Putting The Cop Shows Back In The Cop Shows Thread (And Even a Little Deconstruction, too!)

pms laflame at mindspring.com
Sun Feb 21 17:05:37 PST 1999

Well, thanks to you guys, I am not letting Buffy go quietly, even if it has moved to Tuesday night, when I have to work. I have just returned from the fab world of Wal-mart with my first VCR. Can't wait to get up to speed on Buffydom. Will watch the Tues. episode and get back to you with questions.

Haven't seen it in awhile and don't think I ever saw an episode with references to the Watchers. Is this the origin of Buffy's powers? Can't wait to meet Faith.

So is Angel dead, and gone, now? I saw one episode when he was flashing on his bad old days, and I believe Buffy mentioned having killed him. But somehow he was back. It was the show that ended with the snow storm. Do you think the Watchers made that snow storm happen, so there'd be no daylight, so Angel couldn't harm himself, out of regret for his past.

Also bought some walking shoes for $15 that feel better than my K-Swiss. Ugh. Wal-mart good. Nieman-Marcus, bad.

I consume, therefore I am- Paula

At 03:58 PM 2/21/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Paul and James and anyone else who's interested
>>>> will hate this ... as if buffy is being punished for being
>>>> tempted by faith, and faith for being faith E.G. being the
>>>> only female character on the show who A)EATS b)openly digs
>>>> her own aggression c)digs other grrrls d) really digs sex in
>>>> general...
>>>Well, I understand your fear, but I don't really share it.
>>I'll second that. Think back to last season, with the heartrending
>>Buffy and Angel have sex/ Angel turns back into evil nasty vampire plot.
>>Now, in lesser hands, that WOULD have been a punishment/transgression
>>thing - "Look what happens when you let lust take over, missy!" But it
>>wasn't. I can't even explain why it wasn't, but somehow through the
>>whole arc - Buffy agonizing over killing Angel, Angel taunting her with
>>the deaths of her friends, Buffy sending him to hell just as regains his
>>humanity - there was not a moralistic note.
>I think this is a really good parallel. Because the Buffy/Angel sex thing
>did look--at first-- somewhat retributive when it was happening, BUT the
>plot as it unfolded revealed things to be much more complex. So maybe that's
>what's happening now. that would be great.
>of course, that event was also fabulous psychological parody of how young
>girls often experience or imagine sex (your partner is abruptly and
>chillingly transformed into something quite different from what you thought,
>something quite unpleasant) -- an allegory so elegant and psychologically
>accurate it far outweighed the potential moralism anyway.
>to paul and james: I'm sorry I was snippy and oversensitive. I attribute it
>to: a) my own E-mail Tone Issues, one of the many reasons I generally avoid
>lists b) though I am lucky enough to have a loose community of fellow
>hyper-analytic Buffy fans, I do,like James, feel like it's not an area of
>expertise I get to use nearly enough. probably we all feel this way and are
>just offensive about it in different ways.

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