We’ve seen the Scooby Gang on the verge of disintegration, and now in Primeval
we see them put themselves back together again. Giles has discovered that he still has skills that are needed, and Willow for the first time has demonstrated the power of her magic, a power that clearly makes her not only a useful member of the team, but an essential one. Xander however has still not found a role, and it’s not entirely clear how Tara and Anya are going to fit into the group. From this point on Xander becomes a somewhat unnecessary character.
I wasn’t quite sure at the time I first watched Season 4 what I thought about the Initiative story arc. Now, however, I think it was basically a good idea. In some ways it also serves to explain why the Slayer relies on swords and axes and unarmed combat to fight vampires and demons. The Initiative tried using high-tech weaponry, and it failed completely. The Slayer uses swords and axes and unarmed combat because those are the weapons that are most effective – anything high-tech is likely to back-fire.
Favourite quote: The Initiative leader asks Buffy, “Are you trying to tell me my business?” And Buffy replies, “This is not your business. It’s mine.”
For the first three seasons of Buffy
high school provided a framework for the show. It was very much a series about high school, about high school friendships and high school romances, and teenagers becoming adults. When it came to making Season 4 it became obvious that the characters were going to have to leave high school, and that provided major challenges. Joss Whedon and his writers approached this more as an opportunity than a problem. Season 4 was all about change. The major theme was friendship under stress, and divided loyalties. Xander, Willow and Buffy all find new lovers who are outsiders to the group. Their loyalties to the Scooby Gang became strained. And Giles became in many ways an unnecessary character, but again the writers used this as an opportunity and we see Giles struggling to find a role for himself. All this comes to a head in The Yoko Factor
The whole nature of the Scooby Gang is also under question. Willow and Xander are tired of being side-kicks. The changes happening to Willow are possibly the most interesting development in the entire series. Willow has become an extremely strong character who really doesn’t need to play side-kick to anyone. It’s becoming clear that she will increasingly expect to be treated by Buffy as an equal, and in fact she even looks capable of taking over the leadership. It’s also fairly clear that Riley is going to be more of a hindrance than a help. Of course all this is happening at a time when the Scoobies are facing the most formidable challenge they’ve ever faced – and I don’t mean Adam, I mean The Initiative. The blundering, gung ho approach of The Initiative is bound to end in disaster and the Scoobies will have to pick up the pieces.
I’ve just been reading Anita Rose’s essay “Of Creatures and Creators: Buffy does Frankenstein”, which is included in “Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, edited by Rhonda V. Wilcox and David Lavery.
She compares the Adam story arc of Season 4 to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”. She puts forward the theory that the reason the story had a more positive outcome in Buffy is that although Buffy is in many ways a Romantic Hero unlike the classic Romantic Hero Buffy is not alone and isolated from society. While Victor Frankenstein is unable to put things right again and his struggle ends in madness Buffy’s struggle ends in victory because she has the Scooby Gang behind her.
Personally I’ve always thought that the Scooby Gang represents one of the most powerful and important messages that Buffy the Vampire Slayer has. It’s kind of a feminist message, but it goes beyond feminism. It’s a message that real power, effective power for doing good, comes from co-operation not competition, from support networks based on mutual respect rather than organisations (like the Initiative) based on hierarchies and rules, from friendships based on trust and honesty rather than chains of command based on blind obedience.
Hi, I'm new here too, and I have the same question - where did all the people go?
Sat, Dec. 25th, 2004, 04:12 am
dfordoom: new here
Hi, I'm new. I think the idea behind this group is great, but it sems awfully quiet. Where did all the people go?
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