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April Week Four

Now, I know what you're thinking, isn't there someone we've been neglecting from Magical Mischance month? Everyone's favourite rogue magician, set upon chaos and mischief...? Well, never fear, Fag Enders, because, that's right, Ethan Rayne's time has come! In honour of the dearly departed Robin Sachs, we bring you five prompts formed out of quotations from everyone's (/at least my) favourite sorcerer.

The parts in bold are intended as the actual prompts, but feel free to extrapolate in your Spuffification!

  1. Chunky and creamy. Oh, no, sorry, that's peanut butter. (from Halloween)
  2. Now, this may sting a little just at first. But don't worry, that'll go away once the searing pain kicks in. (from The Dark Age)
  3. We're just a couple of sorcerers. The night is still our time. (from A New Man)
  4. When you went to the loo I slipped a small pellet of poison in your drink. You'll be dead in an hour. ... Just kidding! (from A New Man)
  5. I really got to learn to just do the damage and get out of town. It's the "stay and gloat" that gets me every time. (from A New Man)

But that's not all! Because none of us want to let Ethan go so easily, we also have a poll for your entertainment and edification. So enjoy what lurks beneath the cut...!

Poll #1909838 Ethan Poll

So, actually, which is the best Ethan quote?

"Chunky and creamy. Oh, no, sorry, that's peanut butter."
"Now, this may sting a little just at first. But don't worry, that'll go away once the searing pain kicks in."
"Town's wide open. You guys can go anytime. ... Might wanna hurry."
"We're just a couple of sorcerers. The night is still our time."
"When you went to the loo I slipped a small pellet of poison in your drink. You'll be dead in an hour. ... Just kidding!"
"I really got to learn to just do the damage and get out of town. It's the "stay and gloat" that gets me every time."
An even more cracking line I'm going to mention in the comments.

Given that Ethan actually has a fairly sober wardrobe throughout the show, how does Giles end up wearing this monstrosity at the end of A New Man?

Giles has a secret fondness for silver satin and saw this as an opportunity to get away with wearing it.
It's actually Giles' shirt that Ethan stole years ago.
In a moment of petty revenge, Ethan performed a glamour on all his clothes so Giles would be doomed to wear something embarrassing after he was led away.
Another excellent reason I will explain in the comments.

Talking of A New Man, what did actually happen to Ethan after he was taken away by the Initiative?

Like the comics, he remained incarcerated until he was killed by Twangel.
Unlike the comics, he escaped incarceration, but was killed by some other adversary.
He's still incarcerated now, because the comics never happened.
He escaped incarceration and was basically living it up with Giles from S6 onwards.
He escaped incarceration and has been living it up in Vegas (vel sim.).
None of these are right; I'll explain in the comments.

Which is the best Ethan episode?

The Dark Age
Band Candy
A New Man
All of the above.

And finally, just because we're biased, what's the best part of A New Man?

Giles and co. discovering Ethan in the crypt ("Oh, bugger; I'd thought you'd gone!")
Giles and Ethan in the bar. ("You know, you're really very attractive...")
Giles and Spike on their madcap drive through town. ("I'll pay you another hundred dollars.")
The bit of that they cut from the shooting script where Spike crashes, but which Quin swears she saw on the first BBC showing. ("I can kill demons and crash cars - things are looking up!")
Er... One of the bits with the others?
Dude, we are on for such a battle royale in the comments; just you wait...



( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 22nd, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)

Also, Ethan definitely isn't dead. He escaped from the Initiative, as per indri's fabulous story, Ethan Rayne vs America.
Apr. 22nd, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think that has to have happened!
Apr. 22nd, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
It did, it did!
Apr. 22nd, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
I second this.

Another way in which the comics are...ignoble.
Apr. 22nd, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
Another way in which the comics are...ignoble.

As well as a load of old bollocks.
Apr. 22nd, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
The Dark Age isn't a favorite of mine, but ALL of the others are in my top 20, easy!

I love your "was Giles' shirt originally" idea. Heh. We know it wasn't always tweed for Giles.

While all of A New Man is excellent, I have a soft spot for Giles' stopping his escape to go after Maggie Walsh, just for the hell of it. The waving arms and all is just splendid.

Ethan. Sigh. We barely knew ye.
Apr. 22nd, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm actually surprised by people's lack of fondness for The Dark Age - not the funniest of episodes, I'll admit, and one of the main things I remember is Willow's clanger on Egyptian vs Etruscan iconology and which civilisation preceded the other one, but it was such a game-changer! Ah well...

And hee, yes, all the stuff with Maggie in A New Man is brilliant. It was really the last of the Giles character episodes, wasn't it? :(

*huggles Ethan forever*
Apr. 22nd, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
I was going to say that The Dark Age is fantastic for "outing" Giles, but the little hint we got in Halloween was the true opening salvo. The rest is, um, exposition? It's dramatic, but it doesn't really go anywhere. The show doesn't thoroughly build on this aspect of Giles' character in a meaningful way, alas, though it informs what comes later. He doesn't take any extra care with Willow, for instance.
Apr. 22nd, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
I suppose I always saw The Dark Age etc. as kind of explaining why he didn't. He hates that part of himself so he never really tries to push it. And it's not as if Willow doesn't blow him off at moments like in Something Blue or hide things from him like the summer after S5. I tend to think that Giles actually fears responsibility, in the end; Buffy's more than enough for him (and ultimately too much)... Eyghon is why he has to pretend he doesn't just want to go off and be a jet pilot.
Apr. 22nd, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
Come on, Giles chasing Maggie Walsh has to be the best bit. Though the drive with Spike comes close.

I think the Initiative still have Ethan in their underground back-up bunker but by now he's developed ways of leaving a glamour of himself whenever he fancies a side trip to Las Vegas with one of the surprisingly attractive young soldiers he has recruited to the Dark Side.
Apr. 23rd, 2013 08:47 am (UTC)
The bit with Maggie is pretty good - but also gratuitous. And there's no Ethan!

This possibility works, I think. Although why would Ethan bother coming back to base when he could just give people the slip?
Apr. 23rd, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
I love me some Ethan. In my world (ok, one of my worlds) he's been rescued from the re-formed Initiative prison/lab and he and Giles are feeling their way (perhaps literally) back into a relationship.
Apr. 23rd, 2013 08:48 am (UTC)
Aww... Well, that works nicely!
Apr. 23rd, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
I could swear I remember seeing that supposedly cut bit on first airing too... :scratches head:
Apr. 23rd, 2013 08:52 am (UTC)
Me too (obviously)!! The thing is, over the years I vaguely remember several sources stating that they never actually filmed JM saying the line, or at least people arguing that who seemed convinced they were in the know. And yet it seems like it can't be true. The whole thing's a mystery!
Apr. 23rd, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
The thing is, I can see Marsters in my head, saying "Things are looking up!" in this cheery voice!
Apr. 23rd, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
Exactly!! And there were definitely some other rogue lines out there - on at least one recorded version of Band Candy (either VHS or DVD), I'm pretty sure they cut Snyder's 'Whoa, Summers; you drive like a spaz!'. Back in the day when I was still familiar with my TV recordings, the VHS boxsets and ultimately the move to DVD I'm sure there were other changes too... In some episode around the beginning of S6? Life Serial? Eh; I can't remember, but it definitely wasn't always cut and dried. (Not that the Beeb didn't give us lot a somewhat warped perspective sometimes anyway.)
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