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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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lakrids404
Dec. 16th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
...Yes?
For me is't the scene in Flooded with Giles and Willow. Where Willow switches from threatening Giles, to back to good old reliable Willow, on a dime. Who is the real Willow?
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 16th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
That's another great example of getting right to the point of where she is.

And the frustrating thing is, at the end of "Wrecked", Willow talks about her low self-esteem and how becoming "more than just Willow" (the high school nerd) has driven here to this place, and that's right on, too, but the writer seems to have missed the stuff in that kitchen scene and in "Smashed" that shows who Willow is now, or is becoming.
cactuswatcher
Dec. 17th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Since the writer was Marti, who theoretically was running the show, you really have to wonder what was going on.
harsens_rob
Dec. 18th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
Yes - this!

I'm not sure, but I wonder if this is connected to a concern that if the characters went too dark or were too flawed, they feared we'd lose sympathy for them forever, rather than taking it as an opportunity to dig into their redemption to win us back on their side (like I would argue they did with Faith and, for me, Angel post S2 of BTVS - mostly due to his own show).

So, suddenly it isn't that Willow has a serious control issue and a moral failing... now, it's all that magical Amy/Rack's fault!

I'd say she hit the nail on the head in either 'Two to Go' or 'Grave' as well, when she called herself a loser and told Buffy that the only time she was good for anything were those moments when Tara had looked at her, and she was wonderful (about the only dialog that chokes me up in the whole trilogy of episodes). Of course, she was speaking about herself in the 3rd person, but I choose to believe she knew she was Willow speaking and was just disassociating from her own actions.