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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. 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.