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Episode Poll: 5.15 I Was Made to Love You

Heads up. LJ's been doing this thing the past month or so where it won't email me comment notifications for top-level comments on poll posts. That means that, usually, after the first day or so of posting the poll, I'm not likely to see your comment cause it requires me remembering to go in and check manually. *cringe*

It's annoying, and I'm sorry for not replying to any comments you guys have made. I'm gonna try to keep an eye on the posts longer. *promises*

But now, I Was Made to Love You, a surprisingly fruitful episode as far as polling goes...

Poll #1835936
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 110

1. Xander suggests that the reason Buffy hasn't found a great relationship on the Hellmouth is "because it's a Hellmouth". Work for you?

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Yeah. It is a horrible place.
5 (4.6%)
Kinda. It's more because Buffy's the Slayer than about her location. Having a Calling makes it hard to give care to a relationship.
21 (19.3%)
No. Like Buffy said, it's because of her "alarming strength and remarkable self-involvement".
3 (2.8%)
No. Buffy's only 20. Sometimes it takes a while to find a good relationship.
70 (64.2%)
I have another answer.
9 (8.3%)
Not sure.
1 (0.9%)

2. Ben gives his number to Buffy in a dating overture. Do you think he genuinely likes her or is he trying to get close to her because she's the Slayer?

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He's genuinely attracted to her.
46 (42.2%)
He's just trying to get close to the Slayer.
3 (2.8%)
A bit of both.
51 (46.8%)
I have another answer.
2 (1.8%)
Not sure.
7 (6.4%)

3. As the Scoobies agree that April was created as a sexbot, Xander wistfully fantasizes: "I mean, what guy doesn't dream about that? Beautiful girl with no other thought but to please you...willing to do anything..." As he gets a nonreaction from the girls, he mentions that Oz would have gotten it. Would he have?

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Yeah. Oz isn't immune to the appeal of sexbots.
18 (16.5%)
No. It's not Oz's thing.
74 (67.9%)
I have another answer
6 (5.5%)
Not sure
11 (10.1%)

4. Speaking of the sexbot thing, Giles conveniently rushes off to help a customer in the midst of this exchange. Would Giles be down with a sexbot?

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Yep. He'd never say as such, though.
30 (27.5%)
No. Giles isn't the type.
49 (45.0%)
I have another answer
3 (2.8%)
Not sure
27 (24.8%)

5. Willow is initially inclined to sympathize with Warren because he's obviously so lonely. Buffy disagrees with any sympathizing with him. What's your stance? (Keep in mind this is only for this one thing: building a sexbot. Ignore all his sleaziness in S6.)

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He's sympathetic. "Everyone wants a nice normal person to share with, but this guy, if he couldn't find that, I guess it's kinda sad."
23 (21.1%)
Not sympathetic. "The guy's just a big wedge of sleaze."
53 (48.6%)
I have another answer
17 (15.6%)
Not sure
16 (14.7%)

6. Spike makes an appearance at the Magic Box to try to win over the Scoobies after his catastrophic falling out with Buffy in the last episode. Is he just trying to find a way to get back to Buffy or does he genuinely want to keep the Scoobies as kinda-friends?

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He's just trying to keep an avenue to Buffy open
36 (33.0%)
He's trying to keep his place in the periphery of the Scooby group.
4 (3.7%)
Bit of both
67 (61.5%)
I have another answer
1 (0.9%)
Not sure
1 (0.9%)

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

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***** (Five stars)
8 (7.7%)
**** (Four stars)
43 (41.3%)
*** (Three stars)
48 (46.2%)
** (Two stars)
5 (4.8%)
* (One star)
0 (0.0%)


Apr. 24th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
5. Well, I think everyone is/can be sympathetic, even if they're bad guys.
Apr. 24th, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes! There's the famous Christopher Walken response, when he was asked if he preferred playing good guys or bad guys...

"Ain't no difference, everyone thinks they're a hero."
Apr. 24th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
5. They can be. :)

It's odd. You know I think Warren's a great character. I don't really sympathize with him, though. Especially not here where we know so little about him. Dude creates a walking and talking fleshlight, fine, but he also programs her to love him and feel physical pain if she doesn't respond to him. That's...kinda skeezy.

I dunno. I can't say I find him too sympathetic. I still like him as a character. I think he's hella realistic. There are a bunch of people in RL that I don't sympathize with at all. But, yeah, he gets my raised eyebrow of general disapproval, even here.
Apr. 24th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
For me, it's like this:

Why bother sympathizing with him? He spends so much time thinking about himself and taking such extreme measures to satisfy those needs -- no matter how dehumanizing and cruel they are to others. He's too privileged and self-interested for me.

I have sympathy for the kid he used to be. But I don't have sympathy for the person he later becomes.

There's plenty of people who deal with trauma -- and there's a connection drawn between Xander and Warren, too, making this explicit. Maybe it's sad that Warren was the guy who never had the social support to get outside his terrible situation, to grow and become a better person. But then again, I think life is full of opportunities and Warren seems incredibly self-driven. There's a choice involved here in who Warren becomes and he chooses to become a pretty terrible person. Probably the worst souled person we see in the entire series.

(yeah, my Warren feelings are way harsh, I just see no redeeming qualities in him in terms of how he treats other people -- or if they ever were, I can't remember them under the darkest impressions he's made in my mind)

Edited at 2012-04-24 04:52 pm (UTC)
Apr. 24th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yes yes!

All this. And it's all evident even in this episode, to be sure. He programs April in the creepiest - most sociopathic - way possible, then ditches her without remorse for Katrina. Sleaze.
Apr. 25th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
I have sympathy for the kid he used to be. But I don't have sympathy for the person he later becomes.

Apr. 24th, 2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. Well, I mean, it's VERY skeezy, for sure.


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