History Analysis / BuffytheVampireSlayer

12th May '15 2:45:38 AM tsstevens
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Talley: 10
Punishment: "It's a total loss of control, and not in a nice, wholesome, my girlfriend has a pierced tongue kind of way." *cue Giles, Dawn and Buffy throwing up*

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* Talley: 10
* Punishment: "It's a total loss of control, and not in a nice, wholesome, my girlfriend has a pierced tongue kind of way." *cue Giles, Dawn and Buffy throwing up*



Talley: -2
Punishment: "It's bullshit!" Not losing Slayer powers, how in universe she's despised to the point Buffy would rather be on the streets than ask her help.

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* Talley: -2
* Punishment: "It's bullshit!" Not losing Slayer powers, how in universe she's despised to the point Buffy would rather be on the streets than ask her help.
12th May '15 2:40:47 AM tsstevens
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! Slayer self defense
I think those reading this page would have a fair idea about Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer. For a quick rundown, let's answer a couple of brief questions.

Who is Buffy Summers? Or rather, what is she? Well she said one time she wanted to be a firefighter, a job placement program thought she'd make a good cop, she was a BurgerFool, a school counsellor, worked in a cafe, and...what's the word? ''Slayer.''

Okay, what does a Slayer do? It's their duty to hunt down and kill vampires, demons and the forces of darkness. Must be why her school she'd be good in the police force, except she goes several steps further than any officer has the right to.

What does this have to do with self defense? We can pick up on a lot of ways what she does is good and what she does is bad.

Buffy herself has said how you should NeverBeAHero. In this case she is absolutely right, doing what she does and becoming a [[VigilanteMan vigilante wo\man]] can get you killed. However with that said you can avoid what would be a mistake emulating her while still seeing how watching what she does can still be applied should you face a similar sitch.

How can what she does is bad, you may ask? She's been doing this for fifteen years, three is more than most Slayers achieve. By going through her actions we can identify what's right and wrong, and how they might apply to us.

First thing's first, how does Buffy usually perform her duty? She goes about at night in the hopes that she will come across some nasty to slay. No no no no no, hell no. I don't care if Creator/SarahMichelleGellar has a black belt in taekwondo, if she did this [[ThisIsReality in the real world]] she'd end up killed. Now of course there are no vampires or demons in RealLife, there have been vampire attacks (no, really, check out True True Blood.) There's no Slayers either. Chalk one up to Little Miss ''Everybody sucks but me,'' and yes I hated hated hated her attitude in this scene as well. Of all her failings this might be Buffy's biggest one, yes if you are faced with a monster you can apply some of what she does to defend yourself, yes you can use it to defend others. The last thing you want to do is to go around looking for trouble. I'll go into detail about this below.

Now having explained why you do not go out on patrol, let's look at what happens when she does go out on patrol. One way we'll do is is to compare her to Riley when he went on patrol. In his case he acted much different, in that he came across as actively hunting for something. Now this would indicate to would be assailants that there was a predator in their area and he was best left alone. On the other hand one demon might feel threatened by such behavior and feel the need to challenge him. Buffy, and Faith, or Angel, Spike, in fact they can all be guilty of this. Except they are not as obvious about it.

On the other hand the Scoobies and Buffy act and dress normal, for all intents and purposes they do the job better because they do not present themselves as a threat, however they do present themselves as prey. In their case they are able to take care of themselves but the ideal is a happy medium: to present yourself in such a way that will make an assailant have second thoughts about attacking, yet not encourage trouble. There are many ways to achieve this: how you walk, how you dress, act, however this is not a guide to what you can do, it's examining what a Slayer does. One good example of someone who does it right is Angelus in the episode ''Phases.'' What's he doing? For all intents and purposes he's just out for a stroll, holding a flower. Several things work in his favor however. One is his size; there are people out there much bigger than him yet he is usually classed as TheBigGuy. This would scare off some would be attackers. Another is here he is very obviously the predator, the NiceGuy act is just that, an act, but let's say for a moment it wasn't. He gives no motive for someone to attack him, the fact he's an utterly loathsome villain notwithstanding.

Speaking of which, rep has a lot to do with how someone is perceived, and whether or not they might be attacked. In Angelus' case none of the good guys who know who he is would go after him without backup. The same can be said of those who know Buffy's history: not as a Slayer, but as someone who burnt down the school gym, said to have violent tendencies and have at least two murder charges brought against her. Notice also how she can quickly defuse a situation when she began becoming a BullyHunter and word got around she beat up others, at the price of many seeing her as a freak (an issue that would become resolved when Sunnydale finally waking up to what was happening.) While not ideal, at least her rep meant she wasn't subject to rape attempts after fighting off would be rapists and her arrest over Kendra's death.

More to come.

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! Slayer self defense
I think those reading this page would have a fair idea about Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer. For a quick rundown, let's answer a couple of brief questions.

Who is
Buffy Summers? Or rather, what is she? Well she said one time she wanted to be a firefighter, a job placement program thought she'd make a good cop, she was a BurgerFool, a school counsellor, worked in a cafe, and...what's the word? ''Slayer.''

Okay, what does a Slayer do? It's their duty to hunt down and kill vampires, demons and the forces of darkness. Must be why her school she'd be good in the police force, except she goes several steps further than any officer has the right to.

What does this have to do with self defense? We can pick up on a
sins: Kennedy
A
lot of ways what she does is good and what she does is bad.

Buffy herself has said how you should NeverBeAHero. In
fans hate this case character and consider her the biggest scrappy on television. But just how bad was she is absolutely right, doing what she does really? In the spirit of cinema sins and becoming a [[VigilanteMan vigilante wo\man]] can get you killed. However with that said you can avoid what would be a mistake emulating her while still seeing how watching what she does can still be applied should you face a similar sitch.

How can what she does is bad, you may ask? She's been doing this for fifteen years, three is more than most Slayers achieve. By
gaming sins, hopefully going through over some of her actions scenes we can identify what's find out.

* Bring On The Night
** Kennedy's first reaction of Buffy is clear disdain. 1 sin.
** Her challenging Buffy
right here, at the time, is a scared girl and wrong, and how they might apply to us.

First thing's first, how does Buffy usually perform her duty? She goes about at night in the hopes that she will come across some nasty to slay.
not a royal brat. No no no no no, hell no. I don't care if Creator/SarahMichelleGellar has a black belt in taekwondo, if she did sins.
** Her encounter with Willow...I'll give
this [[ThisIsReality a pass as well, there's plenty to criticize in later episodes.
** Kennedy demanding weapons, okay now she's getting bratty. 1 sin.
* Show Time
** Kennedy pestering Willow, then trying to get her to do magic while hitting on her. I'm sure it was meant to be sweet but given how much she bragged, 2 sins.
** At
the real world]] she'd end up killed. Now it's shown Kennedy approves of course there are no vampires or demons in RealLife, there have been vampire attacks (no, really, check out True True Blood.) There's no Slayers either. Chalk one up to Little Miss ''Everybody sucks but me,'' and yes I hated hated hated her attitude in this scene as well. Of all her failings this might be Buffy's approach and is going to take it to heart. We don't know at the time but this is going to go very very wrong. The fact she seems to be a military buff (see later) one would think the Buffster quoting Richard Marcinko and taking a Hell Week approach should have been a big clue. 1 sin.
* Potential
** -1 sin for snarking at Buffy's and Spike's training.
** And -1 sin for busting their relationship.
* The Killer In Me
** Kennedy faking sick so she can court Willow. Buffy did the same thing, so just 1 sin.
** Make that 2, with the ''mission'' to try and seduce her.
** Kennedy should really know better than to be this confrontational on homosexuality, 1 sin.
** I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt and guess she was joking about date rape, 3 sins. One for suggesting it, one for joking about it, and one for the possibility she may not have been.
** Okay, since Kennedy was the butt of Willow's joke about knocking girls off their feet, -1 sin.
** 1 sin for thinking turning into Warren is funny. She may not have had context but I'm counting it.
** 2 sins when she meets the Wiccan group, 1 for insulting them, 1 for her open distaste of magic when she wants Willow.
** Not Kennedy related, ha ha ha ha ha. I really liked Giles asking if he's evil for taking girls camping and not touching them. -1 sin for him.
** -1 sin for even Amy seeing that she is genuinely concerned.
** While we're at it -1 sin for Amy on predicting what happens in the comics.
** -2 for Ken on quickly picking up on Amy not being as she appears and then confronting her.
** When Willow storms in with the gun Kennedy does what anyone worth their salt would do and immediately goes caring and try to talk down the murder/suicide. -1 sin.
** Then she immediately drops it bragging how good she is. 1 sin.
* Get It Done
** Oh boy this is gonna suck. 1 sin right off the bat.
** Kennedy helping the other potentials train is okay. Her leading them thinking she's Sergeant Hartman, not so much. 1 sin for this and 1 sin for this being in promos, given hindsight.
** 1 sin for picking on Chloe. You know if she had done any research on Full Metal Jacket she would have seen that who she is emulating is a bully and a failure. So 2 more sins for this, and 1 more for not doing the research.
** Then she brags about picking on Chloe and being a bully and failure, how charmingly sickening, 3 sins. It's a shame Jack Bauer didn't follow Wayne Palmer from 24 just to kick the shit out of Kennedy for this, 1 sin.
** "Who the hell are you?" He's the President so shut your mouth before CTU nuke your ass. 1 sin for the comment and another for acting this way in Buffy's home.
** Enough with the drill sergeant nasty shit already. 2 sins, 1 for the attitude and 1 for not getting the hint the first time.
** Gotta admit, The First has a point. 1 sin.
** Even though it's partially Kennedy's fault she's right in the way Buffy is acting. F*ck it, 1 sin.
** 1 sin again for the magic bashing.
** I'll cut Kennedy a little slack about the pants joke, -1 sin.
* Storyteller
** Gotta admit Willow and Kennedy going full kissage was sweet. -1 sin.
* Dirty Girls
** Kennedy would fight Godzilla if need be? That would be enough for -1 sin.
* Empty Places
** Kennedy speaks without thinking. Must be Tuesday. She would get a sin for this, but then she immediately backpeddles and apologizes profusely. -1 sin.
** Cute to see Dawn and Kennedy together discussing the show's band. -1 sin.
** Kennedy confronts the cops first verbally then physically. Girl seems to have phases, thinking she's Buffy, or Bishop from Rainbow Six, or Price from Modern Warfare. Here she clearly thinks she's Trinity from The Matrix. -2 sins.
** Some fans hate that Kennedy stood up to Buffy. Here though it was warranted. -1 sin.
* Touched
** Kennedy apologizing when trying to take command may get her -1 sin. Wait...
** ...she blows it. Maybe she would like to see if she could do a better job. 1 sin.
** The seething hatred she looks at Faith with gets her another 1 sin.
** Kennedy going Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique on the Bringer? -1 sin. The fact it's a possessed Andrew? -1 sin again.
** The first aired lesbian sex scene was so explicit it was cut from some broadcasts, looking like something out of Sons of Anarchy, -1 sin for making history, and -1 sin for not being a pussy about it.
* End of Days
** At last Kennedy tries to lead. Emphasis on tries. -1 sin for the attempt.
** And she gets a comeuppance for trying to play where the grown up Slayers play. -1 sin.
* Chosen
** I'm 99% certain that Giles, Dawn and Buffy wanting to throw up at the tongue comment was a nod to the fans, -1 sin for each of them.
** Kennedy gets a twofer here, -1 sin for saying Buffy believes in her, and -1 sin for getting the reply Buffy's not that bright.
** We figured at this point Kennedy's a brat, but her heart's there and at least she admits it. -2 sins.
** Again some fans may think Kennedy getting Buffy the scythe makes her a Mary Sue. Me, I say -1 sin for the assist.

Talley: 10
Punishment: "It's a total loss of control, and not in a nice, wholesome, my girlfriend has a pierced tongue kind of way." *cue Giles, Dawn and Buffy throwing up*

Verdict: It got up to as high as 27 at one point, an impressive number in a short amount of screen time, but Kennedy did go some way to redeeming herself. We could leave it there, but the comics are canon even if some fans don't count them. I'll go over the ones I have.

* Time Of Your Life
** Kennedy getting jealous that Buffy may have gone gay and go for Willow, and threatening to kill her, was just off and out of left field. 2 sins.
** Okay, her saying Buffy's other look was fine when the demon appeared from the future was enough to get 1 sin taken off.
** What's with the vamp face after sleeping with Willow. No sins, but what is up with that?
** The end. Very inappropriate comment at the worst of times. 2 sins.
* Anywhere But Here
** Buffy likes Kennedy? Was that when she was Faith without any of the warmth and trying to replace her, or when she was being a horrid person? No sins added or detracted, thought it was worth mentioning.
** This line was added to the motion comics and it really does bear repeating, when Kennedy guesses Willow is upset over Tara's death she says, "You know when I said I was open to a threesome I had something more fun in mind." '''''WHAAAAAAT THEEEEEE F***********CK?!?!?!?!?!?!''''' 10 sins. Yes I counted them. 1 for speaking ill of the dead, 1 for doing so of the beloved Tara, 1 because it was to Willow, 1 because Willow is clearly upset, 1 for such a horrid comment, 1 for being the absolute worst time to say it, 1 for such a take that comment at Tara, 1 for the film's ad lib, 1 for ignoring earlier story, and 1 because Kennedy comes across as a total bitch.
* Swell
** I have to go with Satsu's comment. Kennedy!? Since when did she become a cool gun toting commando? -1 sin.
** Okay, Satsu being bratty doesn't entitle Kennedy to be as well. 1 sin.
** This whole thing with her being upset about turning straight people gay really needs to stop. 1 sin.
** Kicking Satsu so hard she throws up. Gross, but it gets the demon kitty out of her, so -1 sin.
** Kennedy's a big fan of the Arctic Flare mission in Rogue Spear ain't she? -1 sin.
** I hope Kennedy gives Satsu a lot more than that for a frakking sub. -1 sin.

* Retreat
** Losing her powers is bullshit? I...guess that's what she'd say. No sins.

* Last Gleaming
** Hope fans liked the nod to their hatred of Kennedy when Willow dumps her. -1 sin.
** In retrospect, great thing she did. As she says herself she gets a lot better from here. -1 sin.

* Guarded
** Kennedy's kind enough to give Buffy a high paying job. -1 sin.
** For that matter, giving Slayers work as bodyguards is awesome. The fact if she didn't they may be out on the street or living in abandoned buildings addicted to drugs or turning tricks to get by makes it doubly awesome. -2 sins.
** Remember when Buffy was in charge and Kennedy was the bratty trainee? Days are long gone now. -1 sin.
** I have no quarrel with Kennedy trying to speak some hard truths to Buffy here. At least she goes about it in a more mature way. No sins.
** Until she starts acting bratty. 1 sin.
** Koh looks cute. Not for a demon, for a guy. Just what are Kennedy's tastes these days? Commander Shepard? No sins.
** Willow dumping her was the best thing that could have happened, and it shows. And Kennedy still would like to help her if she can. -2 sins.
** Bop! Kennedy could have lost another sin for saying about thinking about the little guy, but then ruins it by bringing up Giles. I'd add a sin but Buffy beats me to the punch.
** Guess guns are good after all if you want to screw over Wolfram & Hart. -1 sin.
** And Buffy gets to keep her job. Too bad she rejects it. -1 sin.
* The Core
** So just what was Kennedy doing since getting Buffy and co to where they needed? Looking for another girl? That's exactly what she did and is trying to recruit Faith. Cool, but where was she when she could have been needed? Gun wielding Slayer against gun wielding Slayer, someone dropped the ball. 1 sin.
* New Rules
** Hey check it out it's Call of Duty: Slayers. Awesome. Wait, that's Kennedy? More awesome. And a bit of meta humor there, with both being The Scrappy. -3 sins.
** She still has a bit of brat in her, but avoids getting a sin for immediately apologizing for it.
* Where The River Meets The Sea
** Damn Kennedy looks awesome decked out like SEAL Team Six's
biggest one, yes if you are faced with fan. And she gets Faith a monster you can apply job as well, which was nice of her. -2 sins.
** Kennedy should have known Faith wouldn't have RTFM. On the one hand she's more mature, and when she lets her emotions overtake common sense it's altruistic these days. But it's Faith, 1 sin.
** Way to go Kennedy, she's less upset at losing a loser's contract and more upset Faith thinks she supports pedophilia. Great she has her priorities in order. -1 sin.
** And she pushes the contract on Faith to find Riley. That's kind of her. It gets her helping Buffy through helping her ex. It gives Faith a chance at redemption for what she did. And it brings Sam in, who is just awe inspiring. And Faith gets to rock a flamethrower in a way that would make Garfield Lenz perform a Heel Face Turn. -5 sins.

Talley: -2
Punishment: "It's bullshit!" Not losing Slayer powers, how in universe she's despised to the point Buffy would rather be on the streets than ask her help.

Final words: I may be a little biased but I tried to give most of her scenes a fair call, and was surprised myself that Kennedy is perhaps not as bad as
some say. Some of what she does wrong are very big (Get It Done and Anywhere But Here being the low points) but she goes a way to defend yourself, yes you can use it to defend others. The last thing you want to do is to go around looking for trouble. redeem herself.

Questions? Comments? If there's support
I'll go into detail about this below.

Now having explained why you
do not go out on patrol, let's look at what happens when she does go out on patrol. One way we'll do is is to compare her to Riley when he went on patrol. In his case he acted much different, in that he came across as actively hunting for something. Now this would indicate to would be assailants that there was a predator in their area and he was best left alone. On the other hand one demon might feel threatened by such behavior and feel the need to challenge him. Buffy, and Faith, or Angel, Spike, in fact they can all be guilty of this. Except they are not as obvious about it.

On the other hand the Scoobies and Buffy act and dress normal, for all intents and purposes they do the job better because they do not present themselves as a threat, however they do present themselves as prey. In their case they are able to take care of themselves but the ideal is a happy medium: to present yourself in such a way that will make an assailant have second thoughts about attacking, yet not encourage trouble. There are many ways to achieve this: how you walk, how you dress, act, however this is not a guide to what you can do, it's examining what a Slayer does. One good example of someone who does it right is Angelus in the episode ''Phases.'' What's he doing? For all intents and purposes he's just out for a stroll, holding a flower. Several things work in his favor however. One is his size; there are people out there much bigger than him yet he is usually classed as TheBigGuy. This would scare off some would be attackers. Another is here he is very obviously the predator, the NiceGuy act is just that, an act, but let's say for a moment it wasn't. He gives no motive for someone to attack him, the fact he's an utterly loathsome villain notwithstanding.

Speaking of which, rep has a lot to do with how someone is perceived, and whether or not they might be attacked. In Angelus' case none of the good guys who know who he is would go after him without backup. The same can be said of those who know Buffy's history: not as a Slayer, but as someone who burnt down the school gym, said to have violent tendencies and have at least two murder charges brought against her. Notice also how she can quickly defuse a situation when she began becoming a BullyHunter and word got around she beat up others, at the price of many seeing her as a freak (an issue that would become resolved when Sunnydale finally waking up to what was happening.) While not ideal, at least her rep meant she wasn't subject to rape attempts after fighting off would be rapists and her arrest over Kendra's death.

More to come.
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5th Apr '15 8:04:22 AM ACW
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On the other hand the Scoobies and Buffy act and dress normal, for all intents and purposes they do the job better because they do not present themselves as a threat, however they do present themselves as prey. In their case they are able to take care of themselves but the ideal is a happy medium: to present yourself in such a way that will make an assailant have second thoughts about attacking, yet not encourage trouble. There are many ways to achieve this: how you walk, how you dress, act, however this is not a guide to what you can do, it's examining what a Slayer does. One good example of someone who does it right is Angelus in the episode ''Phases.'' What's he doing? For all intents and purposes he's just out for a stroll, holding a flower. Several things work in his favor however. One is his size; there are people out there much bigger than him yet he is usually classed as TheBigGuy. This would scare off some would be attackers. Another is here he is very obviously the predator, the NiceGuy act is just that, an act, but let's say for a moment it wasn't. He gives no motive for someone to attack him, the fact he's a CompleteMonster notwithstanding.

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On the other hand the Scoobies and Buffy act and dress normal, for all intents and purposes they do the job better because they do not present themselves as a threat, however they do present themselves as prey. In their case they are able to take care of themselves but the ideal is a happy medium: to present yourself in such a way that will make an assailant have second thoughts about attacking, yet not encourage trouble. There are many ways to achieve this: how you walk, how you dress, act, however this is not a guide to what you can do, it's examining what a Slayer does. One good example of someone who does it right is Angelus in the episode ''Phases.'' What's he doing? For all intents and purposes he's just out for a stroll, holding a flower. Several things work in his favor however. One is his size; there are people out there much bigger than him yet he is usually classed as TheBigGuy. This would scare off some would be attackers. Another is here he is very obviously the predator, the NiceGuy act is just that, an act, but let's say for a moment it wasn't. He gives no motive for someone to attack him, the fact he's a CompleteMonster an utterly loathsome villain notwithstanding.
28th Sep '13 10:30:47 AM Cyclone
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++Vampire : We couldn't get rid of vampires, or even the evil in general, that bug people throughout the series. No matter how many vamps bit the dust, no matter how many {{BigBad}}s were taught a lesson, there was always another around the corner.

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++Vampire : We couldn't get rid of vampires, or even the evil in general, that bug people throughout the series. No matter how many vamps bit the dust, no matter how many {{BigBad}}s {{Big Bad}}s were taught a lesson, there was always another around the corner.
28th Sep '13 10:29:37 AM Cyclone
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Well not quite, but for a show that is so full of tropes, it is quite tempting to just try and define it with [[LaconicWiki a single, short, unusually captialised phrase]]; so we might as well use the one it already provided for us.

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Well not quite, but for a show that is so full of tropes, it is quite tempting to just try and define it with [[LaconicWiki a single, short, unusually captialised capitalised phrase]]; so we might as well use the one it already provided for us.



Well, see above but quote with us now "In every generation there is a ''ChosenOne''. ''[[TheOnlyOne She alone]]'' will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is ''the Slayer''." (emphasis added) The starting voice over informed us that she was The One and we saw in the starting season the tropes that accompany TheChosenOne [[AC: in high school]]: IJustWantToBeNormal, ItSuckToBeTheChosenOne, TheOnlyOne, RefusalOfTheCall. Then in season 2, we learn ThereIsAnother. Then after that season she runs away but TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive and so on. Eventually in the end there is an attempt to ScrewDestiny and we come up with TheChosenMany.

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Well, see above but quote with us now "In every generation there is a ''ChosenOne''. ''[[TheOnlyOne She alone]]'' will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is ''the Slayer''." (emphasis added) The starting voice over informed us that she was The One and we saw in the starting season the tropes that accompany TheChosenOne [[AC: in high school]]: IJustWantToBeNormal, ItSuckToBeTheChosenOne, ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne, TheOnlyOne, RefusalOfTheCall. Then in season 2, we learn ThereIsAnother. Then after that season she runs away but TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive and so on. Eventually in the end there is an attempt to ScrewDestiny and we come up with TheChosenMany.
23rd Jun '13 10:22:44 AM MrPodPerson
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! Season 6 was a massive Deconstruction of the series
The focus of the season was the main character's journey to adulthood. There was no long story arc or ancient evil to face. The bad guys are a bunch of nerds who never outgrew their childhood hobbies, symbolizing the fans who only liked the show's sci-fi and supernatural aspects. The real villain is not defeated by the strongest wizard or the mightiest warrior but by the comforting words of a friend. The season ended with Buffy affirming that she wants to live and Spike gets his soul back because the show is not about death or killing but the protection and sanctity of human life and that the world is a beautiful place to be despite all the hardships and tragedy we all face. That's why the MusicalEpisode was appropriate to Season 6 rather than any other.

! Ultimate invalidation of premise

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! Season 6 was a massive Deconstruction of the series
The focus of the season was the main character's journey to adulthood. There was no long story arc or ancient evil to face. The bad guys are a bunch of nerds who never outgrew their childhood hobbies, symbolizing the fans who only liked the show's sci-fi and supernatural aspects. The real villain is not defeated by the strongest wizard or the mightiest warrior but by the comforting words of a friend. The season ended with Buffy affirming that she wants to live and Spike gets his soul back because the show is not about death or killing but the protection and sanctity of human life and that the world is a beautiful place to be despite all the hardships and tragedy we all face. That's why the MusicalEpisode was appropriate to Season 6 rather than any other.

! Ultimate
ultimate invalidation of premise(and that's a good thing)




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! Season 6 was a massive Deconstruction of the series
The focus of the season was the main character's journey to adulthood. There was no long story arc or ancient evil to face. The bad guys are a bunch of nerds who never outgrew their childhood hobbies, symbolizing the fans who only liked the show's sci-fi and supernatural aspects. The real villain is not defeated by the strongest wizard or the mightiest warrior but by the comforting words of a friend. The season ended with Buffy affirming that she wants to live and Spike gets his soul back because the show is not about death or killing but the protection and sanctity of human life and that the world is a beautiful place to be despite all the hardships and tragedy we all face. That's why the MusicalEpisode was appropriate to Season 6 rather than any other.
23rd Jun '13 10:18:40 AM MrPodPerson
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We can consider the ending, then, as the ultimate invalidation of the show's ultimate description. Surprisingly, this can be considered the perfect ending for the show, as the show was constantly trying to invalidate its own title:

++Buffy : We couldn't get rid of Buffy. We killed her twice and her friends kept bringing her back.

++Vampire : We couldn't get rid of vampires, or even the evil in general, that bug people throughout the series. No matter how many vamps bit the dust, no matter how many {{BigBad}}s were taught a lesson, there was always another around the corner.

++Slayer : Well, we can't get rid of the evils of the world so we need a slayer. The show's mythos takes care of that, insuring that any time a slayer dies, a new one pops up in its place. The slayer can try giving up, but, no matter what, after some {{Wangst}} and some EpiphanyTherapy, she'll be back.

So how is the title ultimately invalidated? We left one word out:

++The: at the very end of the show, we the lose the definite article. Buffy releases the magics that limits the number of slayers. She is thus no longer ''The'' Slayer, but one of many. Once that happens, all the themes above come to a head. Buffy now ''could'' die and we wouldn't notice. The Vampires can be Slayed by someone else. Buffy may still be called "The Vampire Slayer," but it's clear that she is no longer absolutely necessary.


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! Ultimate invalidation of premise
We can consider the ending, then, as the ultimate invalidation of the show's ultimate description. Surprisingly, this can be considered the perfect ending for the show, as the show was constantly trying to invalidate its own title:

++Buffy : We couldn't get rid of Buffy. We killed her twice and her friends kept bringing her back.

++Vampire : We couldn't get rid of vampires, or even the evil in general, that bug people throughout the series. No matter how many vamps bit the dust, no matter how many {{BigBad}}s were taught a lesson, there was always another around the corner.

++Slayer : Well, we can't get rid of the evils of the world so we need a slayer. The show's mythos takes care of that, insuring that any time a slayer dies, a new one pops up in its place. The slayer can try giving up, but, no matter what, after some {{Wangst}} and some EpiphanyTherapy, she'll be back.

So how is the title ultimately invalidated? We left one word out:

++The: at the very end of the show, we the lose the definite article. Buffy releases the magics that limits the number of slayers. She is thus no longer ''The'' Slayer, but one of many. Once that happens, all the themes above come to a head. Buffy now ''could'' die and we wouldn't notice. The Vampires can be Slayed by someone else. Buffy may still be called "The Vampire Slayer," but it's clear that she is no longer absolutely necessary.

23rd Jun '13 10:16:21 AM MrPodPerson
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Well not quite, but for a show that is so full of tropes, it is quite tempting to just try and define it with a single short unusually captialised phrase so we might as well use the one it already provided for us.

One can consider the ending then as the invalidation of the title. One could argue that the show got the perfect ending for itself length since we managed to explore trying to invalid the title in several ways.

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Well not quite, but for a show that is so full of tropes, it is quite tempting to just try and define it with [[LaconicWiki a single short single, short, unusually captialised phrase phrase]]; so we might as well use the one it already provided for us.

One We can consider the ending then ending, then, as the ultimate invalidation of the title. One could argue that the show got show's ultimate description. Surprisingly, this can be considered the perfect ending for itself length since we managed to explore the show, as the show was constantly trying to invalid the title in several ways.
invalidate its own title:



++Vampire : We couldn't get rid of vampires or the evil in general that bug people. No matter how many vamps bit the dust, no matter how many {{BigBad}}s were taught a lesson, there was always another around the corner.

++Slayer : Well, we can't get rid of the evils of the world so we need a slayer. If you kill her, aside from coming back anyway, another one pops up in her place. She can try giving up but after some {{Wangst}} and some EpiphanyTherapy she'll be back.

So how is the title invalidated...

++The: at the very end, the end of the show was the loss of the definite article. Buffy releases the magics that limits the number of slayer to one and the final shot is her now considering her new place in the world. Once that happens all the themes come to a head. Buffy ''could'' die and we wouldn't notice. The Vampires can be Slayed by someone else. This change is debatable because it is frequently said in the show and later in its comic spin off that despite there being other vampire slayers Buffy is THE vampire slayer.

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++Vampire : We couldn't get rid of vampires vampires, or even the evil in general general, that bug people.people throughout the series. No matter how many vamps bit the dust, no matter how many {{BigBad}}s were taught a lesson, there was always another around the corner.

++Slayer : Well, we can't get rid of the evils of the world so we need a slayer. If you kill her, aside from coming back anyway, another The show's mythos takes care of that, insuring that any time a slayer dies, a new one pops up in her its place. She The slayer can try giving up but up, but, no matter what, after some {{Wangst}} and some EpiphanyTherapy EpiphanyTherapy, she'll be back.

So how is the title invalidated...

ultimately invalidated? We left one word out:

++The: at the very end, the end of the show was show, we the loss of lose the definite article. Buffy releases the magics that limits the number of slayer to slayers. She is thus no longer ''The'' Slayer, but one and the final shot is her now considering her new place in the world. of many. Once that happens happens, all the themes above come to a head. Buffy now ''could'' die and we wouldn't notice. The Vampires can be Slayed by someone else. This change is debatable because it is frequently said in the show and later in its comic spin off that despite there being other vampire slayers Buffy may still be called "The Vampire Slayer," but it's clear that she is THE vampire slayer.
no longer absolutely necessary.
14th Apr '13 9:00:18 AM Kif
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The focus of the season was the main character's journey to adulthood. There was no long story arc or ancient evil to face. The bad guys are a bunch of nerds who never outgrew their childhood hobbies, symbolizing the fans who only liked the show's sci-fi and supernatural aspects. The real villain is not defeated by the strongest wizard or the mightiest warrior but by the comforting words of a friend. The season ended with Buffy affirming that she wants to live and Spike gets his soul back because the show is not about death or killing but the protection and sanctity of human life and that the world is a beautiful place to be despite all the hardships and tragedy we all face.

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The focus of the season was the main character's journey to adulthood. There was no long story arc or ancient evil to face. The bad guys are a bunch of nerds who never outgrew their childhood hobbies, symbolizing the fans who only liked the show's sci-fi and supernatural aspects. The real villain is not defeated by the strongest wizard or the mightiest warrior but by the comforting words of a friend. The season ended with Buffy affirming that she wants to live and Spike gets his soul back because the show is not about death or killing but the protection and sanctity of human life and that the world is a beautiful place to be despite all the hardships and tragedy we all face. \n That's why the MusicalEpisode was appropriate to Season 6 rather than any other.
26th Feb '13 5:28:26 PM Ghost101
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First thing's first, how does Buffy usually perform her duty? She goes about at night in the hopes that she will come across some nasty to slay. No no no no no, hell no. I don't care if SarahMichelleGellar has a black belt in taekwondo, if she did this [[ThisIsReality in the real world]] she'd end up killed. Now of course there are no vampires or demons in RealLife, there have been vampire attacks (no, really, check out True True Blood.) There's no Slayers either. Chalk one up to Little Miss ''Everybody sucks but me,'' and yes I hated hated hated her attitude in this scene as well. Of all her failings this might be Buffy's biggest one, yes if you are faced with a monster you can apply some of what she does to defend yourself, yes you can use it to defend others. The last thing you want to do is to go around looking for trouble. I'll go into detail about this below.

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First thing's first, how does Buffy usually perform her duty? She goes about at night in the hopes that she will come across some nasty to slay. No no no no no, hell no. I don't care if SarahMichelleGellar Creator/SarahMichelleGellar has a black belt in taekwondo, if she did this [[ThisIsReality in the real world]] she'd end up killed. Now of course there are no vampires or demons in RealLife, there have been vampire attacks (no, really, check out True True Blood.) There's no Slayers either. Chalk one up to Little Miss ''Everybody sucks but me,'' and yes I hated hated hated her attitude in this scene as well. Of all her failings this might be Buffy's biggest one, yes if you are faced with a monster you can apply some of what she does to defend yourself, yes you can use it to defend others. The last thing you want to do is to go around looking for trouble. I'll go into detail about this below.
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