As an example of exactly how academic my thoughts have been today:
Anakin Skywalker vs Spike: who wins?
Notice I say Anakin, not Vader. As bad ass as Spike is, I don't think he could defeat the Dark Lord of Sith*. But a still-sort-of-playing-by-the-rules Anakin? It'd be iffy. Spike's all street-fighter and 'I've killed two Slayers, and would have made it three if I hadn't been stupid enough to want in her pants'*. Anakin has a tendency to rush in, which Spike could exploit. Unless, of course, Spike kidnapped Padme, or Anakin kidnapped Xander*, in which case the other would be so pissed off at loosing their cuddle-bunny that it would be a moot point.
Speaking of SW: George is going to make me cry. I can see it coming. *sniffling already*
Stephen King is also a big meanie-- I'm about 450 pages through The Dark Tower VI and all I have to say is "Wah! Jake!" *wailing* I'm actually surprised at how much I'm enjoying this novel. I think I'll have to go back and actually read the rest of the series. ^^
Nothing else to add, except that Carol is getting itchy. I don't know what she wants to do, but she wants to do something. *crosses fingers, glares at muse*
*Unless Spike thought up a really good plan and actually stuck with it. But what are the chances of that happening?
*Ick, Spuffy. ^^;
*Don't see Spike/Xander in canon? We don't need no stinkin' canon! Spander <3 kicks ass, yes. ^___^