Fly! Be free, little bird, you defy category!
- Apr 30, 2016
Also, so Willow breaks up with Lake because the military kicked her out (and probably rightly so)?
Well, he wasn't standing by his feelings much when he was breaking up with her...
Relationships were weak this year, between people dating and between friends. I hope that S11 will put this behind us and focus more on the big bads and have the relationships in the background. I think Willow and Lake might reconcile, Xander and Dawn might reconcile and Buffy and Spike will be a couple but more focused on fighting rather than inner turmoil. Looks like poor Giles will be single again. Maybe Giles and Angel should give it a go. Just kidding.
I agree that focus should be less (or not at all, depends) on the relationships and more on the single character arcs in the next season. Buffy needs to grow as a person independent from Spuffy and they need to stop her repetitious "everyone is against me" attitude. Spike needs to stop defining himself solely through Buffy (or Angel when he is around). Willow needs an actual arc in the first place. After S09 full stop, then nothing. Human Giles (Watcher Giles is cool) is since S04 in various forms of midlife crises, it's getting old. Dawn was for the majority of the season a support character for Xander and Buffy. Her beginning exploration of her keyness leads to hope. Oddly, Xander's arc is the one I enjoyed most. He had his rl with Dawn, Dracula, his rage issues, Ghost Anya, he could shine in terraforming and gain confidence, provided decent comic relief, got a pillow fight with Spike (okay scratch that)...
And stop this Buffy Vs. Scoobies nonsense. It's so old, unconvincing and contrived. Since S07, this tool to increase sympathy for her stopped working for me. It's rather the other way around.
Angel - "So listen, I know I killed your girlfriend that one time and also killed you that one time... *stares at the ground* But, hey, everything worked out fine *awkward pause, looks at Giles* do you maybe wanna... date?"