elisi: (Smile Fan by buttersideup)
One reason I love BtVS so much is that Buffy gets a happy ending. She wins. I've not seen Dollhouse, but on his other shows winning doesn't enter into it. Angel will be forever fighting. Mal only wishes to keep flying.

But Buffy wins. And there's something else I've realised too. Putting it under a cut, so as not to take up all your flist.

Read more... )

As always, vids influenced my thinking and illustrate what I want to say:

Bachelorette by [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24 is Buffy, ultimately winning. (In the shape of a girl.)

And My Medea by [livejournal.com profile] yunitsa shows the flipside. (Mostly Dollhouse/Firefly.) I can't remember if I've rec'd it before, but if not - make sure you watch! (So come to me my love/I'll tap into your strength and drain it dry)

ETA: Read more... )
elisi: (Smile Fan by buttersideup)
One reason I love BtVS so much is that Buffy gets a happy ending. She wins. I've not seen Dollhouse, but on his other shows winning doesn't enter into it. Angel will be forever fighting. Mal only wishes to keep flying.

But Buffy wins. And there's something else I've realised too. Putting it under a cut, so as not to take up all your flist.

Read more... )

As always, vids influenced my thinking and illustrate what I want to say:

Bachelorette by [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24 is Buffy, ultimately winning. (In the shape of a girl.)

And My Medea by [livejournal.com profile] yunitsa shows the flipside. (Mostly Dollhouse/Firefly.) I can't remember if I've rec'd it before, but if not - make sure you watch! (So come to me my love/I'll tap into your strength and drain it dry)

ETA: Read more... )
elisi: (Buffy - Hell will choke on me by stormwr)
Read about the latest issue of s8, and went running into the arms of my favourite Buffy vids. And you get links, even though I'm sure you know them already. :)

Vow by [livejournal.com profile] sdwolfpup.
Summary: Buffy kicks ass. (It's only one minute long, yet packs in so much. Even if you're run off your feet, make time for this one.

Bachelorette by [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24.
Summary: In the shape of a girl. (Long, full of meta, and absolutely brilliant.)

Memories by Sadique. (Her website is gone, so I uploaded it myself.) It is Buffy's speech in 'Prophecy Girl' set to the theme from The Gift and uses images from all seven seasons. Utterly, utterly gorgeous - this is my Buffy, both show and girl. (VLC won't play it! Can anyone change the format to .avi or .wmv???? ETA: You'll need RealPlayer to play it! Of course!)

And that's all I've got time for! *runs away again*
elisi: (Buffy - Hell will choke on me by stormwr)
Read about the latest issue of s8, and went running into the arms of my favourite Buffy vids. And you get links, even though I'm sure you know them already. :)

Vow by [livejournal.com profile] sdwolfpup.
Summary: Buffy kicks ass. (It's only one minute long, yet packs in so much. Even if you're run off your feet, make time for this one.

Bachelorette by [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24.
Summary: In the shape of a girl. (Long, full of meta, and absolutely brilliant.)

Memories by Sadique. (Her website is gone, so I uploaded it myself.) It is Buffy's speech in 'Prophecy Girl' set to the theme from The Gift and uses images from all seven seasons. Utterly, utterly gorgeous - this is my Buffy, both show and girl. (VLC won't play it! Can anyone change the format to .avi or .wmv???? ETA: You'll need RealPlayer to play it! Of course!)

And that's all I've got time for! *runs away again*
elisi: (Buffy - Best Show Ever by touristrgirl)
Written by [livejournal.com profile] xlivvielockex. (Context here.)

We believe in the Spike Almighty, creator of cheekbones and shagging. And in Buffy, his only love, The Slayer, who was created by some shadowmen who were dicking around with magics that they did not themselves understand; who suffered under Glory, died twice, but was only buried once. That she ascended into Heaven, and sometime during the start of the fall season rose again from the dead with the help of a plucky redheaded witch and her friends. We believe in Willow, the Goddess, a really hot lesbian, who can fly and kill you with her brain if she so deems. And we deny the teachings of the one with hair that sticks straight up and is lame, and believe he is bloody stupid.

In the name of Whedon, A-women.



(I know I'm spamming, but I *had* to share. Also, procrastinating is good for the soul!)
elisi: (Buffy - Best Show Ever by touristrgirl)
Written by [livejournal.com profile] xlivvielockex. (Context here.)

We believe in the Spike Almighty, creator of cheekbones and shagging. And in Buffy, his only love, The Slayer, who was created by some shadowmen who were dicking around with magics that they did not themselves understand; who suffered under Glory, died twice, but was only buried once. That she ascended into Heaven, and sometime during the start of the fall season rose again from the dead with the help of a plucky redheaded witch and her friends. We believe in Willow, the Goddess, a really hot lesbian, who can fly and kill you with her brain if she so deems. And we deny the teachings of the one with hair that sticks straight up and is lame, and believe he is bloody stupid.

In the name of Whedon, A-women.



(I know I'm spamming, but I *had* to share. Also, procrastinating is good for the soul!)
elisi: (Birthday Spike by kathyh (not sharable))
First though, I must wish the Happiest of Birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] earth_vexer! May you continue to vex the earth for many, many years to come! :)

****

But! The Queen of Polls, [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle, made a poll about which show is more adult/mature/dark - Buffy or Angel? Now it's tempting to go for Angel, but otoh there's few things as dark as S6 of BtVS... So, instead of doing the poll, I started turning the problem over in my head, because the shows are both dark, but in different way. And then I had a minor epiphany - the main character of each series is a reflection of the show overall:

BtVS is about a good person who's had darkness forced upon her.

AtS is about a bad person who's had goodness forced upon him.


I think everything springs from this.
elisi: (Birthday Spike by kathyh (not sharable))
First though, I must wish the Happiest of Birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] earth_vexer! May you continue to vex the earth for many, many years to come! :)

****

But! The Queen of Polls, [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle, made a poll about which show is more adult/mature/dark - Buffy or Angel? Now it's tempting to go for Angel, but otoh there's few things as dark as S6 of BtVS... So, instead of doing the poll, I started turning the problem over in my head, because the shows are both dark, but in different way. And then I had a minor epiphany - the main character of each series is a reflection of the show overall:

BtVS is about a good person who's had darkness forced upon her.

AtS is about a bad person who's had goodness forced upon him.


I think everything springs from this.
elisi: (Willow - playing god by bogwitch)
Don't know why, but this has been going round in my head recently. It's very obvious, but it gave me insight into Willow (which is a good thing), and how she grows etc. Read more... )
elisi: (Willow - playing god by bogwitch)
Don't know why, but this has been going round in my head recently. It's very obvious, but it gave me insight into Willow (which is a good thing), and how she grows etc. Read more... )
elisi: (Buffy (Lie To Me) by indulging_breck)
So, I watched School Hard on Spike's birthday, and then (thank you [livejournal.com profile] molly_may for the link - I’ve read it before, but couldn’t remember where) read this very excellent review by Alira.

She’s rather scathing towards Angel, and towards the end has this to say (I’d question the ‘trustworthy’ part myself! *g*):

Buffy learns that Spike’s playful, resourceful, quippy, trustworthy, and very very good at fighting. That in his way, he's honourable. That he's easily bored and can't keep to a plan. That he's a good dancer. :)

What she doesn't learn is that Angel is basically useless. :)

So, is Angel useless? Well here are *my* thoughts. )
elisi: (Buffy (Lie To Me) by indulging_breck)
So, I watched School Hard on Spike's birthday, and then (thank you [livejournal.com profile] molly_may for the link - I’ve read it before, but couldn’t remember where) read this very excellent review by Alira.

She’s rather scathing towards Angel, and towards the end has this to say (I’d question the ‘trustworthy’ part myself! *g*):

Buffy learns that Spike’s playful, resourceful, quippy, trustworthy, and very very good at fighting. That in his way, he's honourable. That he's easily bored and can't keep to a plan. That he's a good dancer. :)

What she doesn't learn is that Angel is basically useless. :)

So, is Angel useless? Well here are *my* thoughts. )
elisi: (Spike: Asylum by kathyh)
This was supposed to be a quick run-through a la my review of ‘Shadow Puppets’, with a few thoughts re. Spike’s arc (and Beck) at the end. And then... meta ate my head. Again. So... it’s kinda long. And I’m not sure I’m actually saying anything original. But I had to write it, so there you go.

Also it’ll be interesting to see how many people reply... I’m not entirely sure how many people have read ‘Asylum’, but it can’t be more than a handful. Ah well, enjoy! *g*

Many, many spoilers for ‘Spike: Asylum’ - seriously, don’t click the tag if you haven’t read it. To remedy that, just buy it (it’s only a tenner on amazon) and if you hate it you can always flog it on Ebay...

Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers! )
elisi: (Spike: Asylum by kathyh)
This was supposed to be a quick run-through a la my review of ‘Shadow Puppets’, with a few thoughts re. Spike’s arc (and Beck) at the end. And then... meta ate my head. Again. So... it’s kinda long. And I’m not sure I’m actually saying anything original. But I had to write it, so there you go.

Also it’ll be interesting to see how many people reply... I’m not entirely sure how many people have read ‘Asylum’, but it can’t be more than a handful. Ah well, enjoy! *g*

Many, many spoilers for ‘Spike: Asylum’ - seriously, don’t click the tag if you haven’t read it. To remedy that, just buy it (it’s only a tenner on amazon) and if you hate it you can always flog it on Ebay...

Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers! )
elisi: (Spike: Asylum by kathyh)
First of all, be warned that I love this book. Although I’ll try to be rational, informative and level-headed in my appraisal, I won’t claim to be objective. And it is only by using Super Sized willpower that I am not going to compare it to ‘The Long Way Home’ (s8, ep 1) - all I’ll say is that ‘Spike:Asylum’ (IMHO) is in most ways the stronger and better work, but that a lot of the reasons are quite simply inherent in the fact that they’re telling different sort of stories and an unfortunate choice of artist for s8.

Asylum review. No spoilers )
elisi: (Spike: Asylum by kathyh)
First of all, be warned that I love this book. Although I’ll try to be rational, informative and level-headed in my appraisal, I won’t claim to be objective. And it is only by using Super Sized willpower that I am not going to compare it to ‘The Long Way Home’ (s8, ep 1) - all I’ll say is that ‘Spike:Asylum’ (IMHO) is in most ways the stronger and better work, but that a lot of the reasons are quite simply inherent in the fact that they’re telling different sort of stories and an unfortunate choice of artist for s8.

Asylum review. No spoilers )
elisi: (Spike - fighting for his soul by awmp)
Look! A fandom post! I've been meaning to write this down for ages, and suddenly remembered today. And then thought - why not? It is after all why I'm here.

Also, if I remember correctly, I have [livejournal.com profile] stormwreath to thank for this flawless proof.


So, let's look at some dates. 'Seeing Red' aired on 7th of May 2002 and tried to make us think Spike blamed the chip for everything:

SPIKE: It's the chip! Steel and wires and silicon. It won't let me be a monster. And I can't be a man. I'm nothing.

'Villains' aired on the 14th of May and it was this episode that more than any other tried to make people believe that Spike wanted the chip out:

SPIKE: Thinks she's better than me. Ever since I got this bleeding chip in my head, things ain't been right. Everything's gone to hell.
DEMON: And you want to return to your former self.
SPIKE: Yeah.


So, did they change the outcome at the last minute? Or is it just that the execution of their mislead was rather clumsy? Well, lets look at the script for 'Grave', dated 27th March 2002 - that is MORE THAN A MONTH before SR aired:

SPIKE (cont'd)
So, give me what I want. Make me
what I was... so Buffy can get what
she deserves.

VOICE
Very well.

A GNARLY DEMON HAND reaches out to Spike's bare chest

VOICE (cont'd)
Your soul is returned to you.

As the hand touches him, Spike throws his head back and SCREAMS in agony...



QED (Unless of course Joss can travel in time...)
elisi: (Spike - fighting for his soul by awmp)
Look! A fandom post! I've been meaning to write this down for ages, and suddenly remembered today. And then thought - why not? It is after all why I'm here.

Also, if I remember correctly, I have [livejournal.com profile] stormwreath to thank for this flawless proof.


So, let's look at some dates. 'Seeing Red' aired on 7th of May 2002 and tried to make us think Spike blamed the chip for everything:

SPIKE: It's the chip! Steel and wires and silicon. It won't let me be a monster. And I can't be a man. I'm nothing.

'Villains' aired on the 14th of May and it was this episode that more than any other tried to make people believe that Spike wanted the chip out:

SPIKE: Thinks she's better than me. Ever since I got this bleeding chip in my head, things ain't been right. Everything's gone to hell.
DEMON: And you want to return to your former self.
SPIKE: Yeah.


So, did they change the outcome at the last minute? Or is it just that the execution of their mislead was rather clumsy? Well, lets look at the script for 'Grave', dated 27th March 2002 - that is MORE THAN A MONTH before SR aired:

SPIKE (cont'd)
So, give me what I want. Make me
what I was... so Buffy can get what
she deserves.

VOICE
Very well.

A GNARLY DEMON HAND reaches out to Spike's bare chest

VOICE (cont'd)
Your soul is returned to you.

As the hand touches him, Spike throws his head back and SCREAMS in agony...



QED (Unless of course Joss can travel in time...)

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