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03 October 2003 @ 10:54 am
notes of a morning  
It's overcast here in Seattle for the third day. It's great. The office is darkish though, and it's against my religion to turn fluorescent lights on, but the dimness isn't disposing me toward work. Also, it's Friday. But you know what the great thing about today is? I have a meeting scheduled from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.!

Oh wait, that's not the great thing. That's the stupid thing.

In the wave of spandery kissage recently, more than one person has mentioned having an S/X story in progress, and I'm all excited. And all random.

I did nothing but sleep last night. Sleep and eat pasta and sleep some more. I'm trying to remember back because I feel like I must have done something else during all those hours, but in fact I think, no.

Meanwhile in the demented upper stories of my head, Spike came back home from the Nazi camp and had the stylist chop off all his hair--hair which had been Rapunzeled by magical conditioner ("Longer, More Lustrous Hair!") to femmey tresses--and of course he bleached it again, but he kept wearing make-up and raided Angel's closet for sheer black shirts and decided to become Wolfram & Hart's company whore, according to the tenets of his new self-debasing religion, all of which Angel remains as yet unaware of.



I was thinking more about Harmony. sue_donym, in her review, reminded me that I'd been trying to figure out what her deal is. She doesn't drink human blood? Why the hell would anyone at W&H, prior to AI's takeover, care if she drinks human blood or not? What made her go on the wagon--put down the neck and pick up the bottled otter juice? I'm curious to see how much they'll tell us and what they'll do with her character. She's such an oddball; at the moment she's throwing the whole souled/unsouled, human/vampire, good/evil dynamic out of whack, and I'd be glad to see that problematized--it's an old bitch of mine--but I wonder if ME will really use the reinvented Angel to undermine the old BtVS premise that much.

sisabet said recently that "So now you have a fandom where the Vampire Slayer is no longer the binding force - but rather the vampires." That really struck me, as I hadn't looked at it quite that way, but yeah. The slayer-focused show is over, and the vampire-focused show is taking up the reins with not just the titular Angel but *several* vampires in the mix. I think they must have wanted Harmony as a foil to Spike and Angel, the soul men. And yet right out of the gate she's essentially defanged, rendered Harmless. She's a vegetarian, essentially. It's odd.

I still find the differences between newly risen vamps like Holden and Billy Fordham curious....

Meanwhile, Angel is now willing to kill humans. And Spike is *capable* of it. I wonder if Angel will rein him in or admit that Spike holds an equal footing, if it comes to that.


This could really be an exciting season of Angel. I have made an icon in honor of it. I am all trendy (and bored with my icon set). I was going to label it "trendy" for truth in advertising, but I didn't want to distract from that Byronic and immaculate...ness.
 
 
 
Roquelaureroquelaure on October 3rd, 2003 11:09 am (UTC)
She's a vegetarian, essentially. It's odd.

Unless she's lying. It wouldn't be against precedent, especially in Angelverse, for that to be the case.
LadyCatladycat777 on October 3rd, 2003 11:13 am (UTC)
Or if she's sucking up to Angel, a very Harmony thing to do when she's not trying to be Cool Girl. Especially if, say, Wesley dropped hints that Angel prefers this particular butcher, etc. . .

But ME? Lying to us? Never!

*snickers*
irfikosirfikos on October 3rd, 2003 11:31 am (UTC)
well, don't a certain segment of people become vegetarian or go on special diets just cuz it's trendy?

harmony may be dead, but she still likes to be trendy.
Roquelaureroquelaure on October 3rd, 2003 11:33 am (UTC)
Could be. It might even be said that now that Wolfram & Hart is run by "good guys," the new trend is to be good. So maybe she's on a fad diet. :-)
Tuesday Has No Phones: glassesthebratqueen on October 3rd, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I assumed Harmony had been drinking animal blood only for about as long as Angel had been sitting in that chair waiting for her to show up ;)
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Anna S.eliade on October 3rd, 2003 11:30 am (UTC)
Bwah! You're very cute. *g*
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Video Deteriora Sequorexecutrix on October 3rd, 2003 11:50 am (UTC)
"Toothless": HarmWes?
Darcy: xander's womendarcydodo on October 3rd, 2003 02:47 pm (UTC)
Gah, I keep seeing your picture of Avon and going "wait, not BtVS, so confused"! and then realizing. ;)
Video Deteriora Sequorexecutrix on October 3rd, 2003 03:34 pm (UTC)
I'm going to post more of my Blakes7/BtvS crossovers on Grand Central Station (the Buffyverse crossover site)--the "Band Candy" one is already on Degenerate Son.
Darcy: willowtaradarcydodo on October 3rd, 2003 03:38 pm (UTC)
Heh. I'd love to read them, but I can't. Because I haven't watched the last five or six or so Blakes7 episodes, and I'm completely unspoiled for them, and I don't know when I'll ever get to see them. If you have any fics that really don't spoil the ending, please do let me know!
Video Deteriora Sequorexecutrix on October 3rd, 2003 03:42 pm (UTC)
I do--send me your e-mail addy--I'm dshilling@simlab.net and remind me to throw in the Pirates of the Caribbean crossover.
Misha: mishamishamcm on October 9th, 2003 08:38 am (UTC)
My B7 stuff is at http://members.aol.com/mishamcm/ (at least, for the time being). Anything not labelled PGP (Post-Gauda Prime) doesn't have spoilers.
Darcydarcydodo on October 9th, 2003 09:10 am (UTC)
For some reason that link's not working, in Mozilla or IE. Thanks, though.
Misha: mary suemishamcm on October 9th, 2003 09:25 am (UTC)
Darcydarcydodo on October 9th, 2003 09:33 am (UTC)
Thanks, that works in IE, at any rate, though still not Mozilla.
Misha: gogo botmishamcm on October 9th, 2003 09:43 am (UTC)
I wonder if AOL is doing something annoying again. Oh, Te?
rusty_halo on October 3rd, 2003 01:45 pm (UTC)
I just sort of assumed it's one of those ME plot device things. They think Harmony's funny, they want more women on the show, MM is available--they bring her on. But they can't have the good guys accepting her around regularly when she's still killing people, so they make up some flimsy reason that she isn't. I doubt it's anything deeper than that, although hopefully they'll do something more interesting with it later.
twitwistingflame on October 3rd, 2003 02:53 pm (UTC)

Meanwhile, Angel is now willing to kill humans. And Spike is *capable* of it. I wonder if Angel will rein him in or admit that Spike holds an equal footing, if it comes to that.

I think that may be one of the most interesting aspects of the season. That and whether they decide to deal with the memory wipe thing. But with Harmony, Spike, and Angel all on the show, they have the opportunity to dissect the whole concept of what makes one vampire worse than another. After all, Harmony's essentially a vegetarian now and a lot of Spike's redemption happened before the soul. Um, just a thought.

Also, do you mind if I friend you?
Anna S.eliade on October 3rd, 2003 03:01 pm (UTC)
But with Harmony, Spike, and Angel all on the show, they have the opportunity to dissect the whole concept of what makes one vampire worse than another.

I know. I hope they use this opportunity to its fullest.

And yes, you can friend me. Thanks. ;)
(Anonymous) on October 4th, 2003 12:51 pm (UTC)
[quote] And yet right out of the gate she's essentially defanged, rendered Harmless. She's a vegetarian, essentially. It's odd. [/quote]

It seems like Harmony, regardless of her scintillating intellect, is a survivor. In high school she glommed onto Cordelia, the most successful girl she could find, and never had a worry. Now in her new vampire life, she has glommed onto the traits of the only vampire she knows who has 'succeeded' in not getting himself slayed.

She, IMO, isn't as 'evil' as the others, because she has less rage to fuel her. Angel and Spike *despised* their mortal lives, considered them pathetic or a waste of skin, and acted out to prove that they where no longer that person. Harmony doesn't seem self-aware enough to hold her former life in contempt, and as a result, her demony self isn't compelled to 'prove' how much better it is with acts of random carnage.

And I love the theory that she accidentally vamped herself by biting the hand of the vampire who was biting her on graduation day...
(Anonymous) on October 3rd, 2003 07:49 pm (UTC)
blood
I'd just assumed that with the takeover word had gone down the chain of command that there'd be no more drinking people; or even that it was in place in the old Wolfram & Harte, for in-house vampire menials, to avoid awkward questions & such, connecting missing humans with the firm. I didn't quite catch the whole line where Harmony was talking to herself and mentioned otter, though.

xxx, Mog