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29th September 2006 (14:49)

Over on alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer, I recently posted an opinion that I was afraid would put me in a minority of one... and was instead surprised by the number of people replying who agreed with me. I got the distinct impression that some, at least, were equally shocked not to be alone in their opinion. So, for your entertainment, amusement, education or possibly indifference and scorn, I present:

Why Kennedy was possibly the best thing ever to happen to Willow



(Note: this is an edited version of my reply to Arbiter of Quality's review of the episode 'The Killer in Me'. I've left in some of his comments, marked off in a different colour)


 



I really like Kennedy. I think she's the best possible thing that could happen to Willow at this stage of her life.

Don't get me wrong, Tara was one of my favourite characters on the show... eventually. Once she developed some self-respect and started to stand up to Willow...even if it took her six months to build up the courage. Kennedy makes it clear from day one that she's not going to let Willow push her around. But she also clearly cares about her... when Willow is running off in self-hate and embarrassment and the Scoobies are letting her go, it's Kennedy that takes the initiative and doesn't let her isolate herself from everyone again. (Frankly, I think there are a few other characters in the cast who could do with a Kennedy of their own...).

Yes, she's pushy and tactless, but I've never seen anything malicious in her character... she's very loyal, optimistic and grounded in reality. She comes across as immature sometimes, but the script makes it clear enough that she's 3 years younger than Willow, and has led a fairly sheltered life. (Certainly not sheltered any longer, of course)

So... here we have a new love interest for one of our leading characters, who's full of self-confidence and energy, often rude and pushy and prone to sarcasm,  but also loyal, caring and with a surprisingly sensitive side.  Remind you of anyone else on the show?

>Then in S4, when it was time
>for our Red Witch to get not only a new relationship but a new sexual
>orientation, the show took its time with Tara, formulating not only a
>good character, but one whom the viewer could see Willow gradually and
>convincingly falling for, episode by episode.  "New Moon Rising"
>didn't feel forced, it was inevitable.

  • Willow first meets Kennedy in episode 7.10 and in episode 7.13 they go on their first date.
  • Willow first meets Tara in episode 4.10 and in episode 4.13 she's spending the night in Tara's bedroom.

I'm really not sure you can say that season 7 is rushing things compared to season 4... 

Also, of course, the K/W relationship is certainly not a done deal at the end of 'The Killer in Me': while it's unlikely to be as involved or dramatic as the W/T relationship (after all, all Willow's friends already know that she's gay, so they've told that story) there's still things they need to confront.

>It doesn't help that
>this episode plays her as if she's Jonathan in "Superstar,"
>always in control, an expert on the ways of the ladies, always knowing
>just the right thing to say to instantly win Willow's affections and
>trust.  Skipping out on her responsibilities to hit on someone is fine,
>because it's all cute or whatever.  Even when she's a little lost,
>she's always confident, assertive, and sees to the heart of
>everything the way no one else can.

Huh? I didn't get that at all. She hardly manages to 'instantly win Willow's affections and trust' - for at least half of the episode Willow mostly seems annoyed with her. Many of her attempts at chat-up lines get shot down in flames. I don't see any particular insight. (Or did you take her spiel about "you always turn off Moulin Rouge at  chapter 32" to be a genuine deep insight into Willow's character, rather than a guess?).

What she does have going for her is persistence, and her natural cuteness, and the fact she's genuinely attracted to Willow - who really isn't used to being the centre of attention like that. After all, Oz was practically sexless until he met Veruca, and Tara was much too shy until she and Willow were already in their relationship: when has anybody else ever come on to Willow quite so blatantly? It's got to be flattering for her, as well as uncomfortable.  Which, funnily enough, is how it's shown on screen...

[On a-t-bvs, One Bit Shy had an interesting take on this part, as well:

It's amusing hearing Kennedy toss out the things they have in common - that are anything but.  She doesn't care.  Probably because, to a significant extent, Kennedy really is out for the conquest.  One suspects that's her rich girl heritage.  And by rich, the implication is that she's far richer than Cordelia ever was.  She sees a few things about Willow that intrigue her - and she's used to easily getting whatever intrigues her.

That doesn't necessarily make her bad, or even shallow.  It just means she reaches for things first, and then finds out what they really are.  It's how she's learned to be.  Once she's with Willow we discover that she actually does look and care.  Kind of the point of chasing after her when Willow tries to fix the problem on her own.]

>TKIM seems to want to ascribe a level of
>passion and caring to this relationship that is, to say the least,
>disproportionate to what seems "earned" by basically a pretty face
>and a few flirtatious conversations.


I'm not seeing the romance of the century either, you know. It's a first date, a few sultry glances, a couple of kisses - and a life-and-death crisis situation. Like you get when you're at war.  But you know what they say about wartime romances - a sudden flaring of passion really wouldn't be out of character for people who think they may be dead in a few weeks' time.

>Tying it all together with the
>twisted chain of grieving illogic about why Willow = Tara's killer is
>a fine idea.  But the denoument, with her collapsing in tears *again*,
>and Kennedy kissing her back to normal seems like a trite way to
>resolve these issues, especially given that it's so intimately
>wrapped in the hollowness bitched about above.  EVS
.

I liked this part. In a way, it's a return to the old season 1 - 3 metaphor device... Willow feeling she's betrayed Tara by 'letting her be dead' turns into Willow becoming Tara's literal killer.  (Although it's a far darker and more adult subject for a metaphor than 'I slept with my boyfriend and now he doesn't respect me anymore').

Also, re-enacting 'Seeing Red' like that was wonderful and creepy and scary: I thought Aly's acting as she bought the gun then started threatening Kennedy with it was extremely powerful.

As for her grief... she's faced the immediate shock of losing Tara; she's lived with the pain of having to get through each day without her. The horrifying and scary thing she's now learned is that she *can* get through the day without Tara... that she can be happy not thinking about her. That she's moved on, and Tara is now past tense.

The fact that this realisation is so devastating might seem like over-indulgence in grief (especially if you're secretly British) but to me it's very well-observed. The kind of thing I'd expect from a show that also gave us 'The Body'.

Kennedy kissing her might be 'fairy-tale', but that's because she sees it that way. It's the symbolism that Willow can move on, can accept that there's more to life than death. That reflects on her own strength of course... but I like the symmetry of Kennedy offering to make Willow some tea in the final scene. It shows that this is going to be a relationship of equals.

Emotional equals anyway. Unless Kennedy reveals hitherto-unknown superpowers in the next episode she's never going to be Willow's equal in terms of raw power.  (Edit - even by the time she becomes a Slayer, Willow has graduated to Goddess...) Crucially, though - and unlike Tara - she refuses to let this intimidate her or change the way she treats Willow.

It may be 'about power' - but the question season 7 poses is how do we interact with power? How should we?


 


 

Comments

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 29th September 2006 18:51 (UTC)
Buffy - Best Show Ever by touristrgirl

First of all - your icon is brilliant! :) And I love that shot of Kennedy - she's so very pretty and sweet there.

Don't have much to say really (also time is a factor), but your post reminded me that Kennedy was actually the subject of my second ever LJ post. Or at least one subject...

Actually I think TKiM isn't about Warren's murder, but Tara's - and Willow's grief. Using Warren works well, but it focusses the viewer in the wrong direction I think. Willow isn't dealing with being a murderer here, but with grief and letting go. But I guess it could have been done better maybe? See I'm an eternal optimist when it coems to these things - grumbling about how things should or could have been done are rather pointless. I prefer to get as much out of what we got as possible. :)

Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: 29th September 2006 21:09 (UTC)
Gang-_feistygirl7_

I never had a problem with Kennedy either, although I missed Tara. I think she suffered most from a lack of development which happened with a lot of characters in S7. I think sometimes that she gets lumped in with all the other Potentials who were, in general it seems, considered a drawback to that season. As you point out here, there's really not anything negative about the character herself and I also think she was what Willow needed at the time.

Posted by: aycheb (aycheb)
Posted at: 1st October 2006 09:18 (UTC)
perfect

It’s curious how fandom rarely turns out to be as monolithic as it looks on the surface :-)

Kennedy's approaches to Willow reminded me a lot of Buffy going after her in WttH, all carpe diem and fruity drinks too. Willow needed a Buffy then and it seems as if part of the fallout from her S6 hubris is to bring her back to her emotional beginnings. I really like your point about the tea, even if they’re probably referring to some weedy herb infusion heated up in a microwave.

The one time I think they played it false with Kennedy is the kite-string dialogue in Touched when she seemed to be channeling Tara but that was balanced out by the good parts. Like the second thoughts she showed at the end of GiD and pretty much all of Chosen.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 1st October 2006 11:51 (UTC)

Kennedy's approaches to Willow reminded me a lot of Buffy going after her in WttH, all carpe diem and fruity drinks too.
Are you saying there's some sort of connection between Willow & Buffy's relationship and Willow & Kennedy's?
:)


The one time I think they played it false with Kennedy is the kite-string dialogue in Touched when she seemed to be channeling Tara
I get that, but it didn't strike me as so out of character as much as Kennedy revealing she has layers, or even that she's tuning in more to Willow's personality. (The kite-string analogy comes from Willow, not Kennedy - K just plays along with it).

Although there's a couple of lines in the shooting script that were apparently cut from broadcast, which would have made the point better:

KENNEDY: Am I doing that thing? Am I pushing too hard?

WILLOW: I don't know...

KENNEDY: I guess, I -- I just want you to know that you're safe with me.

That would have shown Kennedy's growing self-awareness better (compare "I'm kind of a brat" in 'Chosen'). It's also a good example of something I think Buffy has always done well - hinting that our characters have off-screen discussons about pretty deep and serious matters, without actually having to show them. "Am I doing that thing?" is a sure sign that W&K have had a similar conversation before...

Posted by: aycheb (aycheb)
Posted at: 1st October 2006 21:11 (UTC)
perfect

Are you saying there's some sort of connection between Willow & Buffy's relationship and Willow & Kennedy's?
:)


{g} There are those whon would really like to go there except that I think they'd spontaneously combust at the very idea of Willow/Kennedy being anything other than an abomination

KENNEDY: Am I doing that thing? Am I pushing too hard?

Those cut lines are good, that scene was on the wordy side but I could wish they'd cut something else. Checking what they didn't cut Kennedy does seem to set up the whole kite thing but she may have been heading in a non-Tara-like direction with the talk about floating and tethering.

Posted by: Owen (owenthurman)
Posted at: 4th October 2006 02:54 (UTC)

Buffy has always done well - hinting that our characters have off-screen discussons about pretty deep and serious matters, without actually having to show them

Yes, I do like that.

By the way, there are no nice Kennedy stories out there that I know of and few where she is in a positive light. The first few chapters of theohara's As The Romans Do is good and I tried to respect the whole of Kennedy in which is reall about Buffy (and Spike).

Posted by: spuffyduds (spuffyduds)
Posted at: 23rd October 2006 23:18 (UTC)

Neat! You make me want to fic Kennedy.

I always quite liked TKim--Adam Busch is terrific in it, for one thing. And huge bonus points for the Galaxy Quest reference!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 24th October 2006 00:28 (UTC)

I've not read a huge amount of fanfic (yet...) but I've noticed that even the (very few) people who portray Kennedy in a sympathetic light still need to have her breaking up with Willow within half a chapter of the start. It would be nice to read just one with them being happy together for once...

(I know, I know. "Then write it myself!")


Having seen American Pie 2 shortly before watching TKIM, my main thought at the time was that Alyson Hannigan shows a truly noble willingness to allow her fellow-actors to grope her for the sake of compelling drama. ;)

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 9th December 2006 22:00 (UTC)

(feeling marginally better, headache still there in the background in this vague fuzzy kinda way)

I've read more fanfic than I can think of, and there's actually quite a bit of positive Kennedy stuff, and a lesser but still significant amount of positive Kennedy-Willow stuff. So to you and the above poster, have courage, keep searching, and ask around for recs. Like you might know this already but beer_good_foamy did a very nice W/K short, Shooting Star...but if I start looking for more links I'll exceed my monitor time limit!

I posted thoughts on The Killer In Me a while back, and it's interesting (well, to me :) to see the evolution of my perspective on Kennedy as expressed through my fic -- from the cynical, off-camera dismissal of "Six Faith and Willow Vignettes", to a more realistic and gracious yet still off-camera role in "Maps", to an on-camera, mostly-canon but expanded and even more positive image in "Life During Wartime", and most recently the *very* different, very positive and very fun to write friendship of "Honey Moon Shine". And now that I'm engaged in a mapped out series, I look forward to including Kennedy in more than a few episodes to come.

(Of course, there is the eternal difficulty of coming up with a last name for her that doesn't blow chunks. I still haven't fully accepted Joss's supposed post-canon canon last name for Faith.)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th December 2006 23:44 (UTC)

Thanks for the recs; as well as the one you linked me to before ('Maps') I've now read 'Honey Moon Shine' too, and while I note that you also fall into the category of "still need to have her breaking up with Willow within half a chapter of the start", ;) you're right that it is a very positive portrayal of Kennedy - and the way you separated them also felt very natural. Now I need to read your earlier work to get the comparison. :)
(I'd already seen 'Shooting Star').

As for the surname thing: Faith needs a surname, Joss says it's 'Lehane', *shrug*, it's as good a name as any other. Someone needs to sit him down and force him to come up with surnames for all the other characters too... (Maybe the comic will do that?)

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 24th October 2006 09:35 (UTC)

I really agree with much of what you (very eloquently) say here. I was never convinced that Kennedy could be Willow's One True Love, but then again, that's not really what she needs at that point either. Willow needs someone who won't let her wallow in self-pity, as she's done (and had pretty good reasons for doing, but still) for much of s7. Someone who won't tell her that she'll destroy the world if she blinks the wrong way, who's interested in her for HER, and who's strong enough to not take any crap from her or anyone else.

(I always thought much of the resentment towards Kennedy comes from the unrelated fact that Willow almost becomes degraded to a recurring character for much of s7, with relatively little screen time once the action really gets started. At least that's the way I always remember it... been a while since i watched it.)

Then again, I almost like Kennedy more as a potential than as Willow's girlfriend. S7 ties back to s1 in a lot of ways, and what Kennedy does is pretty much what Buffy did in s1: challenge authority. By s7, Buffy is the leader, the one who has to have all the answers, and everytime she says "You will do this because I say so and you will respect my authoratah" she needs someone to ask "Why?". Kennedy may come across as a brat doing it, but then again, remember Giles' first impressions of Buffy? "Slayer is willful and insolent"...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 24th October 2006 12:49 (UTC)

I was never convinced that Kennedy could be Willow's One True Love, but then again, that's not really what she needs at that point either.
Well, I agree that Kennedy isn't Willow's OTL - but I wouldn't say she never could be.

As at the end of S7, it does seem to be a lopsided relationship: I think Kennedy's head over heels for Willow, while Willow is attracted to her and values her emotional support, but I don't think her feelings have any great depth. That said, Kennedy has a lot of scope for character development: after all, she's the same age Willow was in season 4, and look how far she came from that! If she's able to learn some maturity and compassion, I think she could be ideal for Willow because she'd complement her, as opposed to Tara who mirrored her.

I always thought much of the resentment towards Kennedy comes from the unrelated fact that Willow almost becomes degraded to a recurring character for much of s7
Between that, the "wah! She's not Tara!" people, the "wah! She's not male!" people and the "wah! she's a strong, self-confident woman!" people (although they'd probably use different words than that...), the poor girl never really had much of a chance... And while I would have liked more willow in season 7, I suppose she did completely dominate season 6, so it's only fair to give some other characters screen-time... (Anya, Dawn, Spike, Andrew).

I think the comparison of Kennedy S7 and Buffy S1 is an excellent one...

Posted by: Mark Hunter (ozma914)
Posted at: 7th June 2007 07:23 (UTC)
Kennedy

Well said. Tara is by far one of my favorite characters, partially because, like me, she's very shy, somewhat graceless, and doesn't like confrontations. But I see no reason to punish Kennedy because I loved Tara, which seems to be what's going on with some Kennedy haters.

Meanwhile, Willow deserves her shot at happiness again, and how upset would everyone have been if her new love had turned out to be just like Tara?

Posted by: iheartgirl (novin_ha)
Posted at: 4th January 2008 18:14 (UTC)
[buffy] willow & tara

You know, I sometimes think it's not just the comparison to Tara, whom almost everyone loved (and no reason not to, as she was compassionate and feminine, and for the most part, her embodying these qualities as positive and connected to strength - eventually - was good) but also the fact, that Kennedy is sort of... abrupt, and confident, and assertive, and a lot other things that are seen as virtues in men. She wasn't very feminine, but rather masculine in the very simplest way, and that on some unconscious level could make viewers wary.

I really liked her though, and agree with you on how she treated Willow and why that could be confusing if flattering, and I hope that she will reappear in Season 8 :)

(I'm really enjoying your meta!)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th January 2008 19:46 (UTC)

Interesting point! Of course, Kennedy being assertive and abrupt and 'masculine' could be considered stereotypical qualities in a lesbian, which might have put a few other people off, especially as compared to soft, feminine, earth-motherly, unthreatening Tara.

Though you're right, a lot of the objections to Kennedy I've seen tend to be on the lines of "I think she's pushy and a bitch for putting herself forward in front of the other people." Which to the stereotypical man would inspire a response of "Huh? Why shouldn't she do that - it's not like anyone else is going to do it for her." :-)

You might be interested in my review of season 8 issue 10, by the way... Thanks for commenting!

Posted by: iheartgirl (novin_ha)
Posted at: 4th January 2008 20:14 (UTC)
[btvs] faith lost

Tara was a very unthreatening, invisible lesbian, wasn't she? Even in Restless her kiss with Willow is off-screen - we just hear it - and basically, Doppelgangland had more 'girl on girl action' than the entire season five Tara/Willow storyline. My mother, quite a homophobe, much as I love her, definitely had more trouble with that episode than with Tara in general.

(But she still watched and loved Buffy, something I consider a personal achievement ;) )

By the sixth season, when Tara and Willow storyline gets more graphic, viewers will probably have grown accustomed to the idea - and Tara's portrayal as meek and earth-motherly contributes to that. She's a lesbian, but.

Kennedy is unapologetic about not being very feminine in the stereotypical way - instead yes indeed, is much closer to the lesbian stereotype - and possesses qualities seen as threatening in women.

/rambles and paraphrases

I'm definitely interested and will read your review of issue 10 as soon as I've finally got my dirty paws on the scan copy of the new issue! I'm dying to :)

Also, would you mind if I rec your meta on my Polish Jossverse community?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th January 2008 21:08 (UTC)

I was going to say that Kennedy is basically unapologetic about everything, but then I remembered when she put her foot in it about Buffy losing the fight with Caleb, she was mortified.

It's quite sad, really, that in a show that became famous for its portrayals of strong, self-confident and self-reliant women, one who embodies all those qualities should be one of the least liked characters...

Also, would you mind if I rec your meta on my Polish Jossverse community?
I never turn down an offer of a recommendation. :-) (Although I don't speak Polish, so I'll have to trust that you aren't really saying "Hey everybody, come and laugh at this!" :-)) Thanks!

Posted by: zooeys_bridge (zooeys_bridge)
Posted at: 9th December 2008 17:56 (UTC)

I have a tumultuous relationship with the whole Willow/Kennedy thing.

I dislike her, selfishly, in her post-Tara position. But that leads me towards another place which makes me kind of angry at Willow. Angry at her for four months after Tara died, getting involved with Kennedy. Understandably, it was kind of pushed by the writers into S7. I could understand Willow and Kennedy a little farther down the line, but the manner in which their relationship progressed bothered me.

No, there's no way Willow could have gotten involved with a proto-Tara type, so Kennedy in all her pushiness and 'brat-ness' was probably the only personality Willow could have let herself fall into.

I've found some fics that help me reconcile the S7 relationship . JetWolf's "The Chosen" being one of them. But I still find a hard time with TV. Because Willow isn't entirely blameless and I feel that a lot of the anti-Kennedy sentiment in the world overlooks that aspect.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th December 2008 21:50 (UTC)
kennedy

Four months? From 14 May 2002 (when 'Villains' aired) to 4 February 2003 (when 'The Killer In Me' was broadcast) is more like nine months. I don't think that's an unreasonable amount of time for someone to overcome the worst of their grief and be in a place where they can continue their life again.

Which, really, is how I see Willow/Kennedy... she can't be stuck grieving Tara forever - that would be unhealthy... and Tara herself would be the first to agree.

My story 'And All My Secrets Laid Bare', incidentally, has a scene where Willow is confronted by both Tara and Kennedy together, while a goddess orders her to choose between them. :-)

Posted by: Secant (secant)
Posted at: 9th January 2009 17:36 (UTC)

I don't really hate Kennedy, though I'm irritated that she provided the writers with an excuse to not give Willow any more character development.

But as far as their relationship, it was plausible for it to start the way it did, but I can't see it lasting even the whole season. Kennedy's the rebound girl- Willow was surprised and flattered out of her grief by Kennedy's interest, and that's where the relationship came from. But Kennedy is really, really young. Young for her age, even. And after the past six years, Willow is old for hers.

Willow has always demanded a lot from her partners in terms of understanding, support, and depth of involvement, and I can't see impulse-and-gratification Kennedy being able to provide it. She'd try, because Willow's this beautiful impossible marvel and she's head over heels, but she's not really prepared. And Willow would definitely sleep with her, and is indecisive enough to stay in a relationship for weeks whether it works or not, but I do think by season's end we should have seen more sign that they weren't very compatible, because they're not.

So I guess I found the beginning very convincing, but the narrative necessity to have the relationship keep working because they wanted a happy ending for Willow ruined it for me. It should have been a fling followed by an awkward friendship, and maybe in a few years they'd try again and succeed. So I don't hate Kennedy. (Though I did read her as a stereotype of lesbians, and that may have contributed to my dislike of the storyline.)

And I don't know you at all. ^_^ I followed some random set of links here, and I couldn't resist finding out what you thought of my version of W/K.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th January 2009 19:56 (UTC)
willow-kennedy

Always interesting to hear contrary viewpoints... :-)

I diagree that Willow had no character development after she met Kennedy - indeed, I'd argue that her relationship with Kennedy was an important part of her development! A relationship with someone who would stand up to her and push back - but still loved her - is exactly what Willow needed at that stage in her life. Tara might have grown into someone like that, but just as she started to be willing to stand up to Willow she was shot, so... I've written more about Willow's character development in seasons 7 and 8 here, if you're interested. (Not to mention several post-Chosen W/K fics...)

As for whether or not they're compatible, I obviously think they are, but I'd agree we don't see enough of Kennedy in S7 to make a final decision either way so we'll probably have to agree to disagree. I think you're right that Kennedy comes across as young and pretty naive, but that's more a sign of privilege than immaturity as such... and I do think that she's prepared to be extremely loyal and supportive. Kennedy doesn't give up easily (see how she stays with Willow in 'TKIM'), she works extremely hard at things she wants to do (and is contemptuous of people who don't) and is surprisingly self-aware for someone apparently so tactless. I think she'd surprise you.

As for her being a lesbian stereotype; maybe; but she's definitely a stereotype of a woman who doesn't defer to authority and speaks up for herself in front of others; I'm always disturbed to read people - especially other women - criticising her for her 'bitchiness' and 'not knowing her place'.

Posted by: mikeda (mikeda)
Posted at: 5th February 2009 00:26 (UTC)

Willow feeling she's betrayed Tara by 'letting her be dead'

Something that came to mind was Angel's remarks near the end of "Heartthrob"--his realization that he can survive the loss of the love of his unlife, and a feeling that he shouldn't be able to.

(begin quote)

Cordy: Then - what's the problem?

Angel: That I'm okay. That losing Buffy didn't kill me. That I could deal with it. - In all those years - no one ever mattered. Not like she did. - And now she's gone - forever.

Cordy: And you're still here.

Angel: Yeah. I just feel like I'm betraying her somehow.

(end quote)

Cordy, of course, has no patience with that attitude.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 5th February 2009 01:32 (UTC)
kennedy

Cordy, of course, has no patience with that attitude.

Well, she always was less sympathetic, patient and understanding than Kennedy. :-)

Nice comparison!

Posted by: Spiletta42 (spiletta42)
Posted at: 11th February 2011 18:26 (UTC)
Kennedy smile

YAY! As a huge Kennedy fan, I approve of this post and would like to buy it breakfast. Kennedy absolutely was exactly what Willow needed, and it makes me crazy that so many people miss it entirely. How can people not love a character who basically saves the world with the powers of -- to paraphrase her own statement -- spoiled brattiness. Yet all with genuine caring and goodness.

Never in the history of television has an Imported Love Interest been so wonderfully well rounded and realistically introduced into a plot. And I'm barely even exaggerating at all.

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