Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Dark Age

Season 2, Ep 8, Aired 11/10/97
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  • Episode Description
  • The secrets of Giles's dark past come back to haunt him when an old friend turns up dead in Sunnydale. As a troubled youth, Giles (known then as "Ripper") and his friends summoned a demon called Eyghon, The Sleepwalker. Now, Eyghon has returned and is hunting down the people who used to raise him for their amusement. And the only two left are Ethan Rayne... and Rupert Giles.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • David Boreanaz

    Angel

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Fan Reviews (29)
  • The Dark Age

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • The drunkeness of youth....

    By joxerlives, Jan 19, 2012

  • The Dark Age

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 12, 2010

  • Real stakes, more details on Giles. With this episode and Lie to Me you can really feel the series getting its legs. Even the direction is markedly improved. Everything is closer, with less breathing room.

    By monte1975, May 04, 2010

  • Good and bad

    By Thestorysofar, May 10, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Buffy: Xander, how do you feel about digging through some of Giles' personal files and seeing what you can find? Xander: I feel pretty good about it. Does that make me a sociopath?

    • Xander: Yep, yep, I knew this would happen. Nobody can be wound as straight and narrow as Giles without a dark side erupting. My Uncle Rory was the stodgiest taxidermist you've ever met by day. By night, it was booze, whores, and fur flying. Were there whores? Buffy: He was alone. Xander: Give it time.

    • Xander: Y'know, computers are on the way out. I think paper's gonna make a big comeback. Willow: And the abacus.

    • Buffy: All's well that ends with cute ER doctors, I always say.

    • Giles: Just don't be late. Buffy: Have I ever let you down? Giles: Do you want me to answer that, or shall I just glare?

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    Notes (2)

    • This is the first time we see Giles's house.

    • The crew faked the photo of a young Giles by superimposing Anthony Stewart Head's head onto a picture of Sid Vicious, the bass player from the quintessential punk band, The Sex Pistols.

    Trivia (5)

    • Goof: At the end of the episode Buffy says she saved up for new shoes, but will have to use the money to have the tattoo removed, and she hopes her Mom won't see it before then. Yet when she is talking to Giles a few minutes later, we have a clear view of her back where the tattoo was, and it has disappeared.

    • Goof: In the library scene with Buffy doing her aerobics the shots from behind Giles show him with his hands over his ears and both elbows on the table. When the shot changes to Giles from the front he now is sitting upright with both elbows in the air. The angle again changes to behind Giles and his elbows are back on the table.

    • Goof: When Philip escapes from the library cage, Buffy starts to move to kick him. It appears to be her left leg about to hit his right side, but when it suddenly changes to another angle, it's her right leg hitting his left side.

    • Nitpick: When Deirdre (the possessed woman at the beginning of the episode) falls to the ground just before she dissolves, her neck, face, and hands are decayed-looking. But her legs don't match up with this as they appear to be healthy looking flesh.

    • Goof: In the scene when Demon-Jenny pushes Buffy against a dresser with the table and Giles walks in, they show Buffy falling to the floor. But when Giles tells Buffy to leave, they show her standing up against the dresser as if she never fell.

    Allusions (13)

    • Giles: The rest is silence.
      This line that Giles is quoting comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet. After Hamlet has killed the king and gotten revenge for his father's death, he lies dying from poison, and he tells his friend Horatio to tell everybody what really happened. Then he dies, and his last words are "the rest is silence." (Hamlet, V.ii.357)

    • Giles: Aah. Very good. And the rest is silence.
      This is part of the same quote used in the original movie by Buffy's first watcher, Merrick, just before he died. "When the music stops, the rest is silence." A vamp was fried on the circuit board and the music from the gym was cut out. Buffy was broken out of the vampire boss, Lothos's, trance and was able to continue fighting on.

    • Giles: Bay City Rollers, that's music.
      The Bay City Rollers are a pop band that was popular in the 70's. Their biggest U.S. hit was the 1975 release "Saturday Night".

    • Ms Calendar: I mean, I'm not running around, wind in my hair, the hills are alive with the sound of music fine, but...
      Ms Calendar refers to the famous scene from the movie The Sound of Music, where the character played by Julie Andrews, runs across a field, her hair blowing and singing with joy.

    • Buffy: ...You Lost Weekending in your apartment.
      The 1945 movie The Lost Weekend is about an alcoholic who ends a period of sobriety with a weekend of binge drinking. Buffy is referring to the fact that the normally quite sober Giles had apparently been drinking heavily in his apartment.

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