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May 7th, 2003


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2003.0507.1041::Eleventh Hour Desperation Sex
First some questions to all the fen out there:
1. Where did the term "squee" come from?
2. Why does everyone misspell "whining" as "whinging"?

Spoilers for episodes up to "Touched."

Aside from my sense of excitement at recognizing what most people are calling the Scythe (it's actually more of an axe...) from Joss Whedon's Fray comic series for Dark Horse Comics, my other reaction to the episode is one of general dissatisfaction.

Others have written that the episode "read" like bad fanfic--not having read a great deal of fanfic, I can't really speak to that assertion, but I suspect what they mean is
  1. Lack of consistent characterization, and
  2. Pairing characters for no good (or even bad) reasons.



Of the former, I think the episode really speaks for itself.

Of the latter, I can say that I didn't feel any of the sexual tension between Faith and Principal Wood--a tension that was so palpable in "Empty Places." Sure, their discussion of how the First manipulated both of them was, in a way, breaking new ground between the both of them, and in the past, Faith has shown sexual recklessness, but nothing about the scene preceding their coupling said, "and now I want to jump your bones." The sex just seemed tacked on the end of their dialogue, with a feeling of "I'm bored, let's have sex."

Willow and Kennedy. Some others have posted some pretty winded diatribes on this pairing, some for, but mostly against, and while I'm not particularly wishing for Kennedy's head on a stick, I don't feel like Willow and Kennedy have any reason being together other than that the both of them are lesbians. In my more cynical moments, I rather feel like Kennedy's increased presence in the Scoobies is just a role thrown in to placate the lesbian fans. In a comment to musesfool, I wrote that Willow had more chemistry in the hospital scene with Xander in "Empty Places" than in this scene--or really, any scene all season--with Kennedy.

And we really don't need to hear about your first kiss turning you into Warren, Willow. Kennedy was there. Unless she's frighteningly stupid, she remembers.

Of the sex itself, I find it interesting that (speaking as your typical, "girl-on-girl action"-loving, red-blooded American male) the tongue-with-piercing-neck-licking/feigned-moaning had really no appeal, and, as a matter of fact, was a bit of a turn-off. Maybe this is the director's fault, given that, even without a sensible reason for sex, Faith and Wood's scene (as well as Anya/Xander) had more sex appeal.

Of the three pair-offs, Xander and Anya's seemed the most natural, maybe because we're rather used to their having sex. In light of Xander's most recent trauma, however, using him and Anya like comic-sex fodder just irks me a bit.

The entire eleventh-hour-desperation-sex read like a high school Creative Writing class exercise in writing parallelism.

Because of these failures, the Buffy/Spike scene actually shines better for me within the context of the episode, which is a bit startling because I've never been one for Spuffy. But their scenes, at times despite the dialogue (Spike, how did you know Buffy wanted to rush the Vineyard when all you did was walk in to the Summers house, find out they kicked Buffy out, beat on Faith, and leave?), show a tenderness which I've seldom seen in their interactions--about the only other time I recall seeing it is Spike's "I know you'll never love me" speech in the Season 5 finale.

ETA: even without a sensible reason for sex
Umm, who needs a "sensible" reason for sex? Replace "sensible" with "compelling."


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musesfool::2003.05.07.08:41 am
[User Picture]Why does everyone misspell "whining" as "whinging"?

It's not a misspelling. It's an Aussieism for whining.
thepeopleseason::2003.05.07.08:49 am
[User Picture]Ahh... I finally get it.
musesfool::2003.05.07.11:45 am
[User Picture]Happy to be of service.
fyrdrakken::2003.05.20.12:15 am
[User Picture]Might be a Britishism rather than solely an Aussieism -- recall that the Dursleys live in Little Whinging, Surrey. (And I recall various Brit friends using the term, actually.)
sophia_helix::2003.05.07.08:52 am
[User Picture]Aside from my sense of excitement at recognizing what most people are calling the Scythe (it's actually more of an axe...) from Joss Whedon's Fray

Ohhhh! I get it! I've only read Tales of the Slayer, but she's got the axe-thing in her story there. Cool! :)

.m, passing stranger
thepeopleseason::2003.05.07.11:54 am::Re:
[User Picture]I've only read Tales of the Slayer, but she's got the axe-thing in her story there.

::grumble:: Given my infrequent journeys to the comic book store, I missed Tales when it first came out, and I've been looking for a copy ever since...
-anon-::2003.05.07.02:28 pm::Tales of the Slayers
I missed Tales when it first came out, and I've been looking for a copy ever since...

Tales of the Slayers (the graphic novel--I guess it's the comics in bound form?) is available at amazon.com. That's where I got it, anyway. No comics-store haunting necessary. :)

Word to your great comments on the episode, also.

Dyna
thepeopleseason::2003.05.08.06:17 am::Re: Tales of the Slayers
[User Picture]Yet another thing to add to my growing wish list--Thanks.

Word to your great comments on the episode, also.

Double Thanks.
zing_och::2003.05.08.03:39 am
"Squee" comes from Harry Potter fandom, I believe. We have loads of strange words there to confuse people.

I like your take on the sex scene. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who thought Faith/Wood didn't have sexual tension before having sex. In fact, when they talked I thought "hmmm, interesting bonding moment, nice to see something can be not about sex for Faith." And then she jumped him, and I felt really stupid. And probably too baffled to appreciate the sex itself, since I didn't find it especially hot.

It's funny that we seem to see the Willow/Kennedy sex completely different. I'm a mostly-straight female (I'd make an exception for Faith, for example), and I hated the pillow talk. I hate pretty much everything coming out of Kennedy's mouth, and this was especially bad. But as soon as they were going for it, I enjoyed it. Some part of that might have been because Kennedy had to shut up when she started licking. :)
thepeopleseason::2003.05.09.08:24 am::Re:
[User Picture]I'm glad that I'm not the only one who thought Faith/Wood didn't have sexual tension before having sex.

And it was so disappointing too, after last week, where they had some real chemistry.

It's funny that we seem to see the Willow/Kennedy sex completely different.

It's weird for me, because, like I said, I'm usually into that sort of thing, and I find Willow quite attractive. I don't really think it was all Kennedy that turned me off, though. Granted, the fact that she's just wrong for Willow is a contributing factor, but part of me thinks that Willow/Alyson kinda looked like she was holding back.

Some part of that might have been because Kennedy had to shut up when she started licking.

I guess there was some appeal to it after all :)
fyrdrakken::2003.05.20.12:20 am
[User Picture]Squee is also the name of a character introduced in Jhonen Vasquez' JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC (who later got his own four-issue miniseries, also called SQUEE!). I can't recall exactly how old the HP fandom is, but the copyright date on the comic introducing Squee is 1998.
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