|2nd half of season 5
||[Jun. 15th, 2005|08:35 pm]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Verse
Blood Ties: Buffy's friends finally figure out that Dawn is the key, and eventually Dawn does too, with Spike's help. It was a great relief for her to finally realize who she was, and her cutting herself tied in the teenage angst that everyone experiences. Glory and Ben being one was also surprising. Dawn finally came to the realization that hurting herself was not the way to go. It would not be wise to let Glory know anything about her. Another scene I enjoyed was the dispersion of Glory, done through magic by Willow. Thankfully Glory didn't end up in the same room or hospital. There was also a bit of foreshadowing with the 'Summer's blood' scene.
Crush: Dawn spends some quality time with Spike because he treats her like a normal person. Buffy believes she has a crush on him, but Dawn rejects that idea and tells Buffy that Spike is actually in love with her, the slayer. Buffy is completely disgusted throughout the entire episode, which I thought was appropriate. Drusilla's return was interesting. It was a little annoying, and for some reason Buffy didn't stake her at the end (even though Dru killed many people on the train). Basically just a mediocre episode.
I Was Made to Love You: Can be summed up as a filler episode. Some interesting concepts here, almost all of which had been explored previously. Warren was annoying, but he treated the robot pretty much the same way Buffy had treated Riley. The greatest part of the episode, of course, was SMG's acting in the end when Buffy discovers her mother, dead on the couch.
The Body: Definitely one of the best episode of the season, and entire series. It has the most realistic portrayal of death I've ever seen on television, and every single one of the actors/actresses in this episode was fantastic, each dealing with death in his/her own way. Xander punches a wall, Willow changes her clothing often, Tara is calm because she's dealt with it all before, and Anya doesn't understand why Joyce will never come back. The episode is dry, emotional, silent, unique, and just simple wonderful.
Forever: Angel coming back to comfort Buffy was a nice moment. Dawn wanting to resurrect Joyce was a bit of foreshadowing. Dawn's positive interaction with Spike was interesting to see, as was Tara and Willow's different views on magic (some more foreshadowing there). Doc is definitely a creepy character - something that is not to be trusted, although he was right about people coming back 'wrong'. The best part would have to be Buffy's breakdown in the end, just after Dawn successfully resurrects Joyce but decides to destroy the spell at the last minute. With this episode we see that Buffy believes she has to always be strong, and Dawn grows a little mature.
Intervention: The desert scenes with the First Slayer was boring at times, but it wasn't too long. It needed to be there for the foreshadowing. I can't believe Buffy's friends didn't realize that they were talking to a robot the entire time. Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffybot was great. It was superb acting by her. The bot was believable and hilarious, especially when the audience got to see the robot's internal information for certain people in Buffy's life. It was nice to see Buffy give some credit to Spike at the end too, for not telling Glory about Dawn being the key. The audience also discovers that Glory cannot fool a demon nor steal its sanity.
Tough Love: This episode was primarily created for the audience to know more about Glory and her desperation for the key. Tara was quite strong, as she didn't tell Glory anything about Dawn being the key even while Glory was torturing her. It was wonderful to see Willow's growing powers and she is the only one strong enough to actually hurt Glory in some way. The shocking but inevitable scene at the end, when Glory discovers that Dawn is the key, leaves the viewer hanging in suspense.
Spiral: Buffy and the Scoobies leave Sunnydale in Spike's RV to run from Glory, as Buffy realizes they'll never beat Glory. It was interesting to see the Scoobies run away instead of staying to fight, something they have thought of, but never went through with before. With Giles getting hurt by the Knights of Byzantiam, Buffy is forced to call someone from the hospital to help him. It turns out to be Ben, and eventually Glory comes out and snatches Dawn away, while killing the Knights.
The Weight of the World: Buffy is in a catatonic state due to Glory's abduction of Dawn. Willow psychically enters her mind and goes through a loophole in Buffy's mind. She sees several replays of Buffy's childhood and Buffy's realizations. They both figure out that Buffy's guilt over Dawn being kidnapped finally proved to her that she is no match for Glory and she believes she killed Dawn herself. This episode also further develops the characters of Glory and Ben. Glory is obviously conflicted and hates the world she is currently stuck in. As it's almost time for the ritual, the barrier between her and Ben grows weaker. Glory and Ben switch back and forth, and, eventually, Glory convinces Ben that it's either his life or Dawn's. Ben chooses to live, thus deciding to go ahead with the ritual. The Scooby gang try to figure out how to stop Glory, and Giles claims that the only way to stop the world from ending is to kill Dawn.
The Gift: An absolutely wonderful episode. It was almost going to be the series finale, and although I'm glad it wasn't, it would've been a perfect ending that way too. Glory was quite the villain. She looked amazing while kicking ass. Giles took a big step in killing Ben (with the realization that Glory could come back for revenge), and Dawn was understandably terrified, as was almost everyone else in the Scooby gang. They still gave it their all, and that's what matters in the end. Spike's reaction after he realizes that he cannot save Dawn is tragic. Buffy has always sacrificed herself for others, and she was not completely happy with her life, so death would most definitely be her gift, just as the First Slayer told her. Everything comes together and makes sense right at the moment when Buffy realizes that she must jump into the void to save Dawn and the world. Buffy's tombstone was the perfect 'last touch', and tears were inevitable - for both the characters and us as the audience.