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Date Posted: 17:48:00 02/06/08 Wed
Author: Rich
Subject: Re: Leadership and authority
In reply to: Trent 's message, "Re: Leadership and authority" on 14:50:27 02/06/08 Wed

The Potentials certainly have the right to question Buffy's decisions. As you point out, she did the same thing in regard to the CoW.

However, when she defied the Council, she did so as a working Slayer, who actually had more real-world experience than her supposed superiors. The Potentials have no experience, and very little training - in some cases, only a few days.

The problem isn't that the Potentials don't have the right to question Buffy, the problem is that they aren't qualified to question Buffy.

The Scoobies are qualified, and Buffy probably should have listened to them. However, her own confidence and judgement were badly shaken. As I've posted before, I think she was basically trying to reassure herself in this scene.

As far as her being right about the vineyard, she was - but she was totally wrong about how to deal with it. When she retrieved the Scythe, she did it by dodging Caleb's attacks. Faith or Spike might have been able to do that, but the Potentials wouldn't have had a prayer. If Buffy had led them into the vineyard, they would have been slaughtered. The mutiny actually had a beneficial result, because it forced Buffy to reconsider her plan, and gave her time to do so.

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  • Re: Leadership and authority -- Sunshine, 13:46:55 02/08/08 Fri
  • Re: Kennedy -- Rich, 14:11:22 02/08/08 Fri

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