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01 October 2003 @ 10:12 am
clever, optimistic thought of the day  
Is Buffy fandom getting ready for a paradigm shift?

If so, from what to what? But it's interesting that at the same time that Buffy has ended, the AI team has abandoned its old group identity and is taking up the reins of Wolfram & Hart. Are we moving away from a focus on redemption to something else? I still wish I could remember that little epiphany I had the other day about how this season of Angel was going to play out thematically. I hate when my brain overwrites itself.

Someone had a useful post once talking about the proper definition of redemption, in context of other religious terms. I suspect it wasn't on LJ or I'd have put it in memories--maybe it was in baraita's blog.

Giggle of the day. What would I do if Xander showed up at my door disoriented and high? Hmmm....

Quote of the day, from yesterday: "Also, Angel starts tomorrow and there will be much gay." -- sparkledark

Yes, well. That was a load of morning happy, right? So then I go and glance over my friends list again and I see it...that first tiny flicker of menace in the corner of my eye as someone revs their engines to bitch about Spike's presence on Angel this season. You know what? I don't care how much I love the peeps on my friends list; I don't care if someone is darling and funny as hell and incisive the other 99% of the time. I'm already feeling hypervigilant and I don't want to be, and I'm implementing a one-strike rule. The first anti-Spike comment I see in someone's LJ that makes my stomach twinge, they're going on filter for the next eight months. I'm sorry to be such a bitch, but I am pursuing my zen (which I'll never actually find, but I do chase after it like Elmer Fudd after the rabbit). I'll miss y'all. See you in a year, yo.

Welcome to my bubble.
This is the way I pray: Walkin' on sunshinezyre on October 1st, 2003 10:19 am (UTC)
But, the AI gang has never really been as afraid of change as Buffy. They've changed bases, changed friendships - it's really cool, I think, and part of what makes Angel such an interesting show on its own.
Hepcatnwhepcat on October 1st, 2003 10:29 am (UTC)
I'm in for the zen too, Anna! Can't wait for 6p.m. PST!
kasstokassto on October 1st, 2003 12:39 pm (UTC)
Well, Eliade, I'm not even on your friends list but I'm totally with you on the hyper-sensitivity and the zen-chasing. Fandom is a scary bitchy place sometimes. And enjoy your season opener tonight -- we don't get it here in New Zealand until about, oh, 2005. But I do have a lovely fellow Spike-fan in Minneapolis who is taping for me. I never knew Americans would be so lovely.
Tuesday Has No Phones: BFFthebratqueen on October 1st, 2003 12:54 pm (UTC)
Oo - oo! Can I join you? Except in my case I want it for anybody who even hints at whining about how it's clear even before the season begins that Wesley will now get no screen time whatsoever because the entire show is being sacrificed to Spike. Because those people make it ever so hard to control my fist of death. It's not pretty.
Destinadestina on October 1st, 2003 12:55 pm (UTC)
Yay! I get to stay in the bubble with you. :-)

I'm totally looking forward to Spike on Angel. I was really disappointed in Angel last season; it depressed me. I want the show to move forward with some cool new dynamics, and this will be fun.
GinnyLSginnylovesspike on October 1st, 2003 02:20 pm (UTC)
Can I be in your bubble, too? I am so looking forward to tonight's premiere that I can hardly sit still at work today. Again, everyone in the office thinks I'm insane, but they just don't UNDERSTAND!! It's Angel! and Spike! together on one show! How amazing is that? Hee!
(Anonymous) on October 1st, 2003 03:00 pm (UTC)
Anna, you are cruel but fair!
And I agree with Destina - Gunn was right about the season when he called it a turgid soap opera. It looked like the writers had decided thay wanted confrontation a, b and c in it, and would mangle the plot any way they had to, in order to achieve that - all very odd.
Lady Concertina
herself_nyc on October 1st, 2003 04:50 pm (UTC)
Agree with you SO much.

:: sings :: I'm in the bubble with Ah-na! I'm in the bubble I know-oh-oh!
Anna S.eliade on October 1st, 2003 05:02 pm (UTC)
Hello, sweetbread. ;)

What is your icon all about, btw? I keep seeing you reference Lionel (Lional?) and I thought it was in reference to a new TV show but it looks like Peter O'Toole and I'm just...confused.
herself_nyc on October 1st, 2003 07:36 pm (UTC)
Lionel is in my current fic in progress, which I've been posting in my LJ. You don't read my entries! :: pouts exceedingly ::

Lionel is Spike's great-grand-nephew, and when circe_tigana asked me who would play him, I said Peter O'Toole, so then _jems_ made me some icons.
Anna S.eliade on October 1st, 2003 10:07 pm (UTC)
I own my suckiness and slink away in shame.

I did read one of the most recent installments and thought it was wonderful; if you mentioned his name there I think I just overlooked it....
herself_nyc on October 2nd, 2003 05:03 am (UTC)
Don't slink!
namastenancynamastenancy on October 1st, 2003 04:52 pm (UTC)
YES! YES! Fist of Death! Kill the whining, carping, complaining idiots! GIRR!! Unfriend them. Cold shoulder. Curses from Kali and whatever evil Summerian demons that I can conjure up. I have stopped reading a number of lists and LJ's because the bitching has gotten on my last nerve.

OK - calm now. Must go and have that cup of calming mint tea.
namaste SF Nancy
Anna S.eliade on October 1st, 2003 04:59 pm (UTC)
Down, girl. *g*

I've been to the fist-of-death place of course. Though anyone that extreme isn't on my flist in the first place. But there are sweet people who just aren't happy with Spike on A:tS--it's just that, you know, at this point if I see cut-tag text that says, "If you are happy with Spike on Angel, you probably don't want to read this," I honestly don't even want to read that. I think that kind of warning is actually a really great thing for people to do, a kind heads-up about the tone of comments, and usually I'm okay with it, scroll and pass, but I'm in a thin-skinned place right now, I guess. Sometimes one has to withdrawl a little to keep from getting to a place where one wants to withdraw from fandom entirely.
namastenancynamastenancy on October 1st, 2003 08:31 pm (UTC)
OK - sulk! No fist of death! How about finger of death?

namaste SF Nancy