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My kingdom for a nap.
If I had a kingdom.

*eyes recent spoilery discussions around the Eljay about the Buffy Season 8 storyline*

Oh, Joss. Oh honey. You are such a fandom troll.

(I can only bear to giggle instead of gnash teeth because he frankly lost any chance at my considering the comics part of the canon continuity when Skinless Warren walked into the picture. Or rather when I realized a bit later the reason he shouldn't be walking into the picture besides 'Oh God not him again.')

...Yeah, I know. Giant Dawn I can handle. Buffy and Satsu, I can not only handle, I loved, in all its doomed-to-failure fuckeduppery, because it was interesting. (Dear fandom: here is a Kinsey Scale. Step on it.) But 'oops, when we brought back this character and said he survived, we forgot we used him as a plot point in an arc about a creature that can only impersonate the dead?' That'd be the point where it became fanfic.

pandarus

2010-03-04 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

But 'oops, when we brought back this character and said he survived, we forgot we used him as a plot point in an arc about a creature that can only impersonate the dead?' That'd be the point where it became fanfic.

Ah, fuck. Yeah.

...still, the First impersonated Buffy, so clearly it didn't mean one had to be permanently dead; conceivably his heart could have stopped when Willow got all flaytastic, only to be restarted moments later by Amy? I mean, granted that's fannish handwaving, but it's not a big stretch - he's being maintained in his gruesome state by magical means, so the notion that this included resuscitation isn't all THAT out there...?

Why yes, I AM loath to lose the Buffy/Satsu thing. Although I could really, REALLY do without poor Renee's storyline. Introducing a cool character of colour and fridging her so that Xander can be all wounded woobie, and having her LAST THOUGHTS AS SHE DIES be all about not telling him she loved him (rather than about her family, ffs, or being pissed off at dying so fucking pointlessly)...that, I did not love. Although I did enjoy the hell out of Dracula. But not enough to give them a pass.

mpoetess

2010-03-04 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm told that was the explanation for Warren, yeah, but that it was asked and answered in the letters column and not in the text. Which... faaaaail.

I was not pleased with the Renee thing either. Not specifically on the fridging angle (I see it, but it's also Jossland where girls die to make men feel bad allll the time, so this was just one more) but because we already had this moment, people. Why waste an interesting character on repeating something you already did with Anya, why pile tragedy on Xander until it's at over-the-top levels of ridiculousness (something I hated equally when it was done to Buffy in Season 5/6/7)... just... meh. (Not saved for me by Dracula because I haaaaaaate the 'Xander bonded with Dracula after Anya died' thing. What. What. JFC no.)