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Not spoilery, but I'll cut it cause I'm copying dialogue from the show...


GILES: If The First has been around for all time, then why hasn't it attempted something like this before? Why now?

BELJOXA'S EYE: The opportunity has only recently presented itself.

GILES: Opportunity?

BELJOXA'S EYE: The mystical forces surrounding the chosen line have become irrevocably altered, become unstable, vulnerable.

ANYA: Something The First did?

BELJOXA'S EYE: The First Evil did not cause the disruption, only seized upon it to extinguish the lives of the chosen forever.

GILES: Then what has caused the disruption? What—what is responsible for letting this happen?

BELJOXA'S EYE: The slayer.


Now, see, all along I've been thinking this had to refer to either Buffy's resurrection or to Faith's existence. Figured Faith would have to die to restore the balance. But there's another option, I've realized.

What if Dawn is the source of the imbalance?

I've noticed that they've been redoing lots of important episodes this year--too many to count, really. Sort of twisting old, classic episodes to a new theme. And it has always, always, *always* bugged the shit out of me that the whole Buffy-dives-and-it-works thing actually worked... There just had to be some kind of consequences that she and Dawn are literally clones. More so than she and Faith, that's for certain. I don't think Buffy's the problem at all. Dawn is. Poor Dawn. I wonder if she'll go willingly into the Hellmouth or if someone will have to put her there?

Joss's final gift to us: the twist on Gift.

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mezzibelle
Mar. 27th, 2003 01:30 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...pushing Dawn into the Hellmouth. Ok. I'll do it! Anyone want to join me? :-)

I've written a fic about this subject - it takes a slightly different view. It's almost done, but since I'm going away this weekend, I won't be able to post it until next week.
surfal666
Mar. 27th, 2003 03:37 pm (UTC)
except...
ANYA: (limping) Yeah, I just—I don't understand how Buffy's death mucked up the whole slayer mojo. You know, it's not like she hasn't died before.

GILES: It's not because she died. The Beljoxa's Eye was quite clear about that in its enigmatic way. It's because she lives. Again. Buffy's not responsible for that.


I commented about this somewhere just recently. I suspect that this is a dead plotline. After all, we never even hear of them telling anyone else about it...
chrisjournal
Mar. 27th, 2003 03:43 pm (UTC)
Re: except...
You could be right that it's dead, but I almost quoted that, too-- this part specifically: "Buffy's not responsible for that."

But the Eye did very clearly say the slayer is responsible. Buffy's not responsible for herself being alive again, but she *is* responsible for Dawn still being alive. As is typical of Giles this year, he's missing the obvious.
skylar_
Mar. 27th, 2003 04:47 pm (UTC)
Re: except...
Buffy's not responsible for herself being alive again, but she *is* responsible for Dawn still being alive. As is typical of Giles this year, he's missing the obvious.

I thought about that when Giles mentioned Buffy´s behaviour in Season 5 in LMPTM. He argued that she was willing to sacrifice the world before her sister would have to die, and Buffy admitted that she knows her choice has to be different now.
surfal666
Mar. 27th, 2003 05:42 pm (UTC)
Re: except...
Hmmm. And hmmm again. Well, if you want to take the tack that it is something Buffy did or didn't do ('the slayer is responsible'), then lets looks at the text one more time...

The mystical forces surrounding the chosen line have become irrevocably altered, become unstable, vulnerable.

Wouldn't that be a nice description of Spike? Isn't Buffy as responsible for Spike's soul as she is Dawn being alive? (ok, so it's not as clear cut, but I'm playing Devil's Advocate here. Literally, I guess. "Lucien, Prince of Lies." hehehe)
chrisjournal
Mar. 27th, 2003 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: except...
*g*

And I'm supposed to *argue* with you now??? Mwahahahahaha! You play right into my hands.

I think I can have it both ways. Yes indeedy, Spike has been "irrevocably altered, become unstable, vulnerable". And yeah, I'd say Buffy had something to do with it. Wouldn't it just be interesting if a heroine with goddesslike powers required both mate and sister to restore the balance and return to the beginning? *grins*

Realize, of course, that all that the mate in my particular fanwank need do is sacrifice that which irrevocably altered him, while said sister's very existence is the problem. Presto!Chango, new guardian of hellmouth and true, soulless redemption all in one fell swoop.

kimberly_a
Mar. 27th, 2003 05:17 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmm ... I like this idea! It would also make sense of what Joyce told Dawn, about the fact that when things get rough, Buffy will be against her. You're so smart!
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