5.9 Harm's Way--Of Shoes and 'Ships Jan 19, 2004 18:57:18 GMT -5
Post by Nan-S'cubie Mascot on Jan 19, 2004 18:57:18 GMT -5
I'm not a big fan of making them human as a reward mostly because it strikes me as an essentially racist idea. Like your blood is your destiny, and being a 'real' person depends on what as well as who you are. Maybe it would be a reward if all the vampires in the world were being wiped out (therefore only the shansued one would survive it) but elsewise it just strikes me wrong. And the way the story with Spike developed to the point where he went and got a soul, or the way Lorne and other demons are portrayed as able to act contrary to type, or the way Harm acts in this ep, all contradict the race=destiny theory so I don't think shanshu will be all reward or all about having been redeemed. I think the writers get how that would look too.
Andromeda made me spitting mad in a post-purple story. They'd set up a character who was from a species that preyed on others for food and reproduction (as vampires do) and then made him a monk seeking enlightenment. Yaay, non-racist define your own destiny stuff. Only then once they got rid of the original writer they brought the character back to have him reach a form of redemption and therefore get transformed into something less hairy and considerably lighter skinned. It made me so, so angry that they could do something that seemed to me blatantly racist. I know its also the beauty and the beast story, but that ones always annoyed me for much the same reason (also because if beauty fell for the beast then having him turn all human would be... well, kinda like the one she loved died and a new person with their memories was walking around instead...)
On the other hand making either or both vamps human and then having it not be the end of their problems- having them be essentially the same person, or just showing (as they have before) that it isn't the demon in them causing the problem, its the man- that would be interesting. It depends which metaphor they play with really. Having someone give up the drink but still be the person that made them want to drink in the first place is a nice complicated story. Hmmm, another reason to be annoyed at Angel way back when he got time reversed to make him a vampire again- its an example of him running straight back to the drink because he can deal with the world better that way.
If becoming human is portrayed as only one of many viable paths- as it can be now there are two vampires walking much the same path for a while, you bring them to a junction and they take both roads- then it could work as a story and go a long way.
One of your usual thoughtful posts, Beccaelizabeth. I always thought the Beast turning human was a cop out too--one of the bases of my admiration for TV's version: Vincent was irreduceably Vincent: he wasn't gonna turn into anything other than what he was. You had to take him or leave him on his own terms.
Inasmuch as I think vampires have a validity all their own, independent of "us," I also am not enthused about either Spike or Angel shanshuing. I don't trust the writers to get it right, and the very reasons for us to find them fascinating characters lost to Political Correctness. But then, always big on the xenophilia here--always love and sympathize with the Calibans and Arials of this life....