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Watching Fool For Love with the commentary for the first time, and I just hit the Spike/Dru making out against the wall in China scene.

You know, the one where Petrie says this is the first time Spike's ever had sex with Dru, and we all say "After 20 years? Are you on crack, Petrie?" (I had a post saying pretty much that a year or so ago when it came up in discussion on someone else's LJ and I went "Er?" but damned if I can find it now ETA - found it.)

Except, er, he doesn't. He says "This is the first time that he, you know, has Drusilla. I think that in their gang, Angelus has all the juice, and Spike just gave himself a promotion."

Which, to me, comes off as Petrie meaning that it's the first time Dru is his, that he has her as in has her full attention, that he's not just a substitute for when Daddy's too busy. (Or, since it's the Boxer rebellion and Angel's been missing for two years, a substitute for when Daddy buggers off to who knows where...)

The line is much more ambiguous than the fannish bibble about it led me to believe. To the point where were I hearing it without that interpretation already in my head, I'd never even consider that he might literally mean "It's the first time they've had sex."

Girl power


2004-05-02 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think that in their gang, Angelus has all the juice, and Spike just gave himself a promotion."

Just had to enter my usual qualification to the usual Angelus as Big Daddy thing, which is that (1) Darla seems to have been in charge of herself, at the very least, and (2) once Drusilla is an insane vampire with visions, Angelus plays with her and may even mock her, but she doesn't seem afraid of him (except for that delicious anticipatory fear that she and Darla both seem to enjoy as a thrill.) Angelus can usually persuade Dru, but when he can't, he doesn't use force; he waits for the crazy to pass. This strikes me as pretty egalitarian for an evil hundred-year-old vampire.

So maybe Angelus had all the boy juice, but Darla and Dru are pretty juicy their own selves.

And Dru and Spike? I'll buy that it's the first time he has her full respect. She pays lots of attention to her inanimate toys, after all. And she didn't go looking for an Angelus clone. She found something different. But this is the first time he surprised and impressed her.

And no one was arguing with me, were they? Um, sorry. I'm a ranter without a cause.