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Tonight's Buffy: "Dirty Girls"

I wanted to write down my own thoughts and reactions before reading anyone else's and becoming tainted. ;)


Well, this was the first episode in a very long time that had me gasping, "Oh my god!" And so that's a good thing.

Okay, first things first. Poor Xander! Oh my god! That was so terrible! I mean, at least it was only one of his eyes -- I was sure, once I realized what he was doing, that Caleb was going to lift up both hands and go at both eyes at once -- but it's still just so horrible! The first time something so bad and lasting has happened to one of the core Scoobies. I mean, Willow might be able to grow some new skin after a bout with the fingernail monster, but Xander has no super-healing powers. And this isn't a question of just speeding up healing ... that eye is gone. Oh my god! Poor Xander! And just after he'd given that rousing speech that made me love him more than ever! Oh my god!

I will ask again, for the nth time this season, what is up with Giles? I agreed with him about Buffy being hasty in this episode, but he just hasn't been dealing with her well at all lately. In recent seasons, he has treated her with a certain amount of respect ... and that's just gone now. He keeps criticizing her and trying to tell her what to do, even though he learned years ago that it didn't work. One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Giles needs to figure out a different way to communicate with Buffy, instead of this heavy-handed daddy thing. Bitching at Buffy just makes her shut him out and stop listening. It was true in season 1, and it's true now. Giles is a smart guy ... so why's he acting so stupid about this?

Caleb seems a bit over-the-top, but I'm interested to see where that goes. Puzzled by the super-strength, since he seemed powerful on a god-like level, similar to Glory. Looking forward to learning more. The fight scene in the winery was fabulous ... and I loved Spike's line about "Falcon Crest". Hee! Spike is such a tv nerd! (In fact, like me, he had a "Dawson's Creek" addiction, as evidenced by his exclamation at the tv, a couple years back, "Oh, Pacey, you blind idiot. Can't you see she doesn't love you?" Hee!)

I absolutely loved the Faith/Spike interactions, all the bonding over having previously been "bad" and now being reformed. I want a spin-off with Spike and Faith 'shippiness. Is that wrong of me? They are just too hot together. The two sexiest people ever on the show ... in one room ... mmmmmmm.

As for my thoughts on the Spuffy 'ship, I noticed that Buffy and Spike each episode are behaving more and more like a couple ... but it isn't a romantic couple. It's a pragmatic couple ... like warriors or soldiers partnered together, watching each other's backs against any attack. Buffy now seems to relate to Spike as if he were asexual. When Buffy found Spike and Faith talking in the basement, sitting all close together with Spike half-dressed, she didn't look especially jealous, just annoyed. And Spike looked mostly like a kid caught by his mom.

To be honest, the concepts of sex and romance seem really irrelevant on the show at this point. There's just much bigger stuff happening. If Buffy ever ends up telling Spike anything more personal than "Thanks for fighting by my side," it's going to have to be a pretty intense situation to make that more important than all the other stuff requiring her attention and energy. I'd like to see that situation, but I doubt it will happen.

Yeah, I'm rambling. But the last thing I wanted to say was that in this episode even more than in any previous, I felt happy to just go where the writers take me. I still believe that Spike is deeply in love with Buffy, but I've let go of my attachment to seeing anything come of that. The only reason I hold any attachment to that being dealt with is the fact that it was set up early in the season, and I do expect a follow-through. But I don't care what that follow-through is. I'll remain a Spike/Buffy 'shipper regardless of what happens on the show in the next (last!) 4 episodes, but I'm interested to see where ME takes this. If they tell a different story than the one I would have told, I won't be surprised ... because I don't work for ME. And I can always tell my version in fanfic. :)


Edited To Add: Well, upon reading my friends list, I find that I appear to be nearly alone in having enjoyed this episode. I'm a rebel!

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superplin
Apr. 15th, 2003 11:20 pm (UTC)
Get out of my brain!
Gah, I don't have time to say anything of substance just yet, but I did have to remark on this:

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

I used that exact same sentence yesterday when discussing this episode with my husband.
Now that's just spooky.
girlwithjournal
Apr. 16th, 2003 12:09 am (UTC)
The first time something so bad and lasting has happened to one of the core Scoobies.

Had this exact thought as I was brushing me teeth. You + Me tonight = eerie.
mizzkyttie
Apr. 16th, 2003 04:03 am (UTC)
I literally let out a little yelp (Okay, it was more of a big yelp,) when Xander got his eye put out. He's always been one of my favorite characters, and when that happened, oh, man!! It gives me an icky feeling in my stomach.

I'm actually getting kind of worried about how Buffy's slowly being seperated from her core support system. Thus far, we've seen her become distant-ish from her sister, cut her ties with Giles, and now Xander...but in Xander's case, we don't yet know what his situation emotionally, etc. is going to be, though the physical is obvious. Makes me worry for the welfare of the other Scoobies.

Caleb creeped me the hell out, too. He's, thus far, the most human of the major evil's thus far, in all of the seasons. Besides his superhuman strength, and ability to read people, (the way he noted that Xander was the observer, the cryptic-ish comments to Buffy and Faith and TFE-as-Buffy regarding their powers,) there's nothing about him that can't be pictured in real life. I kept thinking of the Green River Killer and Ted Bundy throughout the episode.

And now I'm babbling...so I'm gonna stop. *Quietly ponders what she's going to do with her Tuesdays after BtVS is over*
xiphias
Apr. 16th, 2003 07:31 am (UTC)
Caleb creeped me the hell out, too. He's, thus far, the most human of the major evil's thus far, in all of the seasons.

The Mayor?
mizzkyttie
Apr. 16th, 2003 08:53 am (UTC)
The Mayor may have been human-like, and even creepily fatherly, but the whole Demonic ascenscion was able to remove him from being relatable on a human level. That's been the thing in my mind that's kept me from being creeped out so utterly by any of the big Evils thus far -- The Master was an always-game-faced vamp, Angelus was a vamp, The Mayor wound up becoming more and more demony 'til the end, when he became a full-blown demon, Adam was cyborg, Glory a body-morphing Goddess, Willow had power enough to flay Warren by thought alone, and TFE, is, well, incorporeal and morph-y, too. All these characters were otherworldly enough in my mind, that, while they were all well-performed and excellently written, I couldn't relate with them totally enough to get all ooged out by 'em.

As for Caleb, however...I am one of those people that watches forensic science shows on TLC and the Discovery channel, and as a morbid teenager, I read a lot about various serial killers. Caleb fits the bill perfectly, the behavioral patterns and mentality would set off alarms on any profiler's checklist -- and for some reason, his supernatural strength, I dunno, but in the face of how creeped out by his personality I was, wasn't enough to remove him from his "human-ness" so far that I couldn't think of him on an otherwordly, non-relatable level.

Am I making sense? (I'm awfully tired, so I'm not sure if I am or not....)
slipjig
Apr. 16th, 2003 05:32 am (UTC)
You're not totally alone in liking this episode; I'm with you on all counts. Caleb is an utterly fascinating character, and a tough role to pull off, what with the delicate balance between charismatic orator and seething evil. (Did anyone get the actor's name? Kudos to him, whoever he is.) And yes, I cringed verbally when Xander, um, had his depth perception forceably removed. I shouln't have been surprised, though: with only a handful of episodes left to go, Joss can do pretty much whatever her wants with his charges now (which is to say, if someone important doesn't get offed, spinoff or no spinoff, I will eat my 1040).

And I have to admit, all through the Spike 'n' Faith show in the basement, all I could think was, "Wow. Wonder how Kimberly'll react to this." :)
xiphias
Apr. 16th, 2003 07:33 am (UTC)
Did anyone get the actor's name?

Nathan Fillion. He played the captain in Firefly.
slipjig
Apr. 16th, 2003 08:55 am (UTC)
I think this is where I shamefacedly admit that I never saw the show. Damn. (Thanks for the info! I'll definitely have to check out the Firefly DVD when they release it.)
kimberly_a
Apr. 16th, 2003 09:54 am (UTC)
Re:
And I have to admit, all through the Spike 'n' Faith show in the basement, all I could think was, "Wow. Wonder how Kimberly'll react to this." :)

I kept chuckling gleefully. And telling Shannon that I wanted a spin-off with those two in it. Then hitting the TiVo 8-second jump-back button to hear what I'd missed while telling him that. I think I was driving the hubby nuts. :)
writteninstars
Apr. 16th, 2003 09:52 am (UTC)
Well, upon reading my friends list, I find that I appear to be nearly alone in having enjoyed this episode. I'm a rebel!

Yeah, I'm feeling a little lonely out here in my appreciation for the show last night. I thought it worked on many levels, had amazing continuity and the jaw-drop factor. You are most definitely not alone.

kimberly_a
Apr. 16th, 2003 09:55 am (UTC)
We can be rebels together! :)
writteninstars
Apr. 16th, 2003 09:55 am (UTC)
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I love that idea. :-)
7spoons
Apr. 16th, 2003 10:13 am (UTC)
at least it was only one of his eyes -- I was sure, once I realized what he was doing, that Caleb was going to lift up both hands and go at both eyes at once

Hmmm...now you have me wondering something. Why didn't they blind Xander? Both eyes? In a way, it would've been more powerful. There would've been the metaphorical impact of having the "seer" be literally blind (supported by literary references, as estepheia has pointed out), then there'd have been the creepy parallel between Xander and the Bringers. Why didn't they go for it and make the bigger statement? (I hated what happened to Xander, btw. It shocked the hell out of me and made me cry. But since it's done, I'm just speculating on why it happened that way.)
kimberly_a
Apr. 16th, 2003 10:32 am (UTC)
Why didn't they blind Xander? Both eyes? In a way, it would've been more powerful

I agree. I imagine there was a reason, which I hope will become clear. As it began to happen, I thought that Xander was being punished for seeing women as sex objects (as per his dream about the potentials earlier in the episode) as well as being silenced as a seer (er ... mixed sensory metaphor, but you know what I mean).

My theory is that Xander isn't going to die by the end of the series, and they figured that Xander with an eye-patch would be easier to write into a spin-off than completely blind Xander.
graceful_j
Apr. 16th, 2003 02:30 pm (UTC)
Oops -- stop myself from reading!
I was just about to read this entry of yours when I realized I can't when I haven't watched my tape yet! Maybe you won't be alone in your enjoyment -- I'll have to get back to you.
kimberly_a
Apr. 16th, 2003 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Oops -- stop myself from reading!
Well, I'm glad you closed your eyes and wrote this comment. Lemme know what you think of the episode after you watch it. :)
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