“Demons. Ah, well, there’s something you don’t see every day. Unless you’re us.” – Xander
So at the end of the first half of this season opener, things really weren’t looking good for the group what with Giles having left and demon bikers invading Sunnydale. The group meanwhile were left with the impression that they had failed to resurrect Buffy when the ceremony was interrupted unaware that Buffy was not only brought back to life but now buried alive in her own coffin.
For some reason I thought we might have got a lighter start to this season than the previous ones, but instead it seems that they decided to save all the usual awkwardness for this half which for a change can be understood as Buffy crawls out of her grave and wanders disorientated around a ruined Sunnydale though it seems that she has lost little in the time she has been dead as she quickly despatches of the Demon bikers which was kind of a shame seeing how they really could have made a decent season long threat with Buffy and the Scoobies battling to reclaim the town. Alas it was not to be.
Instead this episode feels very much like the production team over reached by making the opening a two parter as nothing really happens other than the Scoobies confronting the bikers which is ultimately more of an awkward stand off with Xander attempting to convince the bikers that he’s a warlock.
The only sequence of note here though is the reunion between Buffy and Dawn on top of Glory’s tower which for some reason still hasn’t been torn down. Its fitting through that the two would reunite here especially when it was the last place they were when Buffy sacrificed herself at the end of the previous season.
On the whole this half is kind of a non event outside of the Buffy segment, which while the PTSD moments with her can be justified this time its really nothing we’ve not seen before.
Next episode: After Life