4×05 Beer Bad
Buffy is still being quite mopey over Parker and her unintentional one-night stand. Xander has decided to try out being a bartender. Buffy goes to visit him at his bar and is befriended by a group of upperclassmen who convince her to drown her sorrows with them. While drinking, the snobby elitist Buffy is drinking with starts getting very monosyllabic. And while most of us would consider that a blessing, it does appear to be a problem. Turns out the owner of the bar is busy tainting the beer with something cursed. He’s gotten tired of all the young asswipes coming and going and this is his way of doling out some revenge.
Kip: The thing that the modern day pundits fail to realize is that all the socio-economic and psychological problems inherent to modern society can be solved by the judicious application of way too much beer.
Seems weird and random. Why would Buffy hang out with dudes that are very clearly mega-douchebags. This is starting to remind me that I didn’t like Season 4 very much. Like they were having a hard time transitioning from High School to College. This is the epitome of that confusion.
4×06 Wild At Heart
While out on a little jaunt in his wolfy form, Oz runs across another werewolf. Turns out it’s the lead singer Oz has seemed a little preoccupied with as of late. What’s even weirder is when he wakes up next to her in the wilderness the next morning, they’re nekkid. The lady werewolf, Veruca, finds out that Oz is usually caged, and he just happened to escape his cage the night before. She feels he isn’t being his true werewolf self. Oz just blows her off, but doesn’t like the thought of her being out and about during the full moon. He invites her over to his cage, and she won’t go in until he essentially promises to get it on with her again.
Willow being the super nice loving girlfriend that she is, comes to Oz’s cage to give him some breakfast, and gets a big ol’ eyeful of the two of them all nekkid and cuddly. This absolutely breaks her heart. She cries like a girl with a broken heart cries. Great acting on Alyson Hannigan’s part. I was 100% convinced.Â Veruca then comes after Willow cuz I guess thinks that Willow is her the way of Oz being who he is. Or she just wants that booty for herself. It’s right before dark… you know, full moon and all… and Oz finds Veruca trying to kill Willow. The two of them wolf-out, and Oz ends up killing Veruca to save Willow.
Oz: Veruca was right about something. The wolf is inside me all the time, and I don’t know where that line is anymore between me and it. And until I figure out what that means, I shouldn’t be around you… Or anybody.
Willow: Well, that could be a problem ’cause people… Kind of a planetary epidemic.
Buffy comes along and uses a tranq gun on him so he doesn’t hurt Willow. After all that, Oz decides he needs to leave town and be a nomad or something to figure himself out. Lame. I never thought Oz would be so typical and scaredy cat… er wolf.
Meanwhile, Spike gets zapped and captured by the mysterious Commando guys that have popped up from time to time.
4×07 The Initiative
Spike is being held hostage in a high tech facility. He thinks this is just the usual Buffy stuff, but advanced. He manages to escape the place, which appears to be under UC Sunnydale, he heads Buffy’s way but finds Willow instead.
Spike: (about Buffy) I always worried what would happen when that bitch got some funding.
This was one of the most hilarious scenes. I love it. He goes to attack Willow, and then the next thing we see is her basically telling him “it happens to all the vamps”. Great conversation between these two. Oh, what the hell…
Spike: I don’t understand. This sort of thing’s never happened to me before.
Willow: Maybe you were nervous.
Spike: I felt all right when I started. Let’s try again.
(Failed attempt to attack Willow again)
Spike: Damn it!
Willow: Maybe you’re trying too hard. Doesn’t this happen to every vampire?
Spike: Not to me, it doesn’t!
Willow: It’s me, isn’t it?
Spike: What are you talking about?
Willow: Well, you came looking for Buffy, then settled. You didn’t want to bite me, I just happened to be around.
Willow: I know I’m not the kind of girl vamps like to sink their teeth into. It’s always like, “Oh, you’re like a sister to me,” or, “Oh, you’re such a good friend.”
Spike: Don’t be ridiculous. I’d bite you in a heartbeat.
Riley realizes he has a crush on Buffy. He tries to start a conversation with her at a party, but fails miserably.Â We then see Riley and friends go to a secret entrance in their frat house and they go down… down to the underground bunker area that Spike escaped. See, they have to go get the escaped vampire. We also see that the psych professor Buffy has is in charge of this secret unit. They do experiments on the demons they capture. One of which appears to be a nice neutering chip in Spike’s brain. It makes him unable to hurt humans. If he even attempts it, he experiences mind-numbing (literally!) pain.
The commando dudes (called The Initiative), end up in the same area as Buffy, both of which are trying to get Spike. No one can see each other, due to a flare going off in the hallway, so Buffy and Riley don’t get a chance to recognize each other… and Spike gets away.
I like parts of these storylines. Mainly the Spike one.. cuz that means he’s more in the mix with our Gang. I seem to be likely Riley more this time around. I really found him annoying last time. This still might change. Maybe there was a reason I didn’t like him. I guess we shall see.
Just a quick note here… This episode kinda follows the Angel episode 1×07 The Bachelor Party. Angel’s co-worker Doyle has visions. He’s had a particular one about Buffy being in danger. Thus… Angel lurking in the shadows of Sunnydale keeping an eye on Buffy in order to keep her safe.
Another note, this is a GAWDAWFUL episode. HATE it. ABHOR it. I think I may have disliked it more this time around. If you’re gonna do a crossover episode with Angel, at least make it something decent.
And to continue… this should be quick, I don’t want to waste too much space on this mess. These original inhabitants, the Chumash Indians, get released during a groundbreaking ceremony. Weak plot point — Buffy, Willow and Anya are there cuz Xander is gonna be doing the actually digging. Lame. I like Buffy’s weird cowgirl outfit she has going on though.
Spike: You won. All right? You came in and you killed them and you took their land. That’s what conquering nations do. It’s what Caesar did, and he’s not going around saying, “I came, I conquered, I felt really bad about it.” The history of the world isn’t people making friends. You had better weapons, and you massacred them. End of story.
Ok.. this is already too much space. The spirits of the Native Americans get pissy, attacking people connected to the Cultural Center and then goes after Buffy and friends during her attempt at a home-cooked Thanksgiving. Angel helps them during the big fight without Buffy seeing him. Then Xander lets it slip that he was there and thus ends out bad episode. This episode is just dripping with lameness. ooey gooey lameness.
Oh, and this is to be continued in Angel episode 1×08 I Will Remember You.