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Discussion of 8.03 "The Long Way Home Part 3" - Released 05/02/07 (Dark Horse)

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"With Buffy incapacitated, Amy the witch has taken the opportunity to - get this - lay siege with an army of the undead. Willow takes her on in a witches' battle royal as hundreds of Slayers defend their Scottish citadel, but without the kiss of true love, Buffy will be out of commission indefinitely-with an unwelcome familiar face, and an image you won't soon forget."

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Now this one you've gotta see. Tons of ideas to be discussed, and as usual nobody here yet to discuss it with. Am I the only one that goes to the comic store for a reserved issue on release day?

This one's easily the best so far . It demands an immediate reread. So much stuff in such a small space. So many wild ideas. I will say we guessed right on the 2 main questions, and when I say "we", I mean at least one of us here at B-boards on both questions.

Oh wait there was one mystery I don't think we guessed right. Two words - cinnamon buns.

There is something for Bangel's, Spuffy's, and Spangels.

And the last image - yuck.
 
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I'm not reading any further...Comic Book Guy let me down...still no no. 2 :(

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Yeah, there's something for them in issue # 3 too, isn't there?

Oh and we have to invent a new one. Rexander, or Xanderenee.
 
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I could have lived without that image of the Spuffangels !! LOL

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What image?? Now I'm curious, please tell me! (I just ordered the #3 issue and I haven't read it yet, but please tell me)
 

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Spuffiness I'll tell you at the bottom of this post. Major spoiler if you haven't read issue 3 yet. These will start to appear now that a few have read the story.

Did anyone see that one of the slayers was reading Fray?
No I missed that, and I went back to reread the story earlier specifically looking for that kind of stuff. Good find.

Here's some of the stuff I did notice though.

* Joss Whedon is in Buffy's dream. He's in one of the cubes.

* If it isn't Xander, Willow, or Dawn who kisses Buffy, the only other two we know by name who are in the room are Leah, and Rowena.

* Xander calls Willow Elphaba. Elphaba is a name given to the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz.

* New Buffyism - Barflex - the reflex to barf.

* The sound effect when Dawn steps on Amy is SMLOOOSH. No significance here I just get a kick out of those things.

Spuffiness the last image is of Warren, and he looks pretty much the way Willow left him at the end of Season 6.
 
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Smlooosh...:) i love that

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The comic book store in my area isn't getting them until next week, that sucks major @$$. Can someone tell me what happened? I don't feel like waiting
 

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Is it wrong that I think Renee is hot? I mean she's just a cartoon.
Nope so long as you don't try to feel her up through the pages of the book. Can you PLEASE tell me what happened in detail cause I don't feel like waiting til next week when my store gets it
 

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Here ya go...from Wikipedia.

The figure in the duster and red shirt is revealed to be Ethan Rayne, a former friend of Giles and chaos-worshipping sorceror. He reveals that they are trapped within Buffy's dreamspace, the conglomeration of all of a person's possible dreams. (To prove this, he reveals a scene showing Buffy in a nurse's uniform flanked by a naked Angel and Spike.) Ethan urges Buffy to escape so she can help the battle raging outside. Willow and Amy are locked in a magical duel, with Willow absorbing Amy's magics to "decode them". Willow then casts a spell that makes the undead army behave as if they were at a ball.

Amy retaliates with another magic spell, which Willow counters--her eyes and hair turning black in the process. While Amy taunts her, the gigantic-sized Dawn crushes Amy beneath her foot. Meanwhile, Ethan has led Buffy through her dreamspace to Amy's cage from her time as a rat. Buffy then sees triple x's (which she associates with either Vin Diesel or pornography), and Ethan begins speaking in riddles.

With Amy out of the way, Willow addresses Buffy's condition. She reveals that someone in the room is in love with her, even though that person may not have realized it. Willow then commands all the people in the room to close their eyes and asks the person in love with Buffy to come forward and kiss her. Buffy awakens, but the source of the kiss is not revealed.

Giles contacts a demon of the same breed as those killed in Part 1, asking for information about the symbol found on the bodies. The demon insists that the symbol is meaningless to his kind. Xander contacts Andrew in Italy to see if their station was attacked, and cautions him to be on alert. Xander then visits a wounded but recuperating Renee, reassuring her that she did her best in the battle.

Buffy and Willow examine Amy, now held in a binding spell. Buffy and Willow attempt to catch up -- Willow asks about Dawn's giant condition (asking Buffy if the cause was having sex with a Thricewise) and Buffy asks about Kennedy. Willow reveals that Kennedy died, but only a short-lived mystical death. Willow traces the source of Amy's power, finding that it came from something besides Amy herself. The tracing spell opens a portal which transports Willow to what appears to be the army base. Amy mentions that they had agreed to capture Buffy, but figures that Willow will serve as bait. A voice claims to be looking forward to killing Buffy, but that he is most excited about revenging himself on Willow. The figure emerges from the shadows and is revealed to be a skinless man: Warren Mears.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Way_Home_(Buffy_comic)#Part_3

Everyone seems to have a theory on the triple X symbol, which appears to be important, and Ethan Rayne's cryptic comment about "being more antique Roman than Dane". Apparently it's a quote from Hamlet and has to do with wanting to commit suicide, or some such thing. That sounds better thought out than my theory. I saw the Xes, and thought X men, which is of course, silly, but there was an X Man character named Lorna Dane (Polaris) who was all the time finding herself a victim of one form or another of mind control.
 

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Here ya go...from Wikipedia.




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Way_Home_(Buffy_comic)#Part_3

Everyone seems to have a theory on the triple X symbol, which appears to be important, and Ethan Rayne's cryptic comment about "being more antique Roman than Dane". Apparently it's a quote from Hamlet and has to do with wanting to commit suicide, or some such thing. That sounds better thought out than my theory. I saw the Xes, and thought X men, which is of course, silly, but there was an X Man character named Lorna Dane (Polaris) who was all the time finding herself a victim of one form or another of mind control.
Well one I would like to say wow, there was a lot of stuff going on in this one...and I don't get it lol. Maybe I'll have to see it more in order to get it lol. But the whole dreamscape thing...and I wonder who it was that kissed Buffy? Also Kennedy died? Did she stay dead or did Willow bring her back. I was a little lost on the mystical thing. Kennedy should stay dead and then they could bring back Tara, like how Joss was originally planning to do but scheduling conflicts and such happened. Also I would like to know how the hell is Warren alive? I mean first and foremost I doubt anybody could survive their skin being ripped off, I mean the shock alone would kill you. Also she burned his body up and second if he was never dead then how did the First appear as Warren? I'm confused...and I hate having a wait an entire month just for the next issue.
 

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I was wondering about why Ethan has a 'connection' to Amy, allowing him access to Buffy's dreamscape. At the moment i'm leaning towards not trusting Ethan and that he and Amy are in cahoots or something....
 

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I haven't read #3 yet but damn! I was so hoping the man with the red shirt and leahter jacket to be Spike! Don't give a crap about Ethan Rayne, bring back Angel & Spike!!!
 

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Personally I think, reading spoilers on this one is really cheating yourself. Ethan is a great surprise, and there's 2, or 3 of those, maybe more. But...different strokes, and all that.

How could Amy bring Warren back? Did she? Or did she whisk Warren off at the moment of skinning?

How does Ethan get connected to all this? Only Joss knows of course, but the last time we saw him he was taken into custody, by a military body that looked a lot like the one responsible for what's happening in Season 8. Is he unhappy with them?

What about the Xander and Renee thing? Everybody was thinking Bander, now it looks like that's not the direction they're going. I like that myself. I like Renee. I like that feather earring, and those big brown eyes, and she seems really nice. Xander deserves a nice girl.

And who kissed Buffy? And what's that triple X symbol all about?
 

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Darn, I read the Wiki posting. I guess no more sprouting "Cheese Man" theories being Amy's boyfriend. How do Amy and Warren know each other? Warren went to school with them only for a bit. And didn't Joss say he had to go back to season 4 to check on the 'boyfriend' story. I thought Warren turned up in season 5, and then a major role in Season 6?

Maybe Im just confused.
 

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did he actually say it was the boyfriend story line that needed checking? i thought it was just a character that appeared in S4...we just all made the connection that the boyfriend was gonna be Adam.
Riley appeared in S4, so maybe he's gonna make an appearance. Anya became a regular in S4, so there's another possibilty (i really hope it's Anya!) also, Ethan disappeared in S4, there was Stinky Parker Man, Tara was introduced...just a few ideas.
 

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Mmm, maybe it's Kathy? She really hated Buffy. But she liked Willow (I guess...) And she has a short hair, so maybe she's actually a boy (for the boyfriend). I know, I'm being ridiculous.

By the way, Anya became a regular in season 5, it's the first time Emma's name was in the opening credits. She came back in season 4 though.
 
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