Rewatching Buffy – Episode 77

buffy-titleWelcome to Rewatching Buffy, the part of the blog where I rewatch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Each Tuesday evening, you’re invited to join me as I attempt to rediscover what made me love this show 21 years ago.

Primeval

  • After storming out on her friends, Buffy goes to find Riley at the old high school.
  • But he’s not there. He’s hanging out with his good friend, Adam.
  • Adam explains to Riley that Professor Walsh installed a behavior modification chip in him, which Adam has activated.
  • Adam calls Riley his “brother.” And he tells him he has a destiny that’s aligned with his.
  • Sounds like Dark Side hooey to me.
  • Then again, Adam has complete control over Riley.
  • Spike shows up to demand that Adam remove his chip, but it turns out he failed at what he was actually supposed to do.
  • He wasn’t necessarily supposed to separate Buffy from her friends.
  • He was supposed to manipulate her into being inside the Initiative at the appointed time.
  • However, separated from her friends, Buffy still decides to try and take on Adam.
  • With a big honkin’ axe.
  • She heads to Adam’s cave and finds it abandoned.
  • Because Adam has taken Riley to unknown areas inside the Initiative.
  • Where Riley sees a reanimated Professor Walsh. Adam comforts him, though. His destiny is greater than that of a zombie worker.
  • Oh, and Forrest has been turned into a human/demon/cyborg hybrid. Like Adam.
  • That’s not disturbing.
  • Buffy runs into Spike, who tells her she should get the info from Willow, even though they had a falling out.
  • The look on Buffy’s face clearly indicates that there’s no way Spike should know they had a falling out.
  • Meanwhile, Willow is still working to decrypt the discs that Spike brought the gang.
  • They somehow decrypt on their own, before Willow even manages to type in her code.
  • Cue Admiral Ackbar.
  • Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles meet up on campus. They know that Spike played them all like a fiddle.
  • Except, it’s not that easy to move past the things that were said. Spike may have played games with them, but there was still some truth to it.
  • Willow reveals that the discs contained info about the final phase of Adam’s plan.
  • Together, the gang figures out that all of the demons that have been captured by the Initiative are acting as a sort of Trojan Horse.
  • Now they just have to figure out how to stop Adam. He’s powered by a uranium core… kind of unstoppable.
  • They suggest magic… but how? Xander suggests a combo Buffy…
  • Slayer strength, Giles’ brainy know how, Willow’s witchy ways…
  • While rappelling down into the Initiative, Buffy, Willow, and Xander make up. It’s very touching.
  • Unfortunately, as soon as they crack the door to the Initiative open, they’re met by soldiers with electro-guns.
  • When Adam sees that Buffy’s friends arrived at the Initiative with her, he tells Forrest to behead Spike.
  • But Spike gets away. Of course.
  • Buffy tries to tell the colonel that Adam is inside a secret lab in the Initiative and that the easy-to-capture demons in their holding cells are a Trojan Horse that Adam is just waiting to unleash.
  • She also lets him know that he and the government have no idea what they’re dealing with.
  • The colonel states that he is in control. Just as Adam shuts down the power.
  • And releases all the demons.
  • Look… I know I usually do a body count for each of these episodes, but there are just far too many casualties, human and demon, to keep an accurate count on this.
  • Buffy and the gang make it across a battlefield to get to 314, Adam’s birthplace.
  • She heads over to the secret lab while the others set up for their spell.
  • Buffy finds Riley, awake but completely incapacitated.
  • Adam explains that, originally, she was supposed to be part of the final phase, like Riley. But she calmly tells him that she’s never been one to jump through hoops on command.
  • So he orders Forrest to kill her.
  • Easier said than done. In the fight, a beaker shatters near Riley. He looks over at a shard of glass.
  • That’s probably important.
  • Riley’s able to fight his programming enough to grab a glass shard and cut out his behavior chip.
  • He’s able to take over the fight from Buffy to take down Forrest and the zombies.
  • In the spell, Willow represents the spirit, Xander represents the heart, Giles represents the mind, while Buffy is the hand.
  • When the spell is completed, their powers combine to create a super-Slayer in Buffy.
  • When she speaks, it’s all four of their voices.
  • She’s pretty much invincible. It’s like watching Neo take down Agent Smith in the first Matrix.
  • And then she pulls a Molaram and rips the uranium power core out of Adam’s chest.
  • Just as the spell ends, a demon bursts into the room where Giles, Willow, and Xander are and Spike kills it at the last second. A surprising act of heroism.
  • In a darkened room, probably at the Pentagon, a bunch of suits discuss the Initiative as if it is simply a failed experiment.
  • The project will be terminated, records will be expunged, and they’ll pour concrete into the hole that was once the Initiative.
  • Body count: A lot… and Adam.
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