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July 27 2012

Geek, Interrupted. It's Women in Science Fiction Week at Bitch Flicks, and there's an essay about Willow's character arc and its unfinished business.

There's also one about Firefly.

I LOVE this! I love Willow. She and Buffy reached a point where they were both on equal ground, of comparable strength in the fight against evil. The spell in "Chosen" where Willow uses the scythe to awaken the slayers is one of the best scenes in the whole series... I get chills just thinking about it. Willow, like Buffy, discovers her power and must learn to wield it. "The Weight Of The World" is the turning point where you see that Willow CAN lead, and it's amazing to see that play out.
I'm surprised there wasn't any mention of the speech Dark Willow gives to Buffy, because that seems to tie right in with the self-loathing and craving a new identity: "Let me tell you something about Willow. She’s a loser. And she always has been. People picked on Willow in junior high school, high school, up until college… with her stupid mousy ways and now… Willow’s a junkie."
Yeah also this line:

"the only thing going for me were those moments, just moments, when Tara would look at me and I was wonderful."

I stil have so many thoughts about Willow. I felt like the writes really clung to that junkie/drugs plot they were pushing but never seemed to really bring out into the open, except for a couple of lines here and there, what I thought Willow's abuse of magic really was about, which the author talks about in this article.

I really hate that "Willow's a junky" line because she's not, I mean technically an outside observer could call her that, but it's too much of a gross simplification fo what she is.

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