We open the season with a scene in Istanbul. Yes, strange. We see a very frightened girl being chased by a couple of robed, hooded figureds. They eventually trap her, hold her down, and stab her with a really big ceremonial looking knife. Hmmm.
Next we see Buffy and Dawn in the cemetery. Looks like Buffy is keeping her word about showing Dawn the world, and that includes teaching her how to slay vamps. She doesn’t do the greatest job, but she learns the lesson of the night. “It’s about power”, and Dawn doesn’t have it.
It’s a new year, which also means a new school year. In this case, it also means a brand spanking new Sunnydale High School. Since the old SHS did sit above the actual Hellmouth, Buffy and Gang realize they need to check out the new school to see how it’s doing. Turns out the new principal’s office is right over the sweet spot now.
Oh, and how did I forget about our evil witch Willow. Looks like she’s been off in England with Giles in an evil magic rehab of sorts.
Willow: Is there anything you don’t know everything about?
Giles: Synchronized swimming. Complete mystery to me.
So, back to the school. Buffy is checking out every square inch of the place to make sure the place is safe for Dawn and well, everyone else. She runs into the new principal, Robin Wood, and they get to talking. Mainly about why she’s still around. They do also discuss Buffy’s checkered, perhaps plaid, past at the High School. He doesn’t seem too concerned with it though.Â She continues her inspection, and she finds a weird doohickey in one of the bathrooms. Looks quite magical, in my opinion. Right as she picks it up, a ghost/zombie thing shows up and yells at her. Turns out that magical thing she found is a talisman. It’s making some undead students and faculty rise up and blame Miss Summers for failing to protect them. The eventually figure out it’s all connected to the talisman, so they destroy it. Makes everything better. Oh, and they had a couple of Dawn’s new friends with them.
Later the principal sees Buffy talking to these new friends of Dawn’s and he likes how she seems to get through to these trouble chillen’. So, he offers her a job as a guidance counselor of sorts. Guess no more Doublemeat Palace for her. Yay!
Oh, and during the whole thing, Buffy had stumbled onto Spike’s new hangout in the school’s basement. She seemed quite surprised to see him back in Sunnydale, and really quite baffled at the fact that he’s now bat-shit insane.
I do like this episode, but it does make me miss Season 6. I know I’m a freak that way. Well, that might just be one of the ways I’m a freak. I’m sure the list is quite long.
7×02 Beneath You
We get another foreign scene, this time in Germany, with a scared girl being chased by robed, hooded dudes. This whole scene reminds me of an episode of Alias actually. What with the bright pink hair and fancy fighting moves. Anyway, she comes to the same end as the Istanbul girl. Stabbed and killed with a big shiny ceremonial knife/sword thing. This is obviously going to mean something in the future.
Buffy wakes from a bad dream with the warning, “From beneath you, it devours.” This is probably going to be something big and something with the Hellmouth. I’m just guessing here. But I think it’s a safe bet.
Buffy has her new job at the school, and before she starts her day, she goes to pay Spike a visit down in the school’s basement. She doesn’t find him though.
Xander meets a young woman, Nancy, who’s dog was eaten by a large creature that burrowed up out of the ground. Spike mysteriously appears in a very blue shirt, and offers his assistance in dealing with the monster, but Buffy and the gang are still a little uneasy about having him around. He seems quite clear-headed this time around though.
In tracking down the monster, the Scoobies soon discover that Anya has definitely returned to her old ways. Seems like Nancy had a bit of a wish concerning her quasi ex-boyfriend. A vengeance-y type wish.
Dawn: Spike. You sleep, right? You, vampires? You sleep?
Spike: Yeah, what’s your point?
Dawn: Well, I can’t take you in a fight or anything, even with a chip in your head. But you do sleep. If you hurt my sister at all, touch her, you’re gonna wake up on fire.
Over in England, Willow has some serious mixed emotions about returning home to Sunnydale.
Just as the big wormy creature is turning back into Nancy’s boyfriend, Spike accidentally stabs him. This causes him to wig out again, and he runs off. After all is settled, Buffy goes to find Spike. She finds him in a church doing his random totally insane ramblings. As he mumbles on, she starts to catch on to the fact that he has his soul now. He wants it all to stop, and ends up hugging a cross… which of course makes his skin burn. But he looks quite peaceful while it’s happening.
7×03 Same Time, Same Place
This is the episode that brings Willow back to Sunnydale. It’s a really sucky episode. I’d like to think that Willow warrants a better episode for her return, but maybe it’s the price she has to pay for going all dark and evil. Tsk tsk, you get a bad episode.
Anyway… Buffy, Xander, and Dawn are waiting at the airport for Willow. She never seems to get off the plane. However, same time same place, we see Willow arrive with no Gang to greet her. So, with a few more examples, we realize that they can’t see each other.
While trying to find Willow, they stumble upon someone that has had their skin removed and their blood all gone too. They probably all think it, but Buffy is the first one to say it out loud. Willow is definitely capable of skinning people, isn’t she? Willow sees the same skinned victim and tries to figure out what did it too. She seeks out Anya’s help, which she reluctantly gets. They do a locator spell and find the cave where the thing is at. Buffy and friends also find the same cave, but with blood-sniffing Spike as their aide.
Xander: I saved the world with talking from my mouth. My mouth saved the world.
There’s a fight and Dawn gets pegged by the demon which paralyzes her. Buffy and Xander take her home, then run into Anya too. Anya mentions that she helped Willow and that she was on her way to some cave. They realize that she’s probably there now. They go back, with Anya in tow. She can see both parties and helps them save Willow, cuz she’s been playing food to the demon while they were gone. Shortly after the demon is slain, they can suddenly see each other again. Willow realizes she may have accidentally put the spell in motion. She was so worried about seeing them again that she may have just put that out there.
The day has arrived for Buffy to really do her counselor duties at the High School. She talks with some troubled teens and seems to be doing not bad. They all seem quite comfortable talking to her. Some just want to visit her cuz she’s a hottie though. However, when a student named Cassie talks to Buffy, she calmly relays that she will die in a week. This appears to be one situation Buffy doesn’t quite now how to address. At first she thinks she’s suicidal, but that doesn’t pan out. Then she thinks it might be due to her alcoholic father, and that doesn’t seem likely either.
Willow: Have you googled her yet?
Xander: Willow! She’s 17!
Buffy asks Dawn to befriend Cassie, and get to know her a bit better. Try to suss out what might be going on. With the help of some locker searches, Buffy finds a kid that has info about some ceremony some kids at the school are going to have. They plan on using Cassie as the sacrifice. Buffy and Spike save Cassie from the kids and the Demon they summoned. On their way out of the school, Cassie almost gets pegged by an arrow that was set as a booby trap on the door. Buffy catches the arrow in time. Right after that, Cassie falls down dead. Turns out it was her heart that was gonna be her end. Just an old-fashioned heart problem. Poor kid.
Now on the surface, I would think I wouldn’t like this episode. But I did like it. I can’t put my finger on why though. It definitely seems to fall into the monster-of-the-week category, and that usually just makes my skin crawl. Maybe it was that the Gang learned that they can’t save everyone from everything.