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ceciliaj September 16 2011, 13:44:30 UTC
Interestingly, Anaheed and Tumble's dynamics resembles that of Willow and Xander in season 1 - they are buddies, they apparently know each other for a long time, she is an intellectual, he is a slacker close to the nerd culture.

Did not notice that, but it's totally true! Great review.

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moscow_watcher September 16 2011, 13:54:50 UTC
Thank you!

Re: Anaheed and Tumble. Maybe I overthink it. Maybe it's Joss' reply to the shippers - look, there are two people, a man and a woman, who can be just great friends. Curiously, Dawn seemed to be very interested in Tumble's name, while Anaheed said that Willow made her bi-curious. I smell something interesting cooking there...

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boot_the_grime September 16 2011, 17:29:32 UTC
Well if Joss doesn't like the idea that some people get that men and women can't be just friends, he only has himself to blame for never introducing a male/female friendship duo that was free of romantic overtones. And nobody forced him to revive Bander in a romantic light in season 8, least of all the shippers, since Banders are a relatively small minority.

Apparently he just can't do without shippy vibes in any frienship - as witnessed by the Buffy/Willow teases in season 8 and 9.

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moscow_watcher September 16 2011, 18:31:18 UTC
Apparently he just can't do without shippy vibes in any frienship

Is there a better way to stir up the fandom? :)

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sueworld2003 September 16 2011, 13:48:51 UTC
"So far, I have the impression that Spike slowly turns into Angel circa season 1: he provides Buffy with cryptic clues and tries to protect her."

Oh god no! Poor bloody Spike. Relegated to being an Angel wannabe. :(

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moscow_watcher September 16 2011, 14:01:39 UTC
I think Spike can't be turned into Angel's wannabe. He can turn into a funnier and snarkier version of Angel, sure - and I don't mind it.

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lusciousxander September 16 2011, 14:08:16 UTC
moscow_watcher September 16 2011, 14:17:49 UTC
I think it had crumbled in S6 after finding out she slept with Spike.

I have the impression that Xander had restored the pedestal!Buffy during season 7 and by season 8 she was his hero again. So, I guess, it's hard to him to see her wasting her life.

That said, I doubt that he is so gloomy because of Buffy. I wonder if he did something to help Buffy to get that apartmrnt (I remember PTB saying that Buffy got a place better than she could afford), and doesn't want Dawn to know about it.

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moscow_watcher September 16 2011, 14:26:33 UTC
At least nobody turned into a caveman.

It would've been interesting to see a fight between astronaut!Spike and caveman!Buffy :)))

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moscow_watcher September 16 2011, 14:34:41 UTC
Hee! Hopefully! :)

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readerjane September 16 2011, 14:26:57 UTC
(and joins Buffy during patrols.)

A most traditional narrative technique for getting shippies together. Not that I trust Joss further than I can shot-put him.

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moscow_watcher September 16 2011, 14:39:33 UTC
A most traditional narrative technique for getting shippies together.

Oh, you're so right. I read countless post-series fics in which Buffy and Spike meet accidentally during Buffy's patrol, etc. :) It's so weird to read a canonical version of them patrolling the streets today.

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