Buffy The Vampire Slayer this time features I, Robot… You Jane. All part of my SPOILER FILLED My Year of Buffy.
What Buffy Did!
A quick flashback shows a demon Moloch being trapped in a book centuries ago. Popping to the present, Willow is scanning old books into the computer and this causes Moloch to enter the internet. Next thing you know Willow is being romanced by someone on the net called “Malcolm”, which is making her miss classes. Buffy is concerned and is placed under watch by Moloch’s followers in computer class. This new relationship for Willow causes jealousy in Xander. While investigating who “Malcolm” is, Buffy is almost killed, and shortly after figures out that “Malcolm” is Moloch. To save Willow, who has been kidnapped by Moloch’s followers, Giles gets help from a strange lady teacher who it turns out is a technopagan. Buffy fights Moloch, who now has a robot body and is quickly trapped in it by a spell, and of course wins. The end bit has the dispiriting revelation for the Scoobies of how the Hellmouth is mucking with their love lives.
Well we are subjected to a different type of beginning, with a flashback. Hope they don’t do alot of this. Fritz the computer guy is an idiot and kinda defines ominous as well. The book scanning we all knew was not going to end well, and was a cool plot device. Giles first name is Rupert? Kinda fits. And I love how Giles is the player who does not know he is a player. The technopagan concept is brilliant and I hope Joss really plays with this concept alot more. As for the main focus of the episode, internet love, which was still a relatively new idea at the time, this episode handled it brilliantly. While Willow is the smartest person on Buffy, even she falls prey to the predator. I wanted so badly for Willow to figure it out, but was not surprised she reacted the way she did. Heck, this one could air today and still be very very relevant. As for Xander, he deserves to be blown off by Willow, but the romantic in me view them as the Hermione/Ron of the show. Crossing fingers here.
Buffy gives me a chuckle with her line to Willow, “Does it involve a midget and a block of ice?” My Geek alarm went off when Buffy says to Giles, “My spider sense is tingling.” Giles look is priceless. I love these two together.
While the electrifying the evil robot bit was cliched, the entire theme of loneliness being alleviated by the perfect person, who is imaginary, was excellent. Moloch as “Malcolm” was darn creepy and I felt really sad for Willow here.
…is currently reading Divergent by Veronica Roth.