I really love Tara - she's the person i would most love to have over, to hang out with. I also think Amber Benson is amazing. That said, while there are scenes where she's pretty amazing and shows a surprising amount of depth, overall she's sort of an adjunct for Willow.
Tara is one of the characters that Joss really wasted - like Anya, she really could have been so much more.
I was reading Amber's blog recently. The way she talks is pretty much very Buffy-speak, making up words as she goes along and seems to be really funny. She definitely seems like a really awesome person to chill with.
I agree though. The only real episode (in my opinion) that she has any depth in is Family. Where it really starts to make sense of why she's really shy- I mean, look at her redneck brother and just douchey family. I would of loved to of seen more scenes with Dawn. Dawn seemed to be really close to Tara, I would of loved to have seen how close their friendship was. Especially when Buffy died.
Tara was nice but she only really started to get depth after she broke up with Willow -- seriously, more than half the conversations she has with the other characters before Season 6 involve Willow in some way or another.
Amy Acker did a good job as Fred, but again, not much depth in the character. Had the Fred/Illyria thing gone as planned, with Amy switching back and forth between the two personalities... it would have been too cool for words.
Willow was the only one of the three with a lot of depth and a great performance from Alyson Hannigan (plus, I just love the character), so it's Darth Rosenberg for me.
Haven't seen much of AH in real life but Amber and Amy seem like a genuine joy to be around.
Really? I think there's a fair a bit of depth and range to Fred's character. When you see how she was introduced compared to Fred of season 3, then the stuff of S5 and Illyria I think there is plenty going on with the character. Of course its possible that it maybe Acker bringing that out more than it actually being there, but I do like the character more than many on here.
I would argue that Tara was useful in the beginning- with having more magic knowledge than Willow, but then Willow overtook her in such a short amount of time that Tara wasn't as useful anymore...
I personally believe that Tara was not very supportive of Willow at all and was always trying to undermine her, sometimes for understandable reasons, and sometimes not. I think Tara received a lot of support from Willow, whereas Willow received more support from her other partners.Tara gave Willow support
I personally believe that Tara was not very supportive of Willow at all and was always trying to undermine her, sometimes for understandable reasons, and sometimes not. I think Tara received a lot of support from Willow, whereas Willow received more support from her other partners.
Yes, Tara handled the addiction pretty well (although I still think she could have tried to check on Willow and help her a bit more. I'm convinced Oz and Kennedy would.) but I respect that Tara has boundaries and can stick up for herself. The problems are more in seasons 4 and 5 for me. Every time Willow does something it's wrong. Every opinion she has on magic, on how to treat Dawn. Tara whines about Willow not including her, and then when Willow tries to invite her out in Family she snaps at her (outside circumstances affecting her mood, I do understand). When Willow tries to be supportive about Spuffy in Intervention, Tara makes a rude remark and then when Tara is told by Buffy in season 6 she is the kind supportive one (to Buffy's face). She shoots down Willow when she brings up a possibility of bringing Joyce back, then goes along with bringing Buffy back, then when the sh#t hits the fan afterwards lets all the blame fall on Willow. Sorry but I just don't think it was a good relationship, and I certainly don't think it was all Willow's fault. Oz and Kennedy had a way of correcting Willow without acting like Willow wasn't fit to be with them.Well I beg to differ on that one. I mean I think Tara handled Willow's obsession with magic very well. She was sensitive, but firm, and did give her enough of a warning before leaving. Willow was supportive to Tara too, they were good for each other, but in different ways.
And BTW I like where the show took Willow and the addiction storyline, it was a brave thing to do with that character, and readdressed that issue of Buffy being the central of the show and Willow feeling undervalued.