Posted by: thebuffyrewatch | February 19, 2011

Podcast #13: When She Was Bad

We are a little early this week, but we won’t always be!

Here’s the podcast for Season 2, Episode 01 – When She Was Bad

Buffy is ready to train

Buffy is ready to train

Download: When She Was Bad

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The next podcast will appear on Monday 28th February 2011 for “Some Assembly Required.”

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    I think this is a great episode.

    While slightly morbid, I find there was something very interesting with the Chris/Daryl
    dynamic. The writers seemed to be conveying a message about just how strong a
    family bond can be.

    Despite the chaos they were causing, Chris had Daryl’s back and was really just looking
    out for his brother. I believe he was going to do as much as he could to keep his brother
    happy, but eventually realised just how wrong it was.

    It brings up the question of how much would you do for a loved one?
    Especially a family member. And is there a line that shouldn’t be crossed?

  2. Hi guys,
    A really fun podcast, as always.

    I had some thoughts while listening to When She Was Bad:

    * A theory about Buffy’s behavior:
    In Prophesy Girl, Cordia talked about the scene between Buffy and The Master as having sexual overtones. I agree, but I see it as a metaphor for rape.
    Now, if you look at Buffy’s behavior in WSWB, a lot of it is behavior typical of rape survivors, especially teenagers. Trying to cope with the trauma and the secret of what happened (as it often is, unfortunately), can cause extreme behavioral change (and being labeled “a bitca”). Some quick examples from the episode: although she keeps up the act of being fine (with her dad, with Giles and the guys), Buffy is distant and closed off; she doesn’t want to talk about the Master; she has nightmares and even flashbacks of the assault, etc.
    You guys talked about the sexy dance, and asked who was it directed at. Well, following the theory, I see it as an act of self destruction – with one single act she makes the most damage, and manages to “punish” herself by alienating everyone who cares about her. Again, a typical behavior for teenage survivors of sexual assault.
    It takes an act of empowerment at the end of the episode, for Buffy to get her confidence and power back.

    * On a completely different note: I love Buffy’s nightmare, in which her most trusted friends turn on her.
    First time I watched it, something felt off to me, and it was a really small thing they did – if you notice, Xander has a chocolate bar, and Willow has an apple. They look at the items funny, then they switch. I thought – hey, that’s wrong! Something here is wrong! And I was very pleased with myself when it turned out to be a dream.

    * Cibo Matto playing at the Bronze:
    That weird boy in the band that you guys mentioned, is in fact Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon. For Beatles fans who are also huge Buffy fans (such as me) – that’s a wonderful moment in fandom 😉
    I’ve always thought that it was funny that Buffy, Xander and Willow were talking about Cibo Matto as if it’s a band everyone knows about, when in fact it was never a mainstream band.

    Well, that’s it. I know this was long but I had a lot to say. And sorry for any mistakes in grammar or spelling – English is not my first language.

    Keep up the good work 🙂
    Tel Aviv, Israel

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