5.7 Lineage--Ultimate Drew vs. the Cybermen Nov 17, 2003 13:50:22 GMT -5
Post by Len on Nov 17, 2003 13:50:22 GMT -5
Nan, great review, you always give me so much to think about.
Here's my $.02...
I think that not only does Wesley have issues with living up to his fathers expectations, but I believe he's also worried about becoming like his father, abusive verbally and perhaps physically. In IGYUMS it is mentioned that his father locked him under the stairs, and he was told he was never good enough for Daddy. And then in Billy, Wes stalks, taunts, and shoves Fred, so he's both physically and verbally abusive to her, much like his father was to him. And he even tells a "joke" about women with black eyes, which makes me think his father was probably physically abusive to his mother as well and Wes probably heard his father tell this very "joke". Of course Wes was under the influence of Billy and his actions couldn't be helped, but he believes underneath the surface he is capable of doing those things without Billy's influence, as is evidenced by a later exchange between him and Fred. (see below)
So I think that by "killing" his father he felt like he became worse than his father, he became, not an abusive jerk, but a murderer. I don't think that knowing it was a robot is going to make up for seeing his fear of being like his father manifested. I think much broodiness will ensue. I hope that makes sense. I am trying to type, think, and make dinner all at once. At least I'm a multitasker.
From I Got You Under My Skin
RYAN: (in Wesley’s voice, to Wesley) All those hours locked up under the stairs, and you still weren’t good enough. Not good enough for Daddy, not good enough for the Council
Wesley: "Would you like to hear my theory, Fred? It's about how stupid you are. I think that after five years of living in a cave, you'll instinctively retreat to small, dark places, rather than run outside where you'd be safe. Let's finish this."
W: "What do you tell a woman with two black eyes?" (shoves Fred down on the stairs) "Nothing you haven't told her twice before." (Fred runs) "No sense of humor."
The episode ends with this exchange when Fred goes to Wesley's apt and asks him to come back to AI:
Fred: "That wasn't you!"
Wesley: "How can you know that? Something inside me was forced to the surface. Something primal."
Fred: "Do you want to kill me?"
Wesley: "God, no!"
Fred: "It wasn't something in you, Wesley, it was something that was done to you."
Wesley: "I don't know what kind of man I am anymore."
Fred: "Well, I do. [smiles] You're a good man. [pause] Will I see you back in the office?"
Thought I would give some of you folks who haven't caught up on all the Angel ep's some backstory.
wasn't there another Angel s2 ep in which we actually see Wes talking to his dad? I think it was around the time that he was dating that woman who he rescued from her nutjob father.