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06 May 2003 @ 09:04 pm
BtVS: Touched  


Wowcoolhuhwowcool.

I don't have a lot to say, because I am kind of dazed with the aftershocks and the settling. I think I need to wait a year or so and watch this again.

I don't know if I could have written "Subtleties" if I'd seen this first. Because...Buffy + Spike 4-evah! Okay, I'm a big maple-headed sap. But there was so much sweetness there.

Of course, herself_nyc is right and JM's (and thus Spike's) face has changed. Spike should look exactly as he did in S2, the eternal Lost Boy--the Dick Clark of boyfriends--and it's a sad reality that he doesn't. Oh well. In my mind's eye he is eternally young and twinkly.

Maybe it's the fact that the show is ending, but *everything* feels self-conscious and I can't tell anymore how much of that is just me and how much is the show. I think it's the show, but it's hard to blame them. It's damn fucking hard to go out with a bang after seven years. Andrew, I feel ehhhh about. Faith/Wood is very lovely and satisfying in the abstract, even if their bed-rolling scenes seemed overly choreographed. In a similar manner: Anya & Xander = forced. Sigh. And I'm not entirely happy with the ice-cream eating. It's just a...a thing of mine. Food as foreplay is just Not Good. I know they're probably going for some kind of characterization continuity, but I wish they'd done something else.

This ep seemed rather bizarrely edited, in terms of acts. Acts one and two as we hit commercials--WTF? Random observation.

Andrew coming back from the trip: someone shut him up, please? Spike, defending Buffy, fighting Faith: yeah, I had happy moments. Then finding her with fanonical sniffing! Vampire scenting abilities! Oh. Dear. Lord.

"A footnote in history." Heh. Very fan-fictiony feel to *all* of that--Spike and Andrew in the church, the fall-out of their return, Spike speechifying first in defense of Buffy and then declaring his selfless love for her. It felt like ME was trying hard to please the fans. I don't automatically assume that's a bad thing. As I said, I think I need a year or so to reflect on this.

There wasn't a lot of plot advancement in this ep, except that we find out Buffy was right, and Faith et al are wrong, wrong, wrong. Huh. I need to rewatch at some point and listen harder to what Andrew tells them, because it's rather interesting that his intel doesn't lead them in the right direction.

Really, this ep was all about sex. And I liked Kennedy's tongue stud--I was like, "HA HA! TONGUE STUD!" It cracked me up. I was surprised to learn that they hadn't done the deed before, but that's pretty cool.

I'm just realizing how out of order all of these observations are, but...oh well.

Buffy fighting for, um, the first time *ever* as if she's Trinity in The Matrix...huh. I've got to say: not really getting the point of that. Honestly, a lot of this season just doesn't add up for me. I was thinking over lunch today of how Giles has become a scary, scary guy, willing to murder Spike--Spike with *soul*--at the drop of a hat. Add into that Dawn kicking Buffy out of the house and Caleb, who has not been satisfactorily explained, and the weird mish-mash of continuity and time and everything...and I'm kind of lost. I have been going on the assumption that it's just a fast-and-loose kind of season and not some kind of master-planned masterpiece. I think that with two eps left, there's no real hope of having all this tied up in a bright bow.

Confusing. But I'm sure that by 2010 this will all make more sense.




 
 
 
The Purloined Kitten: One weaponloves_bitch on May 6th, 2003 09:41 pm (UTC)
Confusing. But I'm sure that by 2010 this will all make more sense.


Nah, I'm doubting that even by 3020 It'll all make sense.
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Jenjenk on May 7th, 2003 02:20 am (UTC)
I was thinking over lunch today of how Giles has become a scary, scary guy

I thought for sure I knew what was up with him, but apparently not. Huh. Still don't get that one.


Giles killing Ben wasn't scary? Or was that the start?

zing_och on May 7th, 2003 02:40 am (UTC)
he can sniff me anytime
Just one random point (I didn't read many reviews yet, so this may be an old hat): Is the sniffing fanon or canon? After all, Connor is forever bloodhounding around, and I seem to recall that the sense of smell is vampire heritage, though I'm not totally sure about that. So it gave me a crossover continuity happy.
Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave): All I need is the air that I breatherashaka on May 7th, 2003 02:54 am (UTC)
Re: he can sniff me anytime
Angel does the sniffing thing on his show. In 7.3, the SG used Spike to sniff all over town to find Gnarl, the Willow-eating demon.

So I'd say definite canon.
Anna S.eliade on May 7th, 2003 07:52 am (UTC)
Re: he can sniff me anytime
Oh that's true--I'd forgotten that. Heh.
Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave)rashaka on May 7th, 2003 10:49 am (UTC)
Re: he can sniff me anytime
What I want to know is how come Angel can do this super!Vamp jumping thing. We know Buffy can jump high (previous canon, shown again last night when she was playing tag with Caleb)... and we've seen walk-on vampires that Buffy kills jump extra hihg, so how come we don't see Spike doing it?
Herself_nycherself_nyc on May 7th, 2003 12:19 pm (UTC)
Re: he can sniff me anytime
Remember when Angel tells Wesley that he knows he fucked a bottle blonde the night before--because he could smell it on him? I forget which season of Angel that's from, though.
Anna S.eliade on May 7th, 2003 12:22 pm (UTC)
Re: he can sniff me anytime
Yes. I think it was just the image of Spike sniffing the air like a dog that made it a little more extreme. {g}
Herself_nyc: Kitchen animationherself_nyc on May 7th, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC)
Re: he can sniff me anytime
I loved that, it was ficcy in a really good way.
in search of a clever byline: whoami10zlaine on May 7th, 2003 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: he can sniff me anytime
I really dug the snarly growl at Andrew while they were waiting for the sun to set.
Freixenetfreixenet on May 7th, 2003 03:48 am (UTC)
Buffy fighting for, um, the first time *ever* as if she's Trinity in The Matrix...huh. I've got to say: not really getting the point of that.

Yeah. I was all, "whoa! Cool! Hey, wait a minute..." and then I struggled, as I always do, to see what they might have wanted us to think. Only thing I can come up with is that freed of the Scoobies she is more powerful, faster, stronger...and so forth.

Eh. It's a nice idea.

miss_tea on May 7th, 2003 05:26 am (UTC)
There wasn't a lot of plot advancement in this ep, except that we find out Buffy was right, and Faith et al are wrong, wrong, wrong.

Yes, but not really. Buffy had the *facts* right-- Caleb is hiding something in the vineyard, that's where the power is-- but not the *methods*. In my own little fanwanky world I decided that was the point of this episode, that Buffy needed to learn a lesson that even though she is the best at figuring out what the Big Bad is up to, she is missing an entire aspect of being the leader, that of actually leading. Which, mysteriously, Faith seems to grasp, perhaps because she has been so isolated for so long.

It was interesting that 'The Wish' was on FX right before; Wishverse Buffy says "I don't play well with others" and then we see S7 Buffy, the Buffy who all along in the series we've been told gets her strength from her friends, all alone, in possession of the facts but nothing else. I just felt like maybe they were setting up something for Faith and Buffy to work together, finally, after all these years. They've always been presented as light and dark, right? Maybe they need each other to be effective.
Janean or just "luvs"luvs_phoenix on May 7th, 2003 07:43 am (UTC)
Really, this ep was all about sex. And I liked Kennedy's tongue stud--I was like, "HA HA! TONGUE STUD!" It cracked me up. I was surprised to learn that they hadn't done the deed before, but that's pretty cool.

On a total shallow note all I could think of was how goooooood that was gonna feel to Willow. Damn. I gotta get laid.

Loved your views. I really hope they give us some reason for Giles ... strangeness but I'm thinking we may never know.

And Tags... they're of the good. Got 4 pages printed on how to do them right and play well here at the LJs.
(Anonymous) on May 7th, 2003 02:35 pm (UTC)
The note
Anyone have any thoughts on the note Buffy left Spike? I kinda thought we'd hear her reading it in a voiceover while she fought - in a brandnew way she must have pulled out of her ass! - Caleb.

The smelling for Buffy was just corny. And though I despisehateloathe Spuffy (don't kill me!), I also don't want Spike hurt. And in the trailer for next week, didn't we see a bit of Bangel?

Kenya
Anna S.eliade on May 7th, 2003 02:56 pm (UTC)
Re: The note
Am I the only one who assumed that Angel was the First Evil? Did we see them touch, or in the moment before touching? Can't remember. Thought it was the latter....