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Mon
Feb 17 2014 2:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Home Movies hit Sunnydale

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Storyteller, Andrew

“Storyteller,” by Jane Espenson

Previously on BtVS, we have tended to start our episodes in one of Sunnydale’s abundant graveyards, at the Bronze, or, until they blew it the heck up, Sunnydale High Mark One. But today we get one of the most unconventional opens, possibly the most unconventional in a tie with “Once More with Feeling,” when the start of “Storyteller” unfolds more like an episode of Masterpiece

We find ourselves watching Andrew, of all people, as he reads an (imaginary) book by an (imaginary) fire whilst rhapsodizing about how awesome it is to get lost in a good narrative.  He invites us, his gentle (imaginary... wait! are we real?) viewers, to come hear a Buffy story.

Okay, now we get a shot of Buffy on the Slay... in a local cemetary. All’s right with our world again. She shoots a vamp with a crossbow as Andrew narrates—referring to them as VampEERs—and then gets into a round of martial arts with a second. The action’s getting intense when a rapping at the door reveals Andrew in his true surroundings. He’s in the bathroom at the Summers house, weaseling into a camcorder. When he tells Anya he’s “entertaining and informing,” she demands: “Why can’t you just masturbate like the rest of us?

Which is why, dear Anyanka, we heart you!

[Get your steaming Andrew here...]

Mon
Feb 10 2014 2:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Drop the bone already!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Get It Done

“Get It Done,” by Douglas Petrie

Buffy wanders through her own darkened house, dressed casually and taking in the camping Slayettes all over her floor. Her general vibe is den mothery. There are a lot of girls now. One, Chloe, is crying in a corner. Before Buffy can ask what’s wrong, the First Slayer knocks her down the stairs and tells her: “It’s not enough.”

At this point I’d be wishing I could have prophecy dreams set in Tahiti. I mean, she can roam through the Potential-infested house when she’s awake.

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Mon
Feb 3 2014 2:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Try our new Spike, now without chips!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, First Date, Giles

“First Date,” by Jane Espenson

Flashback to Giles getting an ax swung at his head, by a Bringer, while he talks to a half-slain Watcher named Robson. It turns out the Bringer had squeaky shoes, and thank goodness for that. Giles, though, plays up his own excellence and razor-sharp instincts in sharing this little vignette with the Potential Slayers. He and they and Buffy are in a graveyard, training in a pack, and as he continues to expound about his honed state of combat alertness, Spike tackles him from out of nowhere. 

Spike hadn’t heard that Giles wasn’t the First, see, and as they climb to their feet there’s a bit of Brit on Brit head-butting. Giles calls Spike a berk (a term I have only ever heard Giles use) and demands to know why the Initiative chip didn’t jolt everyone’s favorite leashed vampire straight into Painesville for attacking him.

[Gambling with a lot of lives...]

Mon
Jan 27 2014 2:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Conversations with Live People. Mostly.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Killer in Me, Willow

“The Killer in Me,” by Drew Z. Greenberg

This episode begins with Giles preparing to head out somewhere, all the while expressing concerns about whether the group will be okay in his absence. It turns out he’s taking the Potentials off to spirit quest with the First Slayer.

The point of it all, mostly, is that Giles is conspicuously not touching things—he has Dawn run a notebook out to Vi, while the Slayettes fight over who gets to drive the car. (Apparently Rupert’s California driver’s license is defunct.) He’s been not touching anything for awhile now, and when you’ve already seen this season once, it’s pretty obvious. If you haven’t, it’s been pretty elegantly done. As story elements go, it’s been noticeable, but not screaming in your face. (The style of this misdirection brings The Sixth Sense to mind, in my opinion).

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Mon
Jan 20 2014 2:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Wouldn’t you like to be a Slayer too?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Potential, Amanda

“Potential,” by Rebecca Rand Kirshner

Rona and Vi are out in a graveyard, looking scared and for good reason: something in here is hunting them.

Oh, wait, it’s Spike. He knocks Rona aside and takes a juicy bite out of Felicia Day...

...then it turns out, naturally enough, to be a training exercise. Buffy and the other Slayettes are on hand to debrief on why the two got killed. Rona whines about how it’s not a fair fight, since she and the others don’t have Buffy powers. (She could be whining about why she’s been ruled “dead” when all Spike did was give her a push, but that doesn’t occur to her.)

Buffy tells them all that that they have potential that ordinary girls lack—vampire-fighting instincts, basically— and talks a bit about learning to make the fight their own, even if what their finely tuned instincts are saying is “Run for the hills, wimp!” She and Spike get into a little demonstrative sparring, which turns into a tender gravestone-side moment where she’s worried she’s hurt him. And all but petting his manly bruises.

[Come on guys, not in front of the kids...]

Mon
Jan 13 2014 2:45pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: This is Slayerdome

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Showtime, Kennedy

“Showtime,” by David Fury

Night in oh-so-safe Sunnydale, California. A cute young Potential named Rona gets off the bus. A bunch of Bringers are waiting to meet her, but fortunately Buffy is there too. Soon enough she’s stepping past the bodies to pick her latest recruit/dependant/apprentice off the tarmac, and from there leading her homeward.

Back at the Summers house, Kennedy is trying to lure Willow—who is on the floor in a sleeping bag—into easy cuddling range. Willow isn’t having any, and so instead they talk about the ever-growing number of Slayettes and the looming shortage of bathrooms. This in turn leads to some chatter about Kennedy’s wealthy upbringing, her many childhood homes and their many wings. It doesn’t lead to any kind of suggestion that maybe she should have her parents send a truckload of food and toilet paper, or the deeds to the house across the street. It’s sad, in its way, that Anya isn’t in the room. She’d get them to ante up.

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Mon
Jan 6 2014 2:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Looking for Blood in All the Wrong Places

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Never Leave Me, Bring It On

“Never Leave Me” by Drew Goddard and “Bring on the Night” by Marti Noxon and Douglas Petrie

This phase of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s seventh season is moving at breakneck speed: once again, with this episode, we pick up directly after what passed the week before. XandAnya, Willow and Dawn are trying to repair the damage from the First’s recent spooktacular visit to the Summers home. Instead of whistling while they work, Anya and Dawn are being vocal about their misgivings about Buffy’s “Let’s bring Spike home and not kill him immediately,” plan.

Elsewhere, the First is using Andrew as a reluctant agent, egging him on by appearing to be Warren and urging him to... well, at this point we aren’t sure precisely what the goal may be.

One of the things we do learn about the First, in case we all hadn’t processed it earlier, is that it can’t can’t take solid form. Andrew and Fake Warren compare this situation to its media antecedents, bringing up Obi-Wan Kenobi and Patrick Swayze in Ghost. They entirely leave out Al from Quantum Leap, so I am officially miffed.

[Oh boy!]

Mon
Dec 30 2013 2:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: My Sire Can Beat Up Your Sire

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sleeper, Spike, First

“Sleeper,” by David Fury and Jane Espenson

You know it isn’t a good thing when your friendly neighborhood slayer comes rapping on your door at way too early on a workday. It’s five point two seconds after Buffy’s convo with Webs the Dead Person ended. Now she’s looking for Spike, who isn’t home. Where is he? Well, he’s found a new basement hang-out, one that’s a little less shabby than the high school, and he’s burying the blonde from last week there. He looks sane, as such things are reckoned, as well as remorseless. Plus he’s humming what we in Canada think of as the Friendly Giant theme song.

From there we go to England, and a Watcher with a Potential named Nora. Oh, never mind. She’s dead and he’s stabbed.

[Back to Sunnydale...]

Mon
Dec 23 2013 2:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Evil rephrased—it eats you, starting with your bottom

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Conversations With Dead People

“Conversations with Dead People,” by Jane Espenson and Drew Goddard

Angie Hart is singing at at the Bronze, providing moody background music as we check in with a few—but not all—of the Scoobies. Mere meters from the emo-music, at the bar, Spike nurses a beer. Elsewhere, Buffy hunts vampires in a cemetery, Willow studies in a library (showing an unusual lack of zest for what was formerly one of her all-time favorite activities) and Dawn arrives home to a “sorry we’re gone, don’t eat pizza,” note. Affixed to which is pizza money.

As the montage wraps up, Buffy finds a fresh grave. A hand claws at the air: someone’s trying to get out. “Here we go,” she says.

[From beneath you, it psychoanalyzes...]

Mon
Dec 16 2013 2:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Dawn and the Amazing Lettered Dreamboat

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Him, RJ

“Him,” by Drew Z. Greenberg

Xander is showing his apartment to a potential roommate... one who turns out, a moment later, to be Spike. This may be the single most self-sacrificing thing he’s ever done for Buffy or the world, and I’m talking about a guy who offered to let Willow kill him.

Spike knows he’s not wanted and tries several times to volunteer himself out of the homesharing gig. But Buffy is determined to get William out of the school basement. His proximity to the Bidet of Evil is clearly one of the reasons he spends so much time jabbering. She is okay enough with having feelings for him that she wants him to get better.

(Or, maybe, she’s that tired of having to parse useful clues out of the babble.)

As they process this, Dawn asks a fabulous question: What does it mean exactly, that Spike is all soul-having?

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Mon
Dec 9 2013 2:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Someone was a bit of an Audball all along

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Selfless, Anya

“Selfless,” by Drew Goddard

It’s another glorious morning in Sunnydale, and Dawn is briefing Willow on how to fit in at university as she unpacks some of her things. The message seems to be keep your head down and don’t make waves. Willow is taking it all on board very kindly. (What this advice says about Dawn and how things are going in high school, I’m not sure.)

Buffy and Xander, meanwhile, are worrying about Anya. Xander’s worry is that she’s sad. Buffy’s is more that she’s working her old vengeance gig. Oh no, says Xander. The thing with the worm-monster was totes an aberration.

Guess which one of them is right? Or don’t—no guessing is required. Across town, at a local fraternity, a whole bunch of guys are lying around with their hearts ripped out. Anya’s sitting in their midst, covered in blood, trying to figure out how she got there.

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Mon
Dec 2 2013 2:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Pretentious Inner Turmoil or Precognitive Abilities? How to Tell?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Help, Cassie

“Help,” by Rebecca Rand Kirshner

The only show that opens in a funeral home more often than BtVS, I’m thinking, is probably Six Feet Under, and that’s where we are today, with Buffy, Xander, and Dawn waiting for the close of business before crawling out of a trio of coffins. It’s a nice change from waiting over a fresh grave for the latest new-hatched vampire, and they pass the time by jawing over about Buffy’s anxious-making new job in the exciting field of youth counselling.

Just as their attention turns to the old job, and whether or not the corpse du nuit is a vamp, it turns out she is. Surprise! Buffy dusts her, and with that we move onto the credits.

[One vamp at a time, one kid at a time...]

Mon
Nov 25 2013 2:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Redemption School Dropout

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Same Time Same Place, Xander, Dawn

“Same Time, Same Place,” by Douglas Petrie

This episode has a very literal title: the time is 9:24, and the place is the airport, at least in the beginning. We know this because we get an unnecessarily good eyeful of the airport clock and, below it, a bunch of insignificant—yet moderately memorable—deplaning passengers. Once that’s established, we go to Buffy, Dawn, and Xander, who are anxiously waiting for Willow to arrive.  Xander has a yellow crayon sign and some understandable pride over having saved the world from the destructive rage of his oldest friend.

Pride aside, they’re all finding it a little weird, this upcoming reunion. The tension only increases when Buffy’s obliged to confess that Willow didn’t exactly finish what she was up to in England, this thing with Giles and his coven friends that Xander and Dawn are calling a recovery course.

“She didn’t finish not being evil?” Dawn demands.

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Thu
Nov 21 2013 11:50am

This Trailer for Only Lovers Left Alive is Full of Distressingly Attractive People

Only Lovers Left Alive, Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton

We’re having a hard time describing the trailer for Only Lovers Left Alive (you know, that vampire movie with Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston) because we’re honestly still not sure what the movie is about after watching it.

Does it matter? Not even slightly.

[Watch this beautiful thing.]

Mon
Nov 18 2013 2:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: “Did you turn this lady’s ex into a giant worm monster?”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Beneath You, Spike

“Beneath You,” by Douglas Petrie

This episode opens with noisy club music in Frankfurt and a pink-haired Potential (who we don’t know is a Potential, yet) on the run for her life. It doesn’t work out any better for her than it did for the young woman last week. This time, though, Buffy sees it all unfold, in one of her prophetic dreams.

“From beneath you, it devours,” the dead dream-girl tells her, before she wakes up screaming.

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Mon
Nov 11 2013 3:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Best Principal Ever or Evil Fiend? How do you tell?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lessons, Dawn

“Lessons,” by Joss Whedon

Istanbul! Eastern music, an exotic courtyard of... death! But whose death? A young girl, nobody we recognize, is fleeing from entities in dark robes, and nobody seems keen to help her. Though she fights hard for her life, she’s outnumbered, and soon enough she’s so very fatally stabbed.

[Mysterious, right?]

Fri
Nov 8 2013 9:30am

Bram Stoker Created a Horror Classic from the Anxieties of his Age

Bram Stoker Art by David A. Johnson

Bram Stoker’s interest in the macabre seems to have been with him from his youth. While at Trinity College, Dublin, he became a member of the University’s Philosophical Society, and the first paper he presented was “Sensationalism in Fiction and Society.” After graduation, he married his classmate Oscar Wilde’s ex-fiancé (it took a few years for them to mend the friendship, but Stoker ended up being one of the friends who visited Wilde in France after his incarceration) and worked as a theater critic for the Dublin Evening Mail. The paper was owned by Sheridan Le Fanu, who ended up being a far larger influence on Stoker’s creative life a few years later.

[From many influences, Stoker created a unique classic]

Mon
Nov 4 2013 2:30pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Wanna Kill the World? Start with Xander!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grave, Willow, Xander

“Grave,” by David Fury

The final episode of Buffy S6 picks up right where “Two to Go” left off, which is to say with Giles having poof! appeared in The Magic Box to confront Willow in the midst of her magic-fueled homicidal rampage.

[Our Watcher’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble]

Tue
Oct 29 2013 8:00am

Morning Roundup Wants to Know the Exact Relationship Between Edward Cullen and Blackula

Dracula-Bloodline-Horror-History

Halloween is only a couple more days away, and that means Morning Roundup has gone Bloodsucker crazy! Illustrator Matthew Griffin celebrated Bram Stoker by imagining Dracula’s fanciful bloodline, which runs all the way through Blackula and Count von Count to that sparkly guy from Twilight—check out the whole lineage over at io9!

Today’s Morning Roundup wants to take you back to a time when Halloween costumes were pure nightmare fodder! Plus, we have news about the Wachowski’s latest project, and some fascinating still from The Shining!

[And the last word in horror from Wes Anderson!]

Mon
Oct 28 2013 1:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: In Which the Annoying Virgin Has A Point

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Two to Go, Willow

“Two to Go,” by Douglas Petrie

Say what you will about S6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it is packed. So much so, that this penultimate episode opens with Xander announcing: “This is what happened this year.” We get an extra-long series of clips, which offer a detailed account of Buffy’s resurrection, the coming together and apart of Spuffy, Willow’s addiction arc, Dawn’s thieving and the failure of the XandAnya wedding to come together.

We also, naturally, see Tara’s tragic demise and, as a piece de resistance, Willow’s violent dispatch of Warren.

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