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Date Posted: 07:20:12 04/10/06 Mon
Author: OnM
Subject: Looking for clues
In reply to: scott 's message, "looking for clues in season buffy six: 'normal again'" on 23:24:42 04/08/06 Sat

Strictly speaking , the episode is ambiguous and one could use 'logic' to prove either belief-- the asylum could be real or it might not be.

Looking over the show as an entirety, it seems likely that the asylumverse scenes were not real, but simply a product of Buffy's depression and confusion, given free reign by the drug injected by the demon. If fanwanking is not allowed, this is the option I would choose, otherwise, what is the ultimate point of the show, or for that matter, the series? That the willingness to engage in heroic actions is delusional? Not very Joss-like.

If you fanwank things, then all sorts of possibilities could occur. One that I came up with (and is buried in the archives some where) is that the drug injected by the demon didn't cause delusions, it connected Buffy with her "copy" in a real, parallel universe. In this universe, either there were no demons or vampires, or else there were but Buffy became confined to an institution when she reported her new 'calling' to her parents, and never left.

When Willow comes up with the antidote to the drug, the link between the two (both equally real) Buffys is severed, but not before the Buffy in the asylum chooses to live in her 'fantasy' world rather than 'get better'-- be normal again. That this is a choise is what is critical.

Her choice breaks her parents hearts in the ASV, but if you think about it, it would be true to Buffy's character-- she chooses the painful, difficult way because it is the way of the hero, self-sacrificing and honorable. She has a calling to save the world, and even if it's a "fantasy" to her that is what reality has to be.

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