Cobalt Stargazer October 1, 2014 Share October 1, 2014 Per Mya Stone's instructions in the UO thread, I'm resurrecting this topic from TWOP because of reasons. The debate about The Lie has raged since May 19th, 1998, which makes me feel old because I've carried the 'Xander Wasn't Wrong' battle flag without shame since then. But this topic won't be focused just on The Lie, I hope, but rather all aspects of morality as it relates to the show. I don't think it can be disputed that Buffy was initially a very good Slayer. We saw her patrolling and slaying vampires as soon as they crawled out of their graves, and the scene where she's fighting Mr, Sanderson from the bank while Joyce cheers her on remains one of my favorite mother-daughter bonding moments, no matter how much the daughter in question didn't want her mother there. The point was, vampires were dangerous, it was Buffy's job to make sure they didn't harm anyone, and she tended to her business efficiently. But because she was also human, which at first was one of her greatest assets because it led her to form friendships and want a life outside of Slaying, she made mistakes, and those mistakes had consequences. Her emotional attachment to Angel led her to forbid Kendra to stake him, which indirectly led to Kendra's death, and directly to Jenny Calendar's. Granted, she was a young girl who was in love, but I don't think that should have been the first consideration, either then or now. Isn't she the one who went off alone to face The Master, knowing that she'd probably die? That's being The Law. By the end of the show, however, she isn't so much The Law as she is an arbitrary judge, usually siding with whoever she's having whatever kind of relationship with. So what happened? I know it was bad writing, but it's all a matter of writing, even The Lie, which happened back when the show was awesome. Xander's been pilloried for sixteen years for making the kind of decision that Buffy made all the time, and he did it because she'd proven IMO that she lacked the resolve to follow through. And that turns into an avalanche that takes the entire show down with it. So is she The Law or not? 2 Link to comment
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