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Episode Poll: 4.15 This Year's Girl

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Well, my first class was cancelled so I have some free time this morning. Let's get this poll up. :)

This Year's Girl, people. Faith!

As before, no image. My computer is still kaput.




1. I don't think I've ever asked this question before. Huh. So...Buffy or Faith?

Buffy
70(72.9%)
Faith
20(20.8%)
Kendra?
6(6.2%)

2. Upon receiving the news that Faith has woken up and beaten a girl up to steal her clothes, the Scoobies discuss their options of how to deal with her. At this point in time, what do you think the best option would be?

Hand her over to the police.
8(8.4%)
Hand her over to the Council.
12(12.6%)
Hand her over to the Initiative.
0(0.0%)
Hand her over to Angel.
18(18.9%)
Kill her.
1(1.1%)
Attempt to rehabilitate her.
32(33.7%)
Fight her until she concedes defeat.
3(3.2%)
Fight her until she's in another coma or is otherwise incapicatated for the long-term.
2(2.1%)
I have another idea!
1(1.1%)
Not sure
18(18.9%)

3. Looking back at events up till this episode, do you think Buffy had done everything that could be reasonably expected of her to reach out to Faith?

Yes. She tried to help her, but Faith kept falling farther.
34(36.6%)
She tried somewhat, but not as much as she could have.
49(52.7%)
Not at all. She was too immersed in her own stuff to help Faith out.
4(4.3%)
I have another answer.
3(3.2%)
Not sure
3(3.2%)

4. Okay. What about the other Scoobies? Let's just list off the characters, and you guys check the characters who tried their best to help Faith. Multiple choices are allowed.

Giles
11(5.1%)
Xander
53(24.7%)
Cordelia
0(0.0%)
Willow
1(0.5%)
Oz
0(0.0%)
Wesley
12(5.6%)
Angel
69(32.1%)
Joyce
23(10.7%)
The Mayor
45(20.9%)
You forgot someone!
1(0.5%)

5. In leaving Faith the body-switching device, was the Mayor attempting to help her redeem herself?

Yes. He knew that switching bodies with Buffy would eventually lead Faith to being redeemed and rejoining the Good side.
1(1.0%)
No. He meant for her to cause a lot of chaos.
45(46.9%)
No. He meant for her to go into hiding as Buffy.
45(46.9%)
I have another answer
2(2.1%)
Not sure
3(3.1%)

6. If given the opportunity, would Spike team up with Faith to kill the Scoobies?

Yes. He's still evil. And he does team up with Adam at the end of the season.
19(19.8%)
No. He only teams up with Adam cause Adam promises to take the chip out.
28(29.2%)
He might, but more because he'd be attracted to Faith. After all, "dark hair" and "criminally insane" is his type...
27(28.1%)
He'd try, but Faith wouldn't want to work with him.
14(14.6%)
Not sure
8(8.3%)

7. Pretend you're a movie reviewer and give this episode a star rating:

***** (Five stars)
15(16.3%)
**** (Four stars)
58(63.0%)
*** (Three stars)
19(20.7%)
** (Two stars)
0(0.0%)
* (One star)
0(0.0%)


Comments

doublemeat
Oct. 11th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
1. C'mon, now. I don't have a "WWFD" t-shirt.

2. I honestly don't know. Council? Screw them. Police? Can't contain her. Initiative? Hell no! Angel? Not his problem. Kill her? No-killing-humans rule. Rehabilitate her? There's no methadone for homicidal mania. Fight her? Until what? It's a question of the least bad option.

3. Buffy did more than enough.

4. This is a rare instance of me siding with Angel. The rest of the Scoobies, not so much (although it's arguable what they could/should have done).

5. No way. I don't think Wilkins understood the concept of redemption. He knew Faith couldn't survive as a hunted fugitive and was trying to give her a chance.

6. What would be in it for him? He's not delusional or stupid enough to think a long-term partnership would be possible.
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 11th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
1. You have a WWBD shirt?

2. *nods*

4. I got all flaily and confused on this one so I just chose the Mayor cause he made her happy. *gets confused by her own poll questions*

6. Yeah, but he is delusional and stupid enough to court the Slayer in S5. I think Spike makes some not-smart choices sometimes. *pets him*
doublemeat
Oct. 11th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
1. :D The "B" is the gothic B from the titles. Someone finally recognized it the other day, a friend of a friend at a get-together. I was excited, but I asked if he was a Buffy fan and he was all "Nope". Shit.

6. There's an automatic exception for love... but that wouldn't apply yet. I can't see Spike falling in love with Faith, Slayer or no.
doublemeat
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, on #4. The Mayor's videotaped message to Faith is really interesting. He's trying to help her, but he's also (still!) trying to infantilize her. He flat out says that he doesn't think she can take care of herself. And telling a person you "love" that you really think they should become someone else is all kinds of messed up.

The Mayor is perhaps the least human of all the show's Big Bads, which must be a deliberate irony, considering he's the only one who actually *is* human. He acts like he loves Faith, but he uses her in horrible ways, and there's always an implicit message of "you are worthless" (exactly Faith's weak spot). Sort of an emotional Uncanny Valley.
local_max
Oct. 12th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
The Mayor is perhaps the least human of all the show's Big Bads, which must be a deliberate irony, considering he's the only one who actually *is* human.

Willow is human! (And if not her, Warren is.) (Yes, "life" is the Big Bad, but I don't agree with that, if only because if we go that route, I'd describe Institutional Authority as the Big Bad of season three....)
doublemeat
Oct. 12th, 2011 09:24 am (UTC)
S6 is a special case. Neither Willow nor Warren really fit the Big Bad bill in structural terms. I agree that making the BB an abstraction doesn't make much sense either, whatever Joss says. I'd be inclined to say S6 just doesn't have one.

But OK, Wilkins is one of at most two human Big Bads. :)

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