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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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masqthephlsphr
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.
scrollgirl
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!
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 17th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Well, you can actually witness the gymnastics in some of that swingin' season 4 metaphysics.

OMG.