Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bargaining, Part 2

Dawn: "Talk to me. Say something!"
Buffy: "Is this Hell?"

Wow. Dark much?

Buffy's biggest fear in the episode "Nightmares" was being buried alive. The Scoobies should have known. Leaving her in that coffin was inexcusable.

There were way too many upsetting images here of Buffy dead or dying. It wasn't just Buffy trapped alive in her coffin and clawing her way out; we also saw the BuffyBot being beaten and eventually pulled to pieces by the biker demons, and a replay of Buffy's death last season, with her looking down longingly and suicidally at the pavement. Sarah Michelle Gellar got a chance to show her acting range. Michelle Tractenberg was also very good; that final Buffy/Dawn scene made me cry.

The demon bikers didn't do much for me villain-wise. They were unrelentingly brutal and ugly, and the trashing of Sunnydale was unnerving. The rickety, robotic tower falling to its CGI end was also uncomfortable and reminded me of the Twin Towers, and the verbal ugliness of "anatomical incompatibilities" and rape was pretty icky.

I love what they're doing with Spike, though. There is something very touching about Spike's relationship with Dawn. It isn't just guilt because he failed Buffy; he genuinely likes Dawn and empathizes with her, and it's a natural extension of his love for Buffy. The one thing missing in this episode is that we didn't see Spike's reaction to Buffy's resurrection. I hope we get that next week.

Bits and pieces:

-- This is the first episode of the series without Anthony Stewart Head.

-- I was sorry to see the BuffyBot go, even though the plotline had run its course and she more than fulfilled her purpose.

-- In this week's hair report, we finally saw Buffy and her hair was even longer. This played into the myth about hair and nails continuing to grow after death. Which they do, but not that much.

-- The tinker bell lights from "Fear, Itself" were back. Willow and Tara can always find each other.

-- Xander mentioned a guy at work he likes, Tito.

Quotes:

Anya: "Less talk, more running away."

Tara: "Maybe they got lost, in the woods."
Anya: "The woods? Are we going back to the woods? I hate the woods. All those woodsy trees."

Xander: "Demons. Ah. There's something you don't see every day. Unless you're us."

Xander: "Maybe they're on their way here. I mean, this place is NORAD, and we are at DefCon One. (The women all look at him.) Okay, I so need male friends."

Razor: "So you got a witch in the mix."
Tara: "More than one."
Xander: "I happen to be a very powerful man-witch myself."

Two out of four stakes,

Billie
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Billie Doux reviewed all of Buffy and Angel, so she knows the plural of apocalypse.

2 comments:

Unknown said...

I was SO pissed in this episode at how dumb the Scoobies were! Like I said in the previous episode's comments, I couldn't believe they kept her coffin underground. Basic zombie 101, ya know? :)

My heart just broke when Buffy looked at Dawn and asked, "Is this hell?" I just wanted to wrap her up in a blanket and cuddle her--kudos to SMG for selling it!

Mallena said...

Very dark episode, but it fit the mood of the season. Buffy is going to find her way out of the dark and into the light. Biker gang was gagworthy, where are the cops? Maybe no one responds in Sunnydale anymore because the cops know they'll get hurt, but they need a swat team! What was with Buffy's dress? So ugly, they buried her in that? The scene on the tower was nicely done.