After last night's attack, everyone
is busy researching the First, and coming up empty while Xander mumbles
on about how he keeps having to replace the windows in the Summers'
house. Willow isn't sure that they're looking for the right thing but
Buffy tells her that she can just feel what it is. Meanwhile, Andrew is
still asleep, tied up in his chair. Dawn tries to rouse by giving him a
good smacking but it does nothing. Buffy is frustrated but continues to
research, she asks for a book when suddenly her mother appears before
her urging her to get some sleep. Buffy argues against her, trying to
convince herself that it's just the First Evil playing tricks with her.
Suddenly Xander wakes Buffy up from her day dreaming, leaving her to
wonder what she really saw. Meanwhile in a cavern somewhere, the First
Evil transforms into Drusilla's form and chatters on to a weakened Spike
while the hideous beast that had risen from the symbol continues to beat
The next day, Andrew still hasn't
woken up despite Anya and Dawn's best attempts. Buffy walks in and
suddenly Andrew wakes up. Buffy threatens to feed him to the First Evil
unless he agrees to take them to the symbol of Danzalthar. Easily
intimidated, Andrew takes them down to the school basement where all of
them are surprised to see the immense size of the symbol. They quickly
cover it up with dirt and head out when they're surprised by the
principal who is also carrying a shovel. They both offer their excuses
for being in the basement with shovels and Buffy assures him that she'll
be in school tomorrow. Back at home, Willow sets up for a locator spell
while Dawn continues research on the First. Xander encourages Buffy to
sleep, who hasn't has any shut eye in 2 days. Willow's spell suddenly
goes awry and power circulates and inhabits her. Her eyes blacken and
she throws everyone off their feet while telling them all that they'll
just make it stronger. Xander grabs the bowl of herbs and smashes
it against the wall, breaking the spell. Buffy rushes to Willow who is
shaking, telling them she can feel it inside herself. Buffy is about to
go out and search for the First when she opens the door and finds Giles
at the door. She's surprised to see him, but even more surprised when
three young girls march in. Giles begins to fill the group in about how
these are the remaining potential Slayers (named Kennedy, Molly and
Annabelle) and all the others have been killed, as well as their
Watchers. Buffy realizes that with all the potentials gone, and if she
and Faith die, it'd be the end of the Slayer line. Giles then mentions
that the Council has been obliterated, as well as most of their records.
He managed to steal a couple of volumes and files regarding the First.
He continues on, saying that the first can only take the form of someone
who has passed away and it cannot fight on it's own, but rather
manipulate those it takes on. This thing predates any written history
and he has no idea how to defeat something like this.
Meanwhile, in Drusilla's form, the
First Evil tells Spike that she's not nearly done with him while her
super vampire continues to wail on him. In town, Buffy and Giles are
heading towards the area where Buffy first saw the First Evil years ago.
She mentions that she misses him, and he shares the sentiment. At the
Summers' residence, Willow is trying to set up the sleeping arrangements
but Kennedy takes over that job while the other Slayers in training plus
Dawn munch away on cookies. Giles and Buffy find themselves at the old
Christmas tree lot where Buffy stumbles through a boarded up hole in the
ground. Buffy decides to check out the cave while Giles stays up top.
She finds nothing of interest until she's suddenly attacked by the
First's super vampire. They begin to brutal wail on each other, the
vampire displaying an immense amount of power. Buffy manages to stake it
but it just pulls the stake out from it's heart and continues beating on
her. He continually smashes her into rock and stone. Realizing that she
can't win this alone, Buffy tries to climb up out of the cave, it tries
to follow her but is stopped when the sun suddenly rises. She returns
home and finds the three Slayers in training up and eating in her
kitchen. Giles then informs them that what Buffy fought was a
vampire it's just another race of vampires called Turok-Han, he just
believed it had been completely extinct up until today. They're lethal
killing machines that even regular vampires fear.
Shirking sleep, Buffy heads to school
in her position of councilor where she tries to search for the First
Evil on the internet. Principal Wood catches her and she pretends she's
searching for evil movies. He tells her that once she's seen true evil
it has serious effects on people and he's personally not a fan of evil
movies, he tends to prefer mysteries, where everything unravels at the
very end. Back in the caverns, the First Evil tries unsuccessfully to
re-enact Drusilla's craziness but Spike sees right through her. She
tries to convince him to switch sides and join the dark one but he tells
her to get bent even while the Turok-Han continues to beat him. In the
bathroom at school, Buffy looks at her battered body parts when her
mother suddenly appears again. Joyce insists that Buffy can't control
everything and that her friends are putting far too much pressure on
her. Buffy suddenly walks up to find herself dozing off while she was
supposed to be talking to a student.
At the Summers' residence, Xander is boarding up the
windows trying to assure the Slayers in training that they're going to
be fine. Willow then apologizes to Buffy for causing those problems
before. The three slayers in training are then loaded up with weapons in
preparation for the night. Buffy and Giles talk quietly when suddenly
one of the Slayers in training tells them that Annabelle ran off.
Annabelle is running in some industrial area when she runs straight into
the Turok-Han. Buffy finds Annabelle's dead body in the same area moments
later. The Turok-Han suddenly attacks her, brutally, throwing her into a
huge metal dumpster repeatedly. He grabs her by the neck but she spits
blood in his face, giving herself a chance to run off. Limping and in
obvious pain, she tries to get away as the Turok-Han continues to track
her. She tries fighting him off with a metal pipe but he continually
bests all her moves, sending her flying through the air time after time.
She manages to kick a huge stack of metal poles onto him, but he rises
from it immediately, apparently unhurt. Terrified, Buffy tries to run
but he throws her through a brick wall. Moments later, Xander, Willow
and Giles find Buffy underneath the rubble, battered, bruised, unmoving
and covered in blood. Drusilla's poser still tries to get Spike to join
the dark side but he refuses, on the grounds that Buffy believes in him.
Back at home, Giles and the others
discuss their problems while Buffy sits in the other room, listening to
them. Giles is worried that there's internal bleeding with Buffy and if
she can't fight, they're back at square one and he doesn't know how to
fight it. Buffy joins them suddenly, tearfully telling them that they
don't know how to fight it, that it's always been there and they're
dealing with the reason that evil exists. She says that the mouth of
hell is going to swallow her whole, and choke on her. She insists that
the evil isn't ready for them and she's done waiting and they're going
to seek out their worst fears. And she'll kill the First Evil herself.
Good grief. This was far too good for words. And for
once we got to see a vampire that was actually able to give Buffy a
challenge. Guess they had to invent an entirely new breed in order to
do that! Wow... so many things to mention, and most of which I'm sure
I'll forget accidentally.
Alright first off, why do they need SPIKE for the
ritual? Why not some other dude? Obviously Jonathan's blood wasn't
good enough, though I doubt it was for the reason that he was too
little and anemic. I'm guessing there's something special about
Spike's blood. Maybe they need something that's undead? Not quite sure
Next... the Slayers in training! Oooo! Fun stuff!
And they're British and have the cutest accents ever. Now why did
Annabelle have to run off and die? WHY would you run off (to god only
knows where) in a town where you know no one or anything? Doesn't make
a whole load of sense to me. Plus I liked her the best out of the
trios of SITs (Slayers in Training) and then they went off and killed
her. Not too nice if you ask me. Did anyone else catch Kennedy hitting
on Willow? hehehe "Hope you don't hog the covers!" Take a
look at Willow's face. Absolutely priceless. hehe that had me in
stitches laughing so hard.
Oh! And Buffy mentioned Faith! Wooohooo! They're
totally setting up for her return!
As for this First Evil thingy... alright, according
to Giles it can take the form of someone/something that has passed
away. Buffy HAS died. Twice. So that let's her off the hook for us
thinking that she's actually some sort of ghost. BUT... Giles on the
other hand... and this is beginning to worry me. I heard a rumor that
the script called for Anthony Stewart Head to touch nothing or anyone
in that episode. And if you look, you never see him touching anything.
Giles also mentioned that the First Evil can't do anything itself, it
has to enforce others to do it's bidding. AND what happened to Giles
getting slashed through the neck in Sleeper? They never brought that
up and they never showed us what happened. What if Giles is actually
dead and the First Evil took his position and is now trying to destroy
Buffy from the inside? It's a decent idea... but I don't like to think
of Giles like that, even though it'd be one hell of a plot twist. I
guess we can only wait and see.
Buffy's speech at the very end was both beautiful and
utterly shocking. When she first started out talking to the group, I
thought she'd completely given up hope and was just trying to scare the
shit out of all of them. Sarah's acting was superb in that scene and she
went from shaking and terrified to valiant and heroic. I was getting so
scared that Buffy had completely given up when all of a sudden she's
declaring war on the First Evil. Good for her. I was so frigging
impressed by that speech.
And awesome episode that adds another notch to the
wonderful season that this has been. I can't wait to see what the finale
is going to be like. It's going to be pretty damn spectacular!