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My understanding of Willow's Season 6 journey, and correct me if I'm wrong here, is that she is addicted to magic for the power it gives her. But she spends this episode having things done to her. She is not the agent, she is the passive recipient. If this is supposed to be the episode where she really "turns a corner" into darkness, it fails to understand the core of that darkness completely and utterly. "Smashed" did a much better job of illustrating what her problem was.

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scrollgirl
Dec. 16th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Yep, that pretty much sums up my problem with Willow's arc. That, and I wish the show had just embraced the fact that she had no regrets about Warren's death. That she lost Tara, yes. That she lost herself, yes. That he's dead and she killed him? Not so much.

I think the PTB were too scared to make Willow truly complicit in her own darkness. Ah, well.
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 16th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
She's one of Joss's woobies.
harsens_rob
Dec. 18th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
Actually, I notice looking back at the show that our main players seemed to have gotten away with A LOT. Either because everyone is very forgiving and let them slide, or because they're made to feel some sort of token guilt about it and then allowed to slide.

Nearly every single character has done something horrible. I was going to say except Xander (yeah, yeah, lied to Buffy - yelled horrible things, blah blah) but then I remembered *choke* Summoning A Demon Who Consequently Kills People and realize, no, he doesn't get a pass from me either.

Um... Dawn? I can't remember her killing anyone, yet. And, uh, why do I actually love these characters when they all turn into monsters at some point? lol