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1. Tired as all hell. Bed now.

2. Screw you too, stupid vid. Dammit, Giles, can't you just eyefuck Ethan without talking? No, Buffy, you can't talk either. Shut up!

3. WTF, Spike? I know you're a posturing ass and usually love you for it, but could you have a consistent motivation for like, five minutes? Please, for me? So I don't have to concede that I might actually be ignoring atrocious writing in favor of The Gay And The Pretty? I liked the part where I resented that accusation much more than the part where I seem to be living it. It's getting harder and harder to say "Oh, he's just showing off to piss off Angel/strut his manhood/impress the chicks" with a straight face.

4. Despite the aforementioned, I adored "Harm's Way." I lived Harmony's last two days. For a year. With a bitchier, more unappreciative boss than Angel. Right down to the not being able to hold back tears after several encounters with her. Undervalued support persons of the world, collate!

5. Muffin! Also right-biters. And straight people -- as opposed to vampires.

6. WTF, Spike? Oh wait, I said that already.

7. Re: deep speculations about alternate universes or even more mindwipe magic based on the weird reference to Harmony as "Crystal" in the casting sides for this episode? I say what I held back since I saw the first person postulating on this: Dude, sometimes a cigar is just a reincarnated script with a non-generic character in an originally generic role. Occam's Razor.

ETA: 8. Know who else was a muffin? Blueberry with that crunchy-munchy topping? Scott "and then he came out" Hope. IJS.

ETA: 9. Re #3: If Spike's excuse was just that, the real reason he's still here is that corporeal or not, he still can't get very far away from Angel (we've seen him leave LA, but Angel was giving chase at the time), I'll be happy with it on three fronts: A. The Gay And The Pretty, B. Actually applying to the Shanshu plotline instead of just manipulating character motivations to keep Spike around for it, and C. An example of his posturing done well, because after giving a big speech about running off to find Buffy, Spike would totally hide the fact that oops, couldn't quite make it out of the city limits. Still doesn't explain why now he's all "Screw your destiny" when last episode he was chugging the Mountain Dew like there was no tomorrow, though. Yeah, he got played, but there was nothing inherent in the cup thing being fake that should make him suddenly not care about getting the thing he was seeing as a prize.


2004-01-15 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Gotta love The Gay And The Pretty. (That's the new name for this show, right?)

I hadn't even considered that Spike might have genuinely tried to leave and not been able. That conjures a hilarious mental image of his boat pulling away from shore and him having to leap overboard to stay inside the permissible zone... Heee!


2004-01-15 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)

I so hope there are unrevealed plot reasons for this, vs. crappy coverage of meta reasons.


2004-01-15 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)

A buddy of mine said that the rumor was: JM wanted time of to make a film, so they prepared to have Spike do a walkabout or something. Then the funding for the film fell through & they had to do something with him. I hope that's the explanation, cause damn, aside from his sweet-talking to Fred, he was really really a waste of space. Would it be too much to ask the writers to actually, I don't know, maybe write something decent for Spike? Apparently so.

I've had months like Harm's. I can't imagine having to live that for a year.


2004-01-15 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)

I can't see Spike leaving and coming back in the same episode as working with the "JM was going to be gone but now he's not" thing, though. What, his movie situation changed during the filming of this one episode?

I guess it's just possible, but if so, they could've come up with a much less crappy explanation for his return at the end of the ep. [grump]


2004-01-15 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)

The Gay And The Pretty

*grins* great title.

*hugs* *gets out whip and makes Giles eyefuck Ethan *without* talking and conjuring up some demons to distract Buffy from talking* there!


And yes, Spike. *sighs* I don't know where to start with Spike. *shakes head*


2004-01-15 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)

As much as I adore Spike, I have to sort of harden my heart and pretend he's really not on screen most of the time, or I end up wholly bewildered by the end of episodes, and protesting during the commercial breaks. Mind you, I'm a suitably shallow soul that usually all it takes is a, 'It's okay, just watch Wesley' by way of reassurance from my husband and I'm a happily non-protesting member of The Gay And The Pretty Audience. ;)