Asta 2

Buffy, Buffy, Buffy

ETA: Ugh, leave out one little ">" and my brilliant thoughts don't appear. :P Anyway, I believe I have fixed the problem.

And ::waves:: to abbagirl, yep, I am going to the Con in Chicago. At least I'll be able to identify you there. Are you going to the cocktail party?



I enjoyed this episode a lot. I'm still not quite sure what it all means yet, but I'm enjoying the journey.

I loved how they managed to combine the comedy and the drama. Clem's bit in the beginning and the blooming onion discussion had me laughing out loud. "If you repeat this, I will bite you", oh, Spike, you say that to everybody. And the SIT's quickly moving off the cot after Anya informs them what recently happened on it.

Repeatedly Buffy brought up that Spike is the only one watching her back. Funny how he, the only one who wouldn't turn against her, was conveniently on assignment. Rona's remark about being sick of hearing about Spike only reinforces that his importance to her is obvious to all. I've believed all season that, in the end, Spike will be needed at Buffy's side. The FE has tried far too hard to keep them apart all season.

My belief is Caleb wanted Buffy to launch another attack on the vineyard, but not to lead them to a slaughter. He knew they would turn against her and abandon her leadership - leaving her isolated and themselves splintered and vulnerable. It seems that nearly everyone has now successfully fallen into the FE/Caleb's trap

What they don't realize is that in protecting their own asses they are helping the FE get what it wants - Buffy. Spike's translation of the inscription leads me to believe that Buffy has the power already or it's intended for her. The FE needs her to achieve it's goals.

I also have to wonder if they are all acting of their own accord. While I get the SIT's revolting and even Faith (who actually just wanted Buffy to think things through more), the Scoobs and Wood turning on her seemed a bit off to me. Wood, in particular seemed to manipulate the situation, much as he manipulated Giles previously. I just wonder if the FE was at work here more then we think. Hey, did anyone see Anya touch anything? ;)

Oh, and lets not forget the preview! As much as I loved the sex last season, I think I may enjoy this B/S coziness more. :)
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Hey...I saw you added me to your friends, I just added ya back. :) You're going to the Chicago con? Kewl, me too!
I think you have it right, Asta. Each ep now is a part of the entire whole, and once it's over it will all fit together.

It's easy to think (and hope) that everyone was being influenced, but I don't want them to take the easy way out. They all screwed up by browbeating Buffy in front of the Potentials. My sister Cindy (she's usually very astute), says that Buffy sent the girls home before she confronted Faith because she didn't want to make a scene in front of them. Too bad Giles didn't do the same for her. He gave stupid Rona a chance to say stupid things, and make me want to throttle her.

This ep shows that the gang may love Buffy, but they never have and never will understand her and what makes her tick. If they haven't figured it out by now they never will. Spike understands her. He may question her and offer advice, but he respects her position as the leader and never undermines her authority, because she HAS earned it. Right now she needs support, not railroading. Anya has no beef with Buffy - none of them do. For crying out loud, the house is full of reformed murderers - how much more understanding and trusting does Buffy need to be?!?

Lynn
Yep, I am going to the cocktail party (unlike the Cleveland con), woo-hoo!!! :)
My belief is Caleb wanted Buffy to launch another attack on the vineyard, but not to lead them to a slaughter. He knew they would turn against her and abandon her leadership - leaving her isolated and themselves splintered and vulnerable. It seems that nearly everyone has now successfully fallen into the FE/Caleb's trap.

I'm not sure if he necessarily wanted her to go back to the vineyard; I have a feeling Buffy may be right about needing to go back there. But I definitely agree he wanted Buffy isolated from the rest, and I think you're right that he knew the others would rebel after what happened before. When she said to him in DG "I hear you have something of mine" and he answered "I do now!", he may well have been referring to the loyalty and respect of her troops.

What they don't realize is that in protecting their own asses they are helping the FE get what it wants - Buffy. Spike's translation of the inscription leads me to believe that Buffy has the power already or it's intended for her. The FE needs her to achieve its goals.

I like this take a lot, and it helps clarify some thoughts I had that were only vaguely floating around half-formed in my head. It fits in with my suspicion that this has all been a setup to put Faith in charge.
Of course, since this is Buffy, I have to believe that she will a) regain confidence in herself (with Spike's tender loving assistance, of course!), b) somehow manage to get/use whatever it is that's for her alone to wield, and c) rejoin the group and lead them to victory, because she loves them and they love her (except the nasty ones like Rona and Wood, and probably Anya, who will die during whatever disaster occurs during Faith's turn in office). What Caleb and the First haven't taken into account is c), the love that ties Buffy to this world and those around her, and the fact that it takes more than a few tactical screw-ups--no matter how damaging--to destroy those bonds.
(God, that sounds incredibly sappy written out like that, doesn't it? In my head, it's actually all edgy and empowering and wears leather.)
Anyway, that's my theory. For now. I seem to be a little fickle lately, but I've been convinced since early in the season that "Love. Give. Forgive. Risk the pain." is going to be the key, somehow.