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    It seems like it's time to start this thread -- but it's really a continuation of two threads.

    The classic Dark Horse thread is here -- with a tremendous introductory post by Enisy which everyone should read.

    http://www.darkhorse.com/Help/Boards...=12374&start=0

    The other is the season 8 Spuffy thread with a great introductory post by Plamivisi which everyone should read.

    http://buffyforums.net/forums/showthread.php?t=17352

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    On that thread, we've been talking about who should pursue whom in season 9. So I'll start off with this observation:

    In TGIQ, both Angel and Spike are pretty much mocked for still chasing around after Buffy, and they end the episode telling each other they need to move on. I don't think it's to Angel's credit as a character that he's depicted in season 8 as still being all about Buffy.

    So my question: Do you want Spike to have moved on? If so, what would you want that to look like? If not, what do you think Spike should be doing?
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    Originally posted by Maggie View Post
    From the looks of it, they're saving him to be the last one gathered back.

    What they'll do with him is an open question.
    Rock star return for their rock star character.

    Originally posted by shipperx View Post
    I've been confused by your continued comparisons to Trek. I don't see the correlation.

    For one thing Trek isn't a reset, it's an alternative timeline. Everything that happened in the original verse happened. The reboot Trek is an alternative timeline from the moment that the Romulan ship came over. If it were literally reset rather than an alternative timeline, older Spok would have blinked out of existence like Walter (and earlier Peter) Bishop on Fringe. (And the writers realize this distinction because a couple of the writers of Fringe were script-writers for Trek).
    It's a factual distinction, but a meaningless one. It's just a means to obtain a reboot without having utterly invalidated the foregoing product. It's a reboot nonetheless, though, that is its practical and therefore relevant effect; a clean slate for character and relationship development, every adventure is the first adventure, etc.

    Secondly, Trek had to be rebooted. It has to do with the ages of the stars of TOS and TNG and the failures of Enterprise and Voyager. To be brutally honest, Deforest Kelly and James Doohan are dead and everyone else is far, far, FAR outside the target demographics for action movies (even Bruce Willis is a couple of decades younger... and still breathing.). If BtVS ever finds its way to TV or a movie, I fully expect they'll have to do much the same thing with BtVS characters, but none of this is an issue with a comic book (where Jeanty already has the propensity of drawing Buffy like she's 13.)
    I already gave my reasons why I think Joss could have decided to do something like this, don't really want to flesh them all out again -- he does chase and grab and cherry pick at pop culture, though, and "reboot" has been quite the thing lately. He knows the writing is on the wall for the "Buffy" brand to be "relaunched" in some context with or without him. Going back to the beginning and finding the "magic" again in a post-Seed-bullshit-resolving reboot would appear to solve his existential crisis or ennui or whatever he invented the Seed (and broke it) to vent at us in Season 8.

    I also said I still give it less than 50/50 odds, but... it definitely keeps hanging around. I don't even particularly want it to happen, I am almost horrified thinking about how badly such a venture could screw up even residual enjoyment of "Buffy" 1.0.

    Plus, DH went back to the 'early years' during comics run during the run of the show, years prior to Season 8. Sales dropped. I'm not sure why there would be a pressing urge to do the 'early years' one more time.
    Non-canon. That's the only relevant fact as to the success of those books.

    But, who knows, I thought a pregnancy plot would be a bad idea doomed to failure as well. {shrug}
    We didn't get a pregnancy plot, we got a double whammy of a non-pregnancy plot... exactly the sort of thing *I* said would be doomed to failure. I have little doubt that if they had just played it straight from the end of 9.05, they'd be in better shape from a sales standpoint than they are now. Possibly not as good as if they had just steered entirely clear, of course.
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    • #3
      You think the draw of 'canon' wasn't primarily the draw of continuation?

      Plus, with Joss decreasingly involved the difference between the comics returning to the early years during seasons 6&7 of the show versus returning to early years now would be...? Joss isn't writing anything Buffy related as it is now.

      I guess maybe its a personal thing. High school just wasn't interesting enough for me to want to watch endless reiterations and permutations of it, but mileage does vary. Maybe there's an untapped vein of potential Buffy readers just waiting for the chance to hop on with Buffy and the Scoobs comic book second puberty.
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      • #4
        I have real issues with the idea of a reboot if it strips Spike of his soul.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by shipperx View Post
          You think the draw of 'canon' wasn't primarily the draw of continuation?
          It is the definitive draw of the continuation. Which is... my point?

          Plus, with Joss decreasingly involved the difference between the comics returning to the early years during seasons 6&7 of the show versus returning to early years now would be...? Joss isn't writing anything Buffy related as it is now.
          Patrick Doyle doesn't actually go make any pizzas himself at Domino's, either, doesn't mean he is not still in charge. Joss' preference and vision still decide where the "Buffy" brand goes, so it's still him that we have to play psychic detective with. Honestly, he is the only reason I'd think reboot would even be on the table. I think if Allie, for instance, were the ultimate authority, we would get much more like what I proposed in the "ideal character arrangement" thread, abandoning the Season model and going with an expandable multiverse of ongoing monthlies.

          I guess maybe its a personal thing. High school just wasn't interesting enough for me to want to watch endless reiterations and permutations of it, but mileage does vary. Maybe there's an untapped vein of potential Buffy readers just waiting for the chance to hop on with Buffy and the Scoobs comic book second puberty.
          Well, if it does happen, I think one of the best reasons is that not only has the hope and magic of where the Buffyverse has gotten to fallen apart for Joss, but his "loyal" "audience" has also become so enamored of eviscerating the material and lobbying to run the asylum that a reboot would be the Godzilla Threshold of making everybody happy by pissing them all off equally.

          Look, we all know why reboot is on the table here, and it comes from the text -- we now have an explicit plot point of a character with an express intent to go back in time and change the past (our "Star Trek" comparison, different circumstances notwithstanding), the apparent potential ability to actually do it, AND several other additional serious problems that at this point may only be solvable through exactly that.

          So in terms of setting the time coordinates on that DeLorean, everybody is going to have an opinion -- stop Buffy from breaking the Seed? Pointless, doens't solve Twilight problem. Stop Buffy from space-frak? Most sensible, sure, but why not back far enough to prevent Angel from being corrupted at all? And that's before other more straightforward personal agendas kick in or the audience just starts wanting to see it as a straight up editorial comment on seasons they don't like -- go back to "The Gift" and keep Buffy from having to jump and you avert/change all of Season 6 and 7, for instance.

          So, if Joss Whedon, Joe Swedon himself, were going to try to pull a time travel reset, he's exactly the sort of writer who would choose to have it go Horrbly Right and deprive anybody in the audience of bragging points by just rebooting his signature franchise himself. But again, it all depends on what kind of letter we'd get from Joss this year -- if it's one in which he thinks he's found the hope and magic again, a time or renewal, he could reflect that in the story. Or, alternatively, if he has just completely absorbed himself into Marvel properties now, but still wants to have a voice in what stands as the "Buffy" flag, he could start it over and then hand it off to a new official steward as "showrunner".

          But it does come back to plot -- this only remains plausible insofar as it seems plausible that Severin is actually going to get a crack at his plan, or if the Scoobies are going to get a crack at stealing his plan and using it themselves. I think Joss respects himself enough that any such reboot would, like Abrams' "Star Trek", have to come from within the existing canonical construct itself, out of respect for the material that's already been. So take the plot device out, and you take the plausibility of him trying such a crazy thing.

          EDIT: Stoney, I think you aren't seeing a reboot for what it could potentially mean if that is your chief concern, because let's just say, if Season 10 = Season 0, then Buffy is either back at Hemery or just starting at Sunnydale and we're on a clean sheet of butterfly effect provided paper. Forget Spike having a soul, whose to say she even meets him? Uhura and Spock are a thing, y'know? That same horrible reality -- that in a rebooted Buffyverse canon, Joss could take up or leave out any character he wants or fundamentally redesign any character he wants, since they'd have gone through different experiences, see? Spike, I wouldn't worry about, because it's not like anybody's going to slaughter that cash cow, but it would be an easy time and place to put characters he's mostly out of ideas with on a bus or to just reinvent them into something unrecognizable until he does have ideas for them. I don't want a reboot for these reasons -- not a Joss-canonical one, anyway. I was happy with the idea of a rebooted movie that existed as an alternative expression of Buffy-osity to Joss' own, a la Batman/Superman movies vs. comics, Walking Dead, etc.
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          • #6
            Well I can't very well say that Joss or Dark Horse can't or won't do such a thing. I can say that nothing about the idea inspires me with any interest.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Maggie View Post
              There are 7 issues remaining.

              March #19 which wraps up this arc.
              April #20 which is all about Xander
              May #21 either the first or second issue in "The Core"

              I'd bet large sums of money that Spike will be back.

              (1) It's been set up in the text that Spike will be heading back to SF (and Buffy).

              (2) In the letter column of the last Willow issue Allie said he knows where they plan to leave things with Spike and Buffy in season 9, but they don't know what they'll do in season 10.

              (3) They've name dropped Spike just enough in season 9 to make it clear that it's unfinished business.

              (4) His departure panel has Buffy pretty much saying it's unfinished business.

              (5) The end has everyone gathering back together, and given Spike's large role at the beginning of the season, that has to include him.

              From the looks of it, they're saving him to be the last one gathered back.

              What they'll do with him is an open question.
              (6) Jeanty confirmed it in (one of his belated replies) in his Q&A for #13.

              24. TimeTravellingBunny: Hi, Georges. I have a question about the scene in issue #12 when Kennedy mentions Spike, and Buffy says "Spike has gone where no vampire has gone before". Since we only see Buffy and Kennedy from a distance in the panel, it's hard to discern what Buffy's facial expression is - if there's some anger and annoyance there, or sadness, or if she's indifferent or OK with it, or trying to appear so. Were you trying to make it ambiguous, or did you decide what feeling exactly she has regarding Spike's departure?

              Georges: Yes. To set the stage for his return...

              http://slayalive.com/showthread.php/...fy-Season-9-13
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              • #8
                Originally posted by TimeTravellingBunny View Post
                (6) Jeanty confirmed it in (one of his belated replies) in his Q&A for #13.

                24. TimeTravellingBunny: Hi, Georges. I have a question about the scene in issue #12 when Kennedy mentions Spike, and Buffy says "Spike has gone where no vampire has gone before". Since we only see Buffy and Kennedy from a distance in the panel, it's hard to discern what Buffy's facial expression is - if there's some anger and annoyance there, or sadness, or if she's indifferent or OK with it, or trying to appear so. Were you trying to make it ambiguous, or did you decide what feeling exactly she has regarding Spike's departure?

                Georges: Yes. To set the stage for his return...

                http://slayalive.com/showthread.php/...fy-Season-9-13
                That's nice to know. Would've been nicer if Jeanty had actually answered your question. Maybe you gave him too many choices.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by KingofCretins View Post
                  EDIT: Stoney, I think you aren't seeing a reboot for what it could potentially mean if that is your chief concern, because let's just say, if Season 10 = Season 0, then Buffy is either back at Hemery or just starting at Sunnydale and we're on a clean sheet of butterfly effect provided paper. Forget Spike having a soul, whose to say she even meets him? Uhura and Spock are a thing, y'know? That same horrible reality -- that in a rebooted Buffyverse canon, Joss could take up or leave out any character he wants or fundamentally redesign any character he wants, since they'd have gone through different experiences, see? Spike, I wouldn't worry about, because it's not like anybody's going to slaughter that cash cow, but it would be an easy time and place to put characters he's mostly out of ideas with on a bus or to just reinvent them into something unrecognizable until he does have ideas for them. I don't want a reboot for these reasons -- not a Joss-canonical one, anyway. I was happy with the idea of a rebooted movie that existed as an alternative expression of Buffy-osity to Joss' own, a la Batman/Superman movies vs. comics, Walking Dead, etc.
                  No I get all that I just am tired of the repeated violation of people's minds/bodies in BtVS. To reboot to any point before Spike gained his soul is to commit a huge violation because the circumstances/person combination that occurred which set him on that path would most probably never happen again. Of course you could show the 'destiny exists' route that some other combination gets him to the same place. Personally I like soulless Spike plenty and I'm sure they wouldn't kill him off but to take away something so hard fought for seems, well, crass. But I appreciate something that would be 'unfair' to Spike would hardly stop them if that is what they wanted to do. I would find it entertaining to see a variant version of BtVS, an alternative S1 onwards, but it would just feel a bit like reading fanfic. I don't have any huge strength of opinion on the idea of a reboot, it is only this aspect that makes me foot stamp a little.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Stoney View Post
                    No I get all that I just am tired of the repeated violation of people's minds/bodies in BtVS. To reboot to any point before Spike gained his soul is to commit a huge violation because the circumstances/person combination that occurred which set him on that path would most probably never happen again. Of course you could show the 'destiny exists' route that some other combination gets him to the same place. Personally I like soulless Spike plenty and I'm sure they wouldn't kill him off but to take away something so hard fought for seems, well, crass. But I appreciate something that would be 'unfair' to Spike would hardly stop them if that is what they wanted to do. I would find it entertaining to see a variant version of BtVS, an alternative S1 onwards, but it would just feel a bit like reading fanfic. I don't have any huge strength of opinion on the idea of a reboot, it is only this aspect that makes me foot stamp a little.
                    If they were to use Severin time-travel as an in for an Abrams Reboot (i.e. creating an alternate timeline that becomes the subjective "prime" in place of the other), nobody has been violated. Picard wasn't violated by the recent "Star Trek" events, nor would souled Spike have been violated by an alternate timeline in which that doesn't end up happening. The concept of "mindrape" and whatnot simply can't be that all-inclusive, or the entire sci-fi/fantasy genre is out of business.
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                    • #11
                      Sorry for the fanwank but I can't help but wonder...
                      If they do take the time-reversal route using Severin's powers, technically they would be using Ilyria's powers. This could lead to two possibilities (that I can think of, right now):
                      1. Create a replacing "prime" time line, as King says (this would mean taking everybody to the parting point, not damage done, am I right?).
                      2. Do it the AtF way, where everybody keeps their memories (and probably their souls, if this is the case), and start over, but knowing what's going to happen in the next several years. And then everything would go wacky and anything could happen.

                      And... This would be totally fanfiction-like. And confusing.
                      Not that they don't do this in comic books all the time... but still...
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KingofCretins View Post
                        If they were to use Severin time-travel as an in for an Abrams Reboot (i.e. creating an alternate timeline that becomes the subjective "prime" in place of the other), nobody has been violated. Picard wasn't violated by the recent "Star Trek" events, nor would souled Spike have been violated by an alternate timeline in which that doesn't end up happening. The concept of "mindrape" and whatnot simply can't be that all-inclusive, or the entire sci-fi/fantasy genre is out of business.
                        If you take person A from position A and move them back in their personal timeline to time x then sure, no violation as in that they could theoretically just follow the same path. Except you know that they had achieved position A and if they never get there again and you know that they were delighted to have achieved it it is a sad thing to see someone not get. Sure, new path, new opportunities and all that.

                        To be honest I think it would be interesting but I also think it would seem a little height of desperation to effectively give yourself the opportunity to start all over again with the characters and just etch-a-sketch. Like I said, it would seem a bit fanfiction-y but, tbh, if it meant that we could have progressive storytelling again rather than static or regressing Buffy I'd rather see her 15 and start afresh meeting some of the same people in different scenarios and see how things could pan out alternatively. Although obviously this endeth the story as is, not sure that won't just feel sour.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Stoney View Post
                          If you take person A from position A and move them back in their personal timeline to time x then sure, no violation as in that they could theoretically just follow the same path. Except you know that they had achieved position A and if they never get there again and you know that they were delighted to have achieved it it is a sad thing to see someone not get. Sure, new path, new opportunities and all that.
                          There are, ontologically speaking, already alternate timelines containing every eventuality. Joyce had her fire axe handled better and actually cleaved Spike's head open in one, allowing Buffy to leisurely stake the quivering mass; in another, Cecily swooned at the word "effulgent", married William and they were wealthy, elderly first class passengers who died in the maiden voyage of the Titanic.

                          See what I'm getting at? All we're talking about with an 'Abrams reboot' is a) adopting one of those infinite alternates out of the Whole Sort of General Mish Mash and adopting it as the "POV" timeline for an ongoing series of stories.

                          And that doesn't violate Spike or anyone else, because the outcomes in the infinite variety of timelines are entirely independent.

                          To be honest I think it would be interesting but I also think it would seem a little height of desperation to effectively give yourself the opportunity to start all over again with the characters and just etch-a-sketch. Like I said, it would seem a bit fanfiction-y but, tbh, if it meant that we could have progressive storytelling again rather than static or regressing Buffy I'd rather see her 15 and start afresh meeting some of the same people in different scenarios and see how things could pan out alternatively. Although obviously this endeth the story as is, not sure that won't just feel sour.
                          Well, that's the cost of doing business. Again, I don't actually think this is likely, i.e. not 50% or greater, just a chance that I'd quantify as 25-30%, and even that contingent on how far they continue to let Severin's plan advance. And certainly the end of the story "as is" was the biggest problem that Paramount ran into in terms of reaction to the new "Star Trek" movie. But if that's a legitimate model for it, it still bodes fairly well, because "Star Trek" as a brand is more relevant now than it has been in 15 years or more.

                          I personally think they would see a renaissance of interest if they had it all to do over again but with the promise of new and varied outcomes. Just because I would dread it in most respects... FFS I don't know if I'd be happier to just see Xander omitted or to deal with whatever reinvention they'd attempt... I think they'd probably see their first 100k selling comic since the early goings of Season 8.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rihannon View Post
                            And... Whoa! What it would be for Buffy to see him with a another woman's kid?
                            Lol! Imagine Angel seeing Spike with Buffy's and his child.
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                            • #15
                              Just to let you know I've moved the last few posts from the Spuffy in Season 9 thread into a new thread. We are trying some things to help speed the forum up for everyone.

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