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(Poll) Buffy and Satsu

4th May 2010 (15:24)

So, I'm curious. Both the opinions given in this poll have been stated often in the last few weeks; I'd like to get some idea of how the numbers stack up on either side. If you feel my poll questions are way too restrictive and arbitrary, by all means tell me so in the comments.

I'm asking about the sexual relationship between the two women, but I've worded the question to include the build-up to it and the aftermath once they broke up as well. Also, I'm not asking about whether you enjoyed reading the story, but whether you thought it was credible and played a part in the overall season arc, or if it was just pure fanservice.

When a few people have answered I'll edit this post to look at how the answers and the demographics correlate. 

ETA: Updated Statistical analysis as of 19:50 on 4 May. I'll update again if and when more people answer the poll!

People who think the story was realistic include 43% of the women who are attracted to women, 67% of the heterosexual men, 33% of the other humans and 50% of the penguins.

No women who are attracted to women, no straight men, and no penguins thought the story was purely pandering to fanboys. 28% of the other humans thought it was.

(Everybody else went for the 'neither' option.).

Poll #1560142 Buffy and Satsu

The interaction between Buffy and Satsu in Season 8 was:

Believable and realistic, and appropriate to the plot and themes of the season.
Shameless pandering to heterosexual men, with no credibility or artistic merit.
Neither of the above.

Are you:

A woman who is sexually attracted to women.
A heterosexual man.
Neither of the above.
A penguin.

Do you know about their relationship through:

Reading the comics.
Hearing about the comics from other people.
Neither of the above.

I don't know enough about the comics to answer but I want to tick a box anyway.



Posted by: harsens_rob (harsens_rob)
Posted at: 5th May 2010 09:48 (UTC)

For Q1: I had to go with neither. Explanation: I don't find it very believable that Buffy fell into bed with Satsu in the way it was told, but I could see Buffy falling into bed with another Slayer. I just don't think there was quite enough of a build up for Buffy to 'throw caution to the wind' and make that leap. But, I could be wrong.

For Q2: I had to go with neither. Explanation: A man, but not heterosexual.

For Q3: Read the comics.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 6th May 2010 10:28 (UTC)

It seems to me that the comics are a very abbreviated form of storytelling, especially when compared to a 22 x 43 minute episode US TV season. There's not much time to build up anything - so every detail of every panel has to carry narrative significance, and one entire issue devoted to building up their relaitonship ('A Beautiful Sunset') is actually a superabundance of attention...

As for question 2, given that it was a story about gay and bicurious women that's been accused of being fanservice for straight men, I thought that separating out the opinions of gay and bicurious women, straight men, and everyone else would be interesting. :-)

Posted by: harsens_rob (harsens_rob)
Posted at: 7th May 2010 07:54 (UTC)

The abbreviated storytelling of comics: I can see your point, but I'm not sure that I can agree with it (though I'm not disagreeing either). There have been comics arcs that have seemed just as good as a tv series, albeit in a differing format. I'd say the classic Dark Phoenix saga is some of the best storytelling in any medium. I wish I felt that strongly about any of Buffy S8's writing. The closest I've come was the first arc and the Dracula arc (my damned brain is as full of holes as Swiss cheese, so the arc names aren't going to come to me and I'm too tired to look 'em up right now).

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