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Episode Poll: 5.10 Into the Woods

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Welp, this episode is mightily controversial. You know the drill, guys! Ticky ticky, share your thoughts! Let's do Into the Woods.





Poll #1827612
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 114

1. Joyce's surgery turns out well in this episode, leading us to think that she'll be okay. However, a few episodes down the line, she dies due to a complication involving the surgery. Good play on Joss' part or cheap trick?

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Good play. It works well for the season.
73 (64.0%)
Cheap trick. It's just a way for Joss to jerk the audience around.
11 (9.6%)
A little of both
28 (24.6%)
Not sure
2 (1.8%)

2. There is controversy about how this episode portrays the problems in the Buffy/Riley relationship. Some people feel that it pushes the burden all onto Buffy's shoulders. Let's get some questions about this going. Do you think Buffy's being "shut down" was a significant part of the Buffy/Riley breakdown?

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Yes
26 (23.4%)
No
58 (52.3%)
I have another answer
17 (15.3%)
Not sure
10 (9.0%)

3. If you chose "no" in #2, do you think this episode piled the blame on Buffy?

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Yes
70 (64.2%)
No
9 (8.3%)
I chose "yes" in #2!
15 (13.8%)
Not sure
15 (13.8%)

4. Do you think the writers believed that Buffy's being shut down was the primary reason for the Buffy/Riley break-up?

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Yes
35 (31.2%)
No
28 (25.0%)
I have another answer
3 (2.7%)
Not sure
46 (41.1%)

5. Spike spies Riley going to the vamp house. The next night, he takes Buffy there to reveal what Riley was doing. Good thing?

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Absolutely. Buffy deserved to know.
22 (19.5%)
Buffy deserved to know, but the way Spike went about it was kinda douche-y
85 (75.2%)
No way. It wasn't any of Spike's business.
3 (2.7%)
I have another answer.
1 (0.9%)
Not sure
2 (1.8%)

6. At some points, Riley's repeated visitations to the vamps for blood-sucking fun resemble a drug addiction. At other times, the show draws a comparison to infidelity. Which one works best for you?

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Drug addiction
4 (3.6%)
Infidelity
38 (33.9%)
They both work
62 (55.4%)
Neither
8 (7.1%)

7. Buffy and Giles get into a disagreement about the bloodsucking-for-cash business. Do you think the Slayer should spend time rooting out the vampire-human feeding dens?

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Yes. "Vampires are vampires."
9 (8.0%)
No. "They're willing victims. [...] There are people out there who deserve your help who aren't."
69 (61.1%)
I have another answer
6 (5.3%)
Not sure
29 (25.7%)

8. Riley stakes Spike with a plastic wood-grain stake and warns Spike to stay away from Buffy.

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Riley's gone round the bend. That's fucked up.
63 (55.8%)
A little extreme, but no harm done. Spike's a vampire so violence is how he rolls.
27 (23.9%)
Spike was being a jerk. Riley had to keep him in line.
5 (4.4%)
I have another answer
13 (11.5%)
Not sure
5 (4.4%)

9. Riley's douchiest act of the episode?

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Visiting vamp-whores
4 (3.6%)
Torturing Spike
4 (3.6%)
Blaming Buffy for his visiting vamp-whores
85 (76.6%)
Giving Buffy an ultimatum
16 (14.4%)
Leaving
2 (1.8%)

10. Tell me your thoughts on Xander's speech. You know the one. Check all that apply:

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It was more about Xander/Anya than Buffy/Riley
71 (24.7%)
Well-intended but off the mark
63 (22.0%)
Insulting
47 (16.4%)
Insightful. It shows why Xander is the guy who sees things
12 (4.2%)
Buffy needed to hear it
10 (3.5%)
It hurt Buffy in the long-run by convincing her that she was the problem
77 (26.8%)
It helped Buffy in the long-run by spurring her to find a way to open up
7 (2.4%)

11. Biggest douche of the episode?

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Riley
88 (80.7%)
Spike
9 (8.3%)
Xander
12 (11.0%)
Buffy
0 (0.0%)

12. Xander tells Buffy that she took Riley for granted. True?

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Yes
30 (26.8%)
No
55 (49.1%)
I have another answer
9 (8.0%)
Not sure
18 (16.1%)

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

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***** (Five stars)
2 (2.0%)
**** (Four stars)
24 (23.5%)
*** (Three stars)
50 (49.0%)
** (Two stars)
16 (15.7%)
* (One star)
10 (9.8%)


Comments

penny_lane_42
Mar. 20th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Xander's speech was going well until Buffy tells him what Riley was doing. That should have completely derailed Xander's attempt to get Buffy to SEE what he saw. Instead, when Buffy tries to walk away, he forces her to listen to him as he subsequently blames Buffy for it all. That's beyond the fucking pale. Really? His response to learning that Riley was visiting vamp-whores is, "Well, Buffy, it's kinda your fault cause you were all shut down after Angel left"? Fuck that, dude.


Okay, YES THIS. It's been so long since I watched the speech that I didn't remember that this is how it went down, but: YES YES YES.

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