*meeping over tonight's episode of Buffy*
And yes, we know he will do painful things to much-loved characters (particularly those close to Willow, it seems), but I was still a little taken aback. Somehow, the death of a major character would have shocked me less than that.
However, I'm troubled. Certain aspects of this season feel very forced. I have always read that when some characters start praising other characters (often -- from time to time, it's appropriate contextually), it's weak writing, because the writer can't write to show the character's strengths and weaknesses. I am trying to rationalize it by figuring that some of it is explanation and clarification for the viewers who weren't around during 3rd season and who don't have much touch with who Faith is. And, much as I love Eliza in the role, hon, it's not that hard to fake smoking. Do exhale a little smoke. Draw it into your mouth, not your lungs, exhale and diffuse with a little air from behind. Looks like real. Otherwise, I think she got her groove back with this ep. She didn't seem fully into it, in my opinion, with her Angel appearances.
*mutters about the whole trumped-up addiction storyline to explain why we're not throwing Willow at this thing*
Illogical: stay home, because I know if things go bad, you can protect them. Um, Buff? If Will has to pull out the magic hat in a crisis, she's a sight better to send in than you. What, is she your big nuke that you're saving for the end battle? Shades of Bablyon 5. Then again, it's not the first time I've seen some parallels between Lyta and Willow. And no, it's not just the red hair. :þ
"Something's happened to your abilities. You're not a P5 anymore. Hell, you're not even a P12. You're the strongest telepath that I've ever seen. What did the Vorlons do to you, Lyta? Who .. what are you?"
"I've only recently begun to understand it myself. You know the Vorlons used telepaths as weapons during the Shadow War, but what no one stopped to consider was that in a war, you have a certain number of small weapons, a certain number of medium-sized weapons .. and one or two big ones .. the kind of weapons you drop when you're .. out of the small weapons and the medium weapons and you've got nothing left to use."
"Someone like that would .. be the telepathic equivalent of a thermonuclear .. device, a .. a doomsday weapon."
"Pleased to meet you, Mr. Garibaldi."
-- Garibaldi and Lyta in Babylon 5: "The Wheel of Fire"
Willow's the nuke. But if Willow's the nuke, doesn't that kind of fizzle Buffy's fire?