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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Get It Done

Buffy: "The Hellmouth has begun its semi-annual percolation. Usually it blows around May."

We had some major developments in the fight against the First. But what did it all mean?

Robin's mother had a Slayer emergency kit (how come the other Slayers didn't have one? Was her Watcher supposed to send it back to the Council, maybe?) and Buffy went back in time, or something like that, to ask the men who created the First Slayer for help. Unfortunately, Buffy had to turn them down. It was never made clear exactly what she turned down, but I'm assuming it was demonic energy and power of some kind. Was Buffy afraid of becoming evil? Losing her soul? Buffy probably should have taken what they were offering. In Buffy's dream, the First Slayer said, "It's not enough," referring to a dozen or so Slayerettes versus the massive army of Turok-Hans we saw at the end.

The Swahili-speaking guys told Buffy that she was "the Hellmouth's last guardian." What the frilly heck does that mean? Is this the end of the Slayers, or the end of the Hellmouth in Sunnydale? Is it going to close forevermore, or will it open somewhere else, like Cleveland?

The good news is that Buffy's most powerful allies, Spike and Willow, are back in the saddle again. I was thrilled to see the old Spike again -- leather coat, swagger, cigarettes, and all. It's about time. (Of course, he's only back because Buffy told him she needed him that way; it's still all about Buffy.) Willow is back, too, with the spells and the black eyes and everything. I just loved her chucking the Latin and doing it in English ("Screw it, mighty forces, I suck at Latin, okay?")

Buffy even has a new, cool ally in Principal Wood ("call me Robin"), although that whole Spike killing his mother thing is bound to be a problem sooner or later (I'm thinking sooner). Robin and Kennedy have already become part of the Scoobies, although Kennedy may be on her way out, what with guilt over pulling a Lou Gossett on Chloe, and her freak-out over black-eyed Willow.

Speaking of Scoobies, is it me, or does it feel like they're getting ready to write Anya out? Xander seems to be over her, Spike won't sleep with her again, and D'Hoffryn is sending demon assassins after her. Maybe Anya will be this year's Scooby Martyr. (Of course, if this is the last year, anyone could hit the dust.) Anya and Spike's "date" was a hoot; I especially loved the "drinking under the table" discussion. (Anya: "I like my sex on top of the table." Spike: "Would you let it go? You're like a dog with a bone." Anya: "So what?" Spike: "It's my bone!")

Bits and pieces:

-- I liked that there was no artificial getting-to-know-Chloe scenes before her suicide. Her death was unexpected and it worked better that way.

-- It was confirmed in this episode that all of the Watchers are now dead, except for Giles. (And Wesley. And Robson?) Speaking of which, where was Giles?

-- I liked the Big Board; very funny.

-- Willow: "I think I might pee my pants." But wait... there's still only one bathroom, and more than a dozen Slayerettes, plus the Scoobies, all living in the same house. When the action first moved to the back yard, I thought we'd see a line of portapotties on the lawn.

-- The flashback to the scene with Robin and his mother showed the actress from "Fool for Love," not the new one from the last episode.

-- Dawn got to do some cool research here; I actually liked her in this episode. But when did she learn Sumerian?

-- Spike said at one point that he was now unique, more or less. I'm assuming the "more or less" refers to Angel.

-- I rarely make wardrobe comments, but I loved Willow's shirt. Plus, didn't Spike leave his leather coat at Buffy's house during the infamous attempted rape scene? How did it end up in the high school basement?

-- Buffy may have turned down the Swahili-speaking guys, but maybe Faith won't.

Quotes:

Wood: "I knew I signed on for something, but, Buffy, I'm just a guy. Granted, a cool and sexy vampire-fighting guy, but still."
Buffy: "Don't forget 'snappy dresser'."

Buffy: "Andrew is our... actually, he's our hostage."
Andrew: "I like to think of myself more as a guestage."

Wood: "So, you hold him here against his will?"
Buffy: "Well, he was evil, and people got killed, and now he bakes. It's a thing."

Buffy: "The First is coming, and then look at us. The army. We've got a bunch of fighters with nothing to hit, a Wicca who won't-a, and the brains of our operation wears oven mitts."

Dawn: "Translation's going to be a bitch. Did you know that ancient Sumerians do not speak English?"
Buffy: "They're worse than the French."

Buffy: "Then why are you here? Aside from getting rescued, what is it that you do?"
Anya: "I provide much-needed sarcasm."

Xander: "Puppets. That's it! The First hates puppets! Now if we can just airlift Kermit, Fozzie the Bear, and Miss Piggy into town..."

Very good episode. Three out of four stakes?

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

5 comments:

Dimitri A.C. Ly said...

Is that... Is that Odette Annable practicing in the front?

This is even better than spotting Ben Affleck in the original BtVS movie! ... No. No, it's not. That random Ben Affleck scene was just awesome.

Kara said...

Why is Anya living at Buffy's? Doesn't she have an apartment?

Sherry said...

Please let Kennedy be gone! I do not like her.

Onigirli said...

"-- I liked that there was no artificial getting-to-know-Chloe scenes before her suicide. Her death was unexpected and it worked better that way."
No it didn't, and I disagree hard. A potential's suicide was the one thing they could've focused on to make the final season really count and hit darkness in a way s6 never truly did, and they bungled it worse than anything Angel ever did. We don't even get to see to see the conversation that led to it. Buffy just calls her a loser (well, stupid... and weak). And we have to deal with it from there. I hated this episode. It's easily the worst and I'm amazed by my sense of denial that I never remembered just how badly this was botched. The writers sucked hard, whoever was involved with this episode. Angel's "Her" was better than this. I hate you people.

Onigirli said...

Angel's She, my bad. No I'm not embarrassed by it, shut up