“Fine. I invite you in. Nimrod” – Xander
There is kind of a feeling of Deja Vu here as Dawn and soon Buffy, Anya and even Willow find themselves falling for a handsome quarterback R.J. at Sunnydale High which might have a lot more to do with his personality. So yes here we basically get a rehash of “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” were Xander’s attempts to use a love spell caused him to suddenly become irresistible to every woman (bar Cordelia) in Sunnydale.
So it would seem that either the writing pool was getting a little dry at this point or perhaps there was just the belief that no one would remember the original episode. Still to cover for things it is hidden initially under the geise of a growing pains episode for Dawn, whose clumsy attempts to attract his attention inevitable go wrong most memorably as she ties out for the cheer squad which means we got to see the Buffy Cheer outfit again.
As the episode goes on the ladies of the scooby gang loose all control and launch into their own plans to impress R.J. with Buffy attempting to kill Principle Wood with a rocket launcher who is completely oblivious of what’s happening behind him as we get to see Spike comedic-ally wrestling the launcher from her. Willow meanwhile has plans to turn him into a girl and Anya more randomly still decides the best way to get his attention is to rob a bank!
Outside of the main plot there is the fun comedic pairing of Xander and Spike who Buffy moves into his apartment, knowing that the school basement is only driving him more insane since he got his soul back. While its great to not have to deal with the insane ramblings of Spike the issues with his character his previous actions still hang over him, but atleast this is a move to try and improve the character from were he’s been the last few episodes. The highlight for this pair coming when they discover that the source of A.J’s allure is in his Letterman jacket which has been passed down his family which we discover when we are introduced to his older brother and former jacket owner who without the jacket has turned into a slovenly layabout. Certainly it’s really saying something when even Xander considers you a loser.
A largely fun episode even though it does hit a dark climax with a rejected Dawn attempting to kill herself on the railway tracks, the plots of Buffy, Willow and Anya help carry it through, especially the slapstick battle for control of the rocket launcher between Buffy and Spike.
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“Oh, breathtaking! It’s like somebody slaughtered an Abercrombie and Fitch catalog.” – D’Hoffryn
It’s always kind of a concerning when your suddenly presented with the backstory of character more so if their death is seemingly forthcoming as is the case in this episode with Buffy feeling that Anya’s vengeance duties are getting out of hand, sets out to slay her.
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For all the destain the memory of season 7 brings to mind it seems somewhere in blocking most of it out I forgot about this little run of pretty great episodes that we had with the previous episode “Same Time Same Place” and which here continues with “Help” as Buffy attempts to settle into her new role of the school councillor at Sunnydale High a role that seemingly doesn’t need any qualifications to do seeing how she’s pretty much walked into the role. Through her first batch of students Buffy comes into contact with a young girl called Cassie who predicts that she is to die on friday causing Buffy and the Scoobies to leap into action to prevent this.
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“I saved the world with talking! From my mouth! My mouth saved the world!” – Xander
While season seven might not be anyone’s favourite and hence a lack of enthusiasm for myself in having to revisit a season which I’d for the most part erased from my memory including it would seem this episode which shockingly is actually really great especially in terms of the monster of the week which this time sees Buffy tasked with hunting down a skin eating demon when a skinless body turns up at Xanders construction site.
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“Yeah, but he’s new. He doesn’t know his strength. He might not know all the fancy martial arts they inevitably seem to pick up.” – Dawn
Here we are at the start of the final season and after the rocky road to hoe which was season 6 and with Joss Wheldon still absent as show runner the warning signs really kick in early for this season even though he does return to script this season opener which finds the group still largely scattered with Willow now in magical rehab with Giles back in England, Spike is still missing and Anya has returned to her vengeance demon fold.
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Episode Title: Hearts Still Beating
Original Airdate: 12-11-16
Since we checked in with everyone this week, and it was a 90-minute mid-season finale, there is a lot to cover. First, over at the Kingdom (or just outside at Carol’s new place), Richard pleads with Carol and Morgan to convince Ezekiel to attack the Saviors before their deal turns sour and the Kingdom falls. Both refuse to help and Carol demands to be left alone, which would totally be me in the zombie apocalypse. Actually, that’s pretty much me now.
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Episode Title: Sing Me a Song
Original Airdate: 12-4-16
Was anyone else ready for some Negan and Carl bonding? I surely wasn’t. In this week’s 90-minute episode, Rick and Aaron may have found a compound full of supplies, but must cross a lake full of bobbing Walkers to get to it. Eugene made Rosita a bullet, after she belittled the hell out of him. Spencer was a spoiled d-bag, per the norm, who also found a small stockpile of goods. And Michonne set up a Walker road block to sabotage one of the Saviors, so she could hitch a ride back to the Sanctuary.
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Episode Title: Swear
Original Airdate: 11-27-16
Time to catch up with Tara and Heath. After Rick & Co. thought they took out all the Saviors at the satellite compound, the dynamic duo set out on a two-week scavenging mission, so they know nothing of the tragedies we’ve witnessed over the last nine episodes. In this episode we find them at the end of their tour with very little to show for it. Tara convinces Heath to push a little further out than planned, but they come to a blocked bridge covered in sand. And of course the sand pile is full of Walkers. The two are not prepared for the fight and become separated when Tara goes over the bridge into the water below.
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Episode Title: Go Getters
Original Airdate: 11-20-16
We’re back at Hilltop this week, catching up with Sasha, Maggie and Jesus. Maggie is still pregnant, but with a slight complication (*insert medical jargon*), for which the Hilltop doctor would like to keep her close in case of further issues. Gregory, the Hilltop’s “leader,” is completely against Maggie and Sasha staying, since they failed to take down Negan like they promised and Gregory doesn’t want the Saviors thinking he had anything to do with the attack. After getting Gregory to agree to let the ladies stay the night, Jesus promises them he will change Gregory’s mind.
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Episode Title: Service
Original Airdate: 11-13-16
Not a lot of plot to cover with this week’s episode. Negan makes his first stop at Alexandria to take whatever he desires…and is the most obnoxious house guest ever. Aside from mattresses and other random comforts, Negan demands all the fire power Alexandria has to offer. When two guns come up missing from the armory, Negan threatens to kill Olivia, as inventory is her responsibility. Rick finds the guns hidden in Spencer’s air vents, along with food and liquor, because Spencer is a spoiled brat.
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