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Posted on March 20, 2014
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Listener’s Buffy/Angel Rewatch (B6.08)

Buffy 6.08: Tabula Rasa

  • This is one of my favorite episodes. And yet it hurts my feels so much.
  • Back when this first aired, it was a subversion of tropes for Spike to be the “girly” one and Buffy to be all dismissive.
  • The loan shark! I love this guy!
  • Who are you talking to, Buffy?
  • If you look carefully at the words FXing in during the credits, you can see them hitting the “edges” of the FX window. They really should have corrected that. Hell, I knew how to do that in 1999, and I was in college.
  • The day before I wrote this, I watched Emma Caulfield doing a video with William Shatner. She looks so different now.
  • I remember reading that Nicholas Brendon was putting on weight in Season Six, but right now he looks pretty good.
  • "Me like Buffy’s. Buffy’s alive. Me glad."
  • I thought Tara said they were done in the previous episode. Yet she’s still here? Still trying?
  • Okay, yes, what Willow did was technically worse than what Glory did because Willow was doing it from a place of love and Glory was crazy, but Tara comparing it that way doesn’t really work for me.
  • Amber Benson’s accent/voice was strange in the Xander’s Apartment Argument.
  • And now she’s done.
  • Also… MY FEELS!
  • "Baby" sounds weird coming out of Willow’s mouth.
  • I would have rathered Giles say because he loves Buffy, but what he said was good.
  • The difference in the amount of bullet points between Angel and Buffy really shows just how much I didn’t like the third season of Angel.
  • Dawn’s line at the bottom of the stairs sounded super-forced.
  • Yes, okay, we get it, Willow isn’t even trying.
  • Did Buffy’s house always have a fireplace? I don’t remember that?
  • Apparently Tara forgot to explain to Willow the threefold rule. Even I know that one.
  • It’s “cut” to the chase, not “jump” to the chase.
  • If I were James Marsters, I wouldn’t have wanted to sit on the glass display case. If it breaks, there’s glass in the butt, and that’s no good.
  • Buffy is too made-up for me to really buy into what she’s going through emotionally.
  • And they just slept all day? Is that a thing?
  • "Except I seem to be British, don’t I?"
  • Here’s a gif for you for Spike’s next line.

  • James Marsters wasn’t nearly young enough at the time for Tony Head to be playing his father.
  • Dawn’s never worn that necklace before today.
  • One would think Buffy might have her wallet with her.
  • There’s another spanking reference.

  • "Snuggly-wuggly."
  • I hate to be a lech, but Willow’s breasts look very nice in that top.
  • I lie. I love being a lech.
  • "I feel like a Joan."
  • I love the Joan/Umad hug.

  • How does Dawn know how old she is? Guessing?
  • Group scream shot!

  • Even without memories they still think sewers are a good idea. Figures.
  • "But it was cool!"
  • The way SMG delivered that line about “I think I know why Joan’s the boss” sounded like David Milchard saying “because I’m naked, I’m the boss.”
  • I love how much fun it looked like Marsters was having with this episode.
  • "Tabula Rasa" is a rather specific spell, when you think about it. They didn’t lose muscle memory or the general idea of who they were outside of their names.
  • And now here’s the part where Randy thinks he’s a vampire with a soul.

  • Though how would he know that “evil” vampires don’t have souls?
  • That’s a lot of rabbits on the set. And that’s a LOT of spells that create rabbits. Why do witches need so many spells to make rabbits out of thin air?
  • Clearly the spell didn’t take away scent memory either.
  • "And I think I’m kind of gay."
  • How did that vampire NOT see Xander move past the gate?
  • Sunnydale has some large sewers. Clean ones, too.
  • And now the magical MacGuffin is crushed.
  • That last kick was super-duper fake.
  • "Sorry. I just got back the memory of seeing King Ralph.”
  • I love how Willow just accepts that she screwed up big-time and doesn’t even try to say anything.
  • I have to believe the loan shark knew that Spike was this good in a fight and would’ve come with substantially more muscle.
  • This scene didn’t have to take place in the Bronze, but apparently the producers needed to get the singer on screen somehow.
  • Giles would NEVER have gotten a middle seat.
  • Why did they add the sound of Spike’s boots when he walked away from Buffy? Didn’t work.
  • Looks like the set designer fixed the 1 on the front doorpost.
  • Again with the kissing…

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