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Posted on January 8, 2014
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Listener’s Buffy/Angel Rewatch (B5.20)

Buffy 5.20: Spiral

  • "Spiral" is the title of Chapter 24 of my novel… although I used it in reference to throwing a football.
  • I love that this episode starts immediately after the last one ends.
  • Also, how the hell did Glory get the wall down like that?
  • Oh yeah, remember there’s a dorm room lobby set? Because I sure didn’t.
  • And now Glory has super-speed. Oy vey.
  • There was NO need for Buffy to vault that bench. She could’ve just gone around.
  • "Last words, slay-runt?"
  • "Just one: truck."
  • Oh, Ben, you are NOT having a good day, are you.
  • "She does have nice feet."
  • Aww, Anya, that’s sweet.
  • Everyone on this show just wants to be normal. It’s kind of annoying.
  • "Flattering drawstring pants."
  • "Overwhelming? How much more than whelming would that be, exactly?"
  • Hey! It’s the guy from Prison Break! With a giant fake scar on his face!
  • This General dude is pretty smart to figure out that the key is a human with just a few words. But I guess if this order has been on key patrol all this time, it makes sense.
  • Xander doesn’t travel well? But he went to Oxnard, didn’t he?
  • I don’t know which was weirder: that Anya brought Spam, or that she brought a frying pan.
  • You can see in Dawn’s face that she’s trying to decide if she should go to Glory on her own and save everyone else or not.
  • Now THAT, Dawn, was a “goodbye” line.
  • Bringing Riley into that litany didn’t work out so well.
  • "You know this is your fault for saying that."
  • Horses cannot keep up with an RV. They just have to drive at 30mph long enough for the horses to tire out.
  • "Horsies!"
  • "Don’t hit the horsies!"
  • "Aim for the horsies!"
  • Knights on horseback versus the Scoobies in an RV. Someone in the writer’s room said “what’s the most ridiculous thing we can do in Episode 20?” and this is what they came up with.

  • For such a good fighter, it certainly takes Buffy a while to defeat her enemies.
  • Speaking of ridiculous, here’s Anya beating some dude over the head with a frying pan.
  • Every time Buffy lands a body shot, she’s hitting chain mail. That’s got to hurt her fists.
  • Also I think she just killed that guy — that HUMAN guy — with an axe.
  • I’d be very surprised if that fall didn’t break Buffy’s arm. She’s the Slayer, but she can still break bones.
  • And now the arrows are on fire.
  • Oh yeah… that’s right… the chip. I’d forgotten.
  • This is the second episode in a row that Willow’s eyes have gone dark from magic use.
  • Lucky for the Scoobies there was some handy rope.
  • Where’d that blanket over Giles come from?
  • That’s an awful handy spell there, Willow.
  • Oh, come on, Willow, Spike was just being funny. You could’ve simply laughed it off instead of getting butthurt.
  • I’d forgotten that Ben’s assistance was how Giles survived.
  • Where did Xander just go?
  • Well, Buffy, that’s true — YOU aren’t going to lose anyone.
  • As Warden Bellick, this actor had such a different mien to him. I really believe him in his role as the General. It’s the voice.

  • When Dawn eventually dies — of old age or whatever — what will happen to the power of the Key?
  • Goodbye, guy who plays Warden Bellick.
  • All these long-ass magic spells… at least in Harry Potter it’s two words, not a four-line poem.
  • As strong as the fifth season was, the whole catatonia thing in the next episode just felt wasteful.

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