Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 7 Episode 15

Get It Done

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 2003 on The WB

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  • "Get it Done," does a solid job at helping several key characters move beyond their fears and doubts.

    Buffy continues to take a very authoritative stance towards everyone, including her friends and even herself. If this group is to have any chance of winning their battle, though, they need to be confident in themselves and their abilities. "Get it Done" puts them through their paces and, thanks to Buffy, forces them to act now. I'm a real fan of this episode, although it's not without its flaws.

    First, let me get out of the way that I have mixed feelings over the effectiveness of Chloe hanging herself. I get the statement they're trying to make, and it was certainly disturbing, but it just felt a little too extreme. What in the world could the First have possibly told her to get her to do that? It's creepy, sure, but it still stretches my sense of believeability a bit. More effective is what comes out of it though. While everyone is moping inside, Buffy gets a bit miffed at their overall attempt to fight the First. In that burst of frustration, she targets both Willow and Spike for their lack of intensity.

    I'm very sympathetic to both Willow and Spike's plights, although I get why Buffy is side-lining her feelings for both of them. With that said, Willow does have to be careful with magic, and Spike has good cause to feel unenthused about violence. But, I must say, Buffy's completely right to call them out. If they're to win this fight, Buffy needs some of her biggest weapons fully active and willing to take risks. If anything, this speech by Buffy lays the building blocks for what happens towards the end of the season, and especially in "Chosen". Willow ends up performing a spell she in no way would have trusted herself to do if it wasn't for this episode, and Spike is able to regain his sense of style and self worth and take his place in the final battle. Both of their roles in the finale were made possible by what was started here. This fact makes this episode not only incredibly relevant, but also in retrospect even more entertaining.

    What didn't work for me -- and maybe this is because I'm watching this on DVD -- is Buffy's comment about carrying the Potentials for "too far, too It hasn't been that long Buffy, and you haven't gotten them that far, at least with what I've seen. I liked seeing Kennedy step up and voice her opinion about Buffy's harshness though. I agree Buffy's approach leaves much to be desired, and was expressed out of frustration, but Buffy does have a point -- a point that both Willow and Spike come to quickly understand. When Spike tries to sneak out in the middle of the argument, Buffy doesn't let him off the hook either. She nails him for "holding back" and that she wants the Spike of old back as a fighter on her side.

    Buffy's biggest flaw here, and this is honestly attributed to sheer lack of experience, is that she really solidifies her dictatorship over everyone. Now, there's something to be said for good structure in an army, but Buffy's in a very unique situation here. Buffy has never been successful in the past by just ordering everyone around. Buffy is at her best when she's working with her allies the best she can. Sure, Buffy should be the leader, but she isn't at her best in the role of a bossy general. Just saying everyone should blindly follow her isn't necessarily right or fair. Buffy's earned devotion from her friends without needing to resort to such measures, but the Potentials don't know her well enough to see the whole picture. This attitude is part of what leads up to her explusion from the group in "Empty Places". With all this said, I think that while Buffy's approach is flawed given the situation, I can certainly understand the position she has found herself in. Buffy must lead without any substantive leadership skills or guide, and being everyone's best friend isn't necessarily going to help them win this fight either.

    In a nutshell, I think Buffy's approach is flawed, but I definitely understand where she's coming from and agree with her criticism of Willow and Spike. Early in the episode we see Spike saving Anya from a demon. Instead of killing the demon, thereby ridding Anya of the bother, he just grabs her and runs. A Spike like this isn't going to be terribly useful in the upcoming fight, and not just because of his lack of enthusiasm for fighting. He's lost his moxie. I can't blame him, considering what he's gone through and how different of a being he is now. But that intensity and that knowledge of self is what's truly going to be vital for him moving forward. That's what will allow him to be able to help give Buffy the internal strength she'll need when the end arrives. The moment when he finds his coat and throws it back on, I couldn't help but cheer.

    Willow must overcome her fear of doing intense magic. It's interesting to see her suck the power from those strongest nearby to her to do her magic. This is really creepy and thrilling to watch, but feels totally right. This lines up with how she healed herself by leeching off some of Buffy's strength in "Same Time, Same Place". I really love this episode for using the copious amounts of build-up we've seen this season to great use. This is a real breakthrough for Willow's use of big magic and how to control it. I really like the after-effect is has on Kennedy too.

    Another major aspect of the episode involves Buffy's encounter with the Shadow Men. The concept of the First's goals being tied directly to the root of the Slayer's power, which goes back to the First Slayer, is pretty cool. I really like how all of this ties together. The Slayer origin myth is incredibly fascinating, and it's fitting that we get to know the history behind it in the final season -- a season about the slayer line itself.

    When the Slayer Box opens that portal, everyone is justifiably concerned about Buffy's idea to jump into it. But I can see right through Buffy's facial expressions and know what she's thinking. Buffy's very nervous about it too, but jumping through that portal gives her several key things. First, she's very curious to learn more about the source of her power. Second, jumping in that portal shows that she can overcome her fear of the unknown and just do it, hence why she says "I think that's the Third, by showing everyone else by example that she can do this, she inspires -- yet forces -- Willow and Spike to get over their hang-ups and stop holding back their power. They now have to use their power and work together to get Buffy back. This involves them finding faith in themselves again. As Willow says, "[magic] is the only way, and Buffy knew This entire sequence was wonderfully written and shot. Count me in as a big fan!

    All the Shadow Men are good for is power. They say, "We are at the beginning. The source of your strength. The well of the slayer's power. This is why we have brought you here. ... Herein lies your truest strength. The energy of the demon. Its spirit. Its They accurately tell Buffy that she is the Hellmouth's last guardian. Like in the story, we see Buffy chained to the ground at the well of the Slayer's power. What is the actual power? The essence of a demon. Wow does this make everything snap right into place about slayer mythology. I'd like to especially harken back to Season 5, a season that went to great lengths to explore the nature of the Slayer. Also think back to S4's "Restless", where in a brief moment we see the First Slayer chained to the ground. Buffy's primordial instincts and urge to hunt and kill now make a lot more sense. And to think that this was at least somewhat intelligently thought up back in S4! This is just great coherent characterization and storytelling.

    What the Shadow Men did to make the Slayer isn't all that far off from how the First imbues Caleb -- a very intended connection methinks. What the Shadow Men did was obviously very wrong. They essentially raped an innocent girl with the spirit of a demon and then used her as an instrument against their enemies. Against evil? Maybe, but as Buffy pointed out earlier in the season, "you don't beat evil by doing In the spirit of her beliefs, she rejects the Shadow Men's forceful offering of more power, correctly assuming that accepting this power would make her less human. It's also true that more raw strength isn't going to make all that much difference in the fight she is up against. This knowledge and faith in herself and her friends is what allows her to break free of the Shadow Men -- very much a symbolic moment -- and defeat them, thereby redefining her power. She tells them, "No, you don't understand! You violated that girl, made her kill for you because you're weak, you're pathetic, and you obviously have nothing to show me!"

    The final image of the episode, involving thousands of Ubervamps, is a very shocking sight that has Buffy doubting her decision. It's just a bit of a shame that "Chosen" takes away some of the scariness of these vampires, but I can't hold that against this episode. "Get it Done" is an extremely solid endeavor that is both entertaining and probing. It does have a few missteps and doesn't quite establish itself as a stand-out episode, but it's one of those underrated necessary supporting players that makes the big moments resonate as much as they do.
  • Revelations and ravishment

    The Good;

    Buffy's trip to see the Shadowmen finally answers a lot of the questions we've had concerning the Slayer over the years. Plus bad boy Spike is finally back! The Shadowcasting scene is suprisingly creepy.

    The Bad;

    How convenient that in the ep where Buffy is going to be 'knocked up' by the Shadowmen's pet demon she just happens to wear a skirt for the first time in ages?

    Women good/men bad;

    So, the first Slayer wasn't a volunteer after all? How ironic that the Slayer, the symbol of female empowerment is actually based on the subjugation of women, the Shadowmen chaining a young girl to the earth and forcing their will upon her for their higher purposes. If it was anyone but Joss you'd think this was misogynistic but here Buffy once more shows that the modern Slayer has overcome the need for patriarchal domination, she chooses to be the Slayer and will only work with them to save humanity, not under their control. Her breaking the staff could be construed as a phallic symbol? One thought that has been suggested to me before is that vamps are undead and are therefore a travesty of life. Women are the lifegivers so the Slayer's vamp sense is based upon that, that they are almost allergic to something that is against nature? Also possible that a female was selected to be the Slayer as their uterus makes them capable of accepting the demon just as they would a child.


    Chloe's death is horrible

    Kinky dinky;

    How long have you got? Buffy is multiply penetrated by the demon and refers to herself being 'knocked up' and 'violated' which is normally CC's job. We discover why Buffy and Faith (and it's hinted a couple of the Potentials) have this dark and kinky sexual side to them, that the Slayer was created in a whirlwind of rape, bondage, impregnation, dark magic and female enslavement. We now know why Buffy and Faith have a thing for older men (the Shadowmen/Watchers) with (as Spike comments) 'a little demon in them' like Angel, Spike, the Mayor, Dracula, Wood (son of a Slayer), the Immortal. You wonder if Dawn will develop the same tastes, she share's Buffy's blood and she's already had a crush on Spike and Justin? I never bothered to count but I think this is the last time Buffy gets sexually assaulted in the series, off the top of my head that makes seven (Xander in The Pack, twice by Larry in Halloween, by Cam and then the entire mutated swimteam in Go Fish, by Spike in Seeing Red) If we don't count The Master and presuming her and Drac was consensual. Borders on Got-fic.

    Anya still seems to have the hots for Spike but he's not interested.

    Spike; "You're like a dog with a bone"

    Anya; "Well a girl get's hungry!"

    Spike; "It's MY bone!"

    of course you could just suspect that she might be trying to make Xander jealous after his date with Lissa in last week's ep. Wood describes HIMSELF as cool and sexy and Buffy agrees adding he's a snappy dresser. Spike thinks the tension between him and Wood is jealousy over Buffy but he's mistaken.

    Captain Subtext;

    You could interpret that fact that Buffy is actually made stronger by the Shadowmen forcing themselves upon her as a metaphor for the power of female sexuality? Buffy mentions to Wood that Willow has been 'experimenting' a remark she seems to take exception to. When Spike tells Buffy about saving Anya from the demon he says he 'Beat him off' before thinking of a better phrasing.

    Note the gentle, intimate gesture of the third Shadowman stroking his hand down Buffy's cheek even after their violent conquest of her that preceded it. What's more Buffy actually let's him do it, it's almost a fatherly moment of affection between them. (Her Slayer side born of the Shadowmen, her Buffy side born of Hank and Joyce?). Kennedy's rejection of Willow having seen her darkside is reminiscent of how CC rejects Angel in season 4 having seen the things he did as Angelus when she was a higher power. Interestingly having been rejected by her girlfriend Willow makes her way to Buffy's bed and suggests that Buffy use 'kisses' (and Twinkies) to motivate her and the others.

    Guantanamo Bay;

    The Shadowmen are supremely ruthless, the Watcher's Council haven't changed much in all that time. Buffy's almost callous treatment of Chloe shows her going the same way. How the Shadowmen then treat her wakes her up to how she's been behaving and makes her much more human from now on. She comments to the Shadowmen that by giving her more power they're making her 'less human'. All along The First has been saying it's not about right and wrong it's about power. But Buffy rejects the power for what is right, as Wood remarks she's 'redefining the role'.

    Some people say that this is Buffy at her nastiest but I sympathise with her, when you see the scene with her walking around at the start guarding over the sleeping potentials she just looks so concerned and loving. She's mad at Chloe for leaving them in the lurch, she shouts at everyone else because they've got to bring their game up and indeed Spike, Willow and Anya do as a result of her harraunging. I'm actually mad with Dawn, Xander etc for letting poor Buffy have to bury Chloe alone. Kennedy is much more to blame than Buffy calling Chloe 'maggot' but she doesn't seem to give a damn. And she even shouts at Amanda when she gives her cute little wave to Woods.

    More anti-French racism which was popular in the US at the time. Buffy of course is right, not all the girls will make it, tragic but true.

    Scoobies in bondage: Buffy in chains as she's ravished by the demon.

    Buffy: 9

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 4

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 3

    Dawn; 4

    Spike; 3

    Scoobies knocked out: Buffy by the Shadowmen, Will and Spike by the demon, Dawn and Kennedy by Willow

    Kills: one demon for Spike, the big bad is back!

    Recurring characters killed: 14, poor Chloe

    Sunnydale deaths; poor Chloe


    Notches on Scooby bedpost: do we count Buffy and the Shadowmen's pet demon as sex? It's definitely metaphorical rape but is it actual? There's certainly plenty of penetration of her mouth and under both the front and back of her skirt (all bases covered?). She graphically shudders, writhes, groans, gasps, bucks and moans like an enthusiastic porn star faking it, screaming in pleasure/pain and all the time straining against her chains (as Anya puts it 'the pleasure moment/Shiver me timbers'?). Watching her almost feels voyeuristic, if this wasn't Joss you'd scream "Exploitation!". However this is Joss and the power this gives her allows her to break her chains, the First Slayer saying the Slayer derives power from pain, the whole 'women experience pain differently' concept coming to the fore again.

    Buffy: 4 confirmed; Angel, Parker, Riley, Spike. 3 possible, Dracula+RJ+Shadowman's demon(?)

    What the fanficcers thought;

    A LOT of fic has Buffy being treated nastily by the Shadowmen etc as her comeuppance for treating her friends and family so nastily but as always, forgiveness is big in the Buffyverse and it all ends happily. One in particular where the Shadowmen keep Buffy as their slave but in the follow up we find she's been faking all along in order to give herself a mini-break from the responsibilities of Sunnydale. Another where she travels back through time Quantum Leap style, inhabiting the body of every Slayer through history and gaining power by enjoying their greatest sexual experience (and meeting Faith doing the same along the way)

    Questions and observations;

    Why doesn't D'Hoffryn come to kill Anya himself? Buffy comments on the Hellmouth's propensity for coming to a climax around May, when the series finale is due. Spike says he's more or less unique as a vamp with a soul (except for Angel). Buffy and Dawn refer to Grandma, the first ever reference to the Summer's grandparents who are presumably deceased. Dawn more and more starting to take on the role of junior Watcher and helps organise the Scoobs with Buffy gone. Buffy asks Anya what she actually does, she later shows us when she helps Willow figure out the spell to bring Buffy back. The return of Black-Eyed Willow and Kickass Spike. When Buffy says she wants the old Spike back is she voicing the opinion of many fans? Here we finally understand what Dracula meant when he referred to the darkness within Buffy and what Adam was referring to in Restless when Buffy says "I'm not a demon" and he replies "Is that a fact?"

    Note that the bag which Woods' gives her is the same one she get's the mud from in 'Restless' after which she gives her 'primitive' (or stripper?)leer after giving herself an impromptu facial. According to the Shadowmen Buffy is the Hellmouth's last guardian which indeed she is although in a different way to which we initially understand it. Will mentions 'Bring it on' a movie featuring both Eliza Dushku and Clare Kramer.

    Isn't it an awfully big demon they recieve in return for tiny little Buffy? (I remember the idea of a mass substitute from the old Transformers comics). Willow's "My latin sucks" line may be because AH apparently hates all the latin she had to learn for all the magic on the show. Note when Spike is talking to the demon before fighting in the alleyway there's 'Beware of the dog' sign behind him. Willow says that she sucked power from the most powerful person nearby which was Kennedy. Note that Dawn takes a lot longer to recover consciousness than Kennedy, maybe Slayer healing?

    So if the bag belonging to Wood's mum wasn't passed down does that explain why the Slayers of the 80s and 90s started to grow beyond the Watcher's control, they weren't subjugated by the Shadowmen's power? And is this why Buffy was never found to be trained until she was 15?

    Marks out of 10; 8/10 certainly LOTS to write about

  • The origins of the first slayer.

    Though we've technicly met her before, more then once in fact this is really the first episode where we get some true insight into how the first slayer was made, her origins. Thanks in part of Robin and his mother, though what he brings Buffy and the gang has been passed down through the generations. Robin brings what can only be described as shadow puppets, and it sounds totally lame I know but that's kind of what they are. They tell the story of the first slayer but when used open a portal basicly through time which Buffy jumps through without hesitating.

    Inside she meets the first watchers and learns what they did to make the first slayer. They took a girl and forged her with the pure essencence of a demon and they plan to do that again. They offer Buffy the same thing but she declines.

    After the gang gets her back through Willow, tapping into dark magics that once again cause her to hurt and scare those around her, and Spike, who taps back into his darker side, Buffy worries that maybe she made the wrong choice. That maybe she should have accepted the power and it is clear why she is worried. The last scene of the episode is a sweeping army of ubervampires, thousands probably more. Probably a lot more.
  • "It's started, hasn't it" - Principal Wood

    This episode would seem to be a throwaway one, before the Caleb arc begins, but it's important in terms of the finale, and significant in the final development of Buffy's character. It's also important thematically: in a series all about power we see Buffy dithering with her power and lambasting others for not having it, or for not using it, or for having lost it (telling Anya that she's chez Summers because she's scared – she is of no use to the Slayer). It's no wonder that Buffy rejects her friends to hang with Principal Wood ("so much cooler than Snyder") as she believes that he is important and can be helpful, unlike her loser friends. Just as Spike rejects Anya, Buffy rejects Wood as a suitor so that he can be a more powerful ally. But she seems embarrassed by what she has to show him and sums it up: "The First is coming, and then look at us: the army. We've got a bunch of fighters with nothing to hit, a Wicca who won't-a, and the brains of our operation wears oven mitts."

    We've been here before as Buffy, puffed up with her responsibilities, rejects her friends only to find out that she needs them. Didn't she tell the first slayer in Restless: Now give me back my friends? As ever, the gang are useful in their non-Slayer way. Willow casts the spell, Spike kills the demon, Anya helps with her knowledge of magicks, Dawn translates the Ancient Sumerian and Xander mends the once again broken house. Another person using power unwisely is Kennedy. We see Buffy's premonition dream of Chloe crying, and Kennedy, in her Sergeant Major role, calling Chloe a maggot and then Chloe's dead. It's not hard to draw conclusions, but Kennedy doesn't seem to feel any responsibility, indeed despite her bravado during Willow's transformation into Warren, she is freaked out by Willow's dark side as Willow drags power from Kennedy during the spell. Is she flipped out by her own power or by Willow's? In a series, and a specific episode, about the Slayer line, it would have been interesting to see some past Slayers. Who was the chosen one between Nikki Wood in 1977 and Buffy Summers twenty years later? More questions: the issue of Wood seemed to be solved – he's a good guy, but now we're back to ambiguity. Is he hanging with the Scoobs out of a desire to help or because he wants to get nearer to Spike in order to take down his sworn enemy? Just as Willow turns black-eyed doing the spell, Spike gets his black coat back in order to kill the demon and Wood gets the proof he needs.

    Wood does become useful, although not in the way Buffy originally thinks. Nikki's box of tricks takes the Slayer to Ancient Sumer, or rather the desert where Buffy found out that "death is [her] gift" and where she now meets the original Watchers, the men who created the First Slayer.

    In the first Slayer, the Buffyverse has its own creation myth (and starts the religious theme that carries on through the rest of the season). The Slayer was born of pain, the line began with a violation. Buffy's special power has always been to think for herself. A Slayer with friends and family? Check. A Slayer who dates vampires? Check. A Slayer who resigned from the Watchers' Council? Check. As ever, she changes the paradigm: just as she rejected the autocratic Watchers Council, she rejects the Shadow-men's plans. Interesting that she wanted Spike to show his demon side, but she wasn't prepared to get a little demon in her herself. She does not want, as she said in the last ep, to fight evil with evil. Buffy may think she is the only girl in all the world, but she is fighting the same fight as her friends. Her, Willow's and Spike's power is rooted in darkness, they have to control it (just as we have to control our anger, our passions, our own power). Andrew too has to confront and control his dark side and we know that Robin Wood is about to avenge evil with evil. Moreover, Buffy has always worried about her humanity (in the earlier series this was manifested in her desire to date and shop) and to become less human is a price she's not willing to pay to beat The First. She is not passive ("do not fight this," the Shadow-men tell her), she does not allow herself to be violated and she breaks the ties that bind, quite literally in this case as she smashes free of her shackles (her female bondage?) and breaks the phallic staff, telling the Shadow-men that they have nothing to show her. She is the boss now, she will make her own power, not take the compromised version that they offer her. As ever, she will find her own ways of doing things, she is her own General. And this is vindicated as we finally see what it is that is beneath and ready to devour: in the last episode one superslayer would not have killed all the CGI-vamps, many normal slayers did.
  • The One Where Buffy Gets an Apocalyptic Vision

    Absolutely awful. It seems as if all the characters we know and love have suddenly been replaced by bitchy clones! Buffy acts like a holier-than-thou bitch throughout, Xander's just annoying with his unnecessary quips and it seems Willow only speaks through Kennedy now.

    Who does Kennedy think she is? She was responsible for Chloe's death. Yes, the First goaded her into hanging herself but Kennedy certainly didn't help things by ridiculing Chloe in front of all the other potentials. She shows absolutely no remorse for her actions later on and why is she suddenly leader of the potentials? Just because she's making out with Buffy's best friend makes her think she has the right to talk down to the other slayers-in-training and be a complete bitch to Buffy, who could easily throw her into a nest of Bringers if she wanted to.

    Principal Wood's little box of goodies is hardly anything special. It takes ages for the main point of the separate dimension to actually reach the audience. Buffy's vision is intriguing but the bad FX are so corny you're left thinking "where's the budget gone?" instead of "how can Buffy fight all those uber-vamps?”

    The demon subplot is well done but slightly pointless. It does make for a cool scene though when the camera swishes around Spike as he grabs his coat and swings it on. Followed by him stalking through Sunnydale High where Wood asks him "nice coat. Where'd you get it?" to which Spike replies "New York". A brilliant precursor to the thrilling Lies My Parents Told Me episode.

    Get it Done is a massively un-even episode which has some serious problems whilst all the characters seem to of had personality transplants. As well as the annoyances mentioned at the beginning of the review, when did Dawn suddenly become She-Giles?
  • Sin

    Okay, this episode was good, if you only focus on the parts that aren't confusing, stupid, bad, or filled with deep-seated lesbian undertones. (I mean, cummon, Buffy's begging Willow for it, always coming into the bedroom while Willow's injured, in bed... helpless..)

    My point- this episode explains it. Three ancient, primordial men realize that there are demons. They also realize that they need somebody to fight demons. So, why not take demon-essence (CGI black cloud, it looks very cool), implant it in a Ayla-esque* chick, who will then fight the demons for them. They can then let their Staffs have a rest, sit back on the couch, drink beer and watch football with their feet up, while The First Slayer does that thing Slayers do. Slay.
    *Chrono Trigger

    Oh, they set it up so that when one Slayer dies, another is called, yada-yada-yada.

    But hey, men, why not give yourselves ultimate fighting power? Why? Okay, sure, you might die or turn evil or something, that's why. Hey, why not give it to some other guy? So at least, if something bad happens, it's not a chick kicking your ass? (Here's my point--->) Two words: Original Sin. *
    *The First is the Original Sin, no? I never really understood WTF TF was...

    Once upon a time, Eve committed the first sin, by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree, and then tricking Adam into eating it. So, by default, women were more susceptable to evil because they naturally are inclined to be dark-spirited. Who would be more likely to survive being sprayed with evil, demon essence, women or men? (Hint: Women)

    Hence, we have a male-dominated society*, just because the men realized that if women were given power over men (ie, the apple), they'd just screw it up.
    *I mean pre-1900's. Eventually, we will revert to our normal, masculine world. .. Maybe..?

    Hey, is it just me, or are the women on this show a lot bitchier and evil then the men? Sure, Warren was portrayed as 'the bad guy', but then how righteously evil was Willow? No matter how low Spike hits, Buffy always aims for balls. The Mayor was a peach compared to Faith. Angel, evil, Buffy, murderer. Ben contrasted to Glory! Anya and Xander! The point is, women are evil (at least in this television reality.)

    The other day I was watching the latest Pink music video "Stupid Girls" (I know, I know--! Bad, bad Jimmy!), and it made me realize- women are getting stupid. What has happened to all the women, collectively standing up to men, saying 'We're not going to take it!' Where's the chick running against THE BUSH*? Where's our female Prime Minister? Hell, when you you ladies finally managed to get women into space (Roberta Bondar) in the 80's-90's, that was pretty much the end of femanism, and even then you were out of breath.&
    *No, not Kerry... I mean a real chick.
    &Space jokes are funny.

    How many women are on tv, successful, intelligent, and just suggesting to the young, female audience, to study and work hard, to be just like them? Errrrr, how many sluts in limos, make-up, furs, high heels with pink purses and matching cell phones, are just suggesting (if not out-right yelling) to the young, female audience, to be just like them? (Ms Simpson, Ms Spears, Ms Lohan, Ms Simspon Jr., Ms Pussy-Cat-Doll, Ms Madonna*, Ms Hilton, Ms Jakealope..)
    *Sort of..

    Hence, we will revert, as a society, back into a pre-femanism society, give or take the women's right to vote (but hey, who really gives a crap, as long as they're in the kitchen. am i right?) (You really shouldn't have said 'Oh yes please, Mr. Snake, I'd love to try that apple.')

    The entire mythology of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is based on women who are part evil (part-demon). It certainly explains Joss Whedon's view on women, no? (If not, then hey, I've at least picked my brain for a bit of a sexist rant, by trying to read into a television series' creator, I may have just been seeing what is inside myself, not Joss at all.)

    Screw Flanders Screw Flanders Screw Flanders Screw Flanders!
  • Get It Done

    Get It Done was a perfect and entertaining episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a great mix of action, drama, and humor. There were many interesting revelations in this episode, and I thought it was awesome to learn more about the Slayer's origins. This episode had a very creative story and moves the season forward. It was nice to learn more about the Slayer and her origins. Buffy really becomes a true hero in this season, and this episode show cases one of the stages of her journey. I can't wait to watch the next episode!!!!!!!
  • Wonderful moments

    This episode is one of the darkest and most important in season seven. It sees the death of yet one more potential (Cloe's), who commits suicide after being talked to by the First all night long - and Buffy's chilling speech in response ("Cloe was stupid"). The potentials and the scoobies are shocked, and so are we watch this, but we also realize that Buffy is right: what sense does it make to give in even before the fight has really started? Buffy herself goes on a quest to search for more power - on which she has to realize that taking the "gift" of the shadow men would mean to become a little less human, yet be invaded by demonic energies. She decides she will have to do without this kind of dark empowerment. Again, she turns against the powers of patriarchy, believing that there must be another way. Some of the greatest moments of this installment show Willow grappling with magic. She has to flirt with darkness when she opens a portal to let Buffy "travel" to the shadow men, and one especially exciting moment comes when she teleports Buffy back. Willow needs power, and she takes that of Kennedy who stands right behind her and feels as if her life has been sucked out of her body. This is not only an extremely impressive scene, it also adds some deep insight into Willow's power - and her attitude dealing with it. "This is how it works ... this is how I work" she tells Kennedy by the end of the episode. Kennedy turns away, scared, and who wouldn't, at least for the time being?
  • More news.

    After a huge secret was revealed in this episode, I expected Principal Wood to react more on the fact that Spike killed his mother, but I guess it takes time. We'll see what happens with that one.

    The First continues terrorizing everyone, and not all potentials are as tough as we thought. They're just girls. Buffy was really strong and I was at her side the entire time. Someone has to be the leader and someone has to show everyone how to be tough.

    When Buffy had to choose between getting the power I wanted her to take it, but I guess she just couldn't accept demon power in her. The ending was truly amazing. Millions and millions of Ubervamps. I guess this Apocalypse is going to be a reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaly huge one. Can't wait to see what's next.
  • The title says it all "Get it done"

    The story of the episode pretty much starts after Buffy is giving one of her speeches. One of the girls killed herself (even though the First was involved, too) and Buffy tells everyone that they're being lazy and don't use the powers they have inside of them.
    The potentials don't quite understand the whole game of power yet, how could they... but the Scoobys have played it along with Buffy for years and so her speech has quite an effect on them. Willow finds herself in a situation where her magic is the only choice and she overcomes her fears. Doing magic is hard for her, but she knows that Buffy is right and she has to use her powers for the good! Also, Spike who Buffy accused of not being bad anymore, but merely backing out all the time, comes forward. It seems that the old Spike is back - at least the part who's fighting the demons. It's great that "he's back"!
  • This is one of my favorites of the show. I don't understand how it's so underrated. The other dimension was awesome and Spike getting dark again, Willow doing magics and Buffy having her 'everyone-sucks-but-me' speech was also great.

    Get It Done

    This is a very underappreciated episode. It was actually very good and the colour of the world where Buffy went to was fantastic. The storyline was very strong and I liked the Buffy getting mad scenes and realised that she made a mistake at the end. Also Willow was able to use magic and Kennedy and Robin grew a bit. It was sad to see Chloe go as well.

    Cut to Buffy in the hall and checking up on girls and then she sees Chloe and The First slaye attacks her 'it's not enough'.

    the credits start

    Cut to Anya talking to Spike about how much they dislike being humans and Anya says it's not healthy to be with so many girls. Then Anya talks about doing him but he doesn't want to do her and one attacks her and Spike protects her and he runs away with her. Cut to Robin and Buffy in the school and they see that everything has started because everyone is aggressive now. Robin then gives Buffy something about her mother and that it's about slayers and he gives it to her. Then he asks about the place she works and she takes him to her home. Andrew comes out that he has a big board and he bakes. Robin and Buffy go out where the girls are training. Kennedy is very mean to Chloe and she does push ups and goes to Buffy and Robin. She is happy and continues making them work. Willow comes out and she has weapons and meets Robin. They know it's not enough and then he asks about the vampire.

    Cut to Anya and Spike and he saved her by hitting the demon or else she could get killed. Robin and Buffy are in his attic and Robin acts a little weird again him. Spike says that his old one was bad but he has changed now. They both continue to have some vibe and don't like each other and Buffy goes with Robin away again. Cut to Buffy and Dawn together and she found the stuff about Robin's mom ad that there was a big box in it. Then they enter in Chloe's room and find her hanged up. The others find her as well and they asked what she did and that Chloe was a very good listener. She said all those things are almost over. Then she flashes away. The potentials are very upset. Cut to Buffy burying Chloe in the woods.

    Cut to the house later and they are all upset but Buffy walks in and she gets mad and that Chloe was an idiot. And that they are cowards and if they die she will burry them next to Chloe and Annabelle. Buffy says they are all there cause they are scared but be useful while they're at it. Then Spike is going out and Buffy attacks him and that he is holding back. Then Buf tells her to bring all those slayers upstairs and they are gonna do a spell and Buffy calls Robin. They open the door and they find shadow puppets and it can show them a story. It's a story of the first slayer. Dawn begins to read and puts the monsters together and sound begins to come. Then the shadows begin to tell a story. But Dawn can't tell more anymore and they have to change an exchange and then shadows begun ti move more until it opens a portal and Buffy jumps into it without caring what the others might say and then it changes into a demon who attacks them but then Spike attacks him but the demon is to strong and hits him up the wall and the demon escapes. They have a big problem now and they don't have Buffy but they also don't have a spell to find Buffy and Willow has to do it but they don't know anything.

    Cut to Buffy in that other world. Cut to the others and they have to bring Buffy back but Anya doesn't care and she says that she should do it alone. Willow and Anya begin to understand what to do and they have to send the demon to that place and Spike will help but it kicked his ass and he is going out and he needs something he needs. Cut to Buffy going to those men and they talk in a weird language and she understands. Then they come around her and she doesn't think it's happening but one knocks her out. Cut back to the others and Willow begins to do a spell and Xander wants to wait but Willow doesn't and begins with a spell. Then something happens and Willow screams.

    Cut to Buffy chained in that other world when she wakes up. They say that she shouldn’t talk so much and they begin to do a spell and something comes out a box an that's how they created the slayer. Then that thing that comes out comes into her mouth and she screams. Cut to Spike and his jacket and he comes next to Robin and he asks about the jacket and he says he has it from New York. Cut to Willow and she does a spell and she asks about a portal and she uses Kennedy's magic and Anya's and she is able to opens the portal. Cut to Spike fighting the demon but it's much stronger than him and Spike isn't able to defeat him until he brakes it's neck. Cut to Buffy and she says that they are just men and she cuts off and she feels above them and she begins to fight them. the man touches Buffy and he puts her back when Spike puts the demon in that place and she sees everyone.

    Cut to Willow going to Kennedy and she is freaked on what Willow did and she says it hurt and Willow says that's how she works and Kennedy will see her in the morning. Cut to Willow going to Buffy and she says she was hard on them and Willow says she had to be. She says that she made a mistake because she didn't accept the power that the men offered her. She says that they showed her something and that it's not enough. cut millions of those vamps.

    Black Out
    Best episode quotes:

    Anya: I'm a bright girl, good education, quick on the uptake. So, tell me, why in the name of almighty Grothnar would I let myself become human again?
    Spike: You're really talking to the wrong fella.
    Anya: I mean, sure, the vengeance demon gig has some downsides...
    Spike: All jobs do.
    Anya: But being human? Ugh! You're always icky on the inside, disgusting on the outside.
    Spike: Your outside's not so bad.
    Anya: You know, the only thing worse than being human is being trapped inside a house full of humans.
    Spike: Preaching to the choir, luv.
    Anya: I mean, it's like we live in slayer central. I swear, if Buffy rooms or boards one more of the potential girls, I'm gonna call a- I'm gonna call a health inspector.
    Spike: I like my plan better. Get up, get out, get drunk. Repeat as needed. It's just more elegant.
    Anya: Thanks for having me along.
    Spike: Don't mention it.
    Anya: At first, I thought... it's weird. Is Spike asking me out on a date? 'Cause that would just be... nuts.
    Spike: Right. I'm just out for the alcohol.
    Anya: Right there with you, scooter. Tonight, I plan to drink you under the table.
    Spike: You're on, then.
    Anya: Good. Of course, once you're down there, I could join you. Kidding. I like my sex on top of the table.
    Spike: Would you let it go? You're like a dog with a bone!
    Anya: So what?
    Spike: It's my bone. Just drop it.
    Anya: OK. OK. I wasn't proposing. Time goes by, girl gets hungry. You should know.

    Kennedy: Chamber your energy. Punch block combo! Hold it! What the hell do you call that, potential? Try that in the field, you are dead. Drop, and give me 20.
    Chloe: 20 what?
    Kennedy: Push-ups, maggot! I love this job! Did you see that? I called that girl "maggot." Hi. Who the hell are you?
    Buffy: An ally.
    Kennedy: So, what do you think? My girls ready to kick some ass, or what?
    Robin: Looking strong.
    Kennedy: But...?
    Robin: Well, I'm just not sure the First has an ass that you can actually, you know, kick.
    Kennedy: Guess we'll see.
    Amanda: Principal Wood, hi! It's so weird seeing you outside of school.
    Kennedy: What are you waving at, potential? Attention! Rising sun. Begin.
    Buffy: You're right, it's not enough.
    Robin: That's not what I said, Buffy. It's an impressive group of recruits.
    Buffy: They're not recruits. Recruits are...recruited. These girls were chosen.
    Robin: You're doing the best you can with what you've got.
    Buffy: They're not all gonna make it. Some will die, and nothing I can do will stop that.
    Willow: Oh, hi. Hey. Well, Buffy, I-I see that our preparation for the school-pep-dance-cheer-drill contest are coming along. Bring it on!
    Buffy: It's OK, I filled him in on everything.
    Willow: Oh, thank God! If I had to explain all these weapons, I had nothing.
    Robin: Buffy tells me you have been, um-oh, how shall I put it-experimenting. With the magicks.
    Willow: Oh! Yeah. Oh, nothing too heavy, though. Just the lighter, safer stuff. Uh, if Kennedy asks, her pointy stuff's right there. See you inside. So much cooler than Snyder.
    Robin: She really almost destroyed the world?
    Buffy: Yep.
    Robin: Remind me not to make her crabby.
    Buffy: It might be better if you did.
    Robin: How's that work?
    Buffy: Oh, I don't know. It's just-the First is coming, and then look at us: the army. We've got a bunch of fighters with nothing to hit, a Wicca who won't-a, and the brains of our operation wears oven mitts.

    Dawn: Well, I've got a system. It's called flunking out. No, just kidding. I'm paying someone to do my work. I'm kidding. I love to see your eyeballs change color when you think I'm gonna flunk out of-
    Kennedy: What happened? We heard-
    Buffy: Dawn, get a knife. We're cutting her down.
    Chloe/The First: Good thinking. But, on the other hand, why rush? Up or down, I'll still be dead.
    Buffy: You're not Chloe.
    Chloe/The First: Yeah, well, neither is she, anymore. Now, she's just Chloe's body.
    Kennedy: What did you do to her?
    Chloe/The First: Nothing! We just talked all night. Well, I did most of the talking, but Chloe is...I'm sorry, was a good listener. 'Til she hanged herself. Like when you called her maggot- she really heard that.
    Buffy: Don't listen to it, any of you. It's the First.
    Chloe/The First: Oh, let 'em. The only reason why Chloe offed herself is 'cause she knew what you're not getting. I'm coming, you're going. All this-it's almost over.
    Buffy: We'll be here.
    Chloe/The First: All of you? But wait. I thought- They're not all gonna make it. Some will die, and there's nothing I can do that will stop it. Hey, I didn't say it. But I'll be seeing all of you. One by one. TTFN.
    Buffy: What's TTFN?
    Rona: It's "ta ta for now." It's what Tigger says when he leaves.
    Amanda: Chloe loved Winnie the Pooh.
    Buffy: Dawn, where's that knife?

    Buffy: Is everyone here?
    Kennedy: All accounted for.
    Buffy: Anyone want to say a few words about Chloe? Let me. Chloe was an idiot. Chloe was stupid. She was weak. And anyone in a rush to be the next dead body I bury, it's easy. Just...think of Chloe, and do what she did. And I'll find room for you next to her and Annabelle. I'm the slayer. The one with the power. And the First has me using that power to dig our graves. I've been carrying you-all of you-too far, too long. Ride's over.
    Kennedy: You're out of line!
    Willow: No, she's not.
    Kennedy: You're gonna let her talk to you like that? Willow, she's not even the most powerful one in this room. With you here, she's not close.
    Buffy: You're new here, and you're wrong. Because I use the power that I have. The rest of you are just waiting for me.
    Xander: Well, yeah, but only because you kinda told us to. You're our leader, Buffy, as in "follow the."
    Buffy: Well, from now on, I'm your leader as in "do what I say."
    Xander: Ja wohl! But let's not try to forget, we're also your friends.
    Anya: I'm not.
    Buffy: Then why are you here? Aside from getting rescued, what is it that you do?
    Anya: I provide much-needed... sarcasm.
    Xander: Um, that would kinda be my job, actually.
    Buffy: You're here because you're scared.
    Xander: Same goes for everyone in this room.
    Buffy: Fine. Anya, all of you, be as scared as you'd like, just be useful while you're at it.
    Willow: Come on, Buffy. You know everyone here's doing everything they can.
    Buffy: The First isn't impressed. It already knows us. It knows what we can do, and it's laughing. You want to surprise the enemy? Surprise yourselves. Force yourself to do what can't be done, or else we are not an army-we're just a bunch of girls waiting to be picked off and buried. Where are you going?
    Spike: Out. Since I'm neither a girl, nor waiting. All this speechifying doesn't really apply to me, does it?
    Buffy: Fine. Take a cell phone. That way, if I need someone to get weepy or whaled on, I can call you.
    Spike: If you've got something to say-
    Buffy: Just said it. You keep holding back, you might as well walk out that door.
    Spike: Holding back? You're blind. I've been here, right in it-fighting, scrapping...
    Buffy: Since you got your soul back?
    Spike: Well, as a matter of fact, I haven't quite been relishing the kill the way I used to.
    Buffy: You were a better fighter then.
    Spike: I did this for you. The soul, the changes-it's what you wanted.
    Buffy: What I want is the Spike that's dangerous. The Spike that tried to kill me when we met.
    Spike: Oh, you don't know how close you are to bringing him out.
    Buffy: I'm nowhere near him. Dawn, get the potentials upstairs, and break out that emergency kit.
    Dawn: What are you gonna do?
    Buffy: I'm declaring an emergency.

    Buffy: We thought you'd want to be here.
    Robin: Yeah, you thought right.
    Dawn: That emergency bag's got some neat stuff in it. Weapons, charms, advanced reading assignments.
    Xander: Yeah, cool stuff, but we've seen it all before.
    Anya: Well, not this, we haven't. What's inside it?
    Robin: Mm, I don't know. It hasn't been opened since- Well, since now.
    Xander: Puppets. That's it! The First hates puppets! Now if we can just airlift Kermit, Fozzie the Bear, and Miss Piggy into town, the First'll be a-running.
    Willow: Those are Muppets.
    Dawn: And these things are shadow-casters. You put them in motion, and they tell you a story. It says you can't just watch, you have to see.
    Anya: What the hell does that mean?
    Xander: It's cryptic. I don't like it. Every time instructions get cryptic, someone gets hurt-usually me.
    Buffy: You can't just watch, you have to see? See what?
    Dawn: That's where all my fancy translating skills break down, but I think it's an origin myth. The story of the very first slayer.
    Buffy: I-I saw her.
    Robin: You saw the First Slayer?
    Buffy: The other night-in my dream. It's gotta mean something, right?
    Dawn: OK. According to this, I think-you put on those puppet guys one by one. They cast shadows and the shadows tell the story. First, there is the Earth.
    Kennedy: What's that sound?
    Xander: OK, so far, so creepy.
    Dawn: Hmm. OK. Then, there came the demons. After demons, there came men. Men found a girl. And the men took the girl to fight the demon-all demons. They-they chained her to the Earth. And then-and I-I can't read this. Something about darkness.
    Buffy: What about darkness?
    Dawn: It says you cannot be shown. You cannot just watch, but you must see. See for yourself, but only if you're willing to make the exchange.
    Xander: When did you get so good at Sumerian?
    Dawn: It's not in Sumerian anymore.
    Xander: But what does it mean?
    Buffy: It means I have to go in there.
    Willow: No, it doesn't! Where does it say that? It doesn't say that!
    Robin: Buffy, you don't even know what you're exchanging. You don't know if you're ready yet.
    Buffy: That's the point.
    Willow: No. Buffy, we don't know where you're going or how we'll get you back.
    Xander: Buffy, you can't.
    Willow: How will we get you back?
    Buffy: Find a way.
    Willow: She's gone.
    Xander: Huh.
    Anya: What was that about an exchange?
    Xander: Ah, this must be the exchange student.
    Kennedy: Willow! Use your magic. Send him back!
    Willow: Um, trying. Redi!
    Kennedy: Weapons.
    Spike: Get out of here-all of you. Unless you want to end up all dead and useless.
    Kennedy: What are you gonna do?
    Spike: What I do best.
    Dawn: Are you injured?
    Kennedy: Just hurt. Don't make a case out of it. How 'bout you?
    Xander: I think we'll live.
    Anya: Except maybe Spike.
    Kennedy: Is getting thrown through the ceiling what he does best?
    Dawn: I'll go check on him.
    Anya: We've got bigger problems than that.
    Robin: Yeah, demon loose; no slayer.
    Willow: We need Buffy.
    Xander: You gotta get her back. Looks like it's spell'o'clock.
    Anya: Which spell? I mean, didn't you see that thing? And you expect to reopen the portal without sending Willow off the deep end?
    Willow: Thanks for your support.
    Anya: Well, it's true. We're going to have to find another way.
    Willow: There isn't, and Buffy knew it. I've got to get her back.
    Kennedy: We don't even know where she went.

    Xander: Dawnie, what's the book say?
    Dawn: Not much. Once Buffy left, it got a little tougher to read.
    Willow: Oh.
    Kennedy: It's OK. We'll just start with what we know, and take it from there.
    Xander: Great, so far we know Jack about squat. Let's go from there.
    Kennedy: You've got the magic, use it.
    Willow: I-I-I don't even know what magic to use.
    Kennedy: Why not just try all 32 flavors. Worst thing that happens is you go brunette.
    Willow: That's not the worst thing that can happen.
    Anya: She's right. And you know we have a choice. We can risk Willow's life and the rest of our lives to get Buffy back, or we leave her out there.
    Robin: If we play it safe back here, Buffy could stay lost.
    Anya: You missed her "everyone sucks but me" speech. If she's so superior, let her find her own way back.
    Xander: Anya, the First is already up and running. Every second that Buffy's not here, is an opportunity for it to show up and rip us to pieces.
    Dawn: Willow, how would you get Buffy back?
    Willow: That's what I'm saying-I don't even know.
    Dawn: OK, but if another witch was to do it, where would she start?
    Willow: Uh, physics, principles, basic laws...
    Dawn: Such as?
    Willow: Uh, conservation of energies. You can't really create or destroy anything, only transfer.
    Dawn: I'm sorry, are you helping?
    Anya: No, but at least I'm not galloping off in the wrong direction.
    Willow: Magic works off physics.
    Anya: Not without a catalyst. If you're talking about transferring energies, you need some kind of conduit.
    Willow: Like a-a Kraken's tooth.
    Anya: Yeah, skin of Draconis, um, ground up Baltic stones, something...
    Dawn: OK. Good.
    Kennedy: Plus, we need an exchange, like you said. I'm thinking a slayer for a demon.
    Robin: Right. If we want Buffy back, then we have to find that demon and send it through.
    Kennedy: It matter if it's dead or alive?
    Spike: I vote dead. The slayer's counting on you, Willow. Get cracking on that portal, and don't be stingy with the mojo. The demon's mine.
    Kennedy: Hate to say it, "Big Bad," but you look like you can barely stand. We're trained. And the only thing we know for sure about this demon is it kicked your ass.
    Spike: It did, at that.
    Robin: Where are you going?
    Spike: Something I need.

    Kennedy: And this is gonna help us how?
    Dawn: The sand forms a circle. The circle acts as a barrier. And the barrier contains the portal.
    Kennedy: Now what? We hold hands and chant kumbaya or something?
    Willow: Maybe. 'Til we get the magicks up and running, I'm kinda working on my best guess here.
    Xander: Will, maybe we should wait.
    Kennedy: For what?
    Xander: Spike- to see if he can bring back that demon.
    Willow: No, I don't think we should wait right now. Opening a portal this size could take days.
    Kennedy: Better get started.
    Willow: I think I might pee my pants.
    Kennedy: You can do it- the magicks, not the pants thing.
    Willow: OK. Via temporis, iam clamo ad te, via spatii te jubeo aperire. Aperi! Dawnie, you'd better put on some coffee. This could take awhile

    Buffy: What is this?
    Brown Hat Shadow: We are at the beginning. The source of your strength. The well of the slayer's power.
    Red Hat Shadow: This is why we have brought you here.
    Buffy: I thought I brought me here. Listen, you guys. I'm already the slayer, bursting with power. Really don't need any more.
    Red Hat Shadow: The First Slayer did not talk so much. Herein lies your truest strength.
    Black Hat Shadow: The energy of the demon. Its spirit.
    Brown Hat Shadow: Its heart.
    Buffy: This is how you-
    Red Hat Shadow: Created the slayer? Yes.
    Brown Hat Shadow: SUBTITLE: It must become one with you.
    Buffy: No!
    Red Hat Shadow: This will make you ready for the fight.
    Buffy: By making me less human?
    Red Hat Shadow: This is how it was then. How it must be now.
    Black Hat Shadow: This is all there is.

    Robin: Where you going?
    Spike: Got a job.
    Robin: Nice coat. Where'd you get it?
    Spike: New York.

    Willow: Hey. You OK? You've been kinda quiet since...
    Kennedy: You sucked the life out of me?
    Willow: Yeah, since then. Look, it's important that you know what I am, what I'm like when I'm like that.
    Kennedy: I thought it would be... I don't know-cool somehow. It just hurt.
    Willow: I'm really sorry. It's just, you were the most powerful person nearby, and- well, that's- that's how it works. That's how I work.
    Kennedy: I got that. You told me. I'll see you in the morning.

    Willow: How you doing?
    Buffy: Thanks for bringing me back. Again.
    Willow: Well, that's what I do.
    Buffy: I was hard on you guys today.
    Willow: Aw, it's all right. You needed to be. Although, Twinkies and kisses- also peachy motivational tools. You OK?
    Buffy: I think I made a mistake.
    Willow: What?
    Buffy: Those men that I met- you know, the shadow men? They offered me more power, but I didn't like the loophole.
    Willow: So, you turned it down? It's OK, Buffy. We'll get by. We always do.
    Buffy: I don't know. They showed me...
    Willow: Showed you what?
    Buffy: That the First Slayer was right-it isn't enough.
    Willow: Why, Buffy? What did you see? What did they show you?

    Story: 10
    Acting: 10
    Writing: 10
    Picture: 10
    Gripping: 10
    My Rank: 10
    Total: 10