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Episode Poll: 5.07 Fool for Love

Fool for Love! I'm so excited!

William! If some of these look familiar, it's because I've kinda done polls for this episode in the past. I'm a fan of recycling...but there's new people and maybe your opinion's changed! Also, new questions! Have at it! Seriously, I had to stop myself. I was coming up with far too many questions. It's not fair to the other episodes.

Let's do this!

Poll #1817396
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 150

1. After Buffy is stabbed by a vampire, Riley offers to patrol. Buffy insists that he take the Scoobies along with him. Reasonable?

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Yes. Buffy just got almost-killed by a regular vamp. Strength in numbers is smart.
121 (81.8%)
No. Riley can handle himself.
13 (8.8%)
I have another answer.
5 (3.4%)
Not sure.
9 (6.1%)

2. So...Cecily?

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Unreasonably rude to William.
86 (58.1%)
Eh, William was probably being a creepy stalker guy. He deserved the smackdown.
24 (16.2%)
I have another answer.
18 (12.2%)
Not sure.
20 (13.5%)

3. Did William actually go back and drive railroad spikes through those party-goers' heads after he was turned?

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Well, yeah. That's how he got his name, right?
100 (67.6%)
Nah. That was part of the joke about how he got his name
33 (22.3%)
I have another answer
5 (3.4%)
Not sure
10 (6.8%)

4. So did Drusilla actually use her super-seer sense to realize how fantastic Spike would be when she turned William?

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Yep. Hence the whole talking about his greatness and effulgence and such
89 (59.7%)
Nah, Darla showed that she would have done that to the first person she saw. She wanted a playmate.
36 (24.2%)
I have another answer
10 (6.7%)
Not sure
14 (9.4%)

5. Do all Slayers have a death wish?

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56 (38.4%)
40 (27.4%)
I have another answer
17 (11.6%)
Not sure
33 (22.6%)

6. Does Buffy have a death wish?

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17 (11.4%)
109 (73.2%)
15 (10.1%)
Not sure
8 (5.4%)

7. Does Buffy want to dance?

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Yes, of course!
30 (20.7%)
Maybe a little, though she wouldn't admit it
99 (68.3%)
No way.
7 (4.8%)
Not sure
9 (6.2%)

8. Buffy shoved Spike to the ground, threw money at him, then gave him the ultimate put down.

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Wow. That's mean.
55 (37.4%)
Nah, Spike was being a jerk. She had reason.
62 (42.2%)
I have another answer.
18 (12.2%)
Not sure.
12 (8.2%)

9. The Chinese Slayer or the Subway Slayer?

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Chinese Slayer
38 (26.2%)
Subway Slayer (Nikki Wood)
107 (73.8%)

10. If Buffy hadn't been crying - and assuming his chip wouldn't disable him - would Spike have shot and killed Buffy?

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16 (10.8%)
86 (58.1%)
Not sure.
46 (31.1%)

11. Did Spike tell Buffy the truth about his past as a bloody awful poet and his rejection by Cecily?

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23 (15.4%)
112 (75.2%)
Not sure
14 (9.4%)

12. Which flashback did you like best?

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William getting turned by Drusilla
24 (16.3%)
William - Spike - learning about the Slayer from Angelus
16 (10.9%)
Spike killing his first Slayer
18 (12.2%)
Spike killing his second Slayer
76 (51.7%)
Drusilla getting caught cheating on Spike
13 (8.8%)

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

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***** (Five stars)
119 (82.6%)
**** (Four stars)
23 (16.0%)
*** (Three stars)
2 (1.4%)
** (Two stars)
0 (0.0%)
* (One star)
0 (0.0%)


Feb. 7th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
1. I agree with upupa_epops. Also, yeah. It's just dangerous. Buffy frequently doesn't patrol by herself--why should Riley?

2. unreasonably rude. There's just something really cutting about the "beneath me" insult. Ruder than he deserved, even if he was being creepy (which I'm not convinced that he was).

3. Yes! Railroad spike=revenge for their mockery!

4. Yes! Effulgence!

5. Yes! Death wish! Well, that's my guess anyway. I think they likely don't start out with a death wish, but that the burden of being the lone fighter for good, living in secret, abandoning family and dreams and whatnot, combined with constantly seeing death play out at your own hands... after a while, it takes a toll, I bet.

6. Totally death wish. At this point, I think Spike's right, that she has too much to cling to in life, but the death wish is there under the surface--and when the things she clings to are stripped away, the death wish is laid bare.

7. Totally wants to dance. That's part of why she's so mean to Spike, here, I think. Pushing away from the attraction she feels.

8. Another answer--Buffy was really mean--just like Cecily. But with Buffy, I think she's actually lashing out at Spike because she's angry at herself. Angry because she's attracted to him. Angry because she can identify with him. Angry because he can see through her mask and understand her better than anyone ever has before--and what does that say about her, then? If this evil thing that KILLED her sister slayers knows her better than anyone else, what does that mean? If she and him are kindred spirits, then is SHE evil like he is? She's beneath the image she's created for herself. She's not the good Buffy that everyone thinks they know--she's the dark Buffy that only Spike knows. She hates that part of herself--the part that Spike has come to represent for her, so really, Buffy's talking to herself when she tells Spike he's beneath her. She's pushing that part of herself down, denying its existence, stomping on it to make sure it doesn't think it's allowed into the light.

It's awful, but it has way more to do with Buffy's feelings about Buffy than it does to do with her feelings about Spike.

9. Nikki! The subway scene is just so beautiful.

10. My guess is no.

11. No way, Jose. He's always been bad as far as Buffy knows (at this point, anyway).

12. Spike and Nikki! Best of all the flashbacks! Best best best!

13. FIVE BILLIONTY MUTHEREFFING STARS. ALL THE STARS. Easily one of the best episodes of the series.

Edited at 2012-02-07 11:47 pm (UTC)
Feb. 8th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
Per your numbah 8: totes amaze! I agree most wholeheartedly. Shall we set a date?
Feb. 8th, 2012 05:35 am (UTC)
Of course it's yes! I'm thinking a day ceremony in the park.
Feb. 8th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
I agree with your #8 reply. I've pretty much always thought the same things; you expressed it very well. :)
Feb. 8th, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)
*High five*
Feb. 8th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
3. I've been tending towards this lately, though I could still go either way.

13. *hands the episode ALL THE STARS*
Feb. 8th, 2012 07:45 am (UTC)
Re #8: Agreed to all of this, with the clarification that I don't think Buffy is anyway near this clear about what she's feeling and why. Most of it is just bubbling near the surface of her conscious mind, because a) she doesn't want to think about it, and b) she doesn't have the time to with all the major things going on in her life (Joyce, Glory, Dawn and even Riley). But maybe this is what you meant with "stomping on it"...?


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