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Season Six

Hee. Here's the second part of my occasional series. This one might be a little more contraversial.

Bogwitch's Season Six Review

Bargaining, Part 1 & 2 – I didn't like these much when I first saw them, but they grew on me lots.

Afterlife – One of my favourite eps ever.

Flooded – Giles is excellent, but otherwise the ep is boring.

Life Serial – Alright if you cut off the first half.

All The Way – Who the f*** cares this much about Dawn? Not me. Yawn.

Once More, With Feeling – Good ep, ruined by singing. I like Tara's song though. Can you tell I hate musicals? Still, light years better than the Xena one. Joss and the gang did a great job, it's just not my cuppa.

Tabula Rasa – Good ep, ruined by Spike's awful outfit. Yes, I know it's a disguise, but really, why on earth would he think he'd be inconspicuous in that?

Smashed - Mrrrroooow.

Wrecked – Is that Willow? I'm past caring. Mmm bare flesh. Oh, was I supposed to be commenting on something..?

Gone – I love this ep for many, many reasons, some of them very shallow.

Double Meat Palace – I don't mind this one at all. I think the main problem is that it's out of place in this season because it's a rather old-fashioned style of Buffy episode. I think it would have been more comfortable in season four where it's silliness would've been less jarring. Maybe then we could've had Buffy/Riley alley sex. Bleugh. Maybe not.

Dead Things – Another ep I love. Yes, the alley scene is nasty, but I do understand it and her, so I don't have a problem with it.

Older and Far Away – An ep that is severely ruined for me by that dreadful Basement Jaxx track – I loathe it and it overlays one of the best scenes. Otherwise, I like the ep. It comes with added Clem and you've got to like that.

As You Were – Bad? Yes. The worst ep ever? No. As I love every scene with Spike in, I don’t hate the ep, but I can't say I invest any time watching the other scenes or trying to make sense of it. Besides there is nakedness and the black shirt that makes me drool. Gosh JM looks fantastic. Where’s that DVD? I'll be back...

Hell's Bells – Sorry what was the point of this? So Anya can be a vengeance demon again? Why? What purpose does that serve the overall plot of the season? As far I can see it, the only things that would be affected by her not being a demon again would be busting Andrew and Jonathan out of jail, and the plot of Entropy. I’m sure both of which could’ve been handled in a different way. This season does need some emotional high points.

Normal Again – I think SMG does a fantastic job in this. It’s a shame I don't care.

Entropy – I like this ep, I do, but two things have always bothered me. No, not Buffy and Xander's reactions (they might be wrong, but they are at least realistic). I thought NB did a great job of all that righteous indignation.
1. Anya. Everyone praises how Anya and Spike connect in their misery, blah blah, but sorry it's not like that. She's not listening to him at all, not the way he is listening to her and offering comfort. It's all about Anya. Poor Spike.
2. Buffy's accusation in the crypt. I can't see how what she says here is any worse than anything she's said before. Yes, she is a bit cold, but she always has been. I don't think she's nearly nasty enough to provoke his reaction.

Seeing Red – I love this ep, including the attempted rape scene (but not the act itself, which goes on too long, well past making it's point and into gratuitousness). I wish they'd picked another way of getting Spike to Africa for numerous reasons, but as it stands, it's a scene that breaks my heart for him and I like that.

Villains – I have very little recollection of this one.

Two To Go - Ditto

Grave – Oops ditto again.

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All The Way – Who the f*** cares this much about Dawn? Not me. Yawn.

But it has the fight in the cemetery and:

"I'm a rebel, you're an idiot."

That line almost makes up for everything else in the episode!

:D

Yes I do like that bit. I was going to mention it, but thought it was pithier they I left it.

Good ep, ruined by singing. I like Tara's song though.

Oh dear, we're out of synch here. I love he music in Once More With Feeling -- except for Tara's song, which sends me to the medicine cabinet for my headache pills.

Don't get me wrong, I think Amber has a lovely singing voice. But the song drives me to ear muffs.

It's the only one I like. At some points towards the end I have to turn the sound off.

Here I am serial commenting:

Sorry what was the point of this? So Anya can be a vengeance demon again? Why? What purpose does that serve the overall plot of the season?

I think it does serve a purpose in the overall plot. Part of Xander's story here is accepting the different. His relationship with Anya, in part, broke down because he was afraid of her different-ness. He spent a good deal of their time together trying to sand off her rough corners. In the end, he drove her completely away from being human. But also, his inability to accept non-humans nearly broke his friendship with Buffy. But in Grave, he accepts Willow, even all demonized, and saves her and himself.

I think they could have done more with Anya being a vengeance demon. But I don't think her return to vengeance was insignificant.

I think it does serve a purpose in the overall plot. Part of Xander's story here is accepting the different.... But in Grave, he accepts Willow, even all demonized, and saves her and himself.

Sadly, by itself all that really proves is that he loves Willow more than he loved Anya.

I don't think she's nearly nasty enough to provoke his reaction.

I don't think it's this particular comment. I think it's the fact that he sees that he's not making a bit of progress.

Oooo! Look at all the comments in your journal. ;-)

You have been busy. Hee.

I see you point here, but it doesn't really work for me alas.

Hee. I think I like more of season 6 than you do, since I love the music in OMWF and I love Dawn (and Evil!Willow is super-fun). I concur that Seeing Red was both beautiful in its angst and heartbreaking. And damn, girl, do you see the series through Spike-coloured glasses! (Not that that's a bad thing.)

I love season six, even if it's flawed/has a couple of duff eps (I think on average it does pretty well). The music in OMWF is good, I know that and I can see that, but I don't like it much. Dawn and evil!Willow I have no real gripe against, expect they both could've been better. I'd've liked to have seen Dawn explore her keyness, I can't believe there was one point in time, ever, that she worked as the key (doesn't mean she'll open every next Tuesday, just that it's still within her). Evil!Willow wasn't as good as Vamp!Willow, the quips seems unnatural from her mouth to me - she could've still been nasty.

And damn, girl, do you see the series through Spike-coloured glasses!
Er... Yes, absolutely. No Spikey, no watchy. Much. It's the reason I wasn't keen on AtS until season five. I used to find sitting through it a trial sometimes.

Anyway, this isn't meant to be anything other than facetious, and maybe I'll stir up a little debate. I'm very bored!

Btw. The CD arrived this morning. Thanks.



I'm still unsure of how I felt about Season 6 even after all this time. I loved the Spuffy moments and my fave episodes were OMWF, Tabula Rasa, and Smashed ~

I wish that we could have skipped half the episodes of the Troika and introduced Evil!Willow much earlier. . . eh. . .

Even at the time, I never felt the extreme reactions that a lot of people felt, but that's not to deny that it was a rollercoaster. The Evil!Willow storyline was mishandled and I agree, the foundations should've been sooner. I would skip the Troika, but then i think it wouldn't compremised some of my favourite eps.

Of course, the easiest way to make the season better that no one has mentioned, was to have put more Spike in it.

Afterlife and Normal Again were the two best (non-sex, plot driven)eps of the season.

Love love Afterlife to bits, but Normal Again does nothing for me even if it is technically a good episode.

All The Way – Who the f*** cares this much about Dawn? Not me. Yawn

    While I'm not overly fond of this episode, it has Giles surrounded by all those vampires and the look of relief on his face when he finds Spike standing beside him? Priceless.

Tabula Rasa – Good ep, ruined by Spike's awful outfit. Yes, I know it's a disguise, but really, why on earth would he think he'd be inconspicuous in that?

    God, I love the Randy Giles outfit. I think every season needed to have Spike dressed up in something completely ridiculous. {g}

Smashed - Mrrrroooow.

    Absolutely. As long as I can FF though all the tedious, mind-numbingly boring Willow/Amy scenes at The Bronze.

Double Meat Palace – I don't mind this one at all. I think the main problem is that it's out of place in this season because it's a rather old-fashioned style of Buffy episode. I think it would have been more comfortable in season four where it's silliness would've been less jarring. Maybe then we could've had Buffy/Riley alley sex. Bleugh. Maybe not.
    I didn't get to see this one first run, but I knew that many, many people hated it. I ended up laughing my ass off when I did see it. Especially the penis-monster. ;-D

As You Were – Bad? Yes. The worst ep ever? No. As I love every scene with Spike in, I don't hate the ep, but I can't say I invest any time watching the other scenes or trying to make sense of it. Besides there is nakedness and the black shirt that makes me drool. Gosh JM looks fantastic. Where's that DVD? I'll be back.

    Yes, Spike is the only thing worth watching in that episode. Well, that and when Riley & the Sambot smashed into a church steeple when they were being flown away in that totally ridiculous, melodramatic manner. What? They didn't smash into a church steeple? Damn!

Entropy – 2. Buffy's accusation in the crypt. I can't see how what she says here is any worse than anything she's said before. Yes, she is a bit cold, but she always has been. I don't think she's nearly nasty enough to provoke his reaction.

    I think his reaction - as well as what happened in Seeing Red - was the culmination of all his pent up frustration and heartbreak. Too bad Anya didn't give him a potion to get over Buffy. Then he could have headed over to Angel a season earlier.

Seeing Red – I love this ep, including the attempted rape scene (but not the act itself, which goes on too long, well past making it's point and into gratuitousness). I wish they'd picked another way of getting Spike to Africa for numerous reasons, but as it stands, it's a scene that breaks my heart for him and I like that.

    I agree. Totally








God, I love the Randy Giles outfit.

I hates it.

As long as I can FF though all the tedious, mind-numbingly boring Willow/Amy scenes at The Bronze.

Definitely. As that's what I actually do, I'd forgotten about that bit.

They didn't smash into a church steeple?

What a priceless moment that would've been. :D

I think his reaction - as well as what happened in Seeing Red - was the culmination of all his pent up frustration and heartbreak.

Yeah. I know that's what supposed to be implied, but I don't feel it the way I should. Lucky for Spike I didn't write it - it'd have a lot worse.

Too bad Anya didn't give him a potion to get over Buffy. Then he could have headed over to Angel a season earlier.

Now that's an interesting idea...




Oh yes! This is the perfect antidote to my overblown emotionalising about the season!

Thank you.

Please don't be intimidated by the towering colossus of my incisive intellect there.

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