Rewatching Buffy – Episode 98

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.

Spiral

  • Picking up where we left off last week, Glory just ripped a hole in the wall of Tara’s dorm room and Tara, in her lack of sanity, identified Dawn as the Key.
  • So Buffy grabs Dawn and takes off.
  • Willow pulls a quick spell that buys Buffy a few seconds… but that’s pretty much it.
  • Glory heads Buffy and Dawn off as they try to cross a road.
  • “Any last words?” asks Glory.
  • Buffy, always the clever one, says, “Just one: truck.”
  • At which point Glory is hit by an 18-wheeler.
  • Then she promptly turns back into Ben. Convenient, no?
  • Everyone meets up at Xander’s apartment. Buffy has no idea how they got away from Glory.
  • The truck couldn’t have stopped her for long.
  • Buffy is not ready to fight her. She knows she can’t win in a fight.
  • Buffy wants to run.
  • No one is really on board with running away. But no one has a better option, either.
  • Ben returns to Glory’s apartment and laments his lot in life. Then he mentions a part of why he was trying to become a doctor was the hope of finding the right combination of drugs that could keep Glory buried.
  • The gang waits for Buffy’s next steps in the run away plan.
  • And Spike pulls up in a Winnebago with covered windows so he can drive in the daylight.
  • Giles and Xander protest Spike’s presence, but Buffy won’t have any of it.
  • He’s the only one strong enough to stand a chance of protecting Dawn if anything happens to Buffy. He stays.
  • Remember that knight that Buffy fought and Glory later brain-sucked? His buddies checked him out of the hospital.
  • And he sort of reveals that he knows who the Key is…
  • So now it’s not just Glory… The Knights of Byzantium want the Key, too.
  • But they want to destroy the Key, simply to keep her out of Glory’s hands.
  • On the road, Tara begins chanting that it’s all dark. Simultaneously, the crazy people in the hospital are saying the same thing.
  • It’s almost time for whatever ceremony Glory needs to perform with the Key.
  • Dawn and Buffy have a talk. Buffy can’t believe she’s running away.
  • The scary things are supposed to flee from her, not the other way around.
  • “At least things can’t get any crazier,” says Dawn. Shut up, Dawn.
  • At that moment, an arrow comes through the back of the RV.
  • The Knights have arrived. On horseback.
  • That’s one slow RV…
  • Buffy climbs up on the roof to fight one of the knights while others climb up with grappling hooks.
  • Now… most of the knights that get thrown off the RV, I think they’ll live. But then Buffy throws an ax into one’s chest. Don’t think he’ll make it.
  • Just when they think they’ve lost them, one more knight on horseback comes at them head on, throwing a spear through the windshield.
  • Giles tries to move in time, but it hits him on his left side.
  • He loses control of the Winnebago and it topples over on its side.
  • Other than Giles, everyone is pretty much okay and they manage to get to an abandoned gas station.
  • More knights show up and begin bombarding the place with flaming arrows.
  • Meanwhile, Willow works on a protective spell to keep the knights out.
  • One of the knights gets inside and Spike quickly learns he’s no good in this fight, since they’re all human.
  • The knights’ leader gets in just before Willow’s invisible barrier goes up.
  • The general gets tied up and Buffy questions him.
  • “The Key is the link. The link must be severed. Such is the will of God.”
  • Buffy pleads with the general, they are not their enemy. It’s not Dawn’s fault that she’s the Key.
  • Meanwhile, Tara starts to go nuts. Well… more nuts.
  • She’s trying to get away, shouting that it’s time.
  • All the other insane folks begin breaking out of the hospital. It’s time.
  • When the crazy knight starts talking about time, one of the others mercy kills him so that he cannot be an instrument of the Beast.
  • Giles talks with Buffy as if it’s his death bed. And he could be dying. It’s a pretty bad wound.
  • He tells her how proud he is to be her Watcher.
  • Buffy gets Willow to open a door so she can communicate with the knights on the outside. She wants them to allow someone to come and treat Giles.
  • She calls Ben and he arrives sometime later. If only the knights knew who he really was.
  • He treats Giles and shoots a glance at Dawn. Could he be capable of killing Dawn just so he could go on living his life without Glory interfering?
  • Spike really injured his hands in the battle, so Xander helps him light a cigarette. They have a nice little moment.
  • Are they becoming friends?
  • No… absolutely not.
  • The general tells Glory’s origin story. She was one of three gods ruling in a demon dimension.
  • The other two feared her power and struck before she could take over for herself.
  • She was sent to earth and bound in the form of a newborn human male.
  • Kill the man, Glory dies, too.
  • Then he tells the Key’s origin story. It was created to break down the walls of reality.
  • Once the Key is activated, dimensions will bleed into each other. Chaos will reign.
  • Later, the general talks to Ben, trying to convince him to kill Dawn.
  • As Ben checks up on Giles, he begins to feel Glory coming back.
  • He begs them to let him out, but it’s too late.
  • Glory’s first move is to kill the general.
  • Then she grabs Dawn, pokes a hole in Willow’s barrier, and she takes down the entire army of knights.
  • Buffy collapses… completely overwhelmed…
  • The Slayer lost.
  • Body count: Humans – All the knights…

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