She mentioned "This isn’t the first time this has happened, is it?" Does that mean there is a reason behind Marcie's inviability occurrence and that the the Initiative/goverment could be reasonable for what happened to Marcie's issue?
I don't think it was a matter of Buffy just being distracted by Riley's big arms, although her infatuation and a fresh and exciting new relationship would certainly have played a part. I think the way she jumped headfirst into the Initiative had far more to do with her unconsciously seeking out another "Watchers Council." As much as Buffy resented both the Council and then later the Initiative trying to stifle her or order her around, I think Buffy unconsciously sought out another organisation which she could become part of and give some order back into her life. A lot of people really struggle with their newfound freedom and unstructured life in their first year of university. It's why, here in Australia at least, the first year of college has a 50% drop out rate because people can't cope without a high school structure/parents/teachers forcing you to attend classes everyday etc. Buffy really struggled in "The Freshman" and whilst she's shown adjusting over the next few episodes she's still expressing sadness at how "everything's changed now" in "Pangs." I think Buffy hoped to seek some comfort in belonging to an demon-hunting organisation again with Maggie Walsh *cough* Watcher *cough* acting as an authority figure and ordering her around.As I remember Buffy thought that the FBI agents were 'very creepy'.
So by S4 she should've been a bit more suspect about 'official government' involvement in the supernatural but she was distracted by Riley's big arms or something.
Also Buffy might have been getting paid to patrol with the initiative which was essentially a job she was already doing for free.I also just imagine that a part of Buffy found comfort in the idea that, as she says, when "she patrolled she'd now have the highly trained team backing her up." Slayings a rough and scary job. I can't blame Buffy for initially liking the idea of having an entire team of soldiers watching her back. The interesting tension between Buffy and the Initiative in Season 4 is that despite their shadiness and Buffy's uncomfortableness with their experimentation, they're ultimately both interested in getting vampires and demons off the streets. It's why Buffy doesn't try and shut the Initiative down after "Goodbye Iowa" and continues to patrol with Riley and let him call in cases of vampires and demons over his radio even if Buffy herself won't patrol with the soldiers anymore.
But yeah, the fact that she also got to go work with her shiny new boyfriend with the good arms certainly didn't hurt
A Supernatural situation, fake badges!The FBI just investigates federal crimes. At the end of the episode, we see Marcie in a class for assassins, which sounds more like CIA training for a field asset. The Initiative is a military unit and from the Posse Comitatus rules, cannot enforce laws within the US. All of these organizations are separate and sometimes antagonistic to each other, so my guess is the people who took Marcie away were CIA even if they said they were FBI.
I don't think the government was responsible for the invisibility but did have a unit trained in dealing with these events. The hellmouth caused the invisibility. We see it again in season 7.