Season 5 Episode 19

Time Bomb

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 28, 2004 on The WB

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  • There She Blows!

    Timb Bomb-When Illyria's powers become unstable and cause her to erratically jump through time, she learns that the gang intends to kill her. Upon returning to the present, Illyria decides that she must kill everyone else before they are able to attack her. Angel, caught in Illyria's time distortion is pulled into the past and must find a way to alter the course of events.

    It's funny in a matter of very few episodes that Illyria has become one of the most best characters of the Buffyverse. I mean, besides the First, she's the oldest thing on Earth. She was a powerful god, who ruled the primordial world and was feared my all creatures as well as feared by them. But now, in the words of Spike, "Can't even get a polite hello." Since her return, Illyria has been searching for her place among the world she no longer knows, but can't seem to let go of her claim to fame of the demon era. What "Time Bomb" does well is letting us see for the first time a vunerable side to Illyria. That even with all that power and ego, she knows that world the world doesn't belong to her. In some ways, she feels safe with Wesley because that is her only connect to the world. But once she finds out she can't trust them she's willing to kill them becuase she's afraid of failure. Of maybe I'm just reading too much into this?

    Anyway, the time loops were great yet were bizarre at first when you didn't know what was going on. The best part was definately watching Illyria massacring Team Angel in the blink of eye! Just goes to show that Illyria is truly one of the most powerful beings the Buffyverse ever had! That sequence alone gives this episode a major upgrade! But of course, with an ally this powerful, there was no way for the gang to be useful so Wesley de-powers her in end. No more time manipulation. No more portal opening. Decreased superstrength. I'm guessing from her power display in the last 2 episodes, Illyria's strength is still good as she seems stronger than a slayer by the looks of it. Ohh, Illyria saves Gunn from hell world which was a great teaser by the way with Illyria kickin' the crap out of that Basement demon! Aww, but those days of glory are over. All and All, "Time Bomb" is great character sutdy of Illyria and actually develops her character in ways not thought possible.
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