All the characters introduced thus far are starting to come together and meet. While we’re on a different timeline than the original series, the new direction is both intriguing and fresh. It’s a whole new day in Sunnydale!
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
I’m still feeling out this version of Spike. He seems to be trying to project a more Spike persona, while those around him see him as meek William. The balance is interesting, and perhaps makes me love him even more. No matter which Spike we have, though, he seems to be just as devoted to Dru and her schemes. Too bad the latest turn of events has brought out the Destroyer of Vampires. And since it was Dru’s fault he got released, Anya’s leaving it to them to deal with. Plus, I like the constant bickering between Anya and Dru. Quite lovely.
But it’s not just the vampires who will have to deal with the Destroyer. Buffy’s going to get involved, too, since she’s the Slayer after all. And she’s still complaining to herself about how Giles is being unsupportive with all the orders he’s piling onto her. Deal with teenage things, save the world, find the origin of the necklace. It’s a lot to handle. And now she’s got to deal with a huge monster that’s threatening the population.
Camazotz, the Destroyer, is actually a nice creature when it comes down to it. And when Buffy hurts him, you have to feel sorry for the creature. All he wants to do is help the Slayer. He didn’t ask to be woken up early, that was on Dru. He is Buffy’s Pegasus and he is allowed to rest again when Giles helps him back into his container. Perhaps he will emerge later, when he is needed. I hope they manage to keep him safe in the meantime.
We get glimpses of the roles the other characters will come to play as well. First of all, Cordelia and Harmony seem to be friends, and Cordelia is more than happy to fight alongside Spike when Camazotz attacks the coffee shop where they’re at. And the craziness of Buffy and her band of misfits finally pushes her over the edge. She cannot extend her popular girl friendship to them, and finally washes her hands of the group. We get to see Giles doing his side-gig as a musician, which I’m glad they looped into this universe, and also he finally apologizes for the hard line he’s been taking with Buffy. It seems the Watcher will be of more support and help in the future. And we get to see Spike and Buffy meet for the first time, though Dru interrupted their conversation before it could get too deep.
As we end, it’s clear that Xander and Willow will be put in danger, thanks to their involvement with Buffy. And Dru will be a force to be reckoned with. I wonder when and how Spike and she might part ways, or if their love story will continue for a while during this first season run. Either way, I’m interested to see what the residents of Sunnydale get up to and what other creatures might be lurking in the night.
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars