Jack Shaftoe: The whole thing is recycling of the Dollhouse plots [...]
Oh, bloody hell! I forgot about "Dollhouse," and I already sent my email to the editors. Oh well, since it's your point anyway, you should just send your own letter accusing Joss of recycling his own ideas.
Jack Shaftoe: Maybe in the end there will be one Buffy for Spike, one for Angel and one for Satsu...
Well that last one doesn't sound so
bad, but I'm mature enough to know that that's just my prurient interests overriding my better sense. : )
For anyone interested, here's the letter I just sent:
My reaction to issue 9.07: Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. And not in a good way. We're told this season will be more grounded and more about the characters than the wacky plots. Until now, I thought you were mostly succeeding in keeping things a little closer to the "real" world, and there has indeed been more focus on charac...err, on Buffy and Spike. (Brief aside: Willow deserves more than a brush off, and Xander was always my least favorite of the original four, but even I'm getting annoyed at the obvious lack of interest you all have in him.) Lately, I've also defended the pregnancy/abortion storyline in online forums where other fans thought Joss was just being an attention whore. The issue is controversial but not uncommon for women Buffy's age, so I had faith that Joss would turn it into a compelling catalyst for her development, regardless of his true motives.
Now it looks like that plot will be completely eclipsed by a decidedly less realistic robot storyline that's already been done by almost every sci-fi show ever made. Which makes me think that Joss really did just want all the drama and headlines for a couple of weeks before he invented a deus ex machina to kill the abortion plot and avoid responsibility for developing it (which is metaphorically appropriate, I'll give you that). Also, I'm now having to eat crow on message boards, and I really, really hate that.
At this point, I don't see how you can salvage the narrative potential of Buffy's pregnancy without yet another contrivance. I'm assuming the "consciousness switch" took place the night of the infamous party, which means that her real body probably isn't pregnant. I want you all to know that I will keep reading for now because the good still outweighs the bad in S9. But the robot plot twist seems like something written by The Trio, not the man responsible for gems like "Becoming Part 2" and "The Body." Joss, whatever you were smoking when you dreamt this up, please just say no.
And as promised: My apologies to all of you who said Joss just wanted the headlines. You were right, and it's now obvious. I'll be choking down some crow for dinner tonight. (Note that I reserve the right to retract these statements if Joss somehow miraculously fixes this, but I don't think that very likely.)