Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tabula Rasa

Spike: "We kissed, you and me. All Gone With The Wind, with the rising music, and the rising ... music, and what was that, Buffy?"

I may cry. We just lost two major characters in one episode — although I don't think Tara is gone for good. But Giles is, and I wonder if Buffy the Vampire Slayer will ever be as good without him. Is it wrong of me to hope that Giles' BBC series fails very quickly and he comes back?

Willow just didn't get it. It chilled me how she outright lied, without a moment of hesitation, to everybody. She didn't even try to give it up. She's addicted, and now Tara won't enable her any more. Good for Tara. Bad for Willow.

The whole group amnesia thing was just wonderful, very clever, very funny. They didn't know who they were, but Buffy still protected everyone: especially Dawn and, of all people, Spike. Spike still followed Buffy around. Willow and Tara were still strongly attracted to each other. What was really interesting was Anya assuming she was with Giles, and Xander doing the same with Willow. What did that say about the state of the Xander/Anya relationship?

Buffy always seems to be out of sync with her friends. She spent most of the last year without a guy while Xander/Anya and Willow/Tara were all coupled up — and now that Willow and Tara have broken up so painfully and Xander and Anya obviously have a problem, Buffy is getting seriously involved with Spike. The last two episodes have ended in Buffy/Spike smoochies. If it had just been last week, we could say it was just the musical comedy evil, but now we can't.

And I loved them standing in the Bronze kissing, so lost in each other that they were oblivious to all the people around them. Yum.

Bits and pieces:

-- "Tabula Rasa" means "wipe the slate clean" in Latin. I think.

-- There were lots of fun references to previous episodes, like "Wicked strong," "And I think I'm kind of gay," and "I smell fear." God, I'm a geek.

-- Loved the loan shark. I kept thinking, "Candygram!"

-- Didn't Spike wear that ridiculous suit in "Restless"?

-- The song at the end, "Goodbye to You," was beautiful, moving, and so appropriate.

-- I'm sorry, but Buffy absolutely has to do something about this kitten trafficking.

Quotes:

Anya: "Do you think she walked around on clouds, wearing, like, Birkenstocks and played a harp? Because those are just not flattering. You know, the clonky sandals, not a harp. I mean, who doesn't look good with a harp? What? I'm just saying what everyone's thinking, right, baby?"
Xander: "You are attractive and have many good qualities."

Xander: "I just feel weird feeling bad that my friend's not dead. It's too mind-boggling. So I've decided to simplify the whole thing. Me like Buffy. Buffy's alive, so, me glad."
Tara: "Not to be Miss Psycho Pep Squad, but we have got to stop obsessing about what we did and start trying to make things better for Buffy."

Giles: "We'll all get our memory back, and it'll all be right as rain."
Spike: "Oh, listen to Mary Poppins. He's got his crust all stiff and upper with that nancy-boy accent. You Englishmen are always so... Bloody hell. Sodding, blimey, shagging, knickers, bollocks, oh God, I'm English." "
Spike: "'Made with care for Randy.' (looks at Giles angrily) Randy Giles? Why not just call me 'Horny Giles,' or 'Desperate for a Shag Giles'? I knew there was a reason I hated you."

Buffy: "Any suggestions on how we're gonna get there?"
Spike: "Dad can drive. He's bound to have some classic midlife-crisis transport. Something red, shiny, shaped like a penis."

Spike: "I must be a noble vampire. A good guy. On a mission of redemption. I help the hopeless. I'm a vampire with a soul."
Buffy: "A vampire with a soul? Oh my god, how lame is that?"

Giles: "Come down, and we will go about fixing this in a sensible fashion."
Anya: "Sensible! You think it's sensible for me to go down into that pit of cotton-top hell, and let them hippity-hop all over my vulnerable flesh?"

Dawn: "How are you?"
Willow: "A little confused. I mean, I'm all sweaty, and trapped, no memory, hiding in a pipe from a vampire... And I think I'm kinda gay."

Shark Demon: "You're an odd duck, Mister Spike. Fighting your own kind ... palling around with a Slayer. And whoa, that suit. Chutzpah must be your middle name."

Excellent. Four stakes out of a possible four.

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

2 comments:

Mallena said...

Was excellent. I love the funny episodes. My favorite part was when "Joan" is fighting the shark's crew and says "Don't mess with Joan the....stops frozen as she remembers, and then gets knocked to the ground. Also loved Giles sword fighting the skeleton while being surrounded by bunnies. Anya and Giles were very good together. I loved it in the musical episode when she patted him on the shoulder and he gave her the strangest look. They are comedy gold. The kissing at the end was nice too. I'm team Buffy/Spike (Spuffy) all the way.

Lamounier said...

I'm sorry, but Buffy absolutely has to do something about this kitten trafficking.

Agreed!

I used to love this episode, but now I feel as if something is missing. It's a great followup to the musical, getting the group back under the same roof and displaying their wonderful chemistry. But it doesn't go as far as it could.

The final montage is great, but maybe a proper Giles goodbye would've been better. He leaves without checking on Willow after the temporary memory loss?

Tara is so brave here. It breaks my heart to see her leave, but it was the right thing to do. And Spike is cute with that suit.

"Can we talk?"
"Vocal cord wise? Yes. With each other? No."

I love that the episode opens with a witty dialogue. BtVS. <3