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June 26 2007

IF Magazine gives Season 8 Buffy comic #4 an A-. Senior editor Sean Elliot says there are "more questions raised by the end of Joss Whedon’s return to the universe of Buffy the Vampire Slayer."More plot summary than actual review, this reviewer does like the season thus far.

I really just thought this review should be in the archives... Plus he used that word "imbued" in a sentence.

If Warren never died, how was the First Evil able to take his form so many times in the seventh season of the series?

Actually, that makes a very good point, one I'm sure somebody will adequately explain, but, really, my understanding was that the First could only take on the incorporeal appearance of the dead (or undead). The comment from a reader is not convincing.
Ooh, I'm glad I read this because I didn't notice the Warren/The First flaw, and I didn't realize that it was the Asian slayer who kissed Buffy to wake her up.
Well, like every one has said before, Warren did say "the last few moments of his human life", which kinda implies he's not one now.
Also, remember he said that Amy had "about a four-second window before I died from shock alone." Notice that he never actually said that he didn't die at some point during the process. He could easily have died and been resuscitated. While the "rules" say you can't be brought back from a natural death, we know that (like lots of other "rules",) that's not necessarily precisely true: CPR and/or cardiac shock can resuscitate someone within a minute or two of their clinical death (like Buffy in Prophecy Girl.) I see no particular reason to think the same thing couldn't be accomplished with a little magical assist; just that the person can't be brought back once they've "crossed over" or whatever you want to call it.
I thought death *was* the "crossing over," or whatever you want to call it.

Am I wrong?
Lots of people "die" and are resuscitated. Some more than once. If someone assumes the existence of a soul or an afterlife, I'm pretty sure that science isn't up to the task of pulling that soul out of whatever afterlife it may go to after death. And there always comes a point where a person can no longer be resuscitated with today's technology - even though the body can be kept artificially "alive", the person is gone.

So yeah, there's a distinct difference between the moment of physical death - which can often be reversed or even held at bay indefinitely - and the point at which the "person" no longer resides in the body. Whether one attaches any religious significance to that or not is, of course, up to the individual. I don't, but I don't pretend to understand the actual mechanics, either.

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