A Pig's Guide to Redemption
For Buffy's Stuffed Animal Mr
Gordo, the question is not "Will he be redeemed" but
rather "When will he be redeemed?"
Given Mr Gordo's lack of airtime in the Season to date, his only
crime is inactivity. Had he taken action to stop the Scoobs resurrecting
Buffy (For example, by hiding in the Urn of Osiris), the consequences
of the resurrection could have been quite different. The sense of
reassurance that Buffy could have attained after clawing her way
out of her grave, only to see a familiar cuddly toy, would have
contributed greatly to her mental health. In fact, this season Mr
Gordo has been conspicuously absent; and it may be this that has
led Buffy to seek out Spike for the comfort and reassurance she
used to achieve through her relationship with Mr Gordo.
Mr Gordo's inactivity has also been a major contributing factor
to Dawn's isolation and growing delinquency. In Older
and Far Away - where he does not even appear to wish his
Girl a Happy Birthday - he is conspicuously absent from the pile
of Stuffed Animals on Dawn's bed. If he had moved to Dawn's room
after Buffy's demise in The Gift, or after witnessing her
growing confusion and identification with the Buffybot (Bargaining),
perhaps he could have prevented some of her teenage acting-out.
Certainly, he would have been in a position to observe her shoplifting
and understand that love and compassion were desperately needed.
It is now up to Spike - as the primary object of Buffy's affections
- to show her the way back to balance and to a fulfilling and constructive
relationship with her toy. And it is up to Mr Gordo to take his
place by Spike's side as his companion and loyal sidekick, guiding
the Scoobs toward their own redemptive journeys.
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