The Romulan Republic wrote: ↑2020-08-11 06:50pm
FaxModem1 wrote: ↑2020-08-11 06:09pm
This is probably why the original Watchers Council was rather hands off in their treatment of rebellious slayers. If a slayer is uncooperative, wait a couple years, and a new one would emerge to help them on missions. With all of them activated at once, that clearly isn't an option, and they have to find some way to motivate the slayers to join their cause. Buffy is remarkable in that she had a real sense of civic duty from day one. Her tactics needed work, but she was very dedicated to the cause most of the time because as Giles pointed out to her, people will die if she does nothing.
Well, there's also the tradition thing. Slayers may be expendable, but at the same time, the Council probably has strong taboos against killing them (and humans in general). Especially as Watchers who have actually worked with a Slayer may often get attached. They do have their wetworks team, but its notable that even when Buffy was rebellious and Faith was in prison, they didn't use it to kill Faith and try to get themselves a new Slayer. The only time they actually tried to kill Faith was when she was at large and a threat, and the only time they tried to kill Buffy was when she got in the way of killing Faith.
Hence why I think they wait. If a slayer refuses to toe the line, she'll probably get killed against a demon or vampire that got lucky, like Spike did(I rewatched their fights recently, both times he defeated a slayer, they had him on his ass and he got very lucky, either due to explosion via Boxer Rebellion rioters, or due to a smash cut in his favor as he and Nikki Wood changed spots for no reason).
If a slayer doesn't even fight the forces of evil, there's potential for them to be like Faith, and do whatever they want to do, which probably invites the local army, militia, or police to shoot them in their "A God Am I" moment. An active slayer who doesn't even do anything at all with their power would be a very rare creature, and could probably be convinced by a lot of soft selling by charismatic Watchers.
Not everyone is as morally upstanding as Buffy, though. If I were to guess, the Watchers gambled on slayers, not knowing who would be next in line, and tried to hedge their bets as much as they could by raising as many Potentials as they could. They clearly couldn't train everyone, and we know there were some Slayers that they brought into the fold and trained, such as Kendra and other Potentials, with Buffy only being brought in due to being activated. Hell, how many of them never got called, and just became members of the Watchers Council after a few decades? What if Gwen Post was a potential Slayer that just never got called?
I've often wondered about what happened to Potentials who were Watcher-trained but never got called. I doubt they'd typically become full Watchers, as there seems to be a tradition of Watcher families and Slayers/Potentials are viewed more as tools.
Always have thought Gwen Post was an underused character, though.
Eh, they're already in the fold, have already been training for years, are already quite read up on the demons and undead. I'd imagine that quite a few of them would join the Watchers anyway, just because it would be a good use of resources if they were there in their 20s, and most slayers are called in their teen years. I imagine quite a few potentials were 'put out to pasture', and they either became civilians again, or decided to do what they were trained to do, hunt monsters, only as Watchers instead of Slayers.(We know from Roger Wyndam-Pryce cyborg that teams of Watchers do hunt monsters on their own, for instance, as one team of them tried to kill Spike in the 1960s, with him killing two of them to escape.) I can see Potentials becoming part of those teams once considered above 'Slayer calling age'
Though, that is contingent on there being a maximum age for Slayers, has anyone above the age of 18 ever been called? Anyone above the age of 30 or 40? We never saw any Granny slayers in the comics, for instance.
If there is an age limit, I imagine more than quite a few of them married into Watcher families anyway, just because they'd be spending so much time with them, and there is quite a bit of family dynasty and Watcher subculture going on there. As an example, Nikki Wood's Watcher clearly raised her son Robin after Spike killed her. If he hadn't bought it while Robin was still rather young later on, I'm reasonably confidant he would have had Robin join the Watcher Academy at some point.
It's notable that in season 7, the reason so many Potentials joined their cause in the first place was to find safety from the First, Caleb, and the Bringers. And they were still dubious about following Buffy's orders for a while. After that, they viewed themselves as in a war against the forces of evil and continued to be so. We also do know that in season 8, Buffy funded everything due to leading a bunch of morally dubious slayers in some bank robbing sprees. I imagine that there were more than a few Slayers simply there for the paycheck.
Honestly, with her skills, wouldn't it just have been simpler and less risky to have Willow commit computer fraud or something? Assuming there aren't old Council funds Giles could access. Physically robbing banks is so last century.
Buffy isn't subtle, and is not going to be doing things like the Thomas Crown Affair, and since she has an army of superhero style teenage girls, used their ability to beat up anyone in their way to get what was needed, some real capital to establish an international headquarters and to fund the rest of the things they need to fight evil.
Oppositely, unless Roger Wyndam-Pryce cyborg was lying, there is supposed to be a renewed Watchers Council being rebuilt from the remnants. Maybe they're doing their own thing separate from the Slayers. Which if they're not as involved in finding and training slayers, kind of makes the Watchers of the 21st century Librarian demon-hunters in the style of the Men of Letters from Supernatural. This kind of fits, because if there's one thing the side of good is terrible at in the Buffy-verse, it's coming together to team up against evil(I'm looking at you Guardians).