Bring On The Night-With Spike missing, the gang try to regroup and clear the damage done to the Summers home. Giles arrives and reveals that the First Evil (first encountered in the episode Amends) is trying to destroy the Slayer line by killing all the Potential Slayers. Buffy and Giles search the Christmas tree lot where she last faced the First, and she encounters a creature out of nightmare called a Turok-Han.
Now that the Big Bad has finally been revealed, the main arc is kicked in overdrive with this episode, as the gang begin their research that's on The First. I love everyone's opinion on the First, especially Anya going on about demons she's met that claim to be the original Evil and older than dirt, lol. I also enjoyed the dreams/day dreams Buffy has about Joyce. Whether it's the First or simply Buffy's subconscious, it always great to see Kristine Sutherland like I said before. You can tell Buffy wants so bad for her mom to be real and be there for her, but she trust whatever she's seeing currently. The First could be anyone or manipulate her through various ways. While Buffy takes the threat of the First seriously, it's surprising how much she claims how intimidating and powerful the First was when she first met it. I remember Buffy pretty much brushing off the First's threats until it should it's true form and she ran off after Angel. So her going into detail about how "evil" the First felt to her seemed kinda forced and weak writing choice by the writers. One scene where they actually achieved showing how powerful the First was instead of Buffy's slightly retconned first meeting with the First, was the scene of the First taking over Willow at the house. It was a truly unexpected turn of events and scary as hell. I loved everything from Buffy's reaction to Willow's breakdown afterwards, still fearing that her magic might turn her into a monster again.
I also liked the interaction between Buffy and Principal Wood this episode. Last episode, he went down to the school's basement and mysteriously buried Jonathan's body. Their awkward meeting in the basement was priceless, as they both come up with random excuses that obviously the both doubt. I also liked their meeting in the office where Wood gives Buffy his opinion of evil. In these early episodes, it's interesting how they play with Wood's true agenda. Is he good? or is he working for the First? I also, enjoyed the scenes with the First as Dursilla.JulietLandau is twistedly brilliant as always and I loved the moment where Spike tells the First that Dru was crazier than it is. Then telling it to get bent!
Now, he we come to probably the most hated aspect of Season 7: The Potentials! Giles returns and brings the first 3 of over a dozen bratts who will infest this season. Now there is nothing wrong with the potentials in terms of their part in the storyline, actually, from a writing stand point, it's an awesome way to explore the slayer line and the slayer mythology. Season 5 touched upon it but here we learn in detail from Giles (who apparently survived the Bringer's attack!) is that every potential slayer is already has a Watcher and is trained before they are activated by the death of the last chosen one. We also learn why girls have been being killed all over the world: apparently, the First is trying to completely whip out the slayer line by killing all the potentials, then Faith, then Buffy. All this exposition by the way is awesome, it's a great final arc for the last season, that brings it back to the origins of the slayer and why the slayer is so important in the world of demons, vampires, etc. I also liked how the First is explained to be the ultimate evil, the reason behind all the Big Bads Buffy and the gang have faced in the past. Once again, it really gives the final season (and Buffy) a bigger threat than anything she's faced before. But once again, the potentials are just a mixed bag.Kennedyis the most decent right off the back, Annebeelle is tolerable while Molly has honestly the worst English accent I've ever heard. Talk about nails on a chalk board! Thank god she dies soon after! Anyway, after a touching moment between Giles and Buffy, we get a tense fight between Buffy and the newly unleashed vampire the First set free. It's a good fight and I love the moment when Buffy stakes it and it simply takes it out with no harm. We then learn that the vampire is a Tou-kan, an ancient race of vampires who are stronger and way more vicious than the average vampire. We soon learn that this vampire is no joke and is probably the strongest enemy Buffy has faced. The beatdown the Tuo-kan gives Buffy towards the end of the episode was beyond brutal. Never has Buffy seemed so defeated and helpless. What comes after is one of the most powerful speechesdeliveredon the series. While most of Buffy's speeches become to repetitive this season, the first one she gives her is beautifully written as well as deliveredremarkablyby Sarah Michelle Gellar. It's a true testament to what this season is about: Evil itself vs the strength of the chosen and her friends. Overall, "Bring On The Night" is another good episode that moves the plot forward well.
The whole mythology was portrayed and explored vividly. It was highly imaginative. The whole subject of fighting an endless evil was very intriguing, for that reason it made the plot have depth which I really appreciate. The potential as a concept was brilliant to give us a deeper understanding of the first and the firsts motives. Also give us a higher analysing point of the whole slayer line, a structure.
The Joyce scene was beautifully captivating. As stated in the previous seasons it was mention that Joyce was Buffys strength.. The warning she offered, that Buffy needed to rest. But unfortunately it didn't pay off. But what made that scene incredible was that it connected too reality it was so inspirational. To show the meaning of true life. "Buffy. No matter what your friends expect of you, Evil is a part of us. All of us, it's natural And no one can stop that. No one can stop nature. Not even"
When Willow tried a locater spell it easily influenced and manipulated her. That scene made the first seem powerful it give me, the audience chills running continuously down my spine.
Right, I recently decided to say that the Turok Han, is EPIC! as a minor big bad. I loved the concentration and development. I really admire the fact that the Turok Han is," It was a Turok-Han. As Neanderthals are to human beings, Turok-Han are to vampires. They're ancient, primordial, ferociously strong killing machines which live off blood, single-minded as animals. They are the vampires vampires fear". It was well suited, it made the uber vamp even more epic. The Fightscene was brutal, the Turok Han speed was undoubtly the fastest vampire I ever seen.
The quote at the end was amazing to show Buffy as a true leader. "We're not ready? THEY'RE not ready. They think we're gonna wait, like we always do, for the end to come but I'm done waiting. They want an apocalypse? We'll give 'em one. Anyone else who wants to run do it now, because we just became an army. We just declared war". GOOSEBUMPS. 10+