5.16 Shells--Chrysalis Mar 8, 2004 0:34:46 GMT -5
Post by Rachael on Mar 8, 2004 0:34:46 GMT -5
loserA said:Being a lurker here for a while, I couldn’t help admiring insightful review & responses seen on this board. Thanks for the good work.
Here is my first post and my random babbling on the episode.
I agree that the sarcophogus stuck in custom seems weird but that idea grows on me. The teleportation from the Deeper Well was set in motion million years ago and as Knox says, there weren’t many followers of Illyria now. With the clueless Knox as the high priest, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to assume no Illyria’s follower is powerful enough to teleport it to W&H and someone screwed up resulting in the sarcophogus stuck in the custom. It actually reinforce the helplessness of Illyria -- her old army is gone and his present followers are idiots. Illyria is not a Senior Partner and I wouldn’t be surprised if W&H is the one destroying her temple & army. My gut feeling is W&H rise to power because the Old Ones are out of the picture and they are naturally against Jasmine or Illyria returning to share their glory. Illyria would probably team up with Angel to revenge on W&H.
Illyria & Fred vs Jasmine & Cordelia
Is Fred dead or is she reborn as ‘Illyria’, like phoenix risen from ashes ? This is where I think Cordelia and Fred are different. Jasmine took over Cordelia, hollowed out her energy to give birth to herself. Jasmine’s conscience was in her throughout the pregnancy. That’s why I am perfectly OK with lack of screen time on the mourning of Cordelia’s death. Afterall, she was gone long ago, and it’s just her body they are burying. Illyria on the other hand acts more like virus which tend to mutate and take up genes of its host, Fred. Think about bird flu in Asia. Comparing the beginning and the ending of ‘Shell’, you can already see more emotions in Ilyria. How much of Fred is retained, we have to wait and see.
Welcome, loserA! We had much discussion all week on this topic over on the main board; you should check it out, if you haven't already done so.
Not sure I agree with your comparison of Fred and Illyria - Cordy's body was basically left intact (although her mind was apparently unrecoverable in life), while Fred's is the one hollowed out - although the data on what happened to her soul come from unreliable sources, we can be fairly certain that her body is dead. Hollowed out in the literal sense.
I agree that it remains to be seen how much, if any, of the real Fred survives in Illyria. The burden is definitely on showing that it IS there, though - right now, really, she's almost none of Fred.
As Rob mentioned last night - I want the real Fred back. Accept no substitutes.
Again, welcome, and head on over to the Main Board for a spell.