Buffy has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. And it just gets worse. All in Spiral, one more post in my SPOILER filled My Year of Buffy!
What Buffy Did!
Buffy and Dawn escape Glory thanks to Willow’s magic. But Glory catches up. Then they escape because Glory gets hit by a truck. The Scoobies plot strategy but Buffy thinks they cannot defeat glory so she wants them to run. They eventually agree. Spike steals a winnebago and the Scoobies are not happy Spike is coming along. Ben tells a minion that he is only human with Glory inside, when she breaks free he will die. Ben wants to live so he plans to kill the Key. The Knights find out that Dawn is the Key. Giles worries about Buffy and the Knights attack. Buffy and Spike fight the Knights as they swarm the winnebago on horses. A spear impales Giles and the winnebago crashes. The Scoobies find refuge in an empty gas station in the middle of the dessert. Buffy fights off more Knights and Willow puts up a magic force field. Spike thinks they should run but Buffy says no. Buffy catches the Knights General who says Glory will use Dawn’s blood to open a portal and go home. But doing this will make the dimensional walls fall and the universe will die. Also, Glory shares her body with a mortal, and Glory dies if he dies. Buffy gets safe passage for Ben pass the Knights all to treat Giles. Ben helps Giles, then feels Glory taking over. He can’t get out in time and becomes Glory. Glory kills the General and keeps the Scoobies at bay. And takes Dawn. Willow takes the forcefield down, but Glory has already escaped and killed the Knights. The Scoobies rush to save Dawn. Buffy thinks she has failed suffers a breakdown.
Run Buffy! Grab Dawn and RUN! Willow for the temporary save! Glory has obviously never heard of a door. Superspeed? Damn her Kryptonian powers! Love how Buffy carries Dawn. Love how Glory just became the Coyote. Back to Ben? Okay, I would pay to have Dawn narrate every episode from now on. Love how Giles thinks Buffy fought Glory and won. Anya, Buffy is not Superman, she cannot throw trucks. Piano and rocket launcher and Bugs Bunny mention. And yes Anya, you hate bunnies. Buffy is half freaking out and half thinking logically. On the run? Not a good idea. Little scab? They love creating mean nicknames for these minions. Sgt Rock mention! That is one butt ugly winnebago. Will Martin from Frasier be driving Billy Batson around in it? Spike! Driving with the best goggles ever! Giles and Xander are pissed. Who are these strange men? Minions in disguise? Oh wait, Knights! Shiny! Holy crap! That’s more Knights than Monty Python had in the Holy Grail. Awkward travel time. They should head to L.A. and get Angel’s help. Hehe, Spike called Giles Gramps. Xander’s gonna throw up, upchuck, vomit. Tara still not getting better. Uh oh, all the psych patients are chanting as one. Dawn giving Buffy a pep talk is very touching. Arrow! Knights on horses? These idiots never heard of motorcycles? Fight atop the winnebago! Spike hurt. Buffy is having a hard time with these losers? Anya with the frying pan! Y’know, I thought Spike’s goggles had a Mad Max vibe, and now I know why. This whole fight felt like those movies. Not Giles! Not a crash! Kinda feel sorry for Spike and the sunlight here. Giles is hurt, Buffy is freaking out, and now flaming arrows! Fight! Willow for the save! Forcefield spell! And they have magic people as well! Crap on a cracker! The Knights want Dawn dead. This General is one nutty zealot. Tara is losing it even more. A “Time” chant? Giles lives, right? Is he dead or unconscious? Buffy asks nicely for medical aid, knew they would say no. Magically powered phone! Calling Ben? And why not Angel? Now Ben has to control his inner Glory. Spike is hurt both physically and emotionally. Xander is slowly starting to like Spike I think. So Glory is really really bad news. The Knights know Glory is trapped in an unknown mortal man. Dawn is the Key to portals. All portals. And the universe shall die. Sucks to be fourteen year old Dawn. Tempting Dr. Ben, via the Knight General. Betcha he will! Nope! Oh Crap! Ben just changed into Glory! In front of everyone!!! Damn, I thought she was gonna decapitate him with that hubcap. Spike versus Glory! Buffy versus Glory! Taking Dawn! Punching a hole in the forcefield! Lots of dead Knights! The whole universe is going to die, and Buffy knows this. And can’t handle it. She thinks she’s failed.
Glory is territorial with Buffy about Dawn “I really hate it when people touch my things.” Buffy really informs Glory of the situation well with, “Just one. Truck.” Willow tries to maybe be upbeat with Dawn with “Um, if you define luck as the absence of success, very.” Buffy gives strategy advice to Giles with “Aim for the horseys.” And Dawn tries to be upbeat as well with Buffy “Destroyer of the universe. Guess cutting school doesn’t seem so bad now, huh?”
The only thing that could be worse is if Buffy dies, and I have a very very very strong feeling this is the season ender this happened in. Seriously Joss, you have me worried a whole whole lot for our favourite Slayer here. And that ending where she collapses took my breath away.
…is currently reading The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler