Spike the Woobie Thug

Feb 28, 2011 19:05

It always mystifies me in S7 when the decision to keep Spike around is justified by pointing out what a strong fighter he is. As if we've ever cared tuppence for brute force on this show. As if he is somehow a better fighter now than he was, say, in late S5 through early S6, when he'd already proven his loyalty but hadn't committed the AR yet and wasn't a brainwashed murderer.

Also, for some reason the word 'fighter' bothers me. Spike... is good with his fists? Enjoys a rumble now and again? Gets antsy for a spot of violence? Can handle himself in a fight? Yes to all those things. But somehow 'fighter' seems so generic and nondescript.

I realize that it's largely (entirely?) Buffy using this justification, and that it's a good, safe, pragmatic reason she can give to mask other, more personal reasons. It always fell really flat to me, though. I mean, really, no one ever called her on this?

Then again, If they challenged that logistical decision, then they might also question why this apocalypse requires tactics no other apocalypse has required and various other plot peculiarities of S7...

ch: spike, ch: buffy, entry: musings

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