"POWER, DUTY AND CHOICE"
"With great power comes great responsibility." – Ben Parker "SPIDER-MAN"
) "You should know that I personally consider any form of military conscription to be a violation of basic human rights, no matter whether the cause is a "righteous" one hoặc not – it’s still coercion. The intended cannot freely choose to serve. Buffy has already been drafted against her will, when she was "called".
– "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER"
người hâm mộ (All Things Philosophical About 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Site)
What is it about humans that they demand that Giải cứu thế giới - fictional hoặc otherwise - sacrifice themselves so willingly for the sake of society? Humans especially seem enamored of fictional characters with special abilities – whether they are comic book Giải cứu thế giới hoặc those with a Supernatural slant – coming to the rescue of society, especially humans, at the expense of their own personal lives. Is the idea of someone thêm powerful hoặc special coming to our rescue all the time thêm appealing . . . instead of learning how to help ourselves?
This belief hoặc idea seemed to originate from the world of comic book heroes. And no quote has ever personify this belief than the famous one from the "SPIDER-MAN"
comic book franchise. Before his untimely death at the hands of a robber/thief, Ben Parker spoke these words to his radio-active nephew, Peter Parker - "With great power comes great responsibility". Not only did these words lead Peter down a path as comic book hero, Spider-Man. But this idea that great powers is a precedent as a protector/savior of the public at large has become even thêm apparent in successful ti vi series like "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER"
It took me a while to become interested in "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER"
. I had seen the 1992 movie upon which it was based. As much as I found it enjoyable, I had doubts that it would ever hold my interest. Needless to say, I gave the series a chance and became a diehard fan.
In many ways, I found "BUFFY"
much superior to the series it is compared to a lot, namely "CHARMED"
. Both the series’ diễn xuất and nghề viết văn was much superior to the latter. Even better, the series’ characters – especially Buffy Summers – managed to develop a thêm ambiguous outlook on morality over the years, in compare to the older Halliwell sisters. But if there is one major flaw that "BUFFY"
shared with "CHARMED"
- at least in my eyes – is this ridiculous viewpoint that the series’ main heroine was duty bound to protect the public from the Supernatural evil, due to her special powers.
How did Buffy Summers become a vampire (and demon) slayer? Apparently, she had been born with the Supernatural strength of a Slayer, due to a spell cast bởi three African shamans. These three men decided they needed a hero/heroine - a weapon that would slay ma cà rồng and other demons for them and their community. And to ensure control over this weapon, they picked a young female and cast a spell upon her, infusing her with demonic essence. In other words, he Slayer line was nothing thêm than a method of coercion to force young girls and woman to fight Supernatural evil for them . . . and later, the Watcher's Council. They also figured that being young and female would guarantee that they will always have control of the Slayer line.
Many would point out that Buffy has learned to attain some sense of individuality and freedom from her trước đó authority figures. They would point out Buffy’s estrangement from the Watcher’s Council in mid-Season Three and her rejection of Rupert Giles as her personal Watcher in late Season Seven as examples. Granted, these những người hâm mộ would have a point. But I can also think of one hoặc two examples of how Buffy had allowed her belief that she had no choice but to be the Slayer rule her life.
A prime example occurred in the Season Three episode, "Choices"
, when she had received a notice of acceptance from Northwestern trường đại học in the Chicago area. Buffy and her Những người bạn came to the conclusion that she had no choice but to turn down the offer and continue her education in Sunnydale. Why? As the Slayer, she had to remain in Sunnydale in order to protect its citizens from the effects of the Hellmouth. Joss Whedon might be a first-class ti vi writer and producer. But his reasoning for forcing Buffy to reject the Northwestern offer and remain in Sunnydale struck me as one of the biggest pile of horseshit I have ever come across in television. This explanation made no sense to me. Of course Buffy had a choice. There was no rule that she had to remain in Sunnydale to continue her Slayer duties. Demons and ma cà rồng did not exist only in Sunnydale. Hell, Buffy had become a Slayer in another city - namely Los Angeles. những người hâm mộ might point out the numerous apocalypses that have sprung up over the years in Sunnydale. Again, this struck me as another example of contrived nghề viết văn on Whedon’s part. Were the viewers really expected to believe that apocalypses only appeared in Sunnydale, California? Especially since the series had established that there were Hellmouths in other locations around the world – including Cleveland, Ohio? I think that the only reason Buffy had decided to remain a Slayer in Sunnydale was her belief that she had no choice, due to her Slayer powers. She wasn't really making choices. She was allowing her belief that she had no choice but to remain guiding her decisions. And to me, it seems that her reasoning for remaining a Slayer is tainted bởi her view of "duty". It comes off as cold to me.
In the Season Seven finale, "Chosen"
, Buffy came up with a scheme that she believed would help defeat the efforts of the First Evil. She convinced Willow to cast a spell – using a magical Slayer Scythe that she had managed to acquire in a trước đó episode – to change the Slayer line originally set bởi the African shamans. Instead of one Slayer manifesting one at a time, the spell allowed all of the Potentials – adolescent girls and young women within the Slayer line – to become Slayers at the same time. Why did Buffy simply allow Willow to use the scythe to end the Slayer line once and for all? All of those young females would have been spared the violent and potentially short life of a Slayer. Because she had set this plan in motion, Buffy became the global leader of the Slayers. Despite her dislike of being a Slayer, she remained trapped in this lifestyle.
Personally, I believe that Buffy was an idiot for remaining in a profession that she obviously disliked. Second, I believe that was a bigger idiot for allowing Merrick and later, Giles, to talk her into assuming Slayer duties in the first place. If she did not want to become a Slayer, she should have refrained from accepting the role. Three, even when she detached herself from the Watchers Council, she continued diễn xuất as Slayer because she rather stupidly believed that she had no choice in the matter. I found it amazing that although no longer in her life, the Watchers Council still managed to exert a strong influence over her.
The idea of a person with super hoặc magical abilities diễn xuất as the protector/savior of the public seemed to have its origins in comic book superheroes. As much as I find these stories entertaining, I realize that I am fast developing a deep contempt for them. It is one thing to choose to become involved in a lifestyle that turns bạn into some kind of cop with special powers. It is another to allow someone to coerce bạn into that situation, because bạn have special powers. The idea that someone is duty-bound to act like some Supernatural cop just because he hoặc she possesses special powers is RIDICULOUS. Even worse, it seems like coercing someone into a dangerous lifestyle hoặc profession against his hoặc her will. For me, it compatible with the military draft. How can anyone in their right mind support such an idea?