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Date Posted: 10:42:44 04/09/06 Sun
Author: ScottS
Subject: Re: looking for clues in season buffy six: 'normal again'
In reply to: scott 's message, "looking for clues in season buffy six: 'normal again'" on 23:24:42 04/08/06 Sat

I think what you really have to ask yourself is what is the nature of metaphor and parody. This board has spent millions of words explicating the literary/cinematic method of the show, and you can go back to the very first scene featuring Buffy herself (after the Darla teaser in "Wellcome to the Hellmouth") in which we see the hero tossing and turning in her sleep while nightmare visions of vampires and what look like zombies are projected over her face. Of couse, the mythology of the show would have us believe this is a prophetic dream, showing Buffy what she will face if she remains true to her calling and stays in Sunnydale. But the deeper technique of the show elaborates these demons as the psychic projections of the major characters' fears (and hopes).

I think "Normal Again" was an inartful gaming of the various interpretations of the show. Some people on the board talk about "metanarrative", although I am not sure how this term is applied. Successful parody, found in Seasons 2 to 5 of Buffy, is a high wire act and we can all sit back in retrospect and enjoy how magnificently it was done and how easy it is to fall. In Season 6, the trashing of the metaphors which had been so carefully sustained for five years was a deliberate act by writers who perhaps were deathly tired of questions about the nature of the reality of the Buffyverse. Of course, you have to make up your own mind . . .

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