Archaeus is still a problem, and so is the arrival of Angel. Old boyfriend, meet new boyfriend. Oh, the family drama. But it’s time for the vampires to put their arguments aside and focus on the larger issues at hand. They’ve got a monster to fight.
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
So, they’ve found out a little more about Archaeus. He’s not an Old One, but instead a Demon Lord. Still, he’s trouble, and the gang’s going to need all the help they can get if they’re going to fight him. Cue the impending arrival of Angel, who Spike is definitely not looking forward to seeing. He’s very insecure over how Buffy will take Angel’s return, fearing that they might fall into bed together and leave him out in the cold. Hey, it happened before. Despite Buffy’s reassurances that Angel is her past and Spike is her future, the souled vampire has some emotional conflicts to work through.
The arrival of Angel doesn’t help matters much. After an awkward greeting, he and Buffy steal away to have some private time where Angel apologizes and Spike eavesdrops. The situation goes downhill quickly when Buffy tells Angel that she and Spike are together. Drama, so much drama. It was almost a relief to have the Morituri demon show up. Flying lizards are a whole lot easier to deal with than the romantic triangle Buffy, Spike, and Angel have going on.
Willow gets poisoned and the trio gets in a fight, but in the end everyone comes out okay. However, the flying lizard monster does indicate that there’s a larger problem that they have to deal with. The Morituri demon is a suicide soldier, and not a frequent visitor this far out. That means that Archaeus controls a portal and he’s trading passage for favors. Having a whole host of monsters at his disposal puts him at an advantage. The gang must stop Archaeus before he grows even more powerful. Good thing they’re finally on the same page… maybe.
So, next time we have a couple of things to look forward to. First up, figuring out good strategies to go against Archaeus. In the background there’s sure to be domestic drama, largely with Angel dealing with Buffy and Spike’s romance, but maybe a little of the Xander and Dawn situation, too. Ah, adulthood and relationships. It’s just as problematic as when they were teens, just with more bills to pay.
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars