splexis wrote:Just because Smoker doesn't pursue or experience loving relationships in terms of power and control...
Housellama wrote:On the contrary! I saw a LOT of romance in the extended dungeon scene between W&J. [good examples]
We see mostly Jillian being affectionate to Wanda, and only briefly the other way around. Yes they talk normally, and Wanda lets Jillian have the rations that she didn't have time to eat herself anyway, but is that enough to qualify as love?
Remember also that Jillian seems to have been operating under magical suggestions for quite some time, and Jillian herself explains how that was "too far". Now I'm no prude (I mean, I've had my share of peanut butter) but I hesitate to validate "genuine" love in circumstances where one party is at least partially unwilling.
I'm reminded of the scene where Jillian almost enters Ansom's tent, but then walks off. Is this the suggestion spell working on her? Can someone (Wanda) experience genuine love for another person/unit, and at the same time deliberately prevent them from choosing the partner they love most of all? Isn't the old saying "if you love them, let them go?"
On a more mercenary note: Wanda uses Jillian to gain intel on Ansom's battle plan. She dominates/tortures and mind controls her in order to do this - since she is spending the juice anyway, why not get some sugar?
Of course, Wanda did
refrain from killing Jillian with the tower defences, and she didn't
attempt to croak her in the stand-off above Spacerock (which would have disbanded all the Faquan units there) so there is something
there, perhaps love, perhaps just an unwillingness to break her favourite toy.
In any case, I'm happy to accept that some (most? all?) people recognise love in Wanda, even if I'm still looking at her sideways. The original question was is this what is happening in the Wanda/Jack banter? There's absolutely nothing to stop Wanda from putting Jack in a ring of decrypted, and having him kept silent in a corner until he is needed, but still she allows him liberties that seem a liiitle bit out of character for her.
Maybe they are just friends, maybe there's a bit of chemistry there, maybe Wanda is just chilling out... whichever it is, the banter is so awesome, I'll be happy regardless.
No, no. It hit him in the brain because it killed him. - Dante