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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.



Dec. 16th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how you parse authorial intent or textual outcome. Other characters might make distinctions between his particular incarnations, but Angel spends most all of his time on BtVS and AtS saying "I did that" in regards to his behavior sans soul. His interaction with Faith in "Consequences" wouldn't make any sense if the character and the show didn't considered him culpable for his crimes.
Dec. 17th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, I kind of had faint hope at the beginning of Season 7 because it seemed like Willow was taking responsibility ("I did that") even if it was all magic=crack instead of allowing her addiction be to power itself. But it didn't follow through, from where I stand.

That said, with Willow as with Cordy, I'm willing to read their arcs as perhaps darker than the writers intended. I'm willing to believe they were as dark as they ought to have been, and it's merely that their friends can't bring themselves to see it, and that Willow and Cordy also lack the self-awareness, that it's never made explicit in the text.

But hell, I still mourn the lost opportunity of Season 7 Willow and Faith recognising something of themselves in each other.
Dec. 17th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
AtS spilled a lot of ink in season 4 having characters separate Angel from Angelus in a way they *never* did prior to that, especially out of Angel's own mouth, and I think from a meta point of view, it was the writers' discomfort with their lead hero having a dark spell, written in the story as his friends' discomfort. But that was a new tact, and it fell flat, IMO.
Dec. 17th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
ITA. I don't think it was as cut-and-dried, Angel vs Angelus, as Angel and the others would have liked to believe. They made themselves believe it, so they could live with it, since bringing Angelus forth was a strategy that seemed necessary. But I can't see how they reconciled it with Season 2 without serious mental gymnastics!
Dec. 17th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Well, you can actually witness the gymnastics in some of that swingin' season 4 metaphysics.