5×01 Buffy versus Dracula
So, the vamps of all vamps is in town. That’s Dracula… the Count… The PrinceÂ of Darkness.. etcetc.Â He has come to check out the Buffster and is all up in her stuff. He sneaks into her house, he gets his bite on with her, he turns Xander into a Renfield. Which is so hilarious. Seriously, Xander’s best ever. Anya is seriously starstruck. She’s met Dracula a few times over her big ex-demon life and she just seems so giddy at the thought of seeing him again. He’s like the rockstar of vampires.
Xander: Like that’s enough to fight the Dark Master… bator.
Oh, Xander’s Renfield-ness is used to try to lure Buffy to the castle Dracula is staying so he can do something to her. Riley and Giles go after her, and Giles falls into a room where the “Three Sisters” get at him. If they are torturing him, he’s loving every minute of it. He didn’t seem so happy when Riley rescued him. In the end, Buffy dusts Dracula, sorta, like 3 times. It was quite humorous.
Oh, and in regards to our ever moving storyline, Riley seems to get very jealous of Dracula’s interest in Buffy. He’s starting to seem awfully “woe-is-me” when it comes to Buffy.
At the end, we are also mysteriously introduced to someone who is called Buffy’s “sister”. Say, wuh?
5×02 Real Me
Through her diary entries, Buffy’s little sister Dawn gives her views on Buffy, Slaying, and the rest of the Scooby Gang. Though she only appeared at the end of the last episode, it now seems that she has been around since before the series started. She is in the credits like all the others, she also knows about Buffy and her destined role in life. She also seems to know about all kinds of things that have gone on. But where did she come from?
Dawn: Willow and Tara do spells and stuff, which is so much cooler than Slaying. I told Mom one time I wished they’d teach me some of the things they do together. And then she got really quiet and made me go upstairs.
I do really remember not liking the character Dawn the first time around. She doesn’t seem too bad this go ’round. But we’ll see. Maybe she grated slowly. We see the whole episode through her eyes. She seems very much the teenager with an older sister that annoys her. I’m sure it doesn’t help that her older sister is “The Chosen One” and all that. That’s gotta be hard on a gal to look up to.
5×03 The Replacement
The demon Toth fires a strange weapon at the Slayer, but Xander jumps in front of Buffy at the last moment. The blast sends him sprawling into a mound of debris, but after chasing off the demon the Scoobies collect Xander who seems to be dazed but alright, and walk him home.
A few hours later, a second, very confused Xander crawls out of the debris and makes his way towards home.
Buffy: Well, if this guy wants to fight with weapons, I’ve got it covered from “A” to “Z” — from “Axe” to… “Zee other axe.”
The Toth demon seems to have the ability to split a persons into two halves — their strong half, and their weaker half. I guess his intention with Buffy was to make a full Slayer half and a more normal non-Slayer half. If he kills one of the halves, both die. Smart thinking, buddy.
Since Nicholas Brendon has a twin brother, they were able to use him during the shots with the two Xander’s together. That had to be quite convenient. Ohohoh! There was this one part where the weaker Xander is trying to prove to Willow that he’s the “real” Xander and he does the Snoopy dance. OMG. Best thing ever. Cuz it was so accurate. I never knew a person could pull that off. Now I know, and knowing is half the battle…. ;)
5×04 Out of My Mind
The increased strength and speed given to Riley by the Initiative are starting to tear his body apart. He must be operated upon immediately to repair the damage, but that will mean giving up his enhanced fighting ability and any chance of keeping up with Buffy. Talk about hard-headedness. He doesn’t want to get the surgery cuz he thinks Buffy will no longer want him if he isn’t strong. Why are men so men-like? Gaw, a woman can’t be stronger, or make more money, or just be bold without a man getting all pissy and pussy about the whole thing. Geeez, it’s quite irritating.
Spike: (to the TV) Oh Pacey, you blind idiot. Can’t you see she doesn’t love you?
Meanwhile, when Spike finds out there’s an Army doc around ready to do surgery on Riley, he goes and kidnaps the doc. Spike wants the doc to get the chip out of his head. The doctor keeps trying to tell him he can’t help him, but Spike insists. The doc tricks him and Harmony and says he got it out only to have Spike get all zonked when he tries to hit a human again. Awwww. Spike still can’t hurt the humans. Which works well for the story. It wouldn’t work so well with him being fully bad yanno.