Thursday, 5 December 2013
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER 6.10 WRECKED
WRITER: Marti Noxon
DIRECTOR: David Solomon
WHAT’S THE SITCH?
Returning home the next morning following their respective nights out, Buffy is ashamed of having slept with Spike and Willow is exhausted from having used so much magic. Later, still feeling drained from her over indulgence, Willow is taken by Amy to see a grubby sorcerer named Rack who deals in quick and powerful fixes of dark magic which quickly get Willow hooked. Later on that evening and Willow and Dawn head out together to go see a movie but Willow decides to make a stop at Rack's on the way to get another fix. This puts poor Dawn in to all sorts of unnecessary danger with the unforeseen consequences of Willow's latest dark magic fix being the summoning of a deadly demon who seems intent on killing the doped up witch and her teenage charge.
WHAT’S THE SITCH BENEATH THE SITCH?
Drug addiction and its consequences to both the individual and to those they love.
WHO’S GIVING US THE WIGGINS THIS WEEK?
Nasty dark magic dealer Rack, a scary demon, and also Willow and her magically addicted selfishness.
WHY IT ROCKS
Self satisfied Spike lying amidst the rubble and waving Buffy's discarded underwear at the disgusted-with-herself slayer.
Trippy, man! The sequences of Willow high (literally) on Rack's magic are nicely shot with some cool trippy FX.
Jeff Kober is suitably sleazy and creepy as Rack.
Willow enchanting one of Tara's dresses, filling it out with an invisible body to snuggle up to is touching and a wonderful visual effect.
Alyson Hannigan does doped up and self destructive pretty well.
Buffy's quiet talk with a distraught Willow and seeing herself in Willow's shoes thanks to her own 'addiction' to Spike is a great scene with SMG nailing every beat.
WHY IT SUCKS
The drug addiction metaphor is so in your face that it soon becomes kind of annoying. Don't do drugs kids, mmkay?
Neither Dawn nor Willow are wearing seat belts when the car they are in crashes in to the pillar at speed. No apparent airbags either. Dawnie would have gone through the wind sheild and Willow been crushed against the steering wheel. Both would almost certainly be goners. Yet both girls walk away with a few cuts, bruises and one slight fracture.
Magical Tara dress.
DIALOGUE TO DIE FOR
Xander: Anya has a theory. She thinks Martha Stewart froze that guy.
Anya: Don't be ridiculous. Martha Stewart isn't a demon. She's a witch.
Xander: Please, she... really?
Anya: Of course. Nobody could do that much decoupage without calling on the powers of darkness
Buffy: When...when did the building fall down?
Buffy: The only thing that's different is that I'm disgusted with myself. That's the power of your charms. Last night was the most perverse, degrading experience of my life.
Spike (grins): Yeah. Me, too.
Dawn: I'll leave a note for Buffy on the refrigerator. That's the first place she goes after patrolling. She's such a pig after she kills things.
Dawn: It was like a meat party in my mouth! Okay, now I'm just a kid and even I know that came out wrong.
AND ANOTHER THING
Actor Jeff Kober who plays Rack is probably best known in the UK for his series of Bacardi adverts, in which he was Ray from Reef Radio. He also played insane vampire Zackary Kralik in the season 2 Buffy episode Helpless.
The music playing when Willow is floating on Rack's ceiling is Laika's Black Cat Bone.
This episode is dedicated in memoriam to J.D. Peralta, who was Marti Noxon's assistant. She died of cancer on November 12, 2002, at the age of 31.
HOW MANY STAKES?
Amidst the wreckage we find 3 (out of 5)