7x09 Never Leave Me
Spike is held captive in the Summers home while the Scoobies ponder their options in the aftermath of his murder spree. Willow finds Andrew buying blood, while she is out to buy blood for Spike. She decides to take him prisoner also. Andrew is a much more talkative captive than Spike oddly enough. They eventually have to gag him to shut him up. Nerds do tend to be quite chatty. What with the whole not getting out much thing. Not that I'm speaking from total experience here. Nope, not at all. Not a clue what that's all about.
Willow: I'm talking! Don't interrupt me! Insignificant man. I am Willow. I am death. If you dare defy me, I will call down my fury, exact fresh vengeance, and make your worst fears come true. Okay?
Just as Buffy comes back in to check on how Spike's doing, she hears him talking to someone. She also hears him singing a tune. When she goes in, she finds him going total vamp, but he's not after her. He rips Andrew out from the other room and starts sucking on his neck. Then, they chain him up in the basement with metal chains. Cuz rope on a wooden chair seemed so useful before I guess.
As Buffy is talking to Spike in the basement, the whole house is invaded by the mysterious hooded figures called "Harbingers" or "Bringers" - the minions of the First Evil. Buffy and entourage manage to take care of them, but they realize too late that Spike has been taken. I'm really quite curious as to why the First feels Spike is so important. Does he really think that if "it" can manage to beat Spike down he'll be some awesome ally? Or is it just more about getting Buffy to come to "it" by way of rescuing Spike. Just an interesting side thought there.
Oh, and the Watcher's council was blown up. All the people, all the books and papers and research. Bummer.
I think the rest of the season happens in what is supposed to be a matter of days. It's full speed ahead from this point forward.
7x10 Bring on the Night
With Spike now missing, the gang tries to regroup and clear the damage done to the Summers home. This house will just never get a break. I mean, it's a good thing that Xander is this awesome carpenter/construction dude now. But really, I'd just make an abode out of cinder blocks and call it a day. Seems safer.
Giles arrives and reveals that the First Evil is trying to destroy the Slayer line by killing all the Potential Slayers. So he comes with three of the Potentials himself and he says more are on their way.
Giles: Sorry to barge in, I'm afraid we have a slight... apocalypse.
Buffy and Giles search the Christmas tree lot where she last faced the First (waaaaay back in Season 3)Â and she encounters a creature out of nightmares called a Turok-Han. Now, I say nightmare loosely. Cuz I wasn't really all that scared of it. It's supposed to be the vampire version of a neanderthal and a spooky boogy-vamp. I get more scared at some of the more recent day vamps, myself. But, whatever, we'll pretend... Turok-Han, super scary.
Spike is busy in a deep dark cave with the First getting tortured by the Turok-Han, since the First can't be corporeal. So, you've got the physical thing of trying to drown a vamp... which really baffles me cuz they've said on more than one occasion that vamps don't need to breathe... and the psychological torture the First does on him by becoming people he loves. Oh, it just dawned on me that the First can become Buffy cuz she's died twice. Duh, that had me scratching my head for a second. See, the First can only become people that have died. I guess that doesn't include those that died and are still around. Mind boggling... no, not really.
More Potential Slayers are arriving from around the world, seeking shelter in Sunnydale with the Slayer. One of them, Eve, starts to create tension among the young girls as she voices fear that Buffy isn't strong enough to save them by herself. And there doesn't appear to be anyone else to help her.
Through some witchy sources, Giles finds out that a Potential has come into town and is staying at a hotel. Xander and Buffy go to find her to bring her back, and discover her body instead. Big problem though.. it's Eve, the real one. They quickly head home and confront the First, masquerading as Eve. All the First does is laugh and smile and tell them that the Turok-Han will be coming for them at sundown. Then she goes poof, like an old school tv set. You have to see it to understand I guess. Problem I have here is why would you warn your enemies what your plans are? I guess it's one of those cocky confidence type things. But still... silly!
Willow: I felt it just surging through me, every fiber of my being. Pure, undiluted evil. I could taste it.
Kennedy: How does evil taste?
Willow: A little chalky.
Giles and Anya visit the most gawd awful looking excuse for an Oracle ever. It's like a ginormous eyeball (with eye socket too, natch) that then itself has hundreds of eyes. Yeeesh. They learn from it that the reason for all this is a vulnerability in the Slayer chain cuz of Buffy being resurrected. The First is just exploiting what is already there. Since Buffy was brought back once, at the end of the first season, her successor had already been called, and killed, and that then brought Faith into the picture. Faith is over in prison, so if Buffy dies, there is no one to succeed her. Faith would have to die for anyone to be called. But then there's the whole thing that if all the Potential Slayers are dead, who's there to activate anyway?
Without much more to aide them than a wee bit of muscle, Buffy asks if Willow can manage creating a barrier for the house. When the time comes, the barrier doesn't hold. Everyone starts to run. Buffy goes one way, the others go another way. She fights with the Turok-Han and leads him to where the rest of the gang is just waiting, Xander's current construction site. As she's fighting the Turok-Han we see flashbacks to an earlier conversation we didn't quite see, cuz it was all happening in Willow, Buffy, and Xander's minds. Willow has that power yanno, to be a mystical telephone company I guess. They had planned this whole thing. Buffy needs to instill confidence in the Potentials and this was their way. And of course, she beats it's ass, and finishes with a nice beheading via barbed wire garrote.
We see Spike in the First's cave again, and it looks like the First is messing with him again in the form of Buffy. But this time it's the real Buffy, and she's come to save Spike and take him home.