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Date Posted: 18:16:32 09/09/07 Sun
Author: Rich
Subject: Re: Random thoughts (Buffy S8 #6 spoilers)
In reply to: KdS 's message, "Hello, hooray, I'd rather the plague... (Buffy S8 #6 spoilers)" on 04:15:44 09/08/07 Sat

1. In the first 4 eps, Voll was portrayed as motivated by simple patriotism, however paranoid & misguided. I can't fit Roden's actions (what little we see of them) into this model. Maybe the general was lying, or maybe someone lied to him.

2. Lady Genevieve is strong enough to kill a Slayer with one slap, something which no other Buffyverse character has ever been seen to do. Also interesting - she seems genuinely shocked to have done so. It's possible that Roden is feeding her extra power, & may also be influencing her behavior; she may be under his control, as Spike was under control of the FE during S7.

3. I'm not a fan of principal Wood, but I'll cut him some slack this time. When he sends Faith after the vampire kids, he apologizes - he knows how much she's going to hate this. I assume he also knows his team; if he thinks they're not tough enough for the job, he's probably right.

4. Giles' behavior raises some questions. Here are two:

a. Why is he giving this mission to someone who seemingly is no longer connected to the Council ?

b. Why ISN'T Faith connected to the Council ? In "Chosen", she was de facto second-in-command - when Buffy was wounded, it was Faith she passed the scythe to. What happened to change this ?

This is long shot. I don't necssarily believe it, but I can see one explanation for both. Giles may not know much about the "Twilight" organization, but he does know that the new Council is too large to avoid attracting attention. One Slayer can operate covertly, 500 cannot. So how can he surprise an enemy, when that enemy may be monitoring, or even infiltrating, his operation ?

He needs an agent, or asset, that his opponent isn't monitoring, someone who can operate off the books & under the radar. How does he acquire such an agent ? One way is to pick someone on the books - and fire them ( I call this the "James Bond" scenario). Giles knew he would someday need a rogue agent, so he forced Faith out in order to create one. As I say, I don't really think this is the whole story, but it does answer the questioons raised above.

5. Now for something completely different.
I'm not an artist, but I can draw a recognizable human figure. If I sketched you, it wouldn't look much like you - but it would look like a human being. I also find it hard to draw the same figure in multiple panels; I end up with several reasonable-looking people who don't look like each other.

What isn't difficult is drawing a generic female figure. It's simple - if the character is supposed to be a warrior, draw muscles, if it's supposed to be a woman, draw curves.

The figure of Faith on the cover has both, & actually looks like Faith. Inside the issue, Giles looks something like Giles, Xander looks something like Xander, & Buffy looks at least a little like Buffy. So why does Faith look like a twelve year old boy ?

Then I took a second look at the last panel... By George, I think I've got it.

That isn't Elisha Dushku, it's Liza Doolittle. This is "My Fair Slayer", in which Professor Giles transforms an ugly duckling into a swan - which only works if the duckling is shown as ugly to begin with. Maybe I'm imagining this, but for the moment I'm going to give the artist credit for being better than I first assumed.

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