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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a drama about a young girl who inherits the powers to fight the demons that threaten the Earth. She lives in Sunnydale, California which happens to be the Hellmouth and must learn to master her powers while also trying to have some semblance of a normal life. The WB 1997 - 2001. UPN 2002-03.


Episode 11 - Gone

26 June 2013

Spike and invisible Buffy

Synopsis: The Trio use their stolen diamond to create an invisibility ray. They accidentally hit Buffy with it and she begins to enjoy the freedom it brings her. An earlier run-in with Doris Kroeger from Social Services leads invisi-Buffy to take some revenge. She then sleeps with Spike while Xander and Willow work on how to make her visible again.

The Good: I like the premise of the invisibility. It’s an obvious trick for the Trio to be interested in and works metaphorically to free Buffy from some of her responsibilities. She is able to keep sleeping with Spike without anyone finding out and her enjoyment of her anonymity further alienates Dawn. It was nice to see Xander take the lead for once and push the investigation into what was going on. Willow’s struggles to stay clean were sensibly portrayed. 

The Bad: However the episode was pretty flat. In execution the invisibility made for boring television. I admired the commitment to the gag with lots of camera pans to thin air where normally a stern facial expression would be waiting. But it was a dull spectacle and quickly became distracting as I watched the visible actors having to pretend that someone was knocking into them.

There was no tension in Buffy’s condition, nor any good humour. Her swift acceptance of how cool her situation was cut out the fun exploratory part of episodes like “Earshot” or "Tabula Rasa." Then the disintegration of the cone was handled with little gravity which meant her life never seemed in any danger. There was something mechanical about how Xander and Willow investigated the clues and the argument with Dawn was abrupt (if plausible).

The Unknown: So is Buffy going to just head over to the Trio’s basement and administer justice? It’s not often that her enemies have a fixed abode but they can hardly escape her for long.

I was uncomfortable with Buffy tormenting Doris and I’m not sure if I was meant to. The music was light hearted and the end result was good news for the Summers household. But in between Buffy made a woman, who was just doing her job, think she was losing her mind. That’s not funny.

Best Moment: Spike was his usual entertaining self responding to lustful Buffy.

The Bottom Line: This was uninspiring stuff as Buffy and Willow both take a small step toward recovery.


Cordia's Second Look
Season 6, Episode 11
Original airing: 1/8/2002

My Rating: 50

The Good: This wasn’t a terrible episode, but it wasn’t very strong either.

I appreciated that the show is dealing with the fallout of Willow’s magic situation. Buffy is taking it seriously, which is nice to see for the two of them. I like the little moments when Willow is faced with temptation, but overcomes it.

Naturally, Spike was awesome to me in this episode. I thought James Marsters did an excellent job of acting opposite special effects. And the episode even managed to slightly move the Buffy and Spike story forward again. His appearance at the house had some nice sexual moments as well as Buffy’s complete denial of her attraction to him.

Something else I really liked was the hints that Warren has some further vision for his plans. Andrew and Jonathon have come to a divergence in this episode with Warren. He’s willing to let Buffy die and then attempts to kill her more quickly when Andrew and Jonathon take exception. Warren is willing to go very far to achieve whatever his goal is as a super villain. It really puts him in a new light and I’m interested to see where it might go.

The Bad: Unfortunately, I think the majority of this episode suffered from a lack of emotion. It’s a very interesting storyline to have Buffy capable of releasing all of her stress and escaping her life for a little while. But I found it completely unbelievable that her first reaction is “wheeee!” She demonstrates absolutely no disconcertion, fear, or worry over her situation. I would think that she would be confused at the very least, but she doesn’t even express interest in finding out what happened to her. It feels like a misstep in the story to me because it prevents me from feeling like Buffy is in danger.

Favorite Moment: I like the moment after Buffy and Spike are interrupted having sex. Spike is constantly evolving his feelings towards Buffy and has apparently decided that he doesn’t have to take just what she’ll give him anymore. He only has her here because no one else will ever know and that’s not enough for him. The shifting dynamic in their relationship is incredibly interesting. Couple that with the very good sheet effects and the well done joke at the end, and it was definitely my favorite scene.

The Bottom Line: This was yet another episode in a string of episodes with an interesting concept and poor delivery. It scares me that it’s starting to feel routine.



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  • Hi Robin and Cordia, great as always. There are a couple of things I want to talk about. The main one is Jonathan. I was always a Jonathan fan and supporter (a later episode cemented that status.) I listen to all the podcast episodes and I think one thing I disagree with a little is your take on Jonathan in season six. I agree mostly with the other two. Andrew abruptly showed up with a personality that can be grating to some and I never liked Warren or trusted that there was a redeeming quality in him. Jonathan on the other hand up to this point has earned my sympathy by being thrown into danger a lot and my appreciation by sharing standout moments with the Scooby’s such as his talk with Buffy in Earshot, his giving the umbrella to her in The Prom, and the awesome tackle to a vamp in Graduation Day Pt. 2. This is why all the silly things he does doesn’t bother me. Actually in this episode I saw some character development that made me admire him a little more. When the trio is discussing killing Buffy Jonathan not only speaks against killing her he stands his ground against a more threatening Warren and demands that he fix the invisible ray. This is compared to Andrew saying what he thinks at a safe distance and sitting in a chair.

    A couple little things:
    -I agree with liking that Xander is taking charge not only of finding a solution but doing the adult mature stuff such as taking Dawn to school.
    -Buffy’s sort of see-through shirt when Doris comes to the house could not have been a worse choice to wear in my mind at that point.
    -Dawn is bratty. However I give her a bratty OK card because Willow and to a lesser extent Buffy caused her to get beat up last episode.
    -Jonathan disguising his voice on the phone was funny.
    -I like the ending conversation with Buffy and Willow. I agree that Buffy realizing that she does not want to die was rushed; yet when she said aloud “I didn’t… I don’t wanna die” got to me. I was happy that she said it and meant it.

    Viewer score: 70 / 100

    Posted by Jarrid, 26/06/2013 1:33am (7 years ago)

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