Don't you just hate it when you settle down to do your planned task for the day (working on the Greek's band page) only to be hampered by something as blindingly stupid as not being able to log on to ftp?
Typing passwords is hard when your fingers are cold.
So, I was going to say something about Stephanie Brown - but, most of my section of the internet has already said it
. Me, my gut reaction was along the lines of Lisa Fortuner's:
we are seeing a major mainstream superhero publisher alter the direction of their biggest franchise (not just with a couple memorials, but with the Gotham Underground and Robin storylines) in order to court a primarily female fanbase. // That is a huge accomplishment. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
, and sharpest_rose
Scolding the puppy when it does wrong only works if you give it treats when it's a good doggy.
-Hence me adding Robin to my checklist starting with 170 (I didn't read Gotham Underground
: where can I find a plot synopsis?)
But I want to talk today about Buffy
, and about Willow, and about something that's been bugging me since reading Anywhere but Here
, mostly about Willow's relationship with Kennedy and - well, Willow's utter selfish stupidity sometimes.
The pages dealing with the plot reveal I want to talk about in particular were posted
, along with wider context, but it's mostly these two
pages that struck me.
Willow says she blames herself (at least partly) for Tara's death because bringing Buffy back to life, she put Tara back in the vicinity of Buffy and in the line of fire - literally. And now - what, she's trying to prevent the same thing happening to Kennedy by keeping her away from Buffy.
What struck me - rather suddenly, in the shower, the way these things strike me, is Willow has already
killed Kennedy: and I don't been in the mystical mellow sense, except where I do mean that as well. But mostly, I mean: Kennedy is going to die young. And it's going to be because of Willow. See, Tara didn't die because she was near Buffy Summers in particular, she died because she was near the Slayer. Because Slayers attract violence and misery and death - for those around them but mostly for themselves. While Buffy had the decision to become a Slayer thrust upon her, Kennedy wanted to become a Slayer, but she only became one because of Willow, and her spell in Chosen
And now - what? She's changed her mind? She doesn't want Kennedy to be a Slayer after all? It's got to be tough, I know, watching the woman you love risking her life over and over, but Willow does it after all: she chooses to go and fight the good fight despite the high death rate, and somehow trying to keep her girlfriend - the Slayer
out of it all seems... well, it grates. She gave Kennedy the power to kick royal arse when it was useful to her, and to Buffy, but now she's trying to keep her out of the way, at home?
We don't know what Kennedy's doing off in Willow-and-Kennedy land, but I can say it's one of two things: being a Slayer or not being a Slayer. Either
she's going to die young, and it's all 'cause of Willow, or
she's - well, I watched Season 7, I'm one of the few people in the world who like
Kennedy, and I really can't see that girl happy being anything
other than a Slayer.
So what it boils down to for me: what does Willow think she's playing at? Does she really think that she can keep a Slayer alive by keeping her away from another Slayer, or is she just that meta
that she knows the name of the comic, and is actually trying to keep Kennedy off screen?
I wish I had a real point with this one, actually. I liked Willow, as a whole, during the series. I'm just not that impressed with how she's grown up.