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Rack could have had a bigger role in the main story this season

slayer730

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I've been on somewhat of a season 6 analysis frenzy as of late and after going over my recent thread about Willow's arc as well as another thread I did a while ago about a different big bad, something clicked in my head.

Rack the warlock should have had a bigger role this season and was a possible candidate for an additional big bad. He has an intimidating demeanor and proficiency in magic that the trio lacked and could have provided more tension and urgency to the plot. He could have been introduced into the story and developed ties to certain characters throughout the season and from there would use to manipulate events in the season and keep the momentum going up until the eventual Dark Willow climax.

Here’s an outline of what I came up with:

After the events of The Gift with the dimensions ripping open, Sunnydale comes up on Rack’s radar and he moves there to set up shop and establish himself as a dark merchant of the town to lure magical users to doing exchanges with him. Sometimes his exchanges would be simple where it’s just an exchange of money or rare items for more powerful magical items and other times they would be riskier exchanges to access darker magic. He wouldn't have a grand world ending motivation or event planned like most big bads, but instead wants to establish himself in the town to get objects and scout for more powerful magical beings he could manipulate and drain of most of their power for his own personal gain. We’d see in universe that his presence and popularity would grow fast due to the fact that he’d cut into the business of The Magic Box and a side effect would be business going down as a result.

The main people he would come into contact with from the cast would be Willow and Amy and the trio. Willow and Amy would play out in a similar manner as it did in the show where they would go for him to access to more power. After they meet he becomes impressed with how powerful both are and plans to bring them closer to them so he can get their powers. They both become caught up with him until Willow eventually is put in a dangerous situation and snaps out of it and breaks free with help from Tara. Amy on the other hand remains under his thrall and would be used as a tool to bring Willow back to Rack but he’s unsuccessful at it.

From there they decide to get back with each other and work things out while Tara offers to help Willow rehabilitate because she loves her. At this point, Willow would tell Tara that a part of why she did what she did was rooted in insecurity and not feeling special to which Tara would stress she didn't need to be and that she loved her just the way she was. This would set up the eventual emotional rage to come once she would get shot by Warren.

The trio would cross paths with Rack because they are also magic users and after losing to the slayer and being unsuccessful at their goals of taking over Sunnydale they would search for more magical resources. They would eventually meet align themselves with him in order to further their goals but become power struck similar to how they were in the show. Simultaneously, after the unsuccessful attempt at using Amy to get to Willow, Rack would use the trio to try and get closer to Willow after learning the slayer is someone they are targeting and she and Willow are close.

Things at this point would generally play out how they did in “Seeing red” where Buffy fights the trio and they lose. In the same episode or some time before it, the gang would learn that the trio and Rack would have been working together and he was supplying them with magic to help them. From there, a conversation between two characters would take place about coming up with a game plan to stop Rack and the Trio. Warren would come back after losing the fight and shoot Buffy and Tara (from an angle that makes more sense this time) and Willow relapses and goes on her magical warpath. She would kill Warren and Rack and then go on the hunt for Jonathan and Andrew. A part of me thinks she could go after Amy too, but she’s more of a victim in this version and killing her would cross a grey area in a way that killing Warren and Rack do not. Maybe that could be an interesting thing to explore as a part of her redemption arc though.

Anyway, I thought a lot about this and was wondering what you guys thought about the overall idea. Do you see any other things that could be added?
 
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What have you actually added? This is almost exactly what happens on the show.
 

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What have you actually added? This is almost exactly what happens on the show.
Rack is in a total of three episodes for the entire season, but in this scenario he would be more of a focal point that gets more episodes.

The interaction with Willow and Amy would develop over episodes instead of just one and he would actively manipulate them to gain their powers.

Willow's descent into abuse of power would be longer

He would use Amy as a tool instead of Amy leaving the town.

He also would have more prominent interactions with the entire Trio and work as a supplier for their magical products and in some instances they work under his direction in exchange for things.


The goal wasn't to change much of what was already there, but instead give it a figurehead where he would be pulling the strings to most of the events.
 

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The audience would have to meet Rack first via the trio to set him up as a villain. Jonathan and Andrew would be the perfect ones to give exposition about him in a natural way as they get skittish about meeting him. Warren would just tell them to shut up and try and play it cool. Maybe he could even meet Amy and invite her to join the trio. Jonathan and Andrew would complain (Andrew because he secretly has a crush on Warren) and Jonathan because the trio is only meant to be three members other wise it becomes "the Quad" which "doesn't sound as cool". Warren kicks Jonathan out of the trio.

The new trio then use Amy as a mole inside the scoobies as she works on destroying Willow so that Buffy can't use her. Willow falls big time but an intervention by Buffy, Xander and Tara leads Willow to cutting ties with Amy. However, the damage has already been done and Willow is addicted.
 

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The audience would have to meet Rack first via the trio to set him up as a villain. Jonathan and Andrew would be the perfect ones to give exposition about him in a natural way as they get skittish about meeting him. Warren would just tell them to shut up and try and play it cool. Maybe he could even meet Amy and invite her to join the trio. Jonathan and Andrew would complain (Andrew because he secretly has a crush on Warren) and Jonathan because the trio is only meant to be three members other wise it becomes "the Quad" which "doesn't sound as cool". Warren kicks Jonathan out of the trio.

The new trio then use Amy as a mole inside the scoobies as she works on destroying Willow so that Buffy can't use her. Willow falls big time but an intervention by Buffy, Xander and Tara leads Willow to cutting ties with Amy. However, the damage has already been done and Willow is addicted.
I like this idea, but where would Rack play into the story if the trio are using Amy as the mole?
 
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Rack would just be the supply guy for the trio. Amy would still take Willow there though.

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Interesting, though TBH Rack is most intriguing to me as a side character with no grand ambition who really just likes money and touching super powerful stuff. His peripheral existence helps flesh out the universe, reminding us that (like on ATS) there's a bunch of mystical shit going on all the time that our heroes just don't have time for unless it falls across their paths.
 

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I guess it couldn’t be done because Rack is not Buffy’s foe, and this isn’t Willow’s show.
 

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Rack as a background player who's managing to create an "Anti-Scooby" Gang out of corrupted secondary characters as a warning of the ways adulting can go wrong, is far better than what was actually done with the torture porn the was season 6, and I liked season 6.
 
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If S6 was torture porn, then S7 was a slasher film...with a Justin Bieber soundtrack. 😅

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Rack as a background player who's managing to create an "Anti-Scooby" Gang out of corrupted secondary characters as a warning of the ways adulting can go wrong, is far better than what was actually done with the torture porn the was season 6, and I liked season 6.
I think the depressing part could have been dialed back just a little but too or at the very least just kept on par with season 5 in that regard. As someone said though, since this is Buffy's show and not Willow's the big bad would need to have a motivation to interact with her and since she isn't a magic user I don't see why or how he would.
 

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Nope staying with Spike as the main villain of S6 although I like the idea of Rack not sure how extending his role much farther would have been successful
 

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Nope staying with Spike as the main villain of S6 although I like the idea of Rack not sure how extending his role much farther would have been successful
What would Spike's motivation be?
 

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Nope staying with Spike as the main villain of S6 although I like the idea of Rack not sure how extending his role much farther would have been successful
Have a story idea about Spike & Vamp Willow being the S6 big bads. :)
 

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The program is about Buffy the vampire slayer, and its Spikes treatment of Buffy after she confided in him , from the stalking,taunting , the sexual abuse , the rapes though the attempted rape , his attitude to her when he went to Africa to get his chip out for me makes him no1 bad in S6 for me
The trio got off light , although targeted Buffy at first , camera 's ,jobs etc and later the demons/ trying to get Buffy to take the blame for warrens girlfriend's death they got off very light....Warren paid in the end but that had very little to do with Buffy, more he shot Tara by accident ....nothing happened to Andrew ....Why?
People say willow was the big bad in S6 don't see it myself , Sunny dale police would have trouble catching a cold let alone Warren, Willow was out for revenge , after killing Warren she went after Jonathon and Andrew and why not? if they had not been involved with Warren , warren would not have been able to do half of what he did. Its when Giles comes back , full of the covens magic that Willow goes all world ending, almost cheered Willow when she was banging Giles between the floor and ceiling, he deserved more for leaving Buffy when she needed him most then giggling about it !
Rack was very interesting and maybe they did not make enough of him , but I think his character was very limited.....made a good vampire though
 

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Have a story idea about Spike & Vamp Willow being the S6 big bads. :)
I loved Spike and Dru together and I think it was a complete folly to break up that pairing just for Spuffy it ruined both Spike and Buffy Characters especially in S7 so much better to have been able to use them in some way .........Interesting if you could have got Vamp willow from the other dimension....or would you have Willow turned ?
 
HowiMetdaSlayer
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my idea would be the trio only be around long enough (3 episodes tops) to bring back Vamp Willow from her dimension.

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Rack as written was paper thin. Unlike most btvs characters, he is barely 2 dimensional. Even the Gorch brothers have more depth.

That said, the actor (Jeff Kober) who plays him has tremendous complexity. If they had wnted to build a villain there are much worse choices. Still, i am grateful they did not. I am less than happy about the trio, but as someone else said, Rack was Willow Show material. The season we got involved everyone. Anyone purely based in magics would have made it the sole focus Willow. It was essential she ended up as the big bad at the end of the season. That would not have worked with Rack upstaging her - and Jeff Kober would likely have taken over the season in a way the trio's actors never could.

The did not build back story for any of their A listers b/c those actors themselves brought the power to their arcs.

Joel Grey, Jeff Kober & Hinton Battle all kicked ass, but they had small, pivotal roles, not huge arcs that took over the season. Jeff is not quite up to level of the other two but he is a heavy hitter.
 
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