Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Sleeper   Rewatch 
April 6, 2016 8:49 PM - Season 7, Episode 8 - Subscribe

The gang reacts to last night's visitors, and Buffy investigates Holden's claims that Spike sired him.
posted by yellowbinder (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
So, again, this question raises up why the First is triggering Spike, and why it's getting Spike to kill lots of random people. What does Spike's killing spree accomplish other than Buffy finding out about Spike's trigger. As it isn't Spike's time yet, why not save the trigger, rather than use it every night? The First explicitly states that it wants neither Spike or Buffy to die.

But eh. In of itself, this is a pretty good episode, we get Buffy's conflict about maybe having to put down Spike, her anger at maybe being played. Other than that it's a pretty rote, plotty episode. Buffy investigates Spike, Spike investigates himself, he reveals what he's done and there's a fight in the cellar. Not a bad episode per se, but not much to talk about really.

-Hi Aimee Mann, the only musical guest to get a line! It's a shame that the show decided to have that really weird crossing between the song and the fight.
-They determine that Spike is active because there are more missing people. But its Sunnydale, and it's still full of demons and vampires. They used to do this all the time in seasons 2 and 3 though, so I shouldn't complain too much. The ecosystem of Sunnydale makes less and less sense when you realise quite how many vampires there seem to be (as an aside, surely Sunnydale, having the one slayer in the world in it, is the absolute worst place for any vampire to reside).
-How did Holden get's Spikes name? Did he introduce himself before murdering him?
-Every single person killed on screen by a vampire turns into a vampire, with the exception of Miss Calendar. Literally the only other exception in the first episode of Buffy is when Buffy finds a body, and explains to Giles that it won't rise again because it didn't drink blood. But apparently everyone Spike killed and buried is going to rise. Oh, and all at the same time despite being killed on different nights. I don't care that much, but I do think this sort of scene is indicative of the lazy writing which plagues this season.
posted by Cannon Fodder at 12:57 AM on April 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am totally down with a universe in which Aimee Mann routinely plays gigs on Hellmouths. Having worked for a little indie band, that seems 100% plausible. (I'm pretty sure our regular gig in Houston was at least on the grounds of a satanic church, if not an actual Hellmouth.)
posted by restless_nomad at 11:24 AM on April 7, 2016 [5 favorites]


Every single person killed on screen by a vampire turns into a vampire, with the exception of Miss Calendar. Literally the only other exception in the first episode of Buffy is when Buffy finds a body, and explains to Giles that it won't rise again because it didn't drink blood. But apparently everyone Spike killed and buried is going to rise. Oh, and all at the same time despite being killed on different nights. I don't care that much, but I do think this sort of scene is indicative of the lazy writing which plagues this season.

I think this makes sense here, because even though the First is playing a longer game, creating more run-of-the-mill vampires on the ground is going to create a distraction for Buffy while the First causes damage elsewhere. See: CWDP.
posted by Superplin at 12:33 PM on April 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


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