Fans of James Marsters, rejoice. Let the lark hark the ode of festive times - it’s a Spike-centered episode.
I was kinda excited about a new episode. It’s been a month, since the last one, and even though Ats is having a very good run, my heart is with the original show.
Only, while watching, I found out, it isn’t. Maybe, It’s because I really don’t care to much about the character Buffy, anymore. They even try to give her a self ironic line about her inspirational speaches, but it just fell flat.
There are also so many characters now, they can’t get them to interact. Xander gets a line, Andrew another Awful!Kennedy a third, but it seems all these actors are milling about and then the directer just throws away the odd line, to whoever semmes to be standing closest to where they are shooting.
The main story about Spike works quite well, it’s just that whenever the epsidode moves the focus to any other character, it falls apart.
On to the plot - Giles is back (yay!) and a bit wary about Spike. So he’s got a gizmo that crawls into Spike’s brain to check out if that trigger thing is still active, and if TFE can get him going.
After this, there are some choices to be made and even though this is in the horrid black spoiler box, I won’t give away the major plot points / misdirections here.
Quite a few flashbacks, of Spike’s life and more depth to his character, which is nice. Drusilla is back, briefly, and she’s always fun to see, though not very twisted.
Anya has one, stupid line and I can’t see why they even bother trying to keep her in the Scobby gang. It’s not as if the writers use her.
And BIG BIG problem with continuity this episode. I normally don’t care to much, but when it’s a tie in, with Ats, when they finally have the rule about crossovers lifted, they let it slip away.
spoilers for the last three episodes of Ats You’ve been warned.
The episodes with Faith, in Ats, all took place during a single day/night. Faith broke out of jail during day. She and Wes went to L.A., where it was dark, with the sun blotted out. Faith fights the Beast, and Angel. The Beast dies, sun comes back, Faith takes a shower at Wes’ place, goes out to track down Angel, finds the junkie and fights, still the same evening. They are both knocked out and the rest of the mini arc is played out during a few hours. I was a bit bothered about Willow showing up, so fast, but I guess driving could take a couple of hours.
But why does she receive a phonecall (a week later) in Sunnydale during daylight? Her comments to Buffy indicates to us, the viewers, that she knows she’ll meet Faith. Sloppy, sloppy, IMO.
Also - where are the damned cell phones. It’s 2003, the apocalypse is coming. Everyone should have a cell phone.
It’s still among the best on TV, so I enjoy it. But this week felt like a filler. And it’s three weeks till next episode, so I guess it was just that.