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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. 8th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
1. I think this is always a reasonable request. Riley was obviously more capable than the average Scoobie physically but fighting vampires is hard. Well, sometimes. If Buffy ended up getting wounded by her own stake then a guy who's far weaker than her has every chance of that occurring. I mean, I know the show's portrayal of vampire strength is hella inconsistent but for this episode we're obviously supposed to view your random run of the mill vamp as dangerously unpredictable.

2. I've never really made my mind up on the whole Cecily/Halfrek issue. But... I would probably have to say that either way she was just being horrid. William may have been irritating but there's no need to react like that.

3. I always took the inference to be true. I'm not entirely convinced the railroad spike thing is how he got his name though, after all we only ever hear about that from Giles in Season 2 right? And I'm loathe to trust those old Watcher books. ;)

4. It's hard to know what Drusilla sees and what she doesn't but I think it would be a case of extremely good luck if she had just chosen William at random. So for that reason I think she saw something in him. Plus, it just makes their story much more interesting overall.

5. Yes. I believe they do. Maybe not consciously but certainly underneath it all; I think it's such a hard and lonely life, certainly for the slayers of the past, that it would be difficult to not have a small part of themselves wishing for a release from the weight of responsibility they carry.

6. Again, yes. She has a support network which makes it easier for her to cope overall. But she's still alone in being all chosen. Aside from Kendra/Faith obv. Then again there's every chance that having the extra worry for her friends and family could make it worse. They are her greatest strength and her greatest weakness after all. I've always held the opinion that Buffy's sacrifice in The Gift was in some way fulfilling the prediction (statement?) Spike made in this episode.

7. I think it's proven that she does want to dance in Season 6. ;) There's also the fact that she never dusts Spike despite having ample opportunity to throughout the series.

8. It's totally uncalled for. Then again she had to open herself up to him by even requesting the information in the first place; so I think her treating him so badly is just because she feels badly about showing any vulnerability in front of him. It's like an admission of sorts, which is then followed through on when she lets him sit next to her on the steps at the end when she's crying. A situation that maybe wouldn't have occurred if they hadn't had the previous moment?

9. This is hard. I pick the Chinese girl because I feel so bad for her. Also, she reminds me of Kendra a little; so disciplined, so proper, so dedicated. I always wish we had learned more about her. Nikki is awesome too though! :)

10. I have no answer to this. I would like to think not, but that's just me being totally biased. There's no real reason why he wouldn't have gone through with it. In my head!canon I always treat this scene as the moment Spike truly understood how much he loved her, or at least this was the moment it actually became real for him.

11. No. Although I'm always interested to know what he actually did tell her.

12. Spike killing Nikki. It's one of the best scenes in the entire show. I've watched the episode stupid amounts of times and yet I'm always wowed. The final flashback with Dru is both awesome and revealing, however.

13. It could never be less that 5 stars. :D
Feb. 8th, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
3. This is true. As I recall, they were wrong about Spike's age, as well. :)

9. I also chose the Chinese Slayer! She needs more love.

10. That's my head!canon, too! Up to this point, he'd been resisting his feelings. We see that in Family when he goes to watch the demons kill her (but ends up helping her). He doesn't want to admit he's in love with Buffy. But finally, here, he gives in to his inner William and chooses to set aside the gun and fess up to the fact that he' fool for love? See what I did there? *shuffles off*


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