L-chan (mellowcandle) wrote,

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not the way to get the fire back

The 30 Days, 30 Ships Meme
Day 16 - What is the absolute worst pairing?


Buffy and Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

You know, in theory, I get it. I really do. I get the dramatic potential of a dark, dysfunctional relationship borne out of depression and self-loathing. That's not why I have a problem with it.

My problem is two-fold.

A. It became the fucking Spike show, in all meanings of the word. Remember how Buffy was the hero? Not anymore. The show was more concerned with Spike. Spike's story, Spike's journey, Spike's redemption, Spike's precious ickle feelings. This is what happens when writers fall too much in love with a character/actor. It takes over. The story suffers to keep the character at the forefront. Spike went from villain to co-lead to romantic lead. WHAT? Everything that made him interesting was sucked away, pun intended, to turn him into a swoony woobie. Big mistake.

B. What it did to Buffy long-term. Short-term I could handle. I could go where her story was going as she suffocated and floundered. It wasn't fun, but okay, she had to go through it. But not only did she go from calling this "using" him to "being in love with" him, she had the gall to go and say that out of all her friends, the people who had fought by her side loyally when they didn't have to, the Watcher who loved her like she was his own child, she said that the only person who ever had her back was the demon who tried to rape her. OH HELL NO.

The elevation of this ship ultimately ruined the show. It wasn't the only thing. There were a lot of missteps in the last couple of years, but this.... just horrible. Horrible, horrible.

Fun fact: Buffy's very last word on the very last episode of the show with her name in the title? "Spike."

Day 01 - What is your current favorite ship?
Day 02 - What was your very first ship?
Day 03 - A pairing that needs to happen now?
Day 04 - The pairing with the most chemistry?
Day 05 - The pairing with the least chemistry?
Day 06 - The best kiss?
Day 07 - The most heartbreaking scene?
Day 08 - The pairing with the most baggage?
Day 09 - The most believable relationship?
Day 10 - Why aren’t these two married in real life?
Day 11 - What is your dream pairing?
Day 12 - Who had the best wedding?
Day 13 - What is your favorite television pairing?
Day 14 - What is your favorite book pairing?
Day 15 - What is your favorite real life pairing?
Day 16 - What is the absolute worst pairing?
Day 17 - A pairing you thought would never work out, but did?
Day 18 - What is the cutest pairing?
Day 19 - A pairing you’ve rooted for since the beginning?
Day 20 - The ‘can’t stand the sexual tension anymore’ pairing?
Day 21 - A pairing you like and no one else understands why?
Day 22 - A pairing you hate and no one else understands why?
Day 23 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out great?
Day 24 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out badly?
Day 25 - A pairing that was/would-be adorable, but could never work out?
Day 26 - A pairing that you hated and ended up loving?
Day 27 - A pairing that you loved and ended up hating?
Day 28 - A pairing that you will never understand?
Day 29 - What ship had the best proposal?
Day 30 - Your favorite ship forever and ever and ever!

Tags: 30 ships meme, buffy, fandom memes
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