& the Chip: Gentling His Condition
Alane S. Megna
DRUSILLA: I don't believe in science.
All those bits and molecules no one's ever seen. I trust eyes and heart
chip no longer works in regard to Buffy. But why not?
don't believe anything is inherently wrong with Buffy. She's not infected
by a demon or is part-zombie or soulless or anything else. She's still
rationalized that Buffy had come back wrong because he couldn't imagine
the more obvious — he loves Buffy so much, he couldn't possibly have the
intent to actually hurt her. Thus, the chip wouldn't fire.
"Crush," Drusilla thought he could overcome the effect of the chip through
evilness, by being a bad dog. We see through the failed attack on the woman
in "Smashed," however, it cannot be evil that overcomes the chip. Instead,
it's Spike's humanity — which the Judge commented on way back in Season
2's "Surprise" — that can overcome the chip.
"Afterlife," many fans pointed out that, at the scene where Spike pushed
Xander into the tree, the human didn't display much pain. In spite of himself,
Spike liked Xander. They'd fought together all summer. Perhaps Spike even
saw Xander as a friend of sorts. At any rate, Spike's feelings clearly
were hurt that the people he had fought with had failed to include him
in the plan to resurrect Buffy. But he did not really want to injure Xander
a Redemptionist, my theory is that as Spike comes to care for an increasing
number of humans, he will have more "chip failures" until, finally, the
chip won't work at all. At that point, he no longer has any evil and murderous
intent toward the human race.
very different path of Redemption than Angel is following? Yes. But it
would be internal change and would be just as valid as such. It wouldn't
be filled with expressions of remorse or atonement — which, as Darla pointed
out in "Lullabye" — are useless and counterproductive because one can ever
possibly make up for all that pain and death and destruction.
Spike can do is go forward and do better. Just as the rest of us flawed
human beings must do.
then, had the answer in "Crush" but misinterpreted what she "saw." In the
end, science truly is no match for the heart — a heart that is capable
of great love..