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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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harsens_rob
Dec. 17th, 2010 08:47 am (UTC)
My problem with Willow's S6 arc has always been that her addiction seemed to take a hard swerve. Willow's issues were never about the magic itself... that was a tool, she'd have had the same issues if she had fame or fortune or any other way in which she could exercise control. Her personality flaw was always her inability to face up to unpleasant problems in her life. Magic wasn't the point! The point was that the magic allowed Wills to avoid confrontations with things she didn't want to deal with. Everything that was uncomfortable could be waved away with a spell from the pain of Oz leaving for his own reasons, to Buffy having died and left her (Willow) heartbroken, to Tara being angry at her ... it was all about Willow's need to control her environment by forcing things that hurt to go away, and magic allowed her to do that, but it wasn't addictive in and of itself; At least, it wasn't until Amy/Rack suddenly got written into the storyline.

And by doing this, they completely got out of forcing Willow to deal with her real character flaws, which would have been so much more interesting than getting a magic-buzz and magic-drunk driving. And, I don't get why they did it, when it should have been so very clear where Willow's own flaws lay and how that could have been explored by her irresponsible and flippant use of her magic. ARRR, so frustrating.

And, now in S8, she's practically Mystical Sue.
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 17th, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
Yep, I'll see that frustration.
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 17th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
...Wait. What is this S8 you speak of? I have not heard of such a thing! It doesn't exist!

::pokes fingers in ears and sings 'tra-la-la'::
harsens_rob
Dec. 18th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
lol ... I'm very sympathetic to this. I wish I could quit it, but I'm so beyond hoping that S9 is going to correct the most egregious damage.

I've finally read 39... if Angel isn't being magically controlled, just how the hell do they think they can redeem his character again?!

I think there is a hint in there that Angel isn't acting as a free agent, but is being used by the Seed/New World Trying to be Born Thing. But, mostly, I think that the ideas are too large for this format... a graphic novel might have been a better vehicle for this storyline.

Ooops - I forgot though, that this doesn't exist. :-)
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 18th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Angel even being in Buffy Season 8 makes no sense, since chronologically, it would be happening the at the same time as Angel Season 5.
harsens_rob
Dec. 19th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
URGGH. You're right, again!