Buffy Episode Poll: "Enemies"
In this episode, Faith kills a demon who was wanting to sell the Books of Ascension to the Slayers. How close is this to killing a human in terms of morals?
"I have another answer"... because I'm really conflicted about this. Faith's reasons for killing the demon was wrong (getting the books for the Mayor), but was killing the demon wrong? After all, if the demon hadn't sold the books to the Slayers, would he have stashed them away? Doubt it. He probably would have sold them to somebody else, possibly somebody who didn't have the Slayers' sense of right.
But if the demon really was as harmless as he appeared, then surely Faith's actions would be as morally reprehensible as killing a person, wouldn't it? Or, does the fact that demons don't have souls automatically relegate them to being worth less than a human being in similar circumstances? One could certainly make the argument that the demon, at the end of the day, was guided by an evil moral compass and should be treated as such, regardless of how innocuous he appears at this moment. I don't think I could subscribe to that belief, however.
I don't know... I don't feel particularly broken up about this demon's death, but I feel like I should be. I think there is a moral failing in me that because he's a demon, I hold his life in less regard than I do Professor Worth.
Wahhh... morality is hard.
After Faith kills the demon, she goes to Angel with blood on her hands in a panic. He comforts her as best he can. The next scene reveals that Faith was attempting to seduce Angel at the Mayor's instruction. How genuine was her remorse over the murdered demon, if at all?
Not Sure... She does seem momentarily bothered by her handiwork, but I think this is more because the blood on her hands gave her a flashback to Allan's, not because of regret over the demon himself. By the time she gets to Angel with her "oh, no, look at this", I'd say she's over it. So, actually, I changed my mind - she's a big faker.
On that line of thought, how much of her seduction was genuine? Did she have a yen for Angel?
Angel's relatively attractive, but if there was any genuine interest by Faith, I'd say it was solely because he 'belonged' to Buffy. I don't think Faith would have stooped to schtupping even a souled vampire at this point, but the thought of doing Buffy's boyfriend must have been a pleasant thought.
Presumably, Buffy, Angel, and Giles conspire to figure out what Faith's up to. We know that Buffy was suspicious that Faith was coming onto Angel. We also know that the mage that the Mayor hired to get rid of Angel's soul was connected to Giles. And then, of course, Angel was Faith's primary target. Who do you think first suspected that Faith was working with the Mayor?
Buffy. That Slayer intuition was telling her that something about Faith's behavior was off even before the Book Demon's rather convenient death just after he was about to give them valuable information about the Mayor's super-secret. I think she saw Faith's behavior when the body was found and her subconscious started putting all the odd pieces together that Faith wasn't right.
I could buy Giles being approached by the demon-mage though to put the final piece in place that Faith had gone bad.
Would sex with Faith have given Angel a moment of perfect happiness sufficient to cause his soul to vacate?
No. The sex isn't why he lost his soul to Buffy... it was the love and connected-ness that let him forget his misery. Faith couldn't provide that no matter what 'mad skills' she has.
Angel puts on an act and pretends to be Angelus. How convincing do you think he was?
He was pretty darned convincing.
Some people express displeasure with the execution of the plot. Specifically, that the big Angelus fake-out feels like a cheat. What say you?
Really? I totally worked for me. I think I would have liked it less if he hadn't been faking, because Angelus can't go from being a big bad to being a side plot and this arc belongs to Faith and to the Mayor.
Pretend you're a movie reviewer and give this episode a star rating.
I liked this one, a lot... 4 stars.
I also have a question of my own to add... Was anyone but me shocked at just how much bitter hatred Faith has in her over Buffy? I knew she was bitter... I knew she was jealous... I knew she'd snapped following the accident with Allan, but this really had the shivers going down my spine:
Faith: Keep dreaming. No one can stop the Ascenscion. Mayor's got it wired, B. He built this town for demons to feed on and come graduation day, he's getting paid. And I'll be sitting at his right hand. Assuming he has hands after the transformation. I'm not too clear on that part. And all your little lame ass friends are going to be kibbles'n'bits. Think about that when your boyfriends cutting into you.
That is some real hate, there, and I had no idea just how far gone she was.