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.
- I’m gonna be honest going into this one…
- This is probably my least favorite episode of the season.
- Maybe of the entire series.
- Makes me real glad it’s the only Andrew-centric episode.
- Andrew greets the viewer in a Masterpiece Theater-esque setting.
- Telling the story of Buffy’s patrol the previous night, he keeps putting the emphasis on the wrong syllable of the word vampire.
- It’s obnoxious.
- In the story, true or not, Buffy dusts one vamp and is cornered by another.
- His story is interrupted by Anya and we see he’s recording himself in the bathroom, letting his imagination get away from him.
- This leads to an interesting question…
- I’m pretty sure Buffy’s house has one bathroom.
- How does that work now that the entire Scooby Gang, plus Andrew, plus dozens of Potential Slayers are all under one roof?
- Back to the cemetery, Buffy slays the other vampire and Andrew runs in with the camera.
- Buffy does not want Andrew filming this documentary.
- Andrew thinks the world will want to see this story played out.
- But what’s the point if there’s a good chance that this coming apocalypse is gonna be the actual apocalypse.
- Wait… isn’t there an apocalypse going on a few miles away in Los Angeles even as we speak?
- Is the First Evil not involved with the mess in LA?
- Anyway, Andrew gives a recap of the season thus far for his non-existent audience.
- Again… a reason I hate this episode.
- I know what’s happening, Andrew.
- I’ve been watching the entire season.
- Even if I was slightly lost, there’s always that handy 30 second recap at the top of each episode.
- I just want to tell this kid to shut up.
- If I were Buffy… or Spike… or Xander… or anyone other than Andrew, really, I’d break the crap out of that camera.
- Buffy even asks, “Can’t we make him stop?”
- YES! You can easily shatter the camcorder!
- It’s called Slayer strength. Use it!
- Andrew leaves the kitchen, claiming that Buffy’s speeches can get boring.
- So while she’s sharing her vision of thousands of Ubervamps, Andrew is lying about his role as a villain last year, making himself seem more important than he was.
- Outside of the documentary, Buffy gets to the high school and immediately breaks up a fight.
- Then she saves a shy girl from turning invisible before going to see the principal, who was hit in the head with a rock by some unseen… someone.
- She warns Wood that if they don’t do something soon, they’re going to have a riot on their hands.
- Just then, a student who was under too much pressure… well, his head literally explodes.
- Buffy and Robin try to figure out why all these things are happening and their best guess is that the seal in the basement is leaking Hellmouth energy.
- When they go to the basement, Robin steps onto the seal to get a closer look and it seriously affects him for a minute.
- In an unrelated moment… Xander and Anya confess that they’re still in love with each other.
- Buffy and Robin rush into the house and tell Andrew that he needs to get in there and shut it down before it tears everything apart.
- Meanwhile, a group of students surround the seal and start a chant that makes the seal glow.
- The gang interrogates Andrew and Willow uses a charm that should help him pull out the necessary memories.
- He tells about being visited by “Warren” while he and Jonathan were in Mexico.
- The First, as Warren, asks Andrew about the knife that he will later stab Jonathan with to activate the seal.
- Willow decides the knife is important and they examine it.
- There’s something written on the blade in a demon language.
- Willow does some quick research and decides that the blade, the language, and the seal are all connected.
- So Buffy grabs Andrew, Spike, and Robin to head to the school to take care of the seal.
- The high school is overrun with insane and enhanced students who have torn the place apart.
- The good guys are attacked by students and Buffy tells Spike and Robin to handle things in the school while she takes Andrew to the basement.
- They get to the seal room and hear the kids chanting.
- Seems like the kids have become Harbingers of the First, what with the fresh symbols carved where their eyes used to be.
- Upstairs, in the heat of battle, Robin nearly stakes Spike from behind, but he’s stopped by an interfering student.
- At the seal, Buffy takes knocks out all the chanters, then tells Andrew it’s his turn.
- She pulls out the knife and makes him think that the blood of the person who woke the seal will reverse the whole deal.
- Really… she confronts him about his actions, murdering Jonathan.
- Andrew breaks down into sobs as Buffy breaks down the reality of the entire situation.
- Buffy holds Andrew over the seal as he cries, knowing that there’s nothing he can do to find redemption for killing his friend.
- His tears shut down the seal, and Buffy knew that’s how it would happen.
- Upstairs, everyone suddenly stops fighting.
- Wrapping up the video, Andrew again confesses to killing his friend and says he doesn’t deserve to survive whatever’s coming in the end.
- Body count: Vampires – 2; Humans – 1