because, as the Judge said, he stinks of love.

The whole episode makes me make all flaily hands.

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redfiona99: (Thinking)
Not sure. I mean, Buffy is a pretty fragmented fandom. I'm fonder of Spike than large sections of fandom, and far fonder of Buffy than another, but distinctly overlapping, part of fandom, and far less fond of Angel than they are.

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I'm very tempted to say Oz, but I'm not sure that's true. Because of the nature of the character, he really can't say much and everything he says has to be so precisely Oz that I imagine he must have been a real pain to write, so while we might not have much of him, I'm happy that what there is is pretty damn good.

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That's the odd thing about Buffy, it's a show where I don't have a character where I go 'oh yes, she/he is just like me' or even vaguely like me. That being said, the older I get, and the more I have to deal with students, the more I am able to channel Giles with terrifying ease.

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redfiona99: (Thinking)
Cheating and giving two answers.

1 - Some Assembly Required - A lot of times, School Hard is mentioned as the episode where Buffy really found its feet. I always go with this because it's an early example of one where the bad guys have reasons and you're allowed to sympathise with them even while they remain the bad guys.

2 - As You Were - Yes, I know the plot revolves around Spike having the idiot ball, but I just like that we get an update on how Riley is, and that he's happy. Because I like him, and it was just that he and Buffy were not good for each other, or rather, Buffy wasn't good for him, and it's understandable given the cultural cues he grew up with and I just like that he's happy. Had Buffy continued, I would have been entirely happy with having Riley and Sam show up every two years going 'hi, we're fine, keepin' on keeping on' and so forth.

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The Mayor.

Because he was interesting.

Quite often when you get a villain who is, villainous actions apart, perfectly reasonable, if not sickly sweet, then the sickly sweet thing is all an act and the evil things is really who they are. And the Mayor is not like that, he does evil despite being otherwise perfectly good and kind (if a bit kooky). Because he does really care about Faith, and wants the best for her and so upset when she gets hurt by Buffy and that love ends up being the "fatal" weakness that gets him killed. It's a very interesting way to do a villain, because he is still a villain despite that, because he's sold a whole town out for ultimate power.

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redfiona99: (Thinking)
Is it just me, or were there not that many female villains?

Darla was too interesting to just be classified as a villain (even if most of her character development happened over on Angel), and Drusilla too damaged, ditto Willow when she goes on her grief bender.

I think the nearest we get is Glory, who was at least fun, even if my favourite thing about her were her minions and their wonderfully over the top obsequious forms of address for her Gloriousness.

The other option is Prof. Walsh. Who I just didn't like, and with villains there's a thin line between "want to see them get their comeuppance" and "want them off my screen" and I think she went over it into the latter.

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redfiona99: (Thinking)
Amanda.

Possibly because she's given time to show a personality, unlike a lot of the potentials. And it's such a lovely personality.

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redfiona99: (Thinking)
Part of the problem is that I can never remember the name of episodes. I am most annoyed that Friends, a show I don't even like that much, has stolen my gimmick of calling things "the one with ...".

I decided that the quickest way to solve it would be to look up the episodes on wiki. Now there are several season 4 and season 6 episodes I barely remember (there's a reason I chose those two as my least favourite seasons (http://redfiona99.livejournal.com/917437.html)) but even having read the synopsis I cannot remember Older and Far Away so I shall go with that.

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redfiona99: (Thinking)
Spike/Buffy

Because they brought the worst out in each other.

Not that it was either of their faults.

Because Buffy is obviously not quite right after being brought back from heaven and needed someone where it doesn't matter if she damages them and Spike has the impulse control you would expect from a demon inhabiting someone who stopped growing up in his early twenties. And because of his personality, Spike is incapable of doing things by half and it turns them both into mildly unpleasant people when they're with each other.*

They're so much better in season 7 once they've both realised that they are terrible for each other. Or Buffy has at least. And Spike actually kind of grows up because of the relationship, because I don't think he would have been capable of the "No you don't. But thanks for saying it." bit beforehand.

This doesn't prevent it from being the most unfeasibly uncomfortable 'ship on the show, and I'm including that horrible period where Willow and Xander cheated on Oz and Cordelia because let he who has not done stupid things as a teenager cast the first stone.

* In re: the thing that Spike nearly does. He's a soulless vampire, exactly how well do you expect him to behave?

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redfiona99: (Thinking)
I will be the first to admit that season 6 has structural issues, like suddenly changing main villain(s), but it's still better than season 4, which just didn't work for me. They've both got some excellent episodes, for instance Hush and A New Man in season 4, and Once More With Feeling, Tabula Rasa and Hell's Bells in season 6 (I am also the only person who likes As You Were, if only because I like to have the occasional check-in to see that Riley is alright), it's just that while I'm aware of season 6's weaknesses, I find it works for me, while season 4 really doesn't. I don't know if it's because of the sudden move away from high school, and US colleges being so different to UK colleges that the culture shock was a bit much.

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redfiona99: (Thinking)
I'm a Spike & Dru girl. I think it's the fact that they're utterly crazy in love, to the point that the Judge thinks it a weakness and that Spike would do anything for her. Although that seems to be his modus operadi, see also "I'll kill Drusilla for you" directed at Buffy, which she quite sensible goes "eww, no" at, because she's not the kind of girl impressed by the still beating hearts of her enemies. The main reason I didn't like Buffy/Spike was because there's no way that wasn't eventually going to end with either fangs or a pointy stick.

That's also why I <3 Dru and Spike because they're on the same wavelength, or as close to that as Dru gets. There is a girl who will accept the still beating hearts of her enemies.

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redfiona99: (Thinking)
Totally cheating by the by, but they're my meme answers and I'll cheat if I want to.

The Scoobys as a whole.

It's that they'll go to the wall for each other (and the world), even when they're arguing, because they love each other. And sometimes it's fraught, because that's life, but they forgive each other (see also Willow nearly destroying the world).

(The scene where Xander talks Willow down from destroying the world is my second favourite scene in all of Buffy and I'd link to a video but I can't find a good one and all the gifsets stop before Willow breaks down and starts crying because she can't kill her best friend.
Edit - There's this - http://karadama.tumblr.com/post/39486845611 which includes that bit and Xander's speech before. Now if only I could find this as a vid.)

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redfiona99: (Thinking)
Surprisingly difficult, mostly because I don't care as much about the menfolk in Buffy. I mean I love Spike and Giles, but Xander and Angel I neither love nor loathe, and everyone else is not in as much.

So I've gone with my usual stand-by answer of Warren. Because it takes a special sort of character to deserve being flayed alive, and I feel that Warren did.

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redfiona99: (Thinking)
Spike.

I am not going to get into the Vampire Wars again, which were one of the few times my fannish life and my RL life smacked into each other, because RL person was an Angel-stan and I am a Spike girl and we couldn't stop ourselves from arguing.

But I liked Spike a lot.

I think it's partly that even when he was a bad guy, he was relatable. Everyone else was trying to destroy the world, he just wanted to nurse his girlfriend back to health. This is not to say that he didn't do bad things but, you know, soulless vampire, I don't expect good behaviour.

The other thing is that he's so much fun, because he doesn't mope and enjoys life. The other reason I like him is that when stuff needs doing, he gets it done, see also getting information out of Glory and or snapping out of it to help stop the First Evil in season seven.

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