This compelling scene has the added dimension of not just Dawn as a mystical key but as a human being. None of us are truly good or truly evil. This is something we struggle with as we grow, and Dawn is getting a lesson early. As with Dawns realisation that she can neither be solely good nor evil Willow shows us her dark undercurrents. This was put beautifully by James B. It is incomplete as a response, though, because it assumes that we could ever fully understand Willow, that there are no dark currents in her, that we could ever construct a coherent and consistent narrative for Willow. Had she kept her head as Buffy asked her to, Dawn may not have been discovered so early.
We see the fallout from giving in to our desires, a conflict which Willow contends with for seasons to come. South, J. Open Court Publishing.
Field, Mark. Page How have they not realised by now? Do not draw symbols, from ancient texts books, on your floor, when you live on the Hellmouth. The gang gets stuck in the party house as it manifests their fears. To make matters worse some in-fighting causes fractures.
Halloween is never quiet for the Scoobies. Famous last words…. I would just like to mention this is the fourth episode I have randomly selected. The kicker?
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I selected Season 4, Episode 4. This season threw Buffy for a loop. Grow up in the sun, happily entwined with others. Then someone comes along, cuts you open, and rips your guts out. College can be an exceptionally tough transition, and while Willow is flourishing in the academic life, Buffy is barely treading water. When you are in high school, you have certain ideas about who you are and the structure of reality.
Upon venturing out into the world, many of us need to completely overhaul our aspirations and vision of self. Of course, this is not a pleasant experience for all. This season we see an unemployed Giles, Xander still living with his parents in the basement, Anya wanting to be around Xander while barely putting up with the rest of the group, and Buffy struggling to understand her place in the world.
Happily vacationing in the land of not coping. Even Giles is acting very un-Giles-like. She finds him dressed in a sombrero and poncho, embracing Halloween.
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While this may be one of my favourite scenes, I love when Giles gets to show his playful side , it stuns Buffy who is searching for the stability Giles has always offered her. Her mother tries to quell her fears, saying she will always be there for her. This is heart-wrenching knowing that Joyce dies in the following season. While at the conclusion of the episode we see some bravery from Buffy regarding her issues with Parker, there are still dangers lurking in the outside world which she will have to face sooner or later.
For Xander, not much has changed. He is blindly ambling through life, and his relationship with Anya, I feel, blossoms out of loneliness. These feelings leave him with a propensity to accept that which is in front of him. Willow has decided to reinvent herself, away from her strict parents. She has a boyfriend, the dark arts, and a place of learning where she excels. She embraces the college experience.
In fact, this argument will rear its ugly head throughout the show, notably in Season 7 when Buffy is kicked out of her own house in place of Faith. Willow has begun experimenting with magic in a big way. Even though she may have internal misgivings about this jealousy. It must be said that long before Willow discovered her power, she was jealous of the attention Xander gave to Buffy. Instead, her entire life is devoted to protecting others-she risks her life and sacrifices her own interests night after night, year after year.
Instead, her reaction to lean into childish jealousies makes her seem petty.
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It stands to reason that because Buffy is the leader. Buffy has obligations which Willow does not. Her friends reach-out, in an attempt to meet her in the middle, but a middle-ground can never be reached.
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This decent within the group is often seen among the females, who tend to have the most power. Standing passively during this argument is Xander and Oz. So when Buffy suggests she separate from the group by sending the Scoobies home which she has done frequently in the past , Willow more than objects:. This is course is all happening while Xander is invisible. He does not know this yet, so his words of reason and resilience fall on deaf ears.
Willow becomes snappy almost to the point of bitterness:. We have seen Buffy loses Angel, but she did not rage towards evil. In fact, she blatantly ignores the dangers:.
Oz, on the other hand, is well on the way to addressing his literal inner demons. When I start to wolf out, I touch something, deep, dark. Where the postmodern age allowed for the confrontation of the status quo. Especially in the case of the United States of America. We should make friends with our fears, it will help us be more self-reflective.
Otherwise, we might end up invisible, being chased by green entities, as a werewolf, alone underground. She does get somewhere, and we all will too. Fukuyama, F. Daspit, Toby. Stroud, Scott R. This episode is packed full of emotions, complexities, and plot developments.
Notably, the episode follows Anya, the renewed vengeance demon. She tries in vain to wound Xander and by getting his friends to wish horrible acts of mutilation on him. The vengeance comes to her in the end. Anya has sex with Spike on the table in the Magic Box, an act everyone, including Dawn, witnesses. This season was despised by fans for its dark atmosphere and what was considered inaccurate character choices. Even I found it distasteful when I first watched it. It grew on me as I aged, my life experience provided perspective.
Philosophically this season flourishes in the shadows of human nature, showing us the darker side of our emotions. This season saw the breakdown of several relationships. It is part of our journey that we learn to heal ourselves and self-soothe, however many people never reach this stage in their development. We see Xander and Anya fighting, their love transformed.
To self-loathing for Xander, and wrath for Anya. Congratulations Xander. I wonder what the medal will say. When I first watched this season, my anger was only directed at Xander. He was the sole villain of the piece, abandoning his love at the altar. My perspective has now shifted and although Anya was not to blame for the abandonment, her actions following the wedding-that-never-was are wrought with hypocrisy.
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