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You are watching: Buffy the vampire slayer season 7 episode 17

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By Sarah Dobbs | May 21, 2008 | | Comments count:0

Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike’s chip was removed, Buffy believed in him, Robin Wood was the boy of a Slayer that Spike killed. And Spike was wearing a trench coat he stole from her earlier in the 70s, bereason reportedly it was made of magical non-wearing leather. Or something.

In New York, 1977, Spike and also the existing Slayer, Nikki Wood, face off. Nikki’s young child, Robin, cowers behind a park bench as Spike taunts Nikki, inevitably leaving the dispute unreaddressed. (But we’ve checked out the outcome of this particular fight before, this seachild also, so it’s not difficult to fill in the blanks.) She’s wearing the leather trenchcoat that’s recognisably now Spike’s tradenote. Uh oh.

In modern-day day Sunnydale, Buffy, Wood and Spike are all fighting vampires. Spike stakes a vamp that’s around to bite Wood, and also tells him that the stake’s his frifinish, and he shouldn’t be afrassist to use it. Due to the fact that he’s really stupid. Wood mutters “Just waiting for my moment” and we view that he’s clutching the stake so tough that blood trickles out in between his fingers. I’m not even sure exactly how that’s feasible. Splinters?


Post-credits, Buffy’s at work-related and the children seem to be mostly earlier to normal (except, presumably, any kind of of the ones who passed away, acquired their eyes carved out, or were bconsumed right into bloody pulps by Wood and also Spike?). Giles comes right into the office ranting, bereason the library is composed exclusively of computers and no books. He’s apparently earlier from a pilgrimage, which explains why he’s been missing for the last couple of episodes (did I miss out on the component where he shelp he was leaving?) which Buffy thinks had actually something to execute via collecting even more Potential Slayers yet was actually something to execute through Spike. The conversation of the assorted things in Spike’s head below is hilarious, however just because the series has made such a hash of it all. Still, funny.


The point that Giles went to acquire transforms out to be yet an additional point to go in Spike’s head – a magic wormy point that enters through the optical nerve (sounds gross, was actually as well CGI in execution to bother me) and seeks out the site of the create so that Spike deserve to root out and also deal with the source of it. Right. That sounds baffling sufficient to work-related. I think that might be a dominion of Buffy – if something’s convoluted and also nonsensical enough, then it’ll occupational. Anypoint easy would be too straightforward.

So, Willow does a spell and the worm enters Spike’s brain and suddenly we’ve travelled earlier in time to once William the Bloody was simply a bloody awful poet. I think I disfavor this vision of Spike’s mortal self almost as much as I dischoose Anya’s pre-demon self; they’re supplied for comic result without any regard for actual sense. Anywa, Spike’s reading poeattempt to his adoring mother, who, judging by the cough, is a consumptive. She asks Spike to spfinish time with her, and also sings the song that we recognise as Spike’s trigger to him… and also we’re back in contemporary day, wbelow the create has actually, well, motivated Spike, who’s railing against his chains. The wormy thing creeps back out of his eyeround, and also he returns to normal, insisting that he’s cured now.

Upstairs, Anya, wearing the the majority of horrifying outfit in the civilization, is explaining to the Potentials that Buffy has actually a blind spot wright here Spike’s murderous rampperiods are involved. She overshares on the murderous rampperiods thing, referencing her own killing spree in Beneath You, yet everyone is clearly too distracted by her ridiculous hat to pay any attention to what she’s saying. Anattracted interrupts to tell Willow that there’s someone called Fred on the phone, and that he “sounds sort of effeminate.” I laughed, I admit it, yet that’s because I’m a sucker for Buffy/Angel crossovers.


Back in the basement, Spike asks to be unchained but Giles insists the de-triggering process takes even more than that. We go earlier into Spike’s memories, to simply after Drusilla sired him. He provides wild plans for evil schemes the three of them have the right to carry out – Spike, Dru, and Spike’s mum. Drusilla is reluctant, and also his mother doesn’t look much more keen, however Spike tells her he have the right to make all the pain and also sickness and also dying go ameans by turning her right into a vampire…

In Sunnydale, Willow’s establishing off for LA, and also while Buffy’s distracted, Wood and also Giles have actually a conversation around exactly how to attend to Spike. Giles numbers out that Wood is, which seems a little bit late, but much better late than never before, and also asks if this isn’t simply an individual vendetta. Not that it bothers him much, bereason he’s in agreement through Wood that Spike demands killing. Yet… because Spike has a spirit now, shouldn’t that be classed as murder? Giles’ component in the arrangement is composed of distracting Buffy while Wood murders Spike, so he takes her out for training in among Sunnydale’s billion graveyards. He tells her points which seem to be in precise opposition via what she demands to hear: that she requirements to be a basic, that she demands to check out the bigger photo, and also she demands to remember that everyone is expendable. In fairness to Buffy, she points out that that’s exactly what she’s been doing – or, at least trying to.

While Giles keeps Buffy distracted via fighting a newly climbed vampire, Wood takes Spike right into a darkened room. When the lights come on, it transforms out to be wallpapered through crosses and also crucifixes. Uh oh. I’m reasoning Spike, that prides himself on having eliminated two Slayers, should have been paying closer attention, however eventually Wood fills him in on who he is, and also boots up his Mac to play an MP3 of the create song – for some convoluted reason, Wood seems to have decided that if he triggers Spike into ending up being a monster, he deserve to kill him and also that’ll count as revenge for the death of his mom. Um, it’ll additionally make him a lot harder to kill than the besouled variation, yet Wood evidently thinks he have the right to handle it.




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The cause takes Spike back to the siring of his mom again. While Spike, post-vamping, has actually controlled to keep a lot of of his personality, consisting of his love for his dear old Mum, she’s adjusted rather drastically: she tells him all she wants is to gain ameans from him, and also shares some other alternative words about Spike’s pathetic nature. Ouch. The scenes of Spike’s mom telling him just how rubbish he is are interreduced via scenes of Wood smacking the hell out of him: plainly, it’s Spike-bashing time. I really, really love this. It’s horribly melodramatic, yet I love it. Spike’s mom claims some rather astute things around Spike’s actions, although it’s all rather Freudian – saying he’s constantly wanted to be back inside her womb, and this “eternal kiss” was his way of hanging onto her forever. Poor William.


Meanwhile, Buffy has finally captured on that Giles is stalling her – though not until after she admits that if the season 5 finale were to take place currently, she’d let Dawn die if it would conserve the people, which is supposed to sound cold however is actually quite logical, given that if the world ends Dawn would certainly be pretty much screwed anymeans – and also races off to discover Spike.

Spike, though, has actually lastly snapped out of it, and starts fighting ago. Once he’s thoapproximately bconsumed Wood, it’s Spike’s revolve to gain harsh: he defines that he’s not sorry for killing Nikki Wood, bereason she was the Slayer and that’s the way it functions, and also that he’s lastly figured out that it was the demon who sassist all those nasty things to him, not his mother. Even though she didn’t say them to him, she sassist them to the vampire, unsouled him, however let’s not think about that for also lengthy, it harms. He claims he had a mom that loved him via all her heart, unfavor Wood, whose mom would certainly always put slaying before anything else (although, HELLO, Chosen one! It wasn’t her choice!). Spike plays the song on the Mac and isn’t prompted, yet strikes Wood anyway, making certain he knows complete well that this is of Spike’s very own volition. He did kind of deserve that, it has to be said.

When Buffy arrives, Wood is lying in a pathetic pile on the floor as Spike walks out, saying he provided him a pass this time but next time, he’ll kill Wood. Buffy goes to aid Wood up, but says the exact same thing: she understands why he did what he did, however if he ever before tries it again, she’ll let Spike kill him. As if to drive house the Slayers-only-care-about-slaying message, she echoes Nikki Wood’s words: “The mission is what matters.”

At her very own residence, Buffy checks on a resting Dawn and then tells Giles, basically, to sod off. I love this episode, deeply. I wish I might take it out of conmessage, bereason I’m not sure I agree via some of the directions the authors are taking characters and dynamics, and also I’m not certain it all completely provides sense in the lengthy run, however just in regards to this one episode, by itself? Brilliant.