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7 Buffy Season 6 Icons

7 icons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 6, episodes 6-10.

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All the Way, Once More With Feeling, Tabula Rasa, Smashed, WreckedCollapse )

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Watching Runaways

I've starting watching the Runaways on Hulu. Two brief thoughts, no spoilers.

1. As with the comics, I love that it just happens that twice as many of the six teenage protagonists are female as male.

2. I thought the name of the girl in my icon was pronounced Karo-LINE-a; apparently it is Karo-LEEN-a. Who knew.

Who Are You - Faith and Forrest

I just finished re-watching Who Are You. I really like the short scene between Forrest and Faith-in-Buffy. I mostly don't like Forrest, nor find him well-written, but I really like that scene. Are Faith/Forrest fics a thing? I love Faith's hypocritical observation that he said "stay out of other people's lives." And of course Forrest wondering if "Buffy" really cares what he thinks...a very important moment for Faith.

Meme from kikimay

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Via the Sunnydale Herald, I encountered this tumblr post. It irritated me, and since I no longer have a tumblr, I will complain here.

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Willow - Wrong Feelings About Guys

I've written previously about the argument that Willow must be a lesbian because she says so, and that it's wrong to speculate that her sexual orientation is different than what she says it is. I once saw one fan dismiss arguments that Willow is bisexual as just being based on her having "touched a penis" a couple of times - as if Willow's relationship with Oz could be summarized as a couple one-night stands.

I've been re-watching Wild At Heart, and early on Willow declares, "I mean, I have wrong feelings about other guys sometimes, but I feel guilty, and I flog and punish." The first four seasons are littered with examples of Willow's attraction to men. Can you fanwank them away to say that Willow was always a lesbian? Sure. But it's just as much of a fanwank, if not more, than to say that Willow is equally attracted to men, and for whatever reason chose to mislabel herself as a lesbian.

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Your Passion Shone

I saw a world enchanted
Spirits and charms in the air
I always took for granted
I was the only one there
But your power shone
Brighter than any I've known

Once upon a time years ago, I heard those final lines differently in my head: "But your passion shone / Brighter than any I've known".

And it became in my head about Buffy/Spike. Who are nothing if not two passionate, passionate people - people who love "brighter than the fire".

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SPN: Ways of Ghosts

I really hate Of Grave Importance. Not just because it's a Bobby-centric episode, but it because it does for ghosts what season five did for death: Takes away the mystery in a truly uncompelling way. We fully see the point of view of a group of self-aware ghosts, and…they are just like people. Boring people, at that. Nothing alien at all.

We'd seen humanized ghosts before, of course. There was Cole in Death Takes a Holiday, and even further back Molly in Roadkill. But with those two, there was still an element of mystery about what they were, about what would become of them. Bobby becomes a ghost and he’s just…annoying. Not haunted or haunting.

It would be interesting to see ghosts who were truly mad…not just occasionally out-of-control, the way Bobby is, but a bit insane. Struggling to communicate with the human world not just because their powers are limited, but because their thinking is confused by death.

Wouldn’t it be great If Bobby were something other than his usual blah self turned only invisible? I like the idea of Annie, but Of Grave Importance is so dull.

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There's an exchange of dialogue between Oz and Willow at the end of New Moon Rising that I particularly like:

OZ: I mean, it turns out... the one thing that brings it out in me is you... which falls under the
heading of ironic in my book.
WILLOW: It was my fault. I upset you.
OZ: Well, so we're safe then, cause you'll never do that again.

What I love about this exchange is how neatly Oz counters Willow's self-victim blaming. I like that Oz doesn't dismiss Willow's active role in the events leading to the wolf's transition, going so over-the-top in trying to avoid victim blaming (as people often do) that he ends up endorsing it by implication. For example, if he had insisted that Willow's actions had nothing to do with Oz's transition to wolf, leaving the unintended implication that if her actions did (as they do), she would share responsibility. Instead, Oz just succinctly points out that Willow upsetting him is a normal part of a relationship, while his turning into a wolf is self-evidently not.

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