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Feb. 7th, 2012 (UTC)

Fool for love! \o/

1. Well, yeah. Safety in numbers. Buffy only made it through this episode because she had backup. (Incidentally, one of the everything I've always loved about this episode: Buffy outright saying that he was just a regular vamp who got lucky - her job isn't just about killing time until the apocalypse, she's out there actually risking her life on a day-to-day basis.)

2. He was being creepy, she was being snooty. They deserved each other.

3. I think it works either way, tbh. Another of the everything I love about this episode: it's not about what happens, but what we remember happening.

4. Kind of? Drusilla can figure out a lot about people. She may not have seen it in any detail, but spend 30 seconds with William and I have a feeling you could tell a lot about what sort of vampire he'd be even without ESP.

5, 6. No. Depends on your definition of death wish, though; IMO, the interesting part of Spike's speech here isn't the conclusion but the argument:

Every day you wake up, it's the same bloody question that haunts you: is today the day I die? Death is on your heels, baby, and sooner or later it's gonna catch you. And part of you wants it... not only to stop the fear and uncertainty, but because you're just a little bit in love with it. Death is your art. You make it with your hands, day after day. That final gasp. That look of peace. Part of you is desperate to know: What's it like? Where does it lead you?

A Slayer, especially an effective, long-lived one, will see a LOT of death. Will be good at dealing it out. Will, naturally, want to understand it - not just the killing, but death itself. Especially since they need to risk their lives every day. Does that mean they want to die? No. But every hero story for a few thousand years now has been about transcending death. To do that, you must face it.

7. Spike's speech has an awful lot of layers, doesn't it?

8. Spike just spent a whole evening describing how he loves killing Slayers and how he looks forward to killing her. What's she supposed to do?

9. Love'em both. But Nikki gets it because of the way the scene intercuts with present day.

10. Probably not.

11. Hell no.

12. CBGB!Spike FTW. But a little bit of love for the poor chaos demon. Slime and antlers!

13. Best episode of the whole series. 5 by 5.

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