S5 THOUGHTS OVERALL Oct 6, 2004 17:03:28 GMT -5
Post by Lola m on Oct 6, 2004 17:03:28 GMT -5
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Here's what I see as the meta-story for AtS Season 5: Joss was commenting about the power elite of American society. Or perhaps our acceptance of that power elite. The members of the Black Thorne were representatives of entrenched power: ArchDuke Sebassis represented power through social & blood connections. Senator B represented power through political connections. Magnus Hainsley represented power through behind-the-scenes manipulations. (Yes, I know he died in the 2nd ep, but I'm sure he was a member.) Izzy represented power through business connections. The Fell Brethren represented power through a willingness to sacrifice others. Vail, always different (and so still alive IMHO -- shameless Greggist plug), represents power maintained through mass-delusion. (This thought just occurred to me as I type: he's the news / entertainment industry? Dayum.)
Wanted to make another comment on this portion of your post. Because I think you've hit a very important aspect of AtS arc or theme for season 5, "power-elite" as you say (huh - it always about power), and/or the power of corporate structure on society and individuals. Add this to, as Spring mentions, Angel's struggle with the Angelus part of him and you have a very interesting metaphor for adult life - especially in the "big city". Working for a large institution, having to sometimes be "two people" - the corporate you and the personal you. Balancing home and work or perhaps seeing a pull between personal ethics / feelings and corporate goals of profitability, etc.
Since I've always felt that one of AtS underlying themes is "facing adulthood", I am undoubtedly putting my own spin on it, but still . . . .
Very interesting thoughts from everyone!