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Date Posted: 18:14:00 06/18/07 Mon
Author: Rich
Subject: Re: Buffy S8: "The Long Way Home" (#1-4)
In reply to: KdS 's message, "Buffy S8: "The Long Way Home" (#1-4)" on 13:51:16 06/18/07 Mon

The way I read it, Amy was shadowing/stalking Willow - she wasn't necessarily in contact with Warren until she interfered with his execution.

Like you, I can see the Twilight arc being either very good or very bad. Very bad, IMO, would be the "paranoid establishment tries to destroy what it doesn't understand" story. It's not a bad theme, but we've seen it before; the X-men have been using it for about 40 years. Evil fascist authorities are conventional in fiction (especially in comics), and Buffy was originally conceived as a character who stands conventional ideas on their heads.

The most UNconventional thing Joss could do would be to have the new slayers actually become the kind of threat the General fears. I don't foresee this happening with Buffy, but she does have a lot of followers these days.

(largely irrelevant ramble follows).

The "Death Wish" series of movies were based on a book by Brian Garfield. In the original, Paul Benjamin (called Kersey in the movies) becomes a vigilante after his family is destroyed by criminals. Interestingly, his usual technique resembles Buffys' - he uses himself as bait, then kills any mugger who responds.

Many fans of the films may not be aware that Garfield wrote a sequel ("Death Sentence", I think ) which was not made into a movie ( although I read somewhere that it may be). In the sequel, the hero moves to Chicago, begins to rebuild his life, and resumes his vigilante activity. When the media begin crediting him with kills that he knows he didn't do, he realizes that he has an imitator.

Benjamin/Kersey is a killer, but he's a very moral one - and very careful about "collateral damage". He scrupulously avoids any danger to bystanders. His imitator doesn't. When civilians start getting killed, the hero realizes that he has to act; he has to hunt down the man he himself inspired.

Like Benjamin, Buffy is a vigilante. Like Benjamin, she's extremely careful to avoid danger to innocents. But, like Benjamin, she has followers who may not share her scruples (with several hundred slayers, there have to be at least some bad ones). At some point in the future, the general's prediction could come true, and Buffy may have to turn against her own.

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