Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Angel – tape 2487

On this tape, we find the last two episodes of Season Four of Buffy, and Season One of Angel.

First, Primeval. It’s all going down at the Initiative, and Adam, the big scary Frankenstein dude, has been splitting Buffy from her friends, with Spike’s help, and now it looks like Riley is under Adam’s control too. He’s got a control chip, like Spike, so he can’t resist Adam’s orders.

Adam’s going to be transforming people. He started with Dr Walsh (Lindsay Crouse).

Also Riley’s friend Forrest.

One thing I really like about this episode is that Buffy realises that Spike has been playing them all early on, so the team are back together.

There’s a big assault on Adam’s hidden base, inside the Initiative itself. I have to admit, this big action setpiece didn’t do much for me. It looks very impressive, but it’s hard to care massively about wide shots of people shooting demons.

Things pick up when Buffy goes to face Adam. Riley manages to pull out his controlling chip, and faces off against Forrest, and Buffy fights Adam, and this time she’s got the collective powers of herself, Willow, Xander and Giles.

I like the themes, was glad to see the back of Adam, and I also liked the Parallax View-style government oversight committee at the end.

Next it’s Angel and Blind Date. A blind assassin is after Angel.

Wolfram and Hart are defending her, and get her off. Lyndsey from W&H learns that she’s got another job lined up, which involves killing children. That’s one evil too far for Lyndsey, so he goes to Angel for help.

Gunn gets a part in the plan, causing a diversion. “Evil white men really do have a Mecca.”

I have to admit, I don’t love Angel as much as I love Buffy. It was just a bit too angsty and emo. I didn’t dislike it, Just not as much as Buffy.

Next, the season finale of BuffyRestless. It’s possibly the oddest episode the show ever did.

The gang are relaxing after the momentous events of the last episode, and they’re all asleep before the first VHS movie finishes. And the episode is their dreams.

First, Willow. It starts like Peter Greenaway’s Pillow Book.

Then she has the mother of all anxiety dreams, as she arrives at drama class for her first lesson, only to find they’re about to start a production, and she doesn’t know her lines. There’s a whole host of people in costume here. Harmony, now a vampire.

Buffy seems to be dressed as Sally Bowles.

Riley is a cowboy. “Why is there a cowboy in Death of a Salesman?”

Giles’s speech as Producer is brilliant.

The dream ends with Willow being attacked by some kind of primal warrior, and in real life she convulses on the couch.

Xander’s anxiety dreams include Joyce coming on to him, and suddenly being observed when peeing. I had that dream just this week.

Giles and Spike on swings.

The cheese man appears in all the dreams.

The dream segues into Apocalypse Now, for a cameo by Principal Snyder.

The primal warrior pulls Xander’s heart from his chest, disguised as his abusive father. On to Giles.

He starts with a dream where Buffy is his daughter.

Then Spike is posing for tourists.

Next, over to the Bronze, where Giles gets to sing again.

I love this crowd reaction shot

Buffy’s dream is the most cryptic, and lays hints of coming events. “Wait until Dawn.”

Riley is a spy now.

She confronts the primal warrior, and Tara translates.

She deals with the warrior by telling her she doesn’t get her power from her, and they all wake up. They conclude it was the spirit of the first slayer, invoked by the joining spell they cast in the last episode.

Knowingly, the last shot of the programme is Buffy looking in at their spare room.

It’s really impressive how Whedon makes such an entertaining episode out of a bunch of dreams. It probably helps that he seems to have had all the same anxiety dreams that we all have. I’d worried, after not having seen it in a while, this this one might have been a bit aimless, but it’s really not. it’s huge fun.

Finally on this tape, the season one finale of Angel, called To Shanshu In LA. The scroll stolen by Angel from Wolfram and Hart in the last episode holds a prophecy about the vampire with a soul, and it seems that it refers to his death.

Wolfram and Hart summon a big bad demon for a big ritual. Lyndsey is back on board after being offered a huge raise and a corner office.

The demon attacks the oracles – Angel’s connection to the powers that be.

He also goes after Cordelia, causing her to see absolutely everyone who’s in pain and needing help. If Angel can’t release her from the curse, she’ll die.

Wesley is also hurt, when Wolfram and Hart blow up their headquarters.

So it’s down to Angel alone to stop whatever the ritual is that they are doing. It involves a big box, some captive vampires, and the important scroll.

Angel is too late to prevent the summoning, but he manages to kill the demon, then, when Lyndsey threatens to drop the very important scroll into the fire, Angel tosses an axe and lops Lyndsey’s hand off.

Cordelia is saved, and Wesley translates the scroll, to learn that it doesn’t say Angel will die, but that he will live. His ultimate reward will be to become human again. Awww.

But the mysterious box is back at Wolfram and Hart, and we learn that inside the box, summoned back from death, is none other than Darla.

After this episode, recording continues for a short time with a Pierce Brosnan movie, The Heist. It’s no Taffin.

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