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Date Posted: 09:18:05 07/24/06 Mon
Author: Darby
Subject: Re: Heh. Sounds like the NSA...
In reply to: Sophist 's message, "Heh. Sounds like the NSA..." on 08:36:42 07/24/06 Mon

Early on, both Giles and Willow commented on the questionable ethics of what she was doing. Buffy's transgressions were touched on: not the B&E, but the fact that the Slayer slays was an issue that developed throughout the series, and I would say the counterpoint to that last empowerment spell (which, of course, could also be said to have produced lots of possible murderers). That spell also countered Willow, making her a channel for power rather than an abuser of it. Could have done without the selfless white hair vs the selfish black hair sledgehammer, though.

Now, I know that the hacking was at its heart a plot device, like Giles' books, a way to move story along, but those sorts of devices, in the hands of good writers, become part-and-parcel of the characters who shoulder them, integrating into the motivations of the characters themselves.

Speaking of Dopplegangerland, I would cite that as evidence that Joss saw the "inner Willow" (which inner person, confirmed by Angel in that episode, was a definite aspect of Whedonish vampirism)as gleefully flaunting rules and interested in power and influence, just look at Vampire Willow, who echoed later in Dark Willow.

One things about S6 & S7, which I think influences both the "love it" & "hate it" sides, is the characters became sorts of avatars or archetypes for the actually rounder people they had been in earlier seasons, and I believe that it was quite on purpose, that Joss and the writers were taking established features from early seasons and stretching (maybe overextending) them to lead to a broader (maybe heavy-handed, especially considering the audience) metaphorical point.

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