itsnotmymind: (tara)
19 icons from episode 3-4 of Buffy season six.

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Afterlife and Flood )
itsnotmymind: (buffy/angel)
Whenever a beloved ship has elements of creepiness, fans find justifications as to how the ship is really not creepy at all. I frequently wish fans would accept that certain ships are creepy, instead of trying to argue that they the shippers are totally 100% good people who would never ever ever be fannish about something squicky. Every human being has the capacity for evil. That itself is not something to be ashamed of.

One such beloved ship is Buffy/Angel. The creepy elements are obvious: Angel is a stalkerish mass murderer who is over 250 years old. Buffy is an underage high school girl. So here come fans with the justifications.

Statutory Rape )
itsnotmymind: (willow/oz hands)
Many fans argue that we should take Willow at her word when she says she is a lesbian and not bisexual, and that it's wrong to go against her stated opinion. It's disrespectful.

But Willow's not a real person )
itsnotmymind: (buffy/faith)
I get irritated by Buffy in Sanctuary as much as the next Faith fan, but I've always been bothered the level of flack she receives from fandom for saying Angel, "I'm sorry. I can't be in your club. I never murdered anybody."

You can't possibly know what she's going through )
itsnotmymind: (buffy/angel)
I stumbled upon this tumblr post in which a Buffy/Angel shipper listed their top favorite scenes for the ship. So I started thinking, what are my favorite Buffy/Angel scenes?

Hint: 'Close your eyes' is not one of them )
itsnotmymind: (buffy crying)
Brian Jacques was the fantasy author who turned me on to fantasy novels. I was eight - I haven't read a book of his in years, but there was a time when I read his Redwall books repeatedly. Despite his intended audience of children, he was quite the character killer. No book finished without at least one major sympathetic character dead. I shed so many tears over his books. I learned, then, how good it feels to cry over a story.

Because you're breaking my heart )
itsnotmymind: (darla)
I stumbled on a link through the [livejournal.com profile] su_herald that contained a gif set of Angel's morning after with Buffy in Innocence, comparing it to his rejection Darla's offer of sex and potential soullessness in Dear Boy. Gif set is here.

There's lots of interesting discussion beneath the gifs, but the thing that stands out to me the most is the virgin/whore dichotomy. I don't have much to say here that hasn't already been said by others, but I wanted to hash it out for my own thoughts.

It's not like I've never been there before )

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On a somewhat unrelated note, I've seen at least one person recently dismiss Buffy as being attracted to Riley because he "safe", implying that her heart of hearts lies with Angel and/or Spike and if she were true to herself she would take the risk of being with one of them.

Riley the 'safe' choice? )
itsnotmymind: (buffy/spike life serial)
I wandered through my "btvs" tag and confirmed what I thought: I haven't made a post addressing my opinion on that much debated topic among Buffy/Spike fans: Did Spike believe Buffy when she told him she loved him in Chosen?

I think the question itself contains a pretty big assumption: That the answer is a binary. Either he believed her immediately and never seriously wavered in that belief, or he just plain didn't believe her, and essentially held onto that lack of faith all the way to the end of AtS.

In my opinion, Spike's perception of Buffy's "I love you" was complicated, and evolved both in the moment and following his resurrection, as he got distance from the moment.

No, you don't )
itsnotmymind: (faith blurred)
On an old post of [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle's, I read some comments where a couple of fans discussed about how they had trouble relating to Faith. The reason for this, they both decided, was because they came from middle-class backgrounds, and thus related more easily to Buffy. Faith's working -class roots were elusive to them.

This made me pause, because I come from an even more stable and middle-class background than Buffy. And yet, there's always something about Faith I've found very relatable. What is it?

The answer, I think, is mental illness.

Nothing makes sense! )
itsnotmymind: (buffy crying)
Thoughts on Becoming, parts 1 and 2:

You're all you've got )
itsnotmymind: (buffy/angel)
So, I've been re-watching Buffy season 2 and have gotten past the Surprise/Innocence two-parter.

And I just have to say, wow, how manipulative were those claddagh rings?

A sign of devotion? )
itsnotmymind: (buffy crying)
I re-watched Innocence yesterday. Still a powerful story. It really brings home to me, though, how Angel coming back to life in S3 undermines the story. She kills him, and the very next episode he's in the credits? I know when the show first aired there was a few months in between seasons where viewers thought he might stay dead, but even still - that's not that long a time. We only see a few episodes of Buffy trying to grieve and move on before he's back, for a whole season of pointless on-and-off romance. And while I was never huge fan of Jenny or Kendra, I am bitter that the white male is in the credits the episode after he dies while the women of color die and stay dead.

And think how powerful it would be if Angel had stayed dead, or if he had come back after a few seasons instead of right away. Yeah, I know, we would have missed out on AtS. But for Buffy's story, it would have been a vast improvement. What if Buffy really did have to enter adulthood having killed her great love? Not temporarily, but permanently (or apparently permanently)? It would have rendered his death and the S2 story line so much more meaningful.
itsnotmymind: (daredevil)
During my first watch of Luke Cage, I noticed not long before he died that Cottonmouth had become a pretty pathetic villain, always on the run. I thought Mariah should replace him as the arch-villain. I felt vindicated when she killed him. In some ways it was a shame, since their relationship was just starting to get interesting to me, with the flashbacks to their upbringing.

But Mariah did not become the arch-villain. At least not this season.

It's a little over halfway through the season before we even meet Diamondback. Plenty of time to spend trying to suss out who, exactly, is supposed to be our biggest bad.

And the reveal of Willis Stryker was, I felt, ultimately disappointing.

I am your brother )
itsnotmymind: (buffy 1)
Sorted using the links here.

Warning: It takes awhile to sort all your favorite episodes and characters.

Favorite Buffyverse characters and BtVS episodes )
itsnotmymind: (buffy & dawn swing)
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13 Icons from Spiral-The Gift )
itsnotmymind: (buffy/spike as you were)
Re-reading [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle's old meta posts in good for inspiring BtVS meta from me.

Gabrielleabelle argued that the Buffy/Angel relationship subverts itself. This is what I picked up on - on a less articulate level - the first time I watched Buffy. I was disappointed when Angel got his soul back and seemed immediately and magically transformed into his good self (when he gets back his soul in Becoming 2, he doesn't remember his soulless period). It shoved the subversion back in the box.

Vampires with and without souls )
itsnotmymind: (sam & dean metamorphosis)
I spent this morning thinking about hurtful lines from my favorites TV shows. Things that characters say to the people they love that are devastating. I picked out my current favorites from each of my favorite TV shows (Torchwood, Buffy, Supernatural, Jessica Jones). I'm sure there's particularly devastating lines that I've forgotten, but here's what I have now:
Ow )
itsnotmymind: (buffy & faith)
Still re-reading [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle's Buffy polls, and I've gotten to her poll on This Year's Girl.

Her third question jumped out at me: "Looking back at events up till this episode, do you think Buffy had done everything that could be reasonably expected of her to reach out to Faith?" There's a lot of discussion in the comments about whether Buffy did enough to help Faith, and what should realistically have been expected of her, Faith-wise.

The question itself demonstrates for me a problem with how fandom talks about the Faith/Buffy relationship. Because no one ever asks, "Did Faith do enough to help Buffy?" Buffy can be condescending with Faith, and she is the senior slayer - but the end of the day she's Faith's equal and peer, not her superior. It's not even clear if she's older or younger than Faith. Buffy isn't Faith's watcher, mother, or therapist. It's not fair to either girl to expect Buffy to take responsibility for Faith as if Faith were a wayward child (which, I mean, she kinda is, but not in relation to Buffy). Buffy had her problems, too, and if she is responsible for Faith, shouldn't Faith also be responsible for her?
itsnotmymind: (buffy/faith kiss)
I've been re-reading the comments on [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle's episode polls for season three, and stumbled on a tumblr post about the season, and that's got me thinking about why Buffy S3 is tied with S7 for my least favorite of the full-length seasons. On an episode by episode basis, I would say S3 is stronger (I LOVE Earshot), but S3 is the season where I temporarily lost my emotional investment in the show, and here's why:

Nothing happens.

You'd think stabbing someone into a coma would change something )
itsnotmymind: (Default)
We almost certainly don't see Faith's first murder. I even see fans who take for granted that Faith only ever murdered one person (the volcanologist), but in fact we see Faith murder on camera for the first time in Choices. She seems very cool about it, giving the impression that this isn't the first time she's intentionally ended a human life. Even looking at Graduation Day Part 1 in isolation, there's no reason to believe this is Faith's first murder, and plenty of reason to believe it isn't. Again, she's very cool, and she tells the professor "I'll make it quick," as if she knows what she'd doing. When Buffy see the newspaper article about it, she immediately knows Faith committed the murder. She explains that the murder is "One of her pieces. I recognize the brush work." "Pieces", as if Faith has had a few of them. Later in the episode, during their fight, Buffy says to Faith, "All that killing, you afraid to die?" The line certainly implies that there was more than one murder and one accidental kill. The assumption of some fans that Faith only murdered one person has no basis in the text.

It is interesting to me that Faith's first accidental kill is a huge deal - a whole episode devoted to the immediate fall-out - but her first murder is possibly not even referenced or shown on screen. When did Faith cross that line?

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