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  • Originally posted by Priceless View Post
    What comes through on a re-watch of Welcome to the Hellmouth . . .

    How Willow has hidden depth. We see her be bullied by Cordelia, but when trapped in a crypt with an injured Jesse, instead of cowering in a corner she jumps up and faces Darla and shouts 'leave us alone'. She screams when Darla goes into vamp face, but prior to that she's not backing down and she's being incredibly brave. We are told in the very first episode not to be taken in by mousy Willow as she's so much more than that.
    This is very true—

    At the same time, I think these depths were
    hidden within her, violently suppressed by years
    of bullying and abuse by the likes of Cordelia—

    Until Buffy approached sensed her pain at the
    water fountain and then approached her in
    the courtyard, using the need for tutoring as
    an excuse:

    Willow's first response—"Do you want me to move? I
    mean "hi"—shows just how smothered she is, while
    Buffy's response, "Let's start with 'Hi, I'm Buffy," and
    segue into my asking a favor..."—which moves Willow
    into her comfort zone, as Buffy knows it will, even as
    it gives Willow recognition, something she has so
    deeply lacked, begins to unlock those depths, lighten
    the smothering...

    And Buffy continues this at the Bronze that night—

    Continues it, of course, to Willow's detriment, moving
    her to "Seize the Day" with the vampire...

    At the same time, that very seizing, that provocation,
    born of Buffy's encouragement, to act upon her desire,
    also provokes the strength you narrate—

    At the same time, Buffy's realization that she has led
    Willow to put herself in danger is the one thing that
    moves her to take up her calling again: she has been
    relinquished it, refused all of Giles' appeals...

    But when she hears Willow's unspoken call, she answers—

    I mention this because I think it is important to note that
    it is not just a matter of Buffy bringing out Willow's hidden
    depths but one of Willow bringing out Buffy's as well...

    For had she taken up her calling alone, without Willow and
    Xander, without those affective bonds, Buffy would have died
    at the end of S1, would not have become so incredibly long-lived
    for a Slayer...




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    • Completely agree StateOfSiege97 Willow was steely all along. I think you have to be to take all that bullying and not crumble. Willow perhaps having her first female friend, someone like Buffy, gives Willow the impetus to be show her strength at last. I wonder if she hid behind Xander and Jesse too much, allowing them to be her shield before Buffy showed her she could allow herself to be strong in her own right.

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      • Originally posted by Priceless View Post
        Completely agree StateOfSiege97 Willow was steely all along. I think you have to be to take all that bullying and not crumble. Willow perhaps having her first female friend, someone like Buffy, gives Willow the impetus to be show her strength at last. I wonder if she hid behind Xander and Jesse too much, allowing them to be her shield before Buffy showed her she could allow herself to be strong in her own right.
        Very much agree, Pricey, especially about the last line:

        Being in love with Xander, too, I suspect that she held
        herself back, wanted to fit into the mold of what she thought
        he wanted a woman to be, wanted to not challenge what,
        as you pointed out above, was his fragile sense of his
        masculinity—


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        • Although I have to say, I don't feel frustration towards Xander over that or find him annoying for it personally. We definitely come to understand him better and see the source of a lot of his problems and troubles as indicative of the abusive childhood he'd had and the toxic example set to him, the pressures and expectations put on him. Toxic masculinity and the damage that can do to a child is well represented in Xander's story.

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          • Originally posted by StateOfSiege97 View Post

            Very much agree, Pricey, especially about the last line:

            Being in love with Xander, too, I suspect that she held
            herself back, wanted to fit into the mold of what she thought
            he wanted a woman to be, wanted to not challenge what,
            as you pointed out above, was his fragile sense of his
            masculinity—


            It's strange that Willow really doesn't know what Xander's type is, though I guess he hasn't had a steady girlfriend up to this point, so it's hard to judge. We know he likes Amy Yip, but that's not much to go on. Ironic that if Willow had challenged him a bit more, as Buffy, Cordy and Anya did, she might have been more attractive to him.

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            • Originally posted by Priceless View Post
              It's strange that Willow really doesn't know what Xander's type is, though I guess he hasn't had a steady girlfriend up to this point, so it's hard to judge. We know he likes Amy Yip, but that's not much to go on. Ironic that if Willow had challenged him a bit more, as Buffy, Cordy and Anya did, she might have been more attractive to him.

              Very, very yes—

              And we see this in S3:

              She becomes both unaccessible, because she is
              with Oz, and free to challenge him—"Wouldn't you
              like to know?"/"it's not for you—it's for me" (B&tB)/
              countless other jabs and jokes and contradictings,
              all of which verge on flirting without quite crossing
              the line—because she no longer seeks to become
              what she imagines his ideal to be....



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              • I Robot You Jane is such an underrated episode. It's packed with strange characters and the plot seems simple, even corny, but it's still so relevant.

                Can I just say Jenny brings out the absolute worst in Giles. She constantly goads him and forces him into being defensive. I wish they'd dialled back on Jenny's 'cool girl' attitude. They even have her wearing sunglasses indoors. She does become more well rounded, but I'm not a fan of her in this episode.

                Fritz and Dave are great. I love that Dave tries to save Buffy, and as Moloch is writing Dave's suicide note, the camera pans around and there's Fritz lurking in the corner. Seeing Dave's hanging body is just horrible.

                Once again we see Willow going her own way, not listening to her friends warning. But once again showing real bravery at attacking Moloch with a fire extinguisher. I really like the way Willow's character is being built in season 1 and how multi-faceted she is.

                And what a great ending. Maybe one of the best, that echoes throughout the whole seven seasons. 'Let's face it, none of us are ever going to have a happy normal relationship' 'We're doomed'

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