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Buffy 7x15, and tiny spoiler for last week's Angel.



Reactions In Realish Time

There is no Chloe. There is only the kill. [Brain: "There is only Kate Mulgrew..." Curse you, thefirstslayer. Curse you!]

It's my bone! Look, Spike has a personality. Hee! Whee!

(Except no, honey, it's Anya's bone too. As it were. Much as the screaming public considers you hot shit, you might consider that someone you've actually slept with? Deserves not to be treated like the Watcher who wrote her thesis on you and blushes when you wink, when she comes on to you. However awkwardly.)

Hellmouth tends to heat up around May? Reaction 1: Heeheeheeheehee. Reaction 2: Actually cool explanation for an observable phenomenon. Reaction 3: Except meta much? It's an observable phenomenon that doesn't *need* a metacrunchy explanation, because the *actual* explanations for each time the Hellmouth has heated up in May, don't need whipped topping. Especially whipped topping that comes awfully close to breaking my mental fourth wall.

Hee. Oven mitts. Big board. Ok, I love Andrew. He may be my weak amoral gay boyfriend. [Er, after fic!Spike.]

Heeee! Beat him off! Heeee! "Perhaps 'repelled him' would be a better phrase." Uh, yeah. You just keep saying that. You know, you'd be awfully cute if Angelus swung that way...


Wanna take bets on when the first Spike/Wood slash hits the newsstands?

Dawn! I'm loving Dawn! This is odd.

[Insert gasp here, except I'm spoiled, so there wasn't one. Except I thought it would be later in the episode.]

Gritting teeth. I would *like* to dislike Buffy here, and if I thought she were 100% serious, I would -- but I think she's doing what Kennedy wasn't - actually motivating them, vs. playing at General. Actually, I *do* dislike her, but it's an emotional reaction, and intellectually, I think she's doing the right thing, in this case.

The problem is, I understand why this is *supposed* to be necessary, but the First Evil still hasn't impressed me. It's Not Freaking Scary. Ghost!Chloe? Not scary. Can talk a sensitive, scared teenage girl to death? So can Cosmopolitan Magazine. Not scary.

Spike's going to get the coat. Weehoo! Which of course will be Bad Moon Rising with Wood.

Gah. Coat. New York. Gah. They have chemistry, dammit.

Look! It's Spike vs. Predator!

Hi, Black Eyed Girl. Check it out -- there's absolutely no purpose in all your preparing, because they're sending Buffy back anyway. But, y'know. Spike put the coat back on. So it's all good.

Ok. I still think Kennedy has absolutely no personality aside from negative character traits that we're supposed to think are positive, but if her purpose is to show us that what Willow is, is NOT a fairytale, I may be good with it.

Look, it's an army of Uruk Hai Turok Han!

Still not scary. And what, they've been under Sunnydale all this time and no one picked up on them? Sigh. Proximity of Hellmouth... Except, well... if that were true then those demon-locating spells like the one Willow and Tara Anya did, would they work at all? Unless the Uruk Hai Turok Han are *in* the Hellmouth...

I likee. Wood/Spike. I'm just sayin. And the Anya/Spike dialogue was hilarious. [UC!Shipper!Amy: "No, it wasn't! It was awful! It implies that Spike is absolutely totally unendingly hung up on Buffy, even though she's said it's over and we know it's not and argh SpuffySpuffySpuffy...garrrr..." *SMACK!* *THUD!*] As I was saying. I'm liking Spike again. Never stopped loving him, but he's unboring again. Yay!

And Willow was good, and actually taking some responsibility. Which makes her scarily hot. "This is what I am." Thankyou. Thankyou so much.

And Anya provides much-needed sarcasm indeed. And at least Xander remembers that's supposed to be his job, even if he hasn't actually been given the lines to perform it in the last few years. I hug Xander now. That's the news and I am outta here.



Edited because it's nice when the entire post shows up. Closing quotes are a good thing.


zyre

2003-02-18 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

What is ^H?

mpoetess

2003-02-18 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Damn time-delay comment notifications. Well, you already know :) but for the benefit of the other two readers, ^H is old-time unix for backspace. Or rather, it's the character that used to appear when you tried to use the backspace key in unix, because unix servers didn't use to recognise that key.

amezri

2003-02-18 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Were you channeling my brain, because that's what I thought, especially about the Uruk-Hai Turok Han.

mpoetess

2003-02-18 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

*g* I know I got the original comparison elsewhere -- it seems to be in the fannish air -- but that scene? With the panning and the army and the sickening zoom? So, so FOTR.

Says the chick who doesn't quite get that fandom, and has only seen the film once, of course.

doitninetimes

2003-02-18 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Can talk a sensitive, scared teenage girl to death? So can Cosmopolitan Magazine.

yes! I mean, it would be really creepy for one of my fellow trainees to hang herself, but... I'm not seeing a whole lot worse than we've seen before. I mean, even Glory beat Spike up more.

Look, it's an army of Urak Hai Turok Han!

bwahahahahahaha! My friend pointed that out to me. And wow, I mean... ganking LoTR is ... the writers are scraping the barrel. They can't even be bothered to find something obscure.

mpoetess

2003-02-18 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hee. I actually don't mind the LOTR tribute -- I don't think the writers ever did go for the obscure, necessarily. Primeval was a total Matrix thing, openly admitted by joss, and I think it worked.

I just wonder if the whole show is getting *too* self-referential at times -- that thing about meta jokes breaking my fourth wall -- the show has always been good at them, and when they slip under the radar because there's only one or two, surrounded by strong storytelling, it's great. When there's so many that I start getting pushed out of the story by the niggling feeling that the characters are aware they're in a story, it's unsettling.

rashaka

2003-02-19 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Can talk a sensitive, scared teenage girl to death? So can Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Try Seventeen magazine too. You wouldn't believe the memo-letter I got from them when I cancelled my subscription. Some day I'm going to scan it in and post it for the net to see. It was... awful. Utterly ridiculous, yet awful too. I've held onto for two years, just because I get a kick out of showing it to people (mostly other girls) and watching their reactions. Lots of "What??" and "This is--" and "I can't believe they said that!" and "B-b-but that's so horrible!"



mpoetess

2003-02-19 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Wow; I'm intrigued -- what did it say? Something along the lines of "You need our advice columns to succeed in life and without them you'll be a lonely, pathetic loser, but what the hell, it's your life?"

And I love your icon.

rashaka

2003-02-20 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

And I love your icon.

Thanks! I made a Spuffy one last night with lyrics from the same song, but was havign trouble getting LJ to load the pic. Anyway, it comes from "Shackled" (squee--chains! irony!) by the irish band Vertical Horizon. I have their CD (had that really popular song "Everything You Want"), and its one I can play all the way through. But that song is especially good for Spike, and B/S. Some day I'll make a whole icon song set to it.


Something along the lines of "You need our advice columns to succeed in life and without them you'll be a lonely, pathetic loser, but what the hell, it's your life?"


Surprising, that's very close. I have it on my desk here-- I'll type out the main lines (it was short), but it really loses some of its intimidation poiwer when it's not on company letterhead. The underlines/spaces here are as they are in the letter. I'll have to put it in a second reply.


Seventeen sucks ass, the conformist jerks!

rashaka

2003-02-20 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Here's the text of letter-- I swear, copied exactly. The underlines exactly.
--

((big text)) Some girls just don't get it.

((normal text size)) Dear Ms Sara W,

It's sad, but some girls are really out of it.

Some girls miss out on sensational fahsions and the latest beauty tips that can really make a big difference in their lives.

Some girls lose out on getting smart advice about thier personal relationships, about guys, about self-improvement, fashion, school & college, fitness and health and a lot of other vvery important parts of their lives where they could use some help.

Some girls have to go without really hot coverage of their favorite stars & celebrities -- the kind that they can't get from the ususal sources, which don't understand what they're interested in or their unique point of view.

Some girls are so out of it they just don't get it. They don't get SEVENTEEN.

Unfortunately, at the present "some girls" includes you-- because your subscription has been suspended.

But fortunately, that can be fixed, and you can start receiving SEVENTEEN again at a nice discount off the price others pay at the newsstand... if you send you payment now.

So don't be like "some girls". Get with it now and pay this bill today.

---

Re: Seventeen sucks ass, the conformist jerks!

mpoetess

2003-02-21 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

That's... really. No words.

Re: Seventeen sucks ass, the conformist jerks!

rashaka

2003-02-21 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Seriously. I was sixteen when I got this. Thankfully, I've always beena stubborn independant thinker, so when I picked up my jaw from the floor, my first reaction was to laugh out loud, show it to my mom, and say "This can't be serious." Then I reread a few times and moved to shocked and angry. Now I spurn that magazine.

siobhan_w

2003-02-19 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Gritting teeth. I would *like* to dislike Buffy here, and if I thought she were 100% serious, I would -- but I think she's doing what Kennedy wasn't - actually motivating them, vs. playing at General. Actually, I *do* dislike her, but it's an emotional reaction, and intellectually, I think she's doing the right thing, in this case.

I sort of had the same reaction. I mean it was good to hear her talking 'to' them and not just 'at' them but, man, she was harsh. Of course, it worked. Everybody has just sort of been sitting back and letting Buffy make all the decisions and tell them what to do. They've been going along with her "I am the Slayer and I have the power' schtick. The Scoobies needed a kick to their collective ass to remind them that this is not the way they normally operate. Sure, Buffy's the Slayer but they are all part of the team.

And anything that brings Spike back is just fine with me.

mpoetess

2003-02-19 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Yeah - I think if it had really been about "Do something, do something, you lazy jerks, I've been carrying you for too long" I'd be shouting 'Do *what*, Buffy? What the fuck do you think they can do that they're not doing?" But I think it was more about "Make 'em mad and want to fight -- even if they want to fight *me* -- because that means the First can't get at them, since it operates via depression."

resmin

2003-02-19 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Heeee! Beat him off! Heeee! "Perhaps 'repelled him' would be a better phrase." Uh, yeah. You just keep saying that. You know, you'd be awfully cute if Angelus swung that way...
naughty thoughts *tsk tsk*

Dawn! I'm loving Dawn! This is odd.
ain't that the truth.. she makes sense, she doesn't whine. if they'd have done this sooner I'd be all about "Dawn the Vampire Slayer or Watcher in Waiting"

Look, it's an army of Uruk Hai Turok Han!
Still not scary. And what, they've been under Sunnydale all this time and no one picked up on them? Sigh. Proximity of Hellmouth... Except, well... if that were true then those demon-locating spells like the one Willow and Tara Anya did, would they work at all? Unless the Uruk Hai Turok Han are *in* the Hellmouth...

See my take was that That was hell. the lame ass ubervamps (sorry) are all milling around waiting for the party to start. So yeah, *in* the Hellmouth. stuck by the earthquake perhaps?

also, I'd be happy to hug Xander when you're done.

mpoetess

2003-02-19 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)

My Xander!

resmin

2003-02-19 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)

hey now, thete1 already made me give back the pretty Alan, so you're just going to have to share now missy.
I promise to return him when i'm done.
*stomps feet*
Share damnit!

mpoetess

2003-02-19 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Mine!

resmin

2003-02-19 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)

but.. but.. but..

well, you're mean. and i'm just going to get Spike to turn Xander and then the three of us will frolic into the night together. so nyah.

mpoetess

2003-02-19 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Both mine!

resmin

2003-02-19 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

*spots mpoetess, spike and xander*

Oh boys... i seem to have sprained my ankle, could you... why thank you xander it's very nice of you to carry my packages. and spike, the mouth on you! would you fellas care to come in for a bit?

*laughs at mpoetess*
Ha!

mpoetess

2003-02-19 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

*Dangles chocolate and handcuffs before Spike and Xander*

resmin

2003-02-19 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

ah. a crafty opponent... hmmm.

*kidnaps Dawn, leaves ransom note*

*swaps Dawn for Xander*

*moves to an undisclosed location*

mpoetess

2003-02-19 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

*Rolls eyes*

*Offers Willow magic crack in exchange for running search&retrieve spell on OTP link between Xander and Spike*


resmin

2003-02-19 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

but your icon with xander And anya, no fair hogging all the cool Xander 'ships.

*begins to tear up*
::blubbers:: but, i want xander..

*peeks from behind fingers* is it working yet? don't you feel sorry for poor lil ole me?

mpoetess

2003-02-19 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

You may have share Xanya.

resmin

2003-02-19 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Deal.
*shakes hands*

wow, that took awhile...
::smiles at you:: thanks for making work go faster!