(SPOILER) Pucking hell. Via the Cross and Stake board comes a link to a BtVS mailing list at Yahoo Groups.
At 'The Stake Board' we read a post suggesting the new shape-shifting big bad is based on the character 'Puck' (as featured in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream) a.k.a. Pwca, Phouka, Robin Goodfellow, and in another incarnation, Robin Hood'. (Supposedly, the new Sunnydale High school principle will be called Robin Wood)
In Shakespeare's play, Puck casts a spell that makes the queen of the fairies, Titania, fall in love with whoever she sees first. Other characters in the play are affected by the spell as well. Everybody falls in love with the 'wrong' person.
Sounds like something that can lead our Scoobies to hugs and orgies. A lot of laughs, and a lot of heart break. Hmm... sounds Whedonesque.
Our link points to a page where you can read up on this age old prankster: As a shape-shifter, Puck has had many appearances over the years. [ ... ] However, woe betide those who transgress natural law, for they make themselves a target for Puck's wrath. In this sense, he is a spiritual vigilante, punishing those who commit moral crimes that human laws let pass."
July 20 2002
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