Rewatching Buffy – Episode 132

Welcome 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 so many years ago.

Bring On the Night

  • Buffy and the gang do research while Xander cleans up and repairs more broken windows.
  • Andrew is still unconscious in a chair.
  • Buffy sees her mother and doesn’t believe it’s really her… it has to be the First trying to mess with her.
  • But she had dozed off and it was just a dream.
  • In a cave, the First Evil takes on the form of Spike and Drusilla to torment the real Spike while the Ubervamp physically tortures Spike.
  • The next morning, Andrew comes to and Buffy threatens to serve him up to the First if he doesn’t tell them where the seal is.
  • He leads them all to the seal under the school and they decide to cover it back up with dirt.
  • As they leave the basement, Buffy and Dawn run into Principal Wood… all trying to cover for why they’re carrying shovels…
  • Willow attempts a locator spell to find the First and it goes really wrong.
  • She barely gets started and the First takes over Willow and screams, “It only makes me stronger!”
  • Xander acts fast and smashes the bowl with the spell ingredients and Willow freaks out, feeling like it’s still inside her.
  • She doesn’t want to go evil again… doesn’t want to hurt anyone else…
  • Buffy is about to head out to find Spike and the First on foot, but when she opens the door…
  • Giles is back!
  • Now, I want to point out that they are very deliberate about not letting us see Giles touch anything.
  • The last time we saw Giles, he was about to be beheaded by one of the First’s harbingers.
  • Suddenly, he shows up at Buffy’s door.
  • He didn’t knock, she just happened to open the door.
  • She went in for a hug, but that was interrupted by three young girls barging into the house.
  • No contact Giles… and this is a big deal because the First can take the form of anyone who has died but can’t actually touch anything because it cannot take corporeal form.
  • In the living room, Giles explains that the girls are potential Slayers.
  • There were many all over the world, but a bunch have been killed, along with their Watchers.
  • The rest of the potentials are making their way to Sunnydale.
  • Giles explains that the First’s plan is to wipe out anyone who is a threat to its evil.
  • Giles then explains what I just explained about the First’s form.
  • Still making a point about Giles not actually touching anything.
  • He leans against a table, but that could still be an illusion…
  • Giles and Buffy head toward the place where she encountered the First back in season 3… the hidden cavern under the Christmas tree lot.
  • Buffy finds the cavern, but she’s not alone down there.
  • The Ubervamp attacks.
  • She puts up a good fight and even stakes him… but he just laughs and pulls the stake out of his chest.
  • It nearly kills her, but she climbs out just as the sun rises, causing the Ubervamp to retreat back into the cavern.
  • Giles was, conveniently, not standing at the cavern entrance to help her climb out.
  • Giles explains that the Ubervamp is known as the Turok-Han… comparing them to Neanderthals in relation to humans.
  • Buffy really needs some rest, as she hasn’t slept in days… but she decides to go to work instead.
  • Principal Wood catches Buffy doing an internet search for “manifestations of evil… in movies” then has a very poignant conversation with Buffy about coming face to face with true evil.
  • When she asks him what kind of movies he prefers, he says mysteries.
  • All the subtext…
  • The torture of Spike continues.
  • The First (Drusilla) is trying to get Spike to choose their side, but he refuses.
  • Buffy sees her mom again.
  • She’s very maternal… but is she another dream or is she a manifestation of the First?
  • The bell rings and Buffy wakes back up to find a student upset that she wasn’t paying attention to anything he’d been saying.
  • Wood watches ominously from his office.
  • Let’s talk about the potential Slayers for a second.
  • I never liked Kennedy.
  • She’s spoiled, she’s demanding, she moves in on Willow before she’s ready to be over Tara…
  • The other two, Annabelle and… what’s her name… are forgettable.
  • Anyway, they’re waiting around for sunset and Kennedy starts demanding that the potentials be given weapons.
  • Just as sunset arrives, that third potential rushes in to tell Buffy and Giles that Annabelle split.
  • Guess she got scared…
  • Well, she runs right into the Ubervamp, who quickly kills her dead.
  • Buffy catches up but is way too late and is caught off guard by the Ubervamp.
  • They fight again and she crushes him under a ton of steel pipes.
  • But it barely slows him down.
  • He brings a building down on her and very nearly kills her.
  • For some reason, the Ubervamp skedaddles and Xander, Willow, and Giles find Buffy unonscious.
  • The First (Drusilla) screams at Spike, wanting to know why he continues to resist.
  • It’s because Buffy believes in him… believes he can be a force for good in the world.
  • Back at the house, Buffy is nearly catatonic, but is listening to her friends discussing how screwed they are.
  • Giles says that they can make plans, but the truth is, Buffy was the plan.
  • He doesn’t know if they can fight the First Evil.
  • Buffy comes in and says he’s right.
  • I kind of love her speech here. I need to see if I can find a clip online to share here… hang on…
  • May I just ask… How was Sarah Michelle Gellar never nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Buffy?
  • Body count: Humans – 1

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