Day: April 14, 2019

Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Angel – tape 2843

Oh dear. After yesterday, and the utterly joyous Once More With Feeling, we’re now skipping to near the end of Season Six for an episode which elicits very different emotions.

The episode is Seeing Red, the 19th episode in the season. The Next Time is quite long, because this is late in the season so there’s lots to remind us. Spike and Buffy were together, now they’ve broken up. And the gang see Spike and Anya together in the Magic Shop, upsetting both Xander and Buffy, despite both having broken up with their respective partners.

In better news, Willow and Tara have finally reconciled, and are now very much back together.

The Big Bads of this season are ‘the trio’ – three nerdy tech-bros, including Danny Strong as Jonathan.

Tom Lenk is Andrew. He’s very good.

But the leader of the trio is Warren, played by Adam Busch. He’s the driving force, and the really nasty one.

Buffy has found their hideout, but they’ve cleared out, and left a trap.

The trio are after some magical orbs that will give them strength and invulnerability, so Jonathan has to wear the skin of a demon.

The Orbs seem to work, and Warren has fun beating up some jocks. Of course.

Next, one of the most controversial scenes in all of Buffy. Spike is still in love with her, but she’s rejected him. He turns up, still wanting reconciliation. And he ends up trying to rape her. It’s raw and unpleasant, and after this, later in the episode, Spike decides to leave town. “Get nice and comfy, Slayer, I’ll be back, and when I do, things are gonna change.”

The trio (well, mostly Warren) hold up an armoured truck, but Buffy arrives to stop them. Warren is pretty formidable, and Buffy can’t beat him, until Jonathan jumps on her back, pretending to attack her, but telling her to ‘smash his orbs.’ I’m sad that she didn’t immediately kick him in the balls, but the Buffy writing team are more grown up than I am.

She smashes his orbs, but he gets away because he has a jet pack. Of course he does. Andrew has one too, and Jonathan is upset that he didn’t get one.

So all is quiet yet again. Until the show pulls one of the most horrible endings you can imagine. Buffy is in the garden talking to Xander when Warren turns up, pulls out a gun, and shoots her, letting off several rounds, and one of those rounds hits an upstairs window, killing Tara in front of Willow. I’m fairly sure that this episode is the reason why I don’t really like Season Six very much, despite it also containing the perfection that is Once More With Feeling. I watch TV to see people I love winning out against the forces of darkness and chaos, so I just can’t cope with things like this happening. And I can’t imagine what kind of a wreck I’ll be when I watch this episode again with my daughters, as we’re currently up to the start of Season 5 in our Buffy watch.

After this, it’s Angel with an episode called Forgiving. Previously, Wesley has found prophecies that say that Angel will kill his son Connor, and because he can’t see any loophole in them, he kidnaps the baby and gives him to Holtz, the demon hunter who’s been after Angel all season. Holtz takes him, then they both get sucked into a portal to another dimension. And Wesley ends up in the park with his throat cut. It used to be that after a traumatic episode of Buffy, they’d balance it with a lighter episode of Angel. But not this time.

This episode sees Angel try to find the demon which opened the portal, so he can get Connor back. This involves kidnapping one of the head honchos at Wolfram and Hart, then going to their headquarters where Lilah takes him to the White Room where he can get the answers he needs. And listen to some kicking tunes. Oh wait, that was the Mark Radcliffe Channel 4 series.

He gets a ritual to summon the demon who opened the portal, and when they finally meet, he learns that it was the demon who planted all the prophecies about Angel killing Connor, because the actual prophecies talked about Connor growing up and killing the demon.

At the end of the episode, they get word about Wesley, who’s been found and is in hospital. Fred and Gunn are there, and Angel goes to visit, presumably so he can forgive Wesley for what he did. But Angel isn’t in a forgiving mood.

Next, more from Buffy The Vampire SlayerVillains. Buffy is shot in the garden, and the paramedics arrive. Willow is with Tara in their bedroom, and she goes all super-witch, invoking Osiris to bring back Tara. But he tells her that Tara cannot be brought back that way, as she didn’t die an unnatural death.

Willow needs to find Warren. She goes to the Magic Box and absorbs a lot of books. I wish I could speed read like this.

She fixes Buffy by removing the bullet.

Then they go to find Warren, who’s on a bus trying to leave the country. It’s interesting that this broadcast, despite being fairly late (8pm, though, which is pre-watershed on terrestrial) has a cut to this scene. In the full version (well, the version on Amazon Prime, which, given it’s the much derided HD remaster, might not be canonical) she grabs Warren, and his eye pops out, because it’s a robot. That part of the scene is missing here, so it just looks like she killed him.

Willow uses the witch equivalent of Google Maps to find where Warren really is.

Meanwhile, Spike is in Africa, talking to a demon about his chip, and getting back to how he used to be. He has to endure some unspecified trials. “Bitch is gonna see a change.”

Willow finds Warren in the woods, and after a few of his attempts to stop her, she has him where she wants him.

This is pretty brutal stuff, as Willow is way far gone.

Then with “Bored Now” she rips off his skin and sets fire to him, another effect that’s been cut down here. It’s not surprising I was not 100% clear in my memory of Warren’s fate.

Finally, back to Angel with Double Or Nothing.

Cordy and Groose are back from their holiday.

Gunn sold his soul to the manager of a casino in his youth, and now the debt is due because he’s about to give his heart to Fred. So Gunn tries to enjoy his last day.

So Angel offers Double or Nothing, and he draws a 3 versus the demon’s nine. Then just kills him anyway.

After this, there’s the start of an episode of Scrubs during which the tape ends.

In the ad breaks, I spotted a young Andrew Collins in Pop Years 1990 which seems really on brand.

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