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I'm going to sink myself into Lost Girl's S2 finale and then then try to be productive.

But I just have had this bee in my bonnet for a really long time now and there's just no good way to get it out in any other way, so it is getting it's own post.

In my last watch of "Into the Woods" (which I try to avoid but with my Dawn project going, I feel like I can't skip anything just in case there's something interesting going on with her in the margins) I took this note down::

Riley says that "the world falls away" when he is with Buffy, as if he is special in feeling that way. It is proof to him that she does not love him the way he loves her. When they are dancing earlier in the episode, Buffy says she wants to put the night on repeat, that "all that's in the past now" - she physically sinks into Riley and allows the Reality of her dual lives to fade away. She actually takes the metaphor seriously and loses herself in the moment.

It's almost as if it's harder for Buffy to focus on all of her responsibilities when Riley is near - because she also feels like the world is falling away and there's just the comfort of HIM.

Which she would need to maintain for her own sake. The further she brings Riley into her pain - the less he is her escape.

Conclusion: way to be a big pile of dicks, Riley.


also - I haven't really been paying attention to all the shipper voting going on, but it turns out that I LITERALLY cannot vote in this round. I know to (my corner of) Buffy fandom, Spuffy is a dead ringer for the lead. But putting them against Klaine is...  I can't. I'm sorry. I was there from the beginning with Klaine - and their love is SO IMPORTANT. Throw stones if you like, but I can't choose between these two. Klaine is a safe haven for two boys who are abused, put down, bullied, hurt, broken, lonely, traumatized by the culture they live in. And I'm not saying that Spuffy isn't an interesting and complex love. But Klaine is (even right now with all it's growing pains and hurt) SUCH a positive example for teens of a loving, understanding, and supportive homosexual relationship. And that's super important to me. I am rooting for both sides right now. 

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eilowyn
Apr. 8th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
I forgive you and give you my permission to vote for Klaine. You set out good reasons so I can respect that.

And Riley is a dick. We can agree on that.
red_satin_doll
Apr. 9th, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
Conclusion: way to be a big pile of dicks, Riley.

PREACH.

In context of Dawn I have to wonder, what adult takes relationship advice from a 14 year old girl? Srsly?

I'd have sympathy for Riley IF the writers didn't work so very hard to try to convince us that his interpretation of the relationship is the "correct" one (those puppy-dog faces got fucking old FAST) when everything I saw onscreen told me the exact opposite. And it pains me when a lot of fandom backs up his opinion of Buffy that she's all to blame, or she didn't love him, etc etc.

Since I've been reexamining the story through the template of dysfunctional family dynamics esp in terms of how/why I connect to Buffy and Joyce emotionally, I find myself wondering if the pretty Normal Rockwell story of his family in Iowa that was so appealing to Buffy in S4 is just as much of a lie, a false identity as the rest of his life. Because he never calls his parents or even refers to his family at all as far as we can see; the military is his only "real" family. If he had the family he speaks of he wouldn't be entirely dependent on Buffy for emotional support. So either he lied, he told the truth and is really entirely unprepared for genuine psychological "darkness"; or, more likely, the writers didn't give a shit.
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