We've got a new season, on a new network. Buffy moved from WB to UPN on this season. My question is WTF was WB thinking to get rid of it. That just seems whacked. Executive Twats.Â Apparently it was all about money, not about ratings. Whacked, I tell ya. Now that Angel and Buffy are no longer on the same network, we don't have the crossovers we usedta.
Before I talk about the specific episodes, let me talk about this season in general. I LOVE this season. I love it so much in fact, I watched it twice. The first time I watched it, I went so fast that I had to watch 'em again to write about 'em.Â Anyway, I may not like certain episodes, but I really like this season. As I've read on some fan sites and listened to some interviews on the special features of the discs, this seems to be the opposite feeling of the fans. Apparently, most people feel Season 6 was too dark. Maybe that's why I like it so much. Maybe that will tell you more about me. I guess I do tend to like dark. I am really digging on HBO's True Blood, and that is definitely dark. Like a serial killer having sex in a bomb shelter dark. It's turning out far darker than the book series it's based on too, which I'm not minding in the least. Anyhoo, maybe I just like Season 6 cuz Buffy and Spike get it on, all rough-like. Awww, sorry if I ruined that for you. It happens in episode 9, if you really wanted to know. That's on Disc 3 of Season 6.
Oh, and I also seem to cry a lot while watching this season. Maybe I just like to cry when I watch TV and that's why I like it so much. To me that seems odder than just liking the dark nature of it.
6x01 Bargaining (1) & 6x02 Bargaining (2)
It's a dark and gloomy world without the Slayer. Buffy is dead, and the Scooby Gang must do the best they can without her. But concern about the way she died leads Willow to believe that she may have been pulled into a hell dimension. Unable to bear the thought of their friend enduring eternal torment, Willow, Xander, Anya, and Tara decide to perform a resurrection spell that will bring Buffy back from the dead.
Spike: Oh, poor Watcher... has your life passed before your eyes - cup of tea, cup of tea, almost got shagged, cup of tea?
And since these things never turn out well, it doesn't. During Willow's spell, they all get interrupted by a motorcycle gang of demons that have learned that the slayer is really a robot - Buffybot. They realize the Hellmouth is open territory. The cemetery seems like an odd place to wreak havoc though. But, whatever works for the story. The gang is chased away by the demons and they leave believing the spell has failed.
But, they're wrong. She's alive, right where they left her... her coffin. She awakes, confused, and running out of air quickly. She scrambles quickly and has to claw her way out of her own grave. She doesn't realize what's going on and is stumbling around town. The town is a wreck because of the invading demons. She stumbles onto the demon biker gang, who are busy tearing the Buffybot apart. They see the real Buffy and go after her. She eventually kicks into butt-kicking mode and sees her friends. But after the butt-kicking is over, she runs away from the Gang.
Xander: Our spell. Our resurrection spell worked like a magic charm. We brought you back to life, Buffy. Right where we left her.
Willow: Oh god.
Xander: In her coffin.
The Buffybot stays online long enough to tell Dawn about seeing the real Buffy. Dawn finds Buffy at the tower where she died, and she wants to jump off of it again. Dawn convinces Buffy to not jump, and then the tower begins collapsing around them. She'may have decided not to jump, but she still doesn't seem like her usual bubbly Slayer self.
This episode certainly sets the tone for most of the sixth season. Buffy may be back, but she certainly doesn't look like she wants to be. I understand the need of this darkness. Buffy has died. How do you bring her back with a cheery Ta-Da! episode? I don't think that would be true to the show or the character.
6x03 After Life
This is really the 3rd part of the first two episodes. Weird they don't really call it that. Ok, so we start this episode with the Gang still looking for Buffy. Dawn has taken Buffy home to get her all cleaned up and dressed into her non-burial clothing. Which, let me comment on... Not really loving the outfit her buds buried her in. Seems awfully morbid and non-Buffy. But, an outfit probably isn't your main concern once your friend has died, huh? While she's trying to get used to her house again, and the fact that Willow and Tara have moved in and taken her mother's old bedroom, Spike arrives to find Dawn who he lost earlier. He gets quite the surprise when he sees Buffy walk down the stairs. At first he mistakes her for the Buffybot, until he really looks into her eyes. The look on his face was of sheer awe and love. He realizes her hands and knuckles are all mangled, and why they are that way. He tells her he's had to do the same thing, and then gives her this look, just for a moment... maybe he understands her more than anyone for that second.
The Scooby Gang arrive at her house and Spike leaves immediately. Turns out he went outside to cry. Xander and Anya start to give him crap when they go outside, and he gets angry that they didn't tell him about their plans. He reminds them that there are always consequences with magic and storms off on his new stolen motorcycle.
Looks like Spike is quite right. Bringing a Slayer back from the dead does indeed have its price. The Scoobies are being taken over one by one by some unseen spirit or ghost or something. When they brought Buffy back, apparently this demon/spirit thing was created. In order for it to stay around, it has to kill Buffy. It only appears in a spirit form, and can take over others, but does not have a form of it's own. The Gang realize they can't fight a spirit, so they have to come up with a way to get the spirit into a corporeal form.
The spirit finds Buffy, and she keeps punching and kicking the misty spirit-y thing. Bring in Willow the Witch, and poof, spirit is corporeal. Now Buffy can kick the crap out of it. With the help of some wicked weapon that Buffy keeps in her bedroom, cuz don't we all have crazy big ax things and stakes and maces in our bedrooms?
The next day at the Magic shop everyone is glad that the spirit is gone, and Buffy is still there and hasn't disappeared with the spirit she brought back. She tells everyone thanks for bringing her back, everything was so horrible where she was... boohoohoo. Then the original Scoobies all hug and bond, nut Buffy looks more depressed then ever.
She heads out to the back to be alone and runs into Spike who's avoiding the daylight in the shade. Convenient, no? They have a little heart to heart, and she admits to Spike that she wasn't in hell at all. She thinks she was in heaven, and she asks that he keep the info to himself.
Buffy: Wherever I was... I was happy. At peace. I knew that everyone I cared about was all right. I knew it. Time... didn't mean anything... nothing had form... but I was still me, you know? And I was warm... and I was loved... and I was finished. Complete. I don't understand theology or dimensions, or... any of it, really... but I think I was in heaven. And now I'm not. I was torn out of there. Pulled out... by my friends. Everything here is... hard, and bright, and violent. Everything I feel, everything I touch... this is Hell. Just getting through the next moment, and the one after that... knowing what I've lost...
With her mother gone, Buffy finds that her months spent dead and jobless have left them without enough money to keep the house in good repair. To make matters worse, a trio of slacker sorcerers summon a demon to rob the bank for them just as Buffy is trying to get a loan.
Giles heads back to Sunnydale, and he seems very happy to see Buffy. Since I did the disclaimer earlier, I won't go through how it made me cry. Nope, won't mention a thing. However, he seems very angry and disappointed with Willow for channeling some dark magick and risking who-knows-what in the process. Willow seems like she's getting a bit too big for her britches, and actually threatens Giles for a second.
Giles: The magicks you channeled are more ferocious than anything you can understand and you are lucky to be alive. You rank arrogant amateur!
Willow: You're right. The magicks I used are very powerful. I'm very powerful. And maybe it's not such a good idea for you to piss me off.
Buffy confides in Spike again on her back porch. It seems like he's the only one she feels comfortable around.