Let's take another trip through our ongoing 'Best Of / Worst Of Character Moments' ...whattayasay?
That was rhetorical. Because that is what this post is about, and for our subject, we're taking a look at BTVS' Season 09, Issue 21's
"The Core" part I -- in which Willow tries to keep Dawn from fading away, we're wondering if Xander will really betray Buffy to side with Simone Doffler, and the Mystic Council objects to the gang's big plan.
Our Major Players include: Buffy, Willow, Xander and Dawn... oh, there are others, including the returned Spike from Angel & Faith's visit but they're minor players this time out.
Our Characters Are Upstanding!
Buffy- I've nothing for Buffy this time.
Willow- Hmm.. Wills did bring Dawn up to consciousness, but it's not quite impressive enough for kudos. I also liked that Wills is humble after her walkabout and now understands that Buffy had to destroy The Seed when she did. Still not a kudo, though.
Xander- Xander shows quite a bit of cleverness in this issue. If he wasn't being a betraying jerkass, I would award it with a kudo. But he is, so I can't. But just know I did appreciate the art of the lie with the truth.
Dawn- Poor Dawn. Always a plot device. No kudo.
Our Characters Kinda Suck!
Buffy: I'm not handing Buffy a demerit.
Willow: Willow doesn't get any demerits, either.
Xander: Soooo.., I'm still hoping that Xan will pull his head out of his ass, but it's clear late in this issue that he is playing Buffy and Willow and is planning on helping Severin and Simone with the extremely ill-advised attempt to change the past. Half-DEMERIT ... like I say, I'm hoping he'll come to his senses.
Dawn: Dawn doesn't get a demerit, just sympathy and worry for her.
Y'know Mystic Council, helping Buffy with what she needs without doing anything accidentally that shouldn't be done in The Deeper Well would've been more productive than standing in her way obstinately. Half-DEMERIT