Joss Whedon’s classic teen genre mash-up unexpectedly became one of the most influential dramas ever made.
Watched Surprise and Innocence tonight. Brutal. Amazing.
If it weren’t for Willow & Oz being soooo so adorable, and Drusilla and Spike being so funny and quirky, and that bit at the end with Giles being kind and fatherly, these two probably wouldn’t be survivable.
“Yes. ALL SIGNS POINT TO OLICITY being ENDGAME. This has nothing to do with comics anymore tbh. THE PRODUCERS/ ACTORS have stated this many times that they weren’t going to follow the comics 100%. To me, it has everything to do with Felicity being the fan favorite… and what happens to the fan favorite in the season finale??
The Buffy writers loved Spike, but they never saw him as Buffy material, and they didn’t understand how the fandom could actually, truly ship evil and good, even if Spike was more or less p-whipped into goodness for love’s sake.
Don’t know about AoS, but Spike and Felicity do not serve the same function, have totally different dynamics within their Scooby gangs, and view good vs. evil differently. Unlike Oliver and Felicity, Buffy and Spike do not share the same vision or goals.
I LOVED Spike as a character. He was the BEST thing about the last few seasons of Buffy. But his love for Buffy emasculated him and it was pretty clear they were doomed from at least Fool for Love. Plus, Whedon never lets anyone be truly happy because reasons.
This is not the dynamic of a couple that is ever going to be happy together.
Usually when I come across criticism of Moffat’s female characters, it sounds as nonsensical or misguided to me as the following criticisms probably would to most people:
“Hermione Granger is such a Mary Sue. She’s so perfect and way too smart; obviously a self-insert reflecting Rowling’s massive ego.”
“Princess Leia in A New Hope is completely unrelatable. She’s royalty, not just a regular girl, and we learn almost nothing about her family.”
“Buffy Sommers has no personality. Sarah Michelle Gellar was obviously hired only for her pretty face.”
“I hate how Kat Everdeen treats Gale and Peeta; she’s such a horrible bitch!”
“Zoe Washburne is such a terrible character; her entire life revolves around her husband.”
We wouldn’t reduce these female characters down to a single trait, or to a single relationship, or to one or two scenes, or to their family background, or to their physical appearance, etc., so some of us should really think about not doing this anymore to Moffat’s female characters.