Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 7 Episode 1

Lessons

5
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 2002 on The WB
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  • "It's about power. Who's got it. Who knows how to use -Buffy

    8.0
    It's with this quote -- a theme setter -- that I dive into reviewing the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In "Checkpoint", both the Watcher's Council and Glory were exerting their respective powers on Buffy. Instead of being controlled by that power, Buffy looked at the other side of the coin. These people needed to threaten Buffy because of the power she possessed. Power is an intruiging concept in that it can be used for great good or great evil. It all boils down to who has it, and what they do with it.



    Although "Lessons" reintroduces us to the power theme, it doesn't dwell on it much. It's instead more concerned with having a relatively light-weight romp for a change. This turns out to be the episode's biggest weakness and strength. In sticking to a standard-fare Buffy plot, it sadly lacks the inventiveness or punch to really accomplish much. The entire episode would have been a lot funnier, for example, had there been nothing wrong at the new high school. The end of the episode could have still played out the same, too. In the end, though, we just have a standard mediocre Buffy plot about some random annoying dead people. Even so, I still enjoyed the more inconsequential tone of the episode, just due to the striking difference from last season.



    This episode had somewhat of a detox effect on me, dispelling all the doom and gloom of last season in one episode. What allows this to happen is seeing most of the characters in a much more mature, settled place. Buffy, in particular, is looking strong and kicking ass again. Thanks to S6's arc, I actually buy where she's at in her life right now. It's incredibly refreshing to see Buffy back to herself, and stronger than ever. The evidence for this, besides simply being written all over her face, is a combination of things. For one, Buffy's senses appear to be working really well again. She can sense something wrong in the hallways of the new school well before anything happens. I also loved the inventiveness and fun of Buffy's fight with the dead guys, swinging that handbag around like a pro. The most important factor in guaging Buffy's happiness, though, is her quip-o-meter which, in "Lessons" is on



    It's interesting to see Buffy still has concern for a clearly messed up Spike, despite their history. When Buffy initially sees him in the basement, Spike tells her "no one comes down her. It's just the three of I love how much this one little comment could mean. Does he mean "the three of us" are Buffy, the demon inside him, and his new soul? Or does he mean Buffy, himself, and the First? Oh, how delicious Spike's arc is this season. I'm already salivating at the thought of writing about the final scene of "Beneath You".



    Principal Wood is a new character that I'm very fond of, mostly due to how . Woodside plays the role. Buffy's hallway chat with him excellently sets his aura of mystery. Even knowing his story, I still find these early scenes very effective. I think it's due to a combination of things: how the initial hallway scene was shot, Wood's mysterious dialog, and the natural chemistry SMG has with . Woodside.



    Although "Lessons" doesn't really focus on any one particular character, it does do a decent job at getting us re-acquainted with everyone, which I genuinely appreciate. Xander shows up to Buffy's place with a new-looking car, all dressed up for a "client Boy, Xander's grown up quite a lot too, hasn't he? The interaction between him and Buffy is so warm and comfortable it makes me want to wrap it up in a box and keep it in a safe place to pull out whenever I need it. These two, dare I say, feel like a very happy married couple in not only the scene in Buffy's house, but most of the episode in general. It makes me think that, some day, a relationship between these two might actually really work.



    I love seeing Willow with Giles in England, trying to find herself again. What makes me even happier, though, is Whedon's dialog here about magic having more to do with the connectivity and lifeforce of the earth around us than any kind of addiction. Giles tells her, "This isn't a hobby or an addiction. It's inside you now. This magic. You're responsible for Thank you, Mr. Whedon, for clarifying and admitting the mistake of Willow's mid-season arc last season that began in "Wrecked". Giles asks her an excellent question: "do you want to be punished?" Willow simply replies, "I want to be Aww... Alyson Hannigan is always able to turn me into mush.



    On the Dawn front, it's really nice to see her now going to high school and that she's been training with Buffy. It's cool to see the continuity of Buffy beginning to live up to that promise she gave Dawn in "Grave". Dawn is becoming more capable and, with what's she's had to witness around her, is wise beyond her age. Although we get a glimpse of that here, we definitely are going to see more of it later in the season. It's great to simply see Dawn taking control of her surroundings, and taking charge of the unexpected situation she had to face in this episode.



    Moving onto Anya, apparently she's been having trouble being an effective vengeance demon over the summer. This doesn't come as a surprise to me at all, considering what happened in "Entropy". We, the viewers, know that Anya can't ever return to being a hardcore vengeance demon again. Thankfully, though, this character thread won't linger on much longer -- the topic is touched on in "Beneath You" and then expanded on in the potent and revealing "Selfless".



    The final scene of the episode is just spectacular. This is the First launching an all-out assault on Spike while he's in no state to fight back. The First knows he's a very dangerous force, whether for or against evil. This is why it says that Spike is right where it wants him -- useless and hiding in the basement. Having all the villains from the previous seasons morph into each other with the tone-setting music, ending with Buffy herself, was chilling and yet also very much a treat.



    It's really fitting that in a season where we're going back to, as the First says, "the true beginning," that we'd see not only all the previous villains make an appearance, but also Sunnydale High School itself, rebuilt on the very grounds it once stood. "Lessons" does a respectable job at rebuilding the foundation of the series by getting us up-to-speed on these lovely characters, while also setting up the initial theme and story threads of the season. It's a very comfortable and fun episode that only really suffers from having a somewhat unexciting plot. If the characters can have some fun with it, though, I will too. :)
  • Last season of the greatest show ever

    8.0
    LESSONS



    The Good;

    Love Dawnies' first patrol and first day at SDH, so cool. The line up of baddies at the end is superb, they're so lucky they could get them all.



    The Bad;

    Really dislike the scenes of the Potentials being killed, if it were anyone but Joss I'd say it was misogyny. Dawn seems to make a couple of friends at the end of the ep but they never occur again.



    Best line;

    Dawn; (sadly, after Buffy has embarrassed her in front of the whole class) "I also have a sister"



    Women good/men bad;

    The First as Warren very dismissive of Buffy



    Jeez!;

    Even though it's only implied the zombie stabbing Dawn with the pencil is wince inducing. The killing of the potentials is also horrible.



    Kinky dinky;

    Buffy comments on the hotness of Spike and Angel. The zombie guy wants to date Dawn, well she's already gone out with one dead guy and had a crush on another. Willow seems disappointed that Giles didn't put her in a dungeon and torture her. He asks her if she wants to be punished? (Surely if there was ever a time for Gillow this is it?)



    Captain Subtext;

    Spike was once caned at school (presumably when human)



    Guantanamo Bay;

    A little anti-French racism from Anya.



    Missing scenes;

    Reputedly they filmed a scene where Dawn decides to tell her real life story to her class, love to see that, roll on Buffy/Angel; Special Edition DVDs.



    Apocalypses; 7,



    Scoobies in bondage:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 4

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 2

    Dawn; 4



    Scoobies knocked out: Dawnie

    Buffy: 19

    Giles: 12

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 14

    Will: 8

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1

    Anya;5

    Dawn; 4

    Tara; 1



    Kills: 1 vamp for Buffy

    Buffy: 108 vamps, 58 demons, 6 monsters, 3 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot

    Giles: 8 vamps, 2 demon, 1 human, 1 god.

    Cordy: 3 vamps, a demon

    Will: 6 vamps + 3 demons +1 fawn+1 human.

    Angel: 3 vamps, 1 demon, 1 human

    Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie

    Faith: 16 vamps, 5 demons, 3 humans

    Xander: 6 vamps, 2 zombies, 1 a demon,

    Anya: 1 vamp and 1 a demon

    Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons

    Spike; 8 vamps and 6 demons

    Buffybot; 2 vamps

    Tara; 1 demon

    Dawn; 1 vamp + 1 demon



    Scoobies go evil:

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 4

    Anya; 1

    Dawn; 1

    Buffy; 1



    Alternate scoobies:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 5

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 2

    Joyce: 2

    Xander: 4

    Tara; 1

    Dawn;1

    Spike; 1

    Anya; 2



    Recurring characters killed: 12

    Jesse, Flutie, Jenny, Kendra, Larry, Snyder, Professor Walsh, Forrest, McNamara, Joyce, Katrina, Tara



    Sunnydale deaths; the 3 poor folks in the basement

    97



    Total number of scoobies: 3 the Dawnster is finally part of the Scoobies, about time too

    Xander, Buffy, Dawn



    Xander demon magnet: 5(6?)

    Preying Mantis Lady, Inca Mummy Girl, Drusilla, VampWillow, Anya (arguably Buffy & Faith with their demon essences?), Dracula?



    Scoobies shot:

    Giles: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 4

    Riley; 1

    Buffy; 1

    Tara; 1



    Notches on Scooby bedpost:

    Giles: 2; Joyce & Olivia, possibly Jenny and 3xDraccy babes?

    Cordy: 1?

    Buffy: 4 confirmed; Angel, Parker, Riley, Spike. 1 possible, Dracula(?)

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Joyce: 1;Giles, 2 possible, Ted and Dracula(?)

    Oz: 3; Groupie, Willow & Verucca

    Faith:2 ;Xander, Riley

    Xander: 2; Faith, Anya

    Willow: 2;Oz and Tara

    Riley; 3; Buffy, Sandy and unnamed vampwhore

    Spike; 2 Buffy and Anya

    Anya; 2 Spike and Xander



    Spike; good or bad?

    Don't have to ask that any more, not now he has his soul back



    Dawn in peril; 12 isn't she always?



    Dawn the bashful virgin; 9



    What the fanficcers thought;

    Dawn says that if she get's bitten she'll come back as a vamp and bite Buffy, a common theme in Summers/slash fetish fics (although it always ends happily with Mohra demon blood and resouling). Nice to see Glory back too, Clare as gorgeous as ever, recently read an epic adult fanfic series called Glorydale where Glory seduces all the Scoobys and transforms Sunnydale into her own private sexual playground, a sort of XXX-rated Las Vegas where anything and everything really does go. Eventually she's having so much fun she decides not to go back to her own hell dimension after all, gives up her godhood, restores the sanity of everyone she's brainsucked and confesses to everyone she's fallen in love with them all. And of course this being fanfic, they've all fallen in love with her too...



    Questions and observations;

    The zombies articulate what a lot of Buffy critics have said over the years, that she allows a lot of people to die. Personally I agree with Buffy, they should shut up, she does her best. I always think of the RAF in the Battle of Britain, bombers get through, thousands die but it's still a victory. So lovely that Buffy can quit the DMP and work at the school, she seems so happy.

    Now, Halfrek refers to her and Anya in the Crimean War which was 1853-6 decades BEFORE Spike became a vampire. This implies that there never was a Cecilly, there was only ever Halfrek assuming her guise who took revenge on William for some unknown party. Xander looks great in his suit.

    Dawn gets a mobile phone, about bloody time too, CC had one in Welcome to the Hellmouth and then we never see one again for over 122eps, AI had them for 3 years. Dawn comments on the fact that being sired seems to automatically teach you Tae-Kwan-Do. What a shame we never meet The Coven. Buffy fears Dawn will start smoking, it's hardly going to stunt her growth. So who was the werewolf who killed one of the ghosts? Oz? Verruca? Like Spike's hair better in this one. Lovely to see Buffy get a 'thank you' hug from Kit, she does so much it's nice she get's some appreciation. Dawn still a bit bitter about the Normal Again thing. Buffy says ghosts can't touch, Phantom Dennis can. Dawn is bitten by a vamp, I think Xander is the only Scooby who never will be.

    Now I always thought they didn't know this was going to be the last season until halfway through but to judge by Joss' comments on the commentary he always intended it to the be the last from the beginning.

    Marks out of 10; 8/10



  • School's Back In Session

    7.5

    Lessons-The re-opening of Sunnydale High School feels just like old times for Buffy as some undead students and faculty rise up and blame the Slayer for failing to protect them. Dawn and Buffy, together with some of Dawn's new friends join together to defeat the evil. Meanwhile, the newly-ensouled Spike is seeking solace in the maze-like basement of the new school, and Willow begins her rehabilitation with Giles in England.


    Here begins the final year of the Buffy and as season premieres go, it's prettystandardbut it has certain moments that worth watching. The biggest development of the season are starts off in full swing as Sunnydale High isreconstructedand Dawn going to school there. I already love the back-to-basics feel that final season is giving off but also continuing to progress the character developments made last season. Buffy really is true to her word as now she trains Dawn how to fight vampires. Also after the borderline morbidness of Season 6, the show feels light-hearted and humorous here. Not that there weren't any laughs in Season 6, but with all the serious, complex arcs being thrown around, those laughs were very few and far in between. Gotta love all the priceless jokes from Dawn making fun of Buffy being the "shorter", older sister to the vampire being stuck to Buffy freaking out about her "mom hair" everytime someone thinks she's Dawn's mom to Buffy telling one of the ghost zombies she only dates hot dead guys and assuming he must have a "nice personality".


    Speakingof the ghost zombies, there are pretty forgettable. They certainly look scary but the reason behind their manifestation is so vague with the talisman and the faced that we never found out who summoned them in the first place makes the plot feel even more like a waste of time. The only thing to come out of it is the moment Buffy discovers Spike in the basement of the school...looking all crazy with...really messy hair. With Sunnydale High being back, we're introduced to Principle Wood, who seems younger and cool than any High School principle I've ever seen. It's obvious he know more about Buffy than he's letting on, especially when he offers her a job as a counselor at the school. Meanwhile, in England, we get to see some nice location shots where Willow still healing from her dark turn last season and Giles continuing to mentor her. The dynamic between these two is stunning her from Willow's sadness over how much she's change to Giles' reassuring her "We're all who we are in the end"! The intense chase scene at the beginning of the episode was well done, the first time I saw it, I was surprised Buffy could have that kind of scope on such a small budget but it was definitely a great way to open the season with mystery behind the hooded men killing young girls around the world. While a pretty good episode, the last scene is possibly one of the most riveting scene of the series. As Spike is being haunted by the season's Big Bad ("The First Evil" we soon find out) that manifests itself into former Big Bads of the series: Warren, Glory, Adam, The Mayor, Drusilla, The Master and finally Buffy. Once again, bringing the series full circle by reminding us of past villains and delivering one of the most chilling dialogue of the series. "Lessons" may have a pretty weak main plot, but the stunning introduction of the main arcs and the final Big Bad of the series make it quite good overall.

  • Well, here we are. The end of the line for Buffy. The oft-maligned, only sparsely defended seventh season.

    8.0
    As always, I'm going into this with an open mind. Given the generally low opinion of the last Buffy season, there's a strong likelihood that I could be pleasantly surprised from week to week. Or I could be drumming my fingers, waiting for the show to be over so I can start to watch Angel. I'm mainly looking for some high adventure, some moments of levity, and a chance to bid a fond farewell to some characters I love.

    But hey, I won't say no to a little globe-hopping either, as in:

    Istanbul! Where a young woman flees through the night, pursued by creepy men in hooded robes. She slips down an alley and climbs onto a roof, but one of her pursuers is already there. He shoves her down to the street, where his cohorts stab her with a knife.

    England! Where Willow is rehabilitating with Giles and his coven, learning that the magic is an inextricable part of her-not "a hobby or an addiction"-and that she needs to respect how all the energies of the world are connected if she's going to wield that power responsibly. But Willow's not sure she's worthy of redemption. "I killed people, Giles," she says. "I haven't forgotten," Giles responds, quickly and coldly. He asks, "Do you want to be punished?" She reponds, weakly, "I want to be Willow."

    Sunnydale! Where the high school has finally been rebuilt, which is good news, but on the same old Hellmouth site, which is terrible news. Even worse: Dawn's now a student there, which is worrying Buffy to no end, even though Xander's around the school doing construction work, and can protect her sister. As it turns out, Buffy's worries are well-founded. No sooner do she and Dawn set foot on school grounds than terrifying, zombie-looking, ghost-like creatures begin to plague them.

    Buffy's seventh season opener doesn't waste a lot of time on reintroductions; it throws our heroes back into the mix fairly quick. And though "Lessons" is vague about what major threat Buffy will be facing this year, we do know that is major. "Something's rising," Halfrek says at one point. "This is a bad time to be a good guy."

    Anyway, there's no real time to introduce the main characters when there are new characters to bring in. First up: Principal Robin Wood, who seems nice, but is a little suspicious because he already knows about the Summers girls, and because he has his office where Giles' library used to be. We also meet one of Dawn's new teachers, Mr. Lonegrin, and two of her classmates: Kit Holburn and Carlos Trejo. Since none of the latter three have Wikipedia entries, I'm going to assume that we'll either never see them again, or that they'll mainly be background types, not integral to the ongoing plot. But for this episode at least, Kit and Carlos matter, as they join Dawn and Buffy in being able to see the weird apparitions-the ones who look at Buffy and hiss, "You didn't save me."

    So the kids head into the basement-even though there is a sign which clearly states: "No Student Access"-and Buffy heads after them. There, behind the apparitions, Buffy is surprised to find Spike, looking very un-Spike-y. His hair is shaggy and un-dyed. His chest is all sliced up. And he's babbling like a lunatic. Spike does pull it together long enough to explain to Buffy that the things she's seeing aren't ghosts, but "manifest spirits." This means two things: they can be physically harmed, and they can be eliminated if someone destroys the talisman that conjured them. Buffy gets Dawn to work on the former-Dawn fashions a crude weapon out of bricks and a bag-and Xander to work on the latter. Soon, the day is saved, Carlos and Kit are gushing that Buffy's the coolest mom ever, and Principal Wood is offering Buffy a low-paying part-time job as a counselor for the school's wayward youth.

    I wouldn't call "Lessons" one of the best Buffy episodes ever, but it's a solid start to the season, helped along by a snappy Joss Whedon script and provocative intimations about what's coming this year. We're apparently going to wrap up Buffy by contemplating being stuck, with the heroine back at Sunnydale High and repeating herself to some degree. And we're going to be dealing with old evils, coming back up from the ground.

    And I guess we're not done with Spike, who has the most emotionally powerful moments in "Lesson" when he babbles to himself after Buffy leaves about how, "I had a speech…," clearly chastening himself for not coming back to Sunnydale as the newly re-ensouled superman that he'd hoped to be for her. Unless he's hallucinating, it's Spike who gets the first glimpse of what might be this season's Big Bad: a shape-shifting thing that takes the form of previous Buffy baddies, including Warren, Glory, Adam, The Mayor, Drusilla and The Master. Most disturbingly, this thing ends by taking the form of Buffy herself, echoing a line from the beginning of the episode: "It's about power."

    Will the ultimate villain of this final Buffy season be the title character?
  • "Vampires, demons; they're nothing compared to what's coming" - Buffy

    9.0
    The previouslies from the last season end with Spike and his re-ensouling, which is apt since, if Season 6 was all about Willow, then Season 7 focuses on Spike's journey from tortured mad vamp to Christ-like sacrifice. We open though, not with the gang, but a girl chased and murdered, surely the antithesis of Buffy's MO. Then a quick segue to the more traditional graveyard scene where Buffy is making good on her promise to show Dawn the world by letting her kill her first vampire. Things don't go that smoothly though as the vamp has trouble digging his way out of his grave and then almost bites Dawn: seemingly he does know the "fancy martial arts skills they inevitably seem to pick up". For once, Buffy is happy at the beginning of a series, happy with a side of apprehension: the hellmouth is back, with a new school on top of it. The school is complete with a sexy new headteacher – how long will he last? Is he evil? Is he stalking Buffy? Does he think that flipping burgers makes for a good school counsellor? And why would he pretend to think Dawn is Buffy's daughter if he's seen the Slayer's school file (which was presumably burnt to a crisp at the end of S3)? All we know of him at the moment is that he has a resonant name (Robin Wood) and an office where the library used to be – on the hellmouth itself. Meanwhile, back in England, Willow has adenoid problems and is staring at magic flowers. We're reminded of how powerful Willow is – the other witches at the Magicks Rehab Coven are afraid of her. Giles has been teaching Gaeia 101 (minoring in foreshadowing) as he tells her "We're all connected to a great power". Power is the major theme in S7; Buffy tells Dawn: "It's about power, who's got it, who knows how to use it.". This would seem to imply that it's not about right and wrong, it's about having the amount of power needed to defeat an enemy and the compromises needed to attain and maintain that power. The last series was all about the grey: bad humans and good demons, now Joss seems to be saying that it's not even about black and white becoming grey, it's about choosing a side and working for that side. Halfrek tells Anya that "It's a bad time to be a good guy" - she is prompting Anya to take a side, Anya will have to choose – human working for the side of good, or demon committing vengeful acts. There are no more grey areas. Whoever has the most power will win. The big bad is after Buffy, and what we find out are the potentials, because of their power; this series is not so much about Buffy and her issues, as exploring what a Slayer is and what she is capable of.

    Another theme is underground, or beneath. Buffy wears bright colours, the school is pastel-toned, but we're soon back in the gloomy basement. Willow says: "It's all connected – the root system, the molecules, the energy", meaning that what happens underground affects what happens on the surface: in a literal sense it means that the hellmouth is about to open yet again, but is also connected with Giles assertion that: "In the end, we all are who we are, no matter how much we may have appeared to have changed" - who we are inside (underground, if you will), affects our behaviours on the outside.

    Buffy may have 'mom hair' but is still the perky girl of S1, Xander wears a suit, drives a fancy car and have crews to boss around, but is still the same nerdy Xander. Willow, despite trying to kill everyone, is still Willow. Spike is still....William? Anya still has humanity despite years as a vengeance demon. This theme is linked with another, that of "back to the beginning" – Buffy references hyena people, lizardy type jocks and invisible girls when leading Dawn into – where it all began – the high school. We're going to have a lighter, more fun series, as it was at the beginning of BTVS. But it also means the beginning of time. As Hallie says: "Something's rising, something older than the old ones". Back to the beginning...the final scene shows a crazed Spike talking to Warren-Glory-Adam-The Mayor-Dru-The Master...back to the beginning of the Big Bads, back to original sin, back to the time when demons ruled the earth ("Not the bang. Not the word.") The true beginning as the hallucination turns into....Buffy? A Buffy who says the same thing as real Buffy: "It's all about power". Good and evil are the same, it's just about who wins?

    There's also a story in amongst the foreshadows. Dawn has high heels and an independent swagger, and she doesn't like being shown up by her mom-haired sister. But when the "zombie ghost things" start attacking people, she's resourceful, and manages to ask for help. The manifest spirits also hint at what's to come – the big bad who appear as a dead person. The dead people attacking the school accuse Buffy of not protecting them; they blame her for their deaths. This links into the power theme - Buffy can't be everywhere at once, she is not omniscient, there will be human collateral as she fights the worst evil we've seen yet, something that's a combination of every fiend from The Master to Warren. Willow sees "…deep black..... It's going to swallow us all." And she's not just talking about Spike's roots.
  • It's all about Power...

    9.0
    Let me just say that this is one of my favourite season openers next to Anne and Bargaining Parts 1 & 2.

    In the first scene of Lessons, Buffy is teaching Dawn how to defend herself. Dawn has to fight a newly risen vampire, who is stuck trying to get out of his grave. Buffy then asks Dawn,

    Buffy: So… who’s got the power, Dawn?
    Dawn: Well, I’ve got the stake.
    Buffy: The stake is not the power.

    Buffy clearly points out that just because you have a weapon, doesn't mean you have more power then an opponent. It doesn't matter how well-prepped you are or well-armed you are, all that matters is that you know who has the power and how the one with the power is going to use it.

    It is in this scene, in this episode that makes us ask ourselves: Can Buffy pass the knowledge she has learned down to another generation?
  • The start of season seven.

    4.8
    Buffy statrts of season seven with the episode Lessons . This is a good episode but you sort of expect more from a season premiere. This episode is one of the funnuest i have ever seen with Buffy being like does my hair look like mom hair and Dawn is also brilliant in this episode but by far the best scenes in this episode are the ones between Antony head and Alyson Hannigan and when you seeing willow getting a vision of the hellmouth it really interests you. The new big bad seems very interesting and i can't wait to see the rest of the season.

    Overall: A good episode.
  • buffy goes to collage

    8.6
    a very nice and interesting episode and beginning of the 7th season. this is one of the best openers of the show.

    buffy is now going to work for school. a school that is build and dawn is going to. what makes this episode so interesting are the zombies and it feels like it was the first seasons for a while. the last scene was also fantastic and the first turned itself in all the last villains buffy had.
  • Haha! I love how they started the new season off! The first sene is priceless!!!

    9.8
    The begging with Dawn, Buffy, and the vamp is bring back the funny times we missed dearly in season 6. The suspense of not knowing why all the \"Big Bads\" were back was another nice touch! I love how Dawn\'s first day goes! Buffy running in like that, perfect ambaresment by adult moment!!!Great epi.!
  • Welcome to the Hellmouth... again.

    7.9
    This was a good ep. Not the best season opener but it was good. New school but same 'ol school is war and kinda evil story. High Points
    - Buffy fighting the vampire in the beginning. Buffy fighting is never not cool.
    - Dawn. She was quite enjoyable in this episode. I liked her Britney Spears line when she was introducing herself to her class
    - Xander's "Contracty goodness" line
    - The fact that Buffy is not scared of these zombies and continues to cut one of them off while they were ranting.
    - Halfrek. I love her.
    - The big bads parade at the end.
  • The best open season from the whole Buffy!

    10
    Hmm, well if you asked me whats my favorite thing about this episode, I would be probably speaking for a long long time!

    This episode had the really perfect sarcastic humor that I have always loved about Buffy, it is not that silly humor, but it can make me laugh for days. I love that.

    This episode has suspence for the Spike part and also who put the Talisman there.

    Also, they had some life learning in some small parts, particularly with Giles and Willow.

    But I guess what I loved the most about it, it was the back to the beginning. It was like Dawn was now Buffy and the friends she made was Xander and Willow.

    And she had to know the school and see how dangerous Sunnydale High can be!

    Amazing and once again, Sarah made a brilliant job as Buffy.
  • The Final Season Begins

    7.0
    Okay, so maybe not the best of season openings, a little too slow for my tastes. I had originally watched this hoping to be plunged straight into the action after the previous, admittedly slow, season six. A lot of ominous hints as to what was to come, yet with nothing majorly exciting to keep me too excited. Majorly lacking in adrenaline.

    Though I did enjoy the Willow in rehab, so to speak, idea. Referring to Giles as her Dumbledore made me grin with warmth and fuzziness, and near the end of this episode as we saw Dawn and her two friends who were a perfect homage to Buffy Willow and Xander season one, I was quite disappointed that this was the last sighting of theses characters.

    All in all, a slow ominous start, which has left me desperate for an action-filled follow up.
  • Lessons

    10
    Lessons was a perfect episode to start the Seventh Season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This episode brought it back to the begining where it all started at Sunnydale High. The school has been rebuilt and has a new principal who knows of Buffy's past. It was interesting how the gift Buffy got Dawn was the cause of the dead spirits. It was funny in an ironic way. This episode was fun, had some action, and classic Buffy humor. I really enjoyed watching this episode which introduced the newest, or rather oldest big bad Buffy has ever faced. I can't wait to watch what happens!!!!!!!
  • Sunnydale High is back and better than ever!

    8.5
    Season 7 of Buffy has begun! And it doesn't fail to impress me, so many things are happening it's just great! The beginning with Buffy teaching Dawn Slayer skills makes your realise how much Buffy cares and wants to keep Danw safe. I don't think Dawn would be the best Slayer but she is certainly trying her best!

    Then there's the opening of the new Sunnydale High School which he haven't seen in four years since season 3. I knew that something had to happen with Sunnydale High, it being built on a Hellmouth and all that. What I didn't expect was the bodies of three people that were killed in Sunnydale High coming to haunt Buffy and her sister. The nerdy guy with the long neck is very sick and the woman is just terrifying. I love the make-up and outfits in this episode!

    We also can't forget Willow, the one who had just flayed Warren and tried to destroy the world. We realise that Giles is helping her rehabilitate in England, how nice. If the writers had left out Willow I would have gotten very angry, Willow is by far my favourite character (both hero and villain.) This episode also scared me, when everyone is in the basement you know something is going to happen but you don't know what or when. Then in the bathroom when they appear in the mirror and the music goes all scary makes me jump. This part didn't scare me but did make me cringe and go "eww" is when Dawn asks to borrow a pencil and the nerdy zombie stabs it in her eye, she made a believable lie, however, saying that a bee flew into her eye.

    Is it just me or is the new principle a bit odd, it might just be the tall, dark and handsome fisique but something about him gives me the heeby-jeebies. Then later on in the series we learn that he is actually a good guy. Spike in the basement, saying random stuff that nobody can really understand, is such a good storyline.

    All in all I feel as though this episode has everything, chills, excitement and the occasional laugh or two!
  • Back to basics.

    9.8
    genuinly this has to be one of the best season openers of the shows run...it feels like how it did in the shows early years of high school...and the addition of the high school was a great twist that i didn't see coming.
    the plotline interweives at a franatic pace and remained a wholly enjoyable watch right through to its explosive end.
    Lessons is an episode that works just fine by itself as well as part of the main season arc which is basically what i love about all the season openers of the show.
    Lessons however is unique in the fact that it has a different sense of direction compared to previous season premieres and it really takes the viewer for a ride,and draws us in to what is to be a season arc of epic and dark measures.
    welcome to the world of season 7 and it is gonna be a bumpy and explosive ride.
  • Sunnydale High is back!

    9.5
    Many people always say Buffy doesn't have great season openers, but let me just say this one just rocked.

    -The scenes in England with Willow and Giles. Like others mentioned, the setting seemed kind of cliche (the fields, horse), but Willow's defeated and sincere remorse along with Giles forgiveness speech (in the end we all are who we are no matter how much we have seemed to change) was a simple but profound sentiment and keeps along with the theme that unconditional love (along with some tough love) cures more than any magical antitode as he teaches her that real magic is about connectedness, not power.

    -The Return of Sunnydale High. I didn't much like the design of the new high school, but am glad Buffy found a new job there. I did like Dawn's new friends, but I hope they don't make them into a cheap mini-Scoobies knock offs. Overall,as long as they avoid repeating the high school seasons plots, it will hopefully be put to good use in later episodes.

    -Xander saving the day. Always a plus! It's good to see him a lot more fulfilled in his life.

    -Spike with a soul. This is the OMG moment of the episode and is the reason why I love Buffy above almost any other show, including Charmed, which could never light a candle to this show's incredible sense of story continuity and tribute to the past. The big bad of this season is introduced in the form of a speech given by something or someone that turns into the villains of seasons past Warren, Glory, Adam, The Mayor, Drusilla, the Master (my favorite) and finally, Buffy. Pause. Rewind. Play. Pause. Rewind. Play. Pause. Rewind. Slow Motion Play. Wow. Just Wow.

    Can't wait to watch the rest!!!
  • Sunnydale high re-opens and Dawn and her new friends encounter some creepy people in the basement of it.

    8.5
    Sunnydale high re-opens and Buffy takes Dawn to school to have a look around.Dawn tells the class about herself whilst Buffy sees some zombies in the mirrors of the girls bathroom.Dawn goes to the bathroom and meets a new friend there.They fall down into the basement where they meet some dead people who apparently live there.Buffy arrives and she beats them.Meanwhile Willow is in England with Giles and Anya is having a chat with Halfrek.Episode concludes with the first taking the form of all the past big bads that the scoobies have encountered, all of them wanting Spike who has now got a soul.
  • Just when you thought it was safe again Sunnydale High returns.

    7.0
    Just when you thought it was safe again, not that it's ever really safe in sunnydale, sunnydale high school returns with a bang, a couple of spirits, and Spike. As Dawn starts her first day at a high school that practicly killed her sister Buffy is tormented by some kind of spirits while checking out the school. Dawn meets the same spirits and gets trapped in the basement with some new friends. As Buffy tries to save them she meets the mysterious new principal who's office is directly over the hellmouth and grows suspiscious, finds Spike in the basement who is clearly very insane, and manages to get a job as a youth councelor. All without avoiding any horrible deaths. Not a bad day for the slayer.

    But the high school is probably going to be the least of worries when we are shown in the best scene of the episode that there maybe be something haunting Spike. The Master, Drusilla, Mayor Wilkins, Adam, Glory, and Warren all make appearances in this episode (this scene to be specific). It's a very powerful and intense scene. It's also scripted very well.
  • An average season opener.

    7.4
    After 6 amazing season, it's time for the big season 7 to make it's way to TV. The season opener had an interesting plot, a good continuation to the previous stories on "Buffy," and although there were great fighting scenes, good jokes and everything, this episode didn't do much for me.

    I'm glad to see that Willow is doing better (she was an absolute bomb last season) and can't wait for her to return back to Sunnydale.

    The scenes in the new school were pretty scary, but nothing much happened. Spike's redemption seems to be going fine (he really has a lot of sins to make up to). And although the episode was OK, the most interesting thing was the very end when The First made it's huge debut (after season 3) and we got to see the faces of Buffy's worst villains.
  • A new start to Buffy.

    9.8
    I liked how they started this season... reopening Sunndydale High. I know its a little out of the blue but the story for this episode wasn't too bad. Dawn gets attacked by Zombies and Buffy has to rescue her and get by the new school princaple Woof at the same time. I knew from the beginning that Wood has a dark past. Anyway seeing Spike in this episode was a nice supprise. The ending to this episode blew me away. They showed ever villan who Buffy has faced for the previous six seasons. And say the words its 'Its about power'. The first evil has come to town and is not leaving without a fight. Willow and Giles are in England and Xander is incharge of building the new school. This was a good start to season seven and nice to see Whedon for once writing an episode!
  • Back to School

    7.3
    I was eagerly anticipating Buffy returning to Sunnydale High and I was not disappointed. Dawn settling into her new school and her two new best friends, Kit and Carlos, are two intriguing plotlines and it's a shame that the writers decided to ditch the high school as the season went on.

    The story is slightly Buffy-lite, with the Scoobies battling evil spirits who are hiding in the school basement. Dawn and her two friends are attacked by the spirits and it's up to Buffy and Xander to save the day.

    All of the characters have definitely grown up since last year. Buffy has become able to handle her job as Dawn's "stepmom" and spends much of the episode teaching Dawn how to fight (as she promised she would last season) and worrying about having "mom hair". Xander's now all suited up and adult with a proper job and a shiny new car. Willow is in England with Giles, trying to avenge her sins after she went all dark after Tara's murder. Dawn has matured into a capable, mature young woman and Anya is, well, same as usual. Spike has undergone a major change. With his soul returned to him at the end of last year, he now resides in the school basement and is slowly going insane.

    The main cast continue to excel in their roles and it's nice to see Xander continuing his saving-the-day streak he started when he saved the world from Dark Willow last year. The closing moments, in which an ancient evil morphs into past enemies, Warren, Glory, Adam, The Mayor, Drusilla and The Master, is an absolutely amazing scene and to see your favorite big bads all over again is extremely fun to watch.

    The scenes in England are also entertaining if slightly clichéd. Seeing Giles on his horse and in his big mansion only exceed to portray the typical British stereotype. Anthony Stewart Head and Alyson Hannigan excel in their scenes together and it's nice to see that their fights last season hasn't fully dissolved their almost father-daughter relationship.

    One good thing about this episode is that you really feel a sense of dread. The opening sequence, in which a young woman is chased down and killed by robed men, is shocking and suspenseful and with Willow's premonition of the Hellmouth getting hungry and the closing moments, it definitely feels like season seven will be the best year yet. It's just a shame that it never really reached our expectations.

    Director: David Solomon
    Writer: Joss Whedon
    Rating: B-
  • Season 7 begins...

    9.2
    Willow: "When you brought me here I thought it was to kill me, or to lock me in some mystical dungeon for all eternity, or with the torture, but instead you go all Dumbledore on me."

    A new season for Buffy. This episode is basically putting everything back together again and starting anew. Buffy gets some funny scenes and Dawn becomes a more central character. I just hope this final season doesn't turn into Dawn the junior slayer. The best scenes in my opinion are those between Willow and Giles, two characters that think on the same level, plus Alyson and Anthony both play their characters brilliantly. Good start.
  • Best season premiere yet!

    10
    In my opinion, this is the best 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' series premiere yet!

    I always love the writers' ability to add sarcastic and funny comments into such a dark series.
    In the episode, my main one would have to be:
    "Willow: Is there anything you don't know everything about?
    Giles: Synchronized swimming. Complete mystery to me."
    Every time.. I laugh.. Lol.

    It's great to see our sweet - turned - dark Willow back in the phunk of things..

    Also, the scene in the beginning where Buffy is trying to teach Dawn how to fend off a vampire is really funny, because the vamp gets stuck getting out of his grave in the middle of Buffy's "Vamp's are super strong" speech, lol.

    Love the series!
  • The best season premiere in my opinion...

    9.3
    I love this episode. It showed us just how much our beloved characters have grown. The dark season 6 was well....dark, but it's refreshing to see our gang going in a good direction. Dawn is our little slayer in training, Buffy's finally becoming a mother to Dawn and also a leader, Willow is rehabing in England with Giles, Xander has a new construction job, just everyone's moving on. The Big Bad of the season will promise more in the future, and I absolutely love the ending. All the big bads from previous seasons came back to tell us that something bad's coming, and when Buffy showed up saying, "It's about power" that was it. I frickin love that ending and this was the best season opener in my opinion!
  • I have always loved season openers and this one proves why. I just love seeing everything begin again and this episode had a great teaser and great ending. full of great dialog and all the characters had their good moment. my favorite scenes where the one

    10
    Lessons

    what an awesome season opener. Buffy never failed in those. this one is awesome in many ways. it has great dialog and it has also some shriek moments. my favourite are the England scenes. this episode brings the best out of everyone after the awesomely Grave. and the end is very cool with all those dead villains.

    cut to a girl running in Istanbul and she goes up a roof but she gets threw of off it and then some guys grab a knife and they kill her. cut to Dawn and Buffy in the cemetery. Buffy is gonna train Dawn and tells her that the vampire has the power and she tries to fight it but can't and almost kills her but Buffy fights it and kills it. Dawn missed the heart and Buffy says she did two her first time but what's coming is worse and then someone opens the brand new Sunnydale High.

    the credits start
    Sarah Michelle Gellar
    Nicholas Brendon
    Emma Caulfield
    Michelle Branch
    James Marsters
    and Alyson Hannigan

    cut to England with Giles on a horse and sees Willow and he sees her doing magic and she says she's connected to everything but the coven is afraid of her. she thought Giles was gonna kill her and she says she just wants to be Willow and Giles says that in the end we're all are who we are. cut to the house and Buffy is concerned because Dawn is going to the same high school and they think that the principal is evil but they're gonna see and it's time and Buffy gives Dawn a present as weapon. cut to Xander putting Buffy and Dawn off and Buffy is afraid and wants Dawn to drop-out and they see Wood and he knows who Buffy is and thinks she's Dawn's mom. then Dawn goes to class. then Buffy looks around and sees a weird guy who then disappears in the basement. then she goes into the bathroom and some monsters are in there that creep her out.

    cut to Dawn introducing herself and Buffy walks in and embarrassed her and then goes away again. cut to Hallie and Anya on a bar and Hallie tells Anya that everyone said that she has become a softy and it's not a good time to be a good-guy and Anya asks if all her demon friends should be there and Hallie says they are. cut to Buffy going to Xander and she tells him about what happened and they're worry. cut to Dawn and someone asks her for a pencil and then sticks it in her eye and she falls on the ground and says it was a bee and goes to the bathroom. she there hears a girl crying and she says that there was something weird. her name is Kit and then they see monsters in the mirrors and then they try to escape but they pull them into the ground.

    cut to England and Willow is on the floor cause she fell and she says she saw the hellmounth and it's gonna open and swallow them all. cut to the basement and then they see this guy and then the demons arrive and they want to harm them. cut to Buffy and Wood and she tells Wood that Dawn is a trouble maker and tells him to kick her out but then she gets called by Dawn and Buffy leaves. then she arrives and they tell her that it was build on their graves but she doesn’t believe and she sees a door behind them and she opens it and she finds Spike there. he is acting strange and laughs and then she gets attacked and he goes back in and hits the demons and goes into where Spike was. Spike is acting strange and he tried to cut something out. Dawn calls her to come to save her and Spike says that they're controlled by a talisman and Spike continues act strange and Buffy tells Dawn to make a weapon and goes out. and then she calls Xander.

    cut to Dawn and the gang and the demons are still there and they say they picked those three because nobody is gonna miss them and then Buffy comes and attacks them and she fights them. cut to Xander coming in to find the talisman but the girl demon arrives and attacks him. but Xander is able to destroy it and the monsters disappear. cut down and guys go out and they became Dawn's friends and think that Buffy is a cool mom and leave. Wood sees it and he doesn't believe it and wants to give Buffy a job and she accepts it and he says he's gonna be the best principal ever. then cut to Spike in the basement and he sees all the villains come through. Warren, Glory, Adam, Mayor, Drusilla and The Master. they all say their own bit and at last Buffy 'It's not about right. it's not about wrong. its about the power'

    Black Out
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    Best episode quotes:

    Buffy: It's about power. Who's got it. Who knows how to use it. So...Who's got the power, Dawn?
    Dawn: Well, I've got the stake.
    Buffy: The stake is not the power.
    Dawn: But he's new. He doesn't know his strength. H-he might not know all those fancy martial arts skills they inevitably seem to pick up.
    Buffy: Who's got the power?
    Dawn: He does.
    Buffy: Never forget it. Doesn't matter how well prepped you are or how well armed you are. You're a little girl.
    Dawn: Woman.
    Buffy: Little woman.
    Dawn: I'm taller than you.
    Buffy: He's a vampire, OK? Demon. Preternaturally strong. Skilled with powers no human could possibly ever—
    Vampire: Excuse me. I think I'm stuck.
    Buffy: You're stuck?
    Vampire: My foot's caught on a root or something, and... I don't even know how I got down there. If you girls could just give me a hand...
    Dawn: Hm. So, he's got the power?
    Buffy: Zip it.
    Vampire: I really appreciate it. It's just it's so dark, and I don't even know what I'm doing here.Whoa. Ooh. Thanks. That was a help. Unfortunately it was the last—thing you'll ever do.
    Buffy: Listen up. I'm the slayer. You don't want to get into it with me. You want blood? You can have hers. Power. He's got it. He's going to use it. You don't have it, so — use that. Perfect.
    Dawn: Buffy!
    Buffy: It's real. It's the only lesson, Dawn. It's always real. Let me see.
    Dawn: It's nothing, it's just a scrape. Plus, I had a plan the whole time.
    Buffy: Really?
    Dawn: Yeah, I planned to get killed, come back as a vampire, and bite you.
    Buffy: You wanted to be trained.
    Dawn: Well, just the next time when you're gonna disa—
    Buffy: You did pretty well.
    Dawn: I did?
    Buffy: Yeah.
    Dawn: 'Cause, you know, with the whole rolling thing, I was actually using his strength, and it was very tai chi. Plus I nearly got the heart.
    Buffy: My first time out, I missed the heart too.
    Dawn: No way.
    Buffy: Just the once.
    Dawn: Well, the next vampire I meet—
    Buffy: The next vampire you meet, you run away. I just wish that was all we had to worry about. Vampires, demons... they're nothing compared to what's coming.
    Dawn: I know. I just can't believe it's back.
    Buffy: Believe me, I thought I was long past it. I guess you never are. Just a few more days 'til it starts. Then we'll never know what's coming next.

    Giles: That doesn't belong there.
    Willow: No, it doesn't.
    Giles: That's the flora kua alaya. A native of Paraguay, if my botany serves.
    Willow: Is there anything you don't know everything about?
    Giles: Synchronized swimming. Complete mystery to me. Yep. Paraguay. Where does it come from?
    Willow: Paraguay.
    Giles: Who brought it through the Earth?
    Willow: It's all connected. The root systems, the molecules...the energy. Everything's connected.
    Giles: You sound like Miss Hartness.
    Willow: She's taught me a lot.
    Giles: Then why aren't you in your lesson?
    Willow: Sorry.
    Giles: It's alright. She was just—
    Willow: afraid. Yeah, they all are. The coven is—they're the most amazing women I've ever met. But there's this look that they get. Like I'm gonna turn them all into bangers and mash, or something. Which I'm not even really sure what that is.
    Giles: They're cautious. I trust you understand that.
    Willow: I don't have that much power, I don't think.
    Giles: Everything's connected. You're connected to a great power, whether you feel it or not.
    Willow: Well you should just take it from me.
    Giles: You know we can't. This isn't a hobby or an addiction. It's inside you now, this magic. You're responsible for it.
    Willow: Will they always be afraid of me?
    Giles: Maybe. Can you handle it?
    Willow: I deserve a lot worse. I killed people, Giles.
    Giles: I've not forgotten.
    Willow: When you brought me here, I thought it was to kill me or to lock me in some mystical dungeon for all eternity or—with the torture. Instead, you go all Dumbledore on me. I'm learning about magic. All about energy and Gaia and root systems.
    Giles: Do you want to be punished?
    Willow: I wanna be Willow.
    Giles: You are. In the end, we all are who we are, no matter how much we may appear to have changed.

    Robin: Tough to let 'em go, huh?
    Buffy: Hi.
    Robin: I'm Robin Wood. New principal.
    Buffy: Oh, uh, Buffy Summers. This is Dawn.
    Robin: Nice to meet you.
    Dawn: Hi.
    Buffy: So you're the new principal. I expected you to be more... aged.
    Robin: Huh. You seem a bit young to have such a gown-up daughter.
    Buffy: Oh. Uh, uh, no. Sister.
    Robin: Oh, right, um, of course.
    Buffy: You didn't really think she's my... it's my hair. I have mom hair.
    Dawn: No...
    Robin: I actually have heard of you, Miss Summers. Graduated from the old high school, am I right?
    Buffy: Uh, yeah. How did you—?
    Robin: Well, I better get back to work. Gotta start deadening young minds. It's really nice to meet you. You have fun.
    Buffy: That was suspicious.
    Dawn: You betcha. Bye.
    Buffy: Oh, Dawn—
    Dawn: I know! You never know what's coming. The stake is not the power. To Serve Man is a cookbook. I love you. Go away.

    Dawn: I love to dance. I like music. I'm very into Britney Spears' early work, before she sold out. So mostly her, um, finger painting and macaroni art. Very underrated. Favorite activities include not ever having to do this again, and uh...
    Buffy: Dawn!
    Dawn: What?
    Buffy: We have to go. It's not safe.
    Dawn: But...
    Buffy: We, um. I mean I saw...
    Teacher: Can I help you?
    Buffy: No, I uh. Dawn, I just thought you were, um, in danger... of smoking. I'll be around.
    Dawn: I also have a sister.

    Anya: God, they're depressing.
    Halfrek: Oh, who are they kidding with this happy, shiny crap?
    Anya: Six weeks tops and she's calling on me for vengeance.
    Halfrek: Oo-ooh, he better run for cover.
    Anya: What's that supposed to mean?
    Halfrek: Oh, sweetie. You know exactly what it means.
    Anya: Excuse me?
    Halfrek: It's the talk of the order. They're calling you "Miss Softserve." Tell me you don't know this.
    Anya: But...who?
    Halfrek: Listen, Anya. I know I've always been a little competitive with you. I mean, there was that thing in the Crimean War. We laugh about it now. But the fact is, I've actually always looked up to you. You were the single-most hard-core vengeance demon on the roster, and everybody knew it. Do I have to mention Mrs. Cholgash?
    Anya: Hmm. Ha. Good times.
    Halfrek: And then you lost your powers. It happens, and you fell for this Xander guy.
    Anya: It was a glitch. A summer thing. I am so back in the vengeance fold.
    Halfrek: No deaths. No eviscerations. You're not goading women into anything inventive, and you're not delivering when it is.
    Anya: I don't even know—
    Halfrek: Waitress downtown wished her husband was a frog? You made him French.
    Anya: Hmph, he's smelly and with a little mustache. She—
    Halfrek: Listen, Anya, if it was just me—
    Anya: What do you mean if it was just you?
    Halfrek: D'Hoffrin. The lower beings. They're all feeling the heat. Something's rising. Something older than the old ones, and everybody's tail is twitching. This is a bad time to be a good guy.
    Anya: Well, what is this—an intervention? Shouldn't all my demon friends be here?
    Halfrek: Sweetie... they are.

    Xander: So, how's it looking? Does the place pass inspection?
    Buffy: Oh, it's great... if you're a zombie ghost thing!
    Xander: So school's back in session, huh?
    Buffy: Seems like old times.
    Xander: So, zombies or ghosts?
    Buffy: I'm not sure. They were in the mirror, but they disappeared. Um, but they touched me, I think. Well, let's just start with dead and pissed.
    Xander: They were after you personally?
    Buffy: They talked about protecting people. Told me to leave.
    Xander: No damage, though.
    Buffy: I think I may have destroyed Dawn's social life in all of about 30 seconds, but apart from that, no.
    Xander: Ah, being popular isn't so great. Or so I've read in books.

    Teacher: Are you all right?
    Dawn: I'm sorry. There was... a... a bee. It flew in my eye. I'm very allergic.
    Teacher: I think it's gone.
    Dawn: Can I go to the bathroom?
    Teacher: Of course.
    Student: Guess it runs in the family.

    Willow: Oh, God.
    Giles: Just breathe.
    Willow: I can't. God!
    Giles: Just breathe.
    Willow: What happened?
    Giles: What do you remember?
    Willow: We were talking and I felt... I felt the Earth. It's all connected. It is, but it's not all good and pure and rootsy. There's deep, deep black. There's... I saw, I saw the Earth, Giles. I saw its teeth.
    Giles: The hell mouth.
    Willow: It's gonna open. It's gonna swallow us all.

    Robin: Well, it's clear your sister looks up to you, which I think is great.
    Buffy: No, she's much, much worse than me. Troublemaker. Expulsion is really the only way to go. You know, or you can suspend her for... three years.
    Robin: Well, how 'bout we give her a chance first. Just as long as she keeps her grades up, and—
    Buffy: Boy, that's loud.
    Robin: That's a part of the reason we don't allow cell phones in—
    Buffy: Excuse me. Yeah. sorry. My dog. Uh, dog walker. Three dead?
    Robin: Oh, my God!
    Buffy: Uh, no, I'll be right there.
    Robin: Your dogs are dead?
    Dawn: And, Buffy? Isn't this reception amazing? I'm in the freakin' basement!
    Buffy: OK. Sorry about that. I—I have to ...
    Robin: Yeah. No, of course. And good luck with that...dog tragedy.

    Buffy: Dawn! Dawn? I'm close by.
    Dead Janitor: Too late. But then, you're always too late, aren't you? Sure as hell didn't save me.
    Buffy: Where's my sister?
    Dead Janitor: I think she's lost.
    Buffy: If I'm the one who let you die, why take it out on her? I'm right here. C'mon, what're you after? Fear? Revenge? Tasty brains?
    Dead Guy: I think I'd like Dawn to be my girlfriend.
    Buffy: Again, wrong sister. I'm the one that dates dead guys. And, no offense, but they were hotties. I mean, I'm sure you had a great personality, but...
    Dead Girl: Busy making out with your dead boyfriend while I was ripped to death by a werewolf? Is that why you let me die?
    Dead Guy: I was screaming for help when they pulled me down—
    Buffy: Hello! Not making myself clear. I don't care how you died. I'm sorry for your loss, but where is my sister? Dawn!
    Dead Janitor: She's not gonna hear you. This place is like a maze.
    Dead Girl: This place is ours now. It was built on our graves.
    Dead Janitor: All we want is for you to leave so we can rest again.
    Buffy: Actually, I'm thinking all you want is to get between me and that door. Who's for finding out why. If at first you don't succeed... cheat! Dawnie, we have to get o—Spike? Are you real?
    Spike: Buffy, duck.
    Buffy: What? Duck? There's a duck?
    Spike: No visitors today. Terribly busy.
    Dead Guy: Told you to get out.
    Buffy: He'll probably show up in a sec.
    Spike: Nobody comes in here. It's just the three of us.
    Buffy: Spike, have you seen Dawn? She came down here with some kids.
    Spike: Don't you think I'm trying? I'm not fast. I'm not a quick study. I droped my board in the water and the chalk all ran. Sure to be caned. Should've seen that coming.
    Buffy: What did you do?
    Spike: I tried... I... tried to cut it out.
    Buffy: Dawn?
    Dawn: Buffy, where are you?
    Buffy: I... Look, where are you?
    Dawn: I don't know. In a room by the furnace. Near where we fell in. They dragged us in here, and then they disappeared.
    Buffy: Yeah, they came after me too.
    Dawn: Well, what do they want?
    Buffy: So far, to piss me off.
    Dawn: Please, tell me it's working.
    Buffy: Oh, I'm damage-bound. I just can't figure them. Ghosts can't touch you and zombies can't disappear, so I don't know what—
    Spike: Not ghosts.
    Dawn: Who was that?
    Buffy: Hold on. You know what they are?
    Spike: Manifest spirits controlled by a talisman, raised to seek vengeance. A 4-year-old could figure it.
    Buffy: Hang tight. I'll find you. These things can hurt you. You can hurt them too. Find a weapon. I'll come for you. Spike, you gonna help me out?
    Spike: This is my home. I belong here. Always been here. Cheers for stopping by. It's in the wall.
    Buffy: I'll get back to you.

    Dead Janitor: You can thank your sister for this.
    Dawn: Thanks, sis.

    Robin: Curiouser and curiouser.
    Buffy: What is?
    Robin: Carlos Trejo and Kit Holburn, right? Possibly the only two students in this school whose files are as thick as yours was.
    Buffy: You really did your homework, didn't you?
    Robin: I was looking for one or both of them to actually implode in a fearsome way right before midterms. And now I see that you got 'em socializing and hugging and actually, if I'm not mistaken, headed to class.
    Buffy: Well, we shared an... encounter.
    Robin: Look, I know you're probably more than happy to get out of this place. But I gotta tell you, Miss Summers, I think you belong here.
    Buffy: Hmm, new?
    Robin: Listen, I know this school's reputation. What, you think I got this job based on seniority? We got a lot of troubled students here, and just enough money to keep this place from caving in.
    Buffy: Yeah, you might need a little extra there.
    Robin: Well, we do have a community outreach program. And the money we could pay you... wouldn't even fold. But it would just be a couple of days a week.
    Buffy: Are you asking me to be a counselor?
    Robin: Well, we have a guidance counselor, but I was thinking the kids could use someone, you know, closer to their age who still—
    Buffy: I'm in!
    Robin: What, you serious? You—you did hear the part about the money, right?
    Buffy: Yeah, I heard. My schedule might be a little funtastic, but, uh, I'll work it out. I'd like to keep an eye on this place.
    Robin: Well, that's great. Look at that. It's not even noon, and I've already bullied my first family member into helping out. I'm going to be the best principal ever.

    Spike: The thing is...I had a speech. I learned it all. Oh, God. She won't understand, she won't understand.
    The First/Warren: Of course she won't understand, Sparky. I'm beyond her understanding. She's a girl. Sugar and spice and everything...useless unless you're baking. I'm more than that. More than flesh...
    The First/Glory:...more than blood. I'm... you know, I honestly don't think there's a human word fabulous enough for me. Oh, my name will be on everyone's lips, assuming their lips haven't been torn off. But not just yet. That's alright, though...
    The First/Adam: ...I can be patient. Everything is well within parameters. She's exactly where I want her to be. And so are you, Number 17. You're right where you belong.
    The First/The Mayor: So what'd you think? You'd get your soul back and everything'd be Jim Dandy? Soul's slipperier than a greased weasel. Why do you think I sold mine? Well, you probably thought that you'd be your own man, and I respect that, but...
    The First/Drusilla:...you never will. You'll always be mine. You'll always be in the dark with me, singing our little songs. You like our little songs, don't you? You've always liked them, right from the beginning. And that's where we're going...
    The First/The Master: ...right back to the beginning. Not the Bang... not the Word... the true beginning. The next few months are going to be quite a ride. And I think we're all going to learn something about ourselves in the process. You'll learn you're a pathetic schmuck, if it hasn't sunk in already. Look at you. Trying to do what's right, just like her. You still don't get it. It's not about right, not about wrong...
    The First/Master: ...it's about power.

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    Story: 10
    Acting: 10
    Writing: 10
    Picture: 10
    Gripping: 10
    My Rank: 10
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    Total: 10
  • great episode, looming of the inpending evil

    8.3
    This has a great ending. the ending really hints what is to come. The villians that have been in the show were shown backwards to hint what was comming. The First. I think that this was a great episode. The villians were shown backwards Warren, Glory, Adam, Drusilla, The Master adn finally Buffy, this i thkn means that she i cansidered to be her own worst enemy.
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