Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Weight of the World
December 23, 2015 9:56 PM - Season 5, Episode 21 - Subscribe

After Glory abducts Dawn Buffy is catatonic and Willow enters her mind to draw her out. The separation between Ben and Glory is weakening, giving the god human feelings and dropping the magic that keeps people from remembering they share a body. Details of Glory's planned ritual are revealed.
posted by yellowbinder (2 comments total)
Good, now: do we suspect a connection between Ben and Glory?
posted by wabbittwax at 10:50 PM on December 23, 2015 [3 favorites]

Not a lot of discussion here! Understandable, as the next episode has a lot of things to talk about. But I think this episode is really interesting. Not only does this episode start to have Buffy ask herself what she is prepared to do to save the world, it's also a direct look in our heroes mind. This is something we don't get to do a lot of the time, but it's really key here not only for the next episode, but for the next two series. Remember this, the Buffy who is resurrected in Season 6 underwent a full mental breakdown just hours before her self chosen death. Dear god does this woman need a therapist rather than Willow poking round Buffy's head.

Willow's answer (oh so what, basically) of tough love is maybe enough to get Buffy going, but this woman cannot take so much weight on her shoulders without any support. Unfortunately her solution will not be to offload the weight, but simply to pretend it does not exist.

The stuff with Ben, Glory and Dawn, meanwhile, isn't terribly interesting, but establishes the stakes for the next episode, and makes sure Ben is fully culpable in what is to come. And Ben has to be the most gullible mortal in existence. Honestly the idea that Glory would give a fig about him post ascension is just obviously absurd.
posted by Cannon Fodder at 6:38 AM on December 29, 2015 [2 favorites]

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