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** Here's how he could do it without it being a GambitRoulette: [[spoiler:Giles being the smart guy that he is, he has a lot of connections that just seem to keep popping up that are well outside of what the Watcher's Council apparently has access to. He probably starting keeping his ear to the ground for anything the Mayor might be planning regarding Angel after Angel came back, since he knows when Angel is Angelus that's really bad news for everyone. As soon as he heard the Mayor was looking to flip Angel or something similar he called in the favor of the soul-stealer to offer its services to the Mayor.]] Which also makes the whole episode one of Giles' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]].

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** Here's how he could do it without it being a GambitRoulette: [[spoiler:Giles being the smart guy that he is, he has a lot of connections that just seem to keep popping up that are well outside of what the Watcher's Council apparently has access to. He probably starting keeping his ear to the ground for anything the Mayor might be planning regarding Angel after Angel came back, since he knows when Angel is Angelus that's really bad news for everyone. As soon as he heard the Mayor was looking to flip Angel or something similar he called in the favor of the soul-stealer to offer its services to the Mayor.]] Which also makes the whole episode one of Giles' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]].


* Angel's soul is not his personality, it's his conscience. Angelus is present all the time, lurking just beneath the surface, and the only thing stopping Angel from succumbing is the presence of his soul, which knows right from wrong and makes him capable of remorse. Consider the human beings in the Buffyverse who do horrible things, all while having souls; Angel doesn't do good because he's a good fairy inhabiting the body of a beast, he does good because his Superego got forcibly reinstalled after over a century of murder and sadism, and with it came a guilt trip that's going to last for the rest of his life, however long that may be. The creature that tortured Giles in his basement, thus, didn't die when Willow did her hospital bed mojo. Giles finds it pretty unsettling and doesn't want it in his house.

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* Angel's soul is not his personality, it's his conscience. Angelus is present all the time, lurking just beneath the surface, and the only thing stopping Angel from succumbing is the presence of his soul, which knows right from wrong and makes him capable of remorse. Consider the human beings in the Buffyverse who do horrible things, all while having souls; Angel doesn't do good because he's a good fairy an... well, angel inhabiting the body of a beast, he does good because his Superego conscience got forcibly reinstalled after over a century of murder and sadism, and with it came a guilt trip that's going to last for the rest of his life, however long that may be. The creature that tortured Giles in his basement, thus, didn't die when Willow did her hospital bed mojo. Giles finds it pretty unsettling and doesn't want it in his house.



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* The Master was also "stuck" in the Hellmouth after trying to open it a long time ago, and the circumstances weren't right for an escape attempt until Buffy arrived (or more accurately, Buffy arrived when the circumstances were right for an escape attempt). Giles says as much in the first episode, "There's a reason why you're here, and a reason why it's ''now''." It seems likely that the Master's botched attempt to open the Hellmouth made any further attempts impossible until he was removed, so the random villains who show up wanting to open the Hellmouth and plunge the world into chaos couldn't accomplish anything while the Master was "stuck in the lock." The Master rising at the end of season 1 sprung the key from the lock, and now anyone can come along to try and pick the lock.

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* There's also some debate about whether Angel ''really'' has his soul back or not. Sure, we the audience know the spell worked, we the audience know Buffy is correct that it's Angel now and not Angelus, but there's precious little unbiased evidence. Angel was completely feral upon his return, and it took him quite some time to really come back to himself. Buffy's judgement as regards Angel is not good, her ''saying'' it's okay and he has his soul back doesn't make it so. There's also the fact that Buffy being with Angel caused him to lose his soul once before, and everyone can see that there's serious danger in these two being in the same zip code. Plus, as mentioned, everyone has suffered rather personally from Angelus, and while they may intellectually understand that Angel with a soul does not equal Angelus, you're still looking into the same face that murdered Jenny Calendar, among many other horrible things. Love isn't brains, children, it's blood, and the same goes for hate. It isn't until Angel puts his life on the line to help destroy the Glove of Whatever-gon that the other Scoobies really believe he's good again, and even in the face of that proof, the emotional wounds take a bit longer to scab over. It would have been more unrealistic for Angel to be EasilyForgiven.

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* Also, remember that Spike's a [[HeroKiller Slayer killer]]. He ''likes'' hunting them down and killing them, and it's one of the reasons he came to Sunnydale in the first place (the other being to heal Drusilla). However, Buffy's kicked his ass on numerous occasions, and he even relates to Harmony in Season 4 that he ''hates'' having come back to Sunnydale precisely because he's been so thoroughly pwned there. By the end of Season 2, Spike has realized that he's bitten off ''way'' more than he can chew with this particular Slayer, and Buffy understands that, even if Spike does return to Sunnydale (which he promised not to do), he has little interest in picking a fight he can't win with the one Slayer he can't kill. (At least, not until he gets the Gem of Amara.)

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* Her fall probably was truly "inevitable." Everyone bears some responsibility. By the time Faith came to the Scoobies, she was too damaged to become a healthy human being, let alone a balanced and stable Slayer. She wanted connection and love and companionship, yet at the same time was terrified of it, and couldn't see someone wanting to be nice to her as anything but a smoke screen for them wanting something from her. On the other hand, the Scoobies were all well-adjusted enough not to see how damaged Faith really was, and had no clue how to start helping her if they had. Faith waffles between wanting to be everyone's friend and hang with them and get to know them and going off by herself for, its implied, weeks at a time. And she's probably acting that way because she's getting the kind of connection and acceptance she craves, it's scaring the tight leather pants off her, so she distances herself as a learned survival mechanism. Faith didn't know how to reach out to the others and explain her issues, she was far to scared to admit she needed help with them, and that pain and fear twisted into anger and hate, at first undirected and then squarely focused on Buffy and company. Buffy, Giles, and everyone else didn't see how broken Faith was until it was too late, and even if they had seen it and tried to approach her about helping her heal, she would have gotten scared at the concept of being vulnerable with another human being and rabbited. All this is summed up perfectly in Faith and Xander's sex scene. They have some good sex, we see them cuddling and smiling at each other, than SmashCut to Faith kicking Xander out while he's barely got his clothes back in order. Faith wanted that connection, that love, got it for a second, it terrified her, so she kicked its ass out the door rather than deal with the big, complex, scary emotions she was starting to feel.

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* Well, it was established in "Welcome to the Hellmouth" that the Master had tried to open the Hellmouth, and got stuck, "like a cork in a bottle." His escaping that interdimensional bottleneck opens the Hellmouth. In the Wishverse, he escaped, so the Hellmouth is open. Demons aren't pouring out of it and the Earth isn't Hell, though, for some reason. The most likely reason, unfortunately, is simply budget. Having lots of rubber suits and CGI demons wandering Sunnydale just wasn't feasible for a one-off episode, so they went with the cheaper threat of "town run by vampires." To explain this, perhaps the Master never really intended to completely uncork the Hellmouth and let hordes of demons out, but rather to open it "enough" that more evil magic energy would be available, and this would make vampires stronger and better able to rule the world, instead of destroying it. A few demons likely escaped with the Master, but weren't seen in the episode because they went off to do their own thing. Basically, the Master's endgame wasn't to suck the Earth into Hell, or make Hell on Earth, but just to make Earth a paradise for vampires, and he seems to have succeeded in that goal admirably. There's definitely a lot going on offscreen that we don't get to see, and likely more and more powerful demons are wandering around, killing and getting killed, but it's likely there's also some EnemyCivilWar happening between vampires and everything else, hence why the world isn't a complete monster dystopia. As for the original question, why Darla isn't there: again, it likely had to do with her actress being unavailable at the time, the writers feeling that she was sufficiently unknown to have the proper emotional punch for the audience, or a combination of both. In-universe, a likely explanation is that, with the Hellmouth open(ish) and Sunnydale pretty firmly under the Master's control, he sent Darla and Luke away to begin securing power bases elsewhere, while promoting Willow and Xander to the now-vacant spot of CoDragons.

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** Another part that doesn't make alot of sense is that in the wishverse, where was the mayor? Sunnydale was explicity built over the hellmouth to feed evil, and with that deal come the mayors ascension, with the population of sunnydale down to a fraction, and the masqurade well and truly broken, the Mayors plan to eat everyone and become a demon wouldn't work as well and I'm pretty sure the Master wouldn't want a pure demon ruling the town instead of him.

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** As of the season 12 comics [[spoiler: The Mayor survived his explosive end, it just took a helluva long time to regen]] the body found in the volcano was probably discarded by the demon as lava flows tend to make the concept of regeneration abit painful and hard to move.


* I had never really considered this before, but once I read it, it's clear that Giles really could have done more. Several posts have implied or stated that Giles didn't know Faith for long enough to bond or influence her. But the fact is, Dick the Mayor knew her for far less time and came to think of her as a daughter and she genuinely cared about him too. (He also saw her as a instrument, but he was obviously very distraught when Buffy put Faith in a coma; his connection to Faith is how Buffy taunted [[{{IThoughtItMeant}} Demon!Dick]] to get him to follow her to the explosive-filled library.) Imagine for a second, what if Giles had been as kind and supportive towards Faith as the Mayor was? (Assuming Buffy didn't get all crazy possessive, that is.) As far as Faith interpreting a guy's kindness as ''quid pro quo'' for sexytimes, again, look at the Mayor. She did think that way at first, but the Mayor gently but firmly rebuffed her advances and told her that her happiness was rewarding enough. And Faith accepted it. She was a little stunned, maybe, that there was a guy being decent to her without trying to get in her pants, but she really, really wanted a family, and when the Mayor offered to be her father figure, she went for it. Makes Faith a much more tragic character to realize that she was really just starved for genuine affection, and if Giles/the Scoobies had tried to make her feel like part of the group, she may have never gone so dark. She wasn't evil; the Mayor was just much nicer to her than anyone else (besides maybe Joyce, but Buffy is very selfish, possessive, and jealous). As for "Faith should have known better anyway," don't forget that however badass and full of swagger she may be, she's still a teenager lacking in real maturity. If Faith had felt like she could count on Giles's support, even if she had still killed the deputy mayor, she would probably have told the truth, gotten some therapy, and the Council would have smoothed things over with the law. Really, as someone who had himself gone through a dark, rebellious, dangerous phase, Giles should have been more attentive and '''Watchful''' with Faith.

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* I had never really considered this before, but once I read it, it's clear that Giles really could have done more. Several posts have implied or stated that Giles didn't know Faith for long enough to bond or influence her. But the fact is, Dick the Mayor knew her for far less time and came to think of her as a daughter and she genuinely cared about him too. (He also saw her as a instrument, but he was obviously very distraught when Buffy put Faith in a coma; his connection to Faith is how Buffy taunted [[{{IThoughtItMeant}} [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Demon!Dick]] to get him to follow her to the explosive-filled library.) Imagine for a second, what if Giles had been as kind and supportive towards Faith as the Mayor was? (Assuming Buffy didn't get all crazy possessive, that is.) As far as Faith interpreting a guy's kindness as ''quid pro quo'' for sexytimes, again, look at the Mayor. She did think that way at first, but the Mayor gently but firmly rebuffed her advances and told her that her happiness was rewarding enough. And Faith accepted it. She was a little stunned, maybe, that there was a guy being decent to her without trying to get in her pants, but she really, really wanted a family, and when the Mayor offered to be her father figure, she went for it. Makes Faith a much more tragic character to realize that she was really just starved for genuine affection, and if Giles/the Scoobies had tried to make her feel like part of the group, she may have never gone so dark. She wasn't evil; the Mayor was just much nicer to her than anyone else (besides maybe Joyce, but Buffy is very selfish, possessive, and jealous). As for "Faith should have known better anyway," don't forget that however badass and full of swagger she may be, she's still a teenager lacking in real maturity. If Faith had felt like she could count on Giles's support, even if she had still killed the deputy mayor, she would probably have told the truth, gotten some therapy, and the Council would have smoothed things over with the law. Really, as someone who had himself gone through a dark, rebellious, dangerous phase, Giles should have been more attentive and '''Watchful''' with Faith.

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** She knew people would react badly to it. That is not the same as knowing there's something wrong with it. If someone has an affair, they will likely try to hide it from their family. Clearly, in that case they know they've done something wrong. If someone enters into a perfectly healthy relationship with a very nice person but they know their family would disapprove (such as if there's a rivalry between their families or there's prejudice involved) they may still feel the need to hide it. In that case the relationship itself isn't wrong. So the fact that someone feels a need to hide something is not in itself proof that they believe what they're doing to be wrong.

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* ''Buffy'' feels a need for hiding that a) Angel is back in their dimension and b) she's dating him again. Would she do that if she felt there's nothing wrong with that?

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***Again, it is probably a lost in translation issue. In Spanish the word "violar" can only mean to penetrate, and is generally translated as "rape", if rape in English means any form of unwanted sexual contact then probably the translation should be another like "abuso" or "estupro".

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**** It's a sadly common misconception that men cannot be raped by a woman because that rape necessarily involves forced penetration (or because men are 'always up for sex'/generally physically stronger etc etc). Rape is sex where one party has forced, or coerced their partner, or has had sex with them despite their inability at the time to meaningfully consent (too young, too drunk etc). So any gender can rape any other. A man needs an erection for heterosexual sex, but imagining that a man getting an erection means he wants and consents to sex is like saying a woman getting wet during forced sex means she really wants it. These are physical responses that enable sex to happen, not consent from the human owner of that body. So yeah, the scene is ambiguous but try playing it in your head with Faith as a man and Xander a woman and if it feels rapey that way round, it's still rapey played out the original way!

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*** Again, people are just fickle about these things. It's the same reason we care more about news reports of disaster in our own country fellow than those happening far away. Objectively we know they're just as bad, and objectively the gang would probably admit that Anya has done just as much wrong as Angel, but Anya never did anything awful to them personally, or that they even saw (that they know of - obviously their Wishverse counterparts might see things differently). It's also a case of growth, probably. By the time Anya began to integrate into the group, the conflict with Angel was over and perhaps everyone had learned a few things from it. You'd hope that on a good show, conflict is there for characters to learn from, and that they're not doomed to endlessly play out the same mistakes over and over. Angel was vindicated in the fullness of time, so perhaps Xander was ready to give the next demon-with-a-trail-of-blood-behind-them but-a-willingness-to-change more of the benefit of the doubt. And his growing romance with Anya may have helped him see the issue from Buffy's side too

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