Wednesday, March 5, 2008

BtVS Season 8 issue #12

For loyal readers of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic, Season 8, you'll know that in last month's issue, #11, Buffy addressed Satsu's love for her and how this placed Satsu in danger... not to mention that Buffy is, uh, straight.
Well, guess who isn't all straight after all? Initially I thought, what in the hell is Buffy doing? Did she learn nothing from her time with Spike? Spike who loved Buffy beyond all reason and Buffy who didn't return his feelings. Buffy who couldn't love Riley enough. Buffy who probably only will ever love Angel. That Buffy. That Buffy who is all nuded up with Satsu in the sack. I have to say that I figured that if Buffy ever, EVER crossed over into lesbionic goodness with another slayer it would be with Faith. Call me a dreamer, call me a delusional Fuffy -shipper, but doesn't a pairing between Buffy and Faith make perfect sense? Doesn't it?
Maybe it doesn't. Given what we know of Satsu's adoration of Buffy I suppose it makes perfect sense that Buffy, in classic egotistically Buffy mode, would inevitably respond to the attention. I'm not being critical of Buffy, everyone at that age is still hyper-self aware/self obsessed. Sure, Buffy is willing to sacrifice her life to save all of humanity from unspeakable horror and suffering, but that doesn't mean that she's immune to the Big Head that comes when someone blindly loves you.

I could be way off base, but ever since Buffy realized that it was Satsu who woke her from the Sleeping Beauty-esque spell that Amy had cast on her with that 'true love kiss', she's pointedly spent more time with Satsu, singling her out as her 'favorite' amongst all of the other slayers. Clearly Buffy has manipulated the situation to this sextastic outcome. It couldn't have happened any other way. I don't believe that it's something that 'just happened'. I mean, how was this not an inevitable outcome? Had Buffy been sincere about what she said to Satsu in issue #11 at some point since the cinnamon lip balmed kiss of issue #2 (or #3, I don't remember and I don't feel like looking it up this instant) she would have distanced herself, become more professional, not more personal. But Buffy did become more personal.

No matter what turn Buffy's sexuality takes after this encounter with Satsu, I don't believe that it can be argued that on some level Buffy didn't steer the situation, whether consciously or unconsciously. It's got Buffy's fingerprints all over it.


Natazzz said...

Buffy goes gay? Really?
It feels wrong somehow...

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Joss Whedon said, in a New York Times interview in today's paper, that it's 'experimentation' more than going gay. I just wonder what this is going to do to Satsu because she's not 'experimenting', she's in love with Buffy. Big heart wrenching difference.

Anonymous said...

Hey don't say Buffy didn't love Spike. yes she did. She said so.

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Buffy also admitted that she wasn't 'in love' with Spike. You can love someone without being in love with them, and therein lies all of the difference. Buffy and Willow love each other, but they're not in love.
I stick by my assessment that Buffy has only ever been in love with Angel.

Anonymous said...

Buffy season 8 is the best thing in comics since Tales from the Crypt!