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Ello, I'm gonna try something new. So I found this randomnizer thing and mixed up all the Buffy episodes and I've decided to watch them based on that. Now after each episode I'm going to do a little picspam with commentary on here. I just need something to take my mind off of stuff and this will take up some time so yeah. If you're not a Buffy fan feel free to skim over these entries or if you're curious take a gander and you might find yourself thinking "hey, I should watch this show!" ;) I don't have any conditions regarding the caps, if you want to make icons from them then do what you please. All I did was clean them up a bit and resize them so I really don't care.

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First of all any episode where Riley leaves...okay wait where I intended on taking that is not true. Basically, Riley is the worst character ever in the Buffyverse. I am convinced. Yes, he is worse than Dawn and Connor, combined even. Why you may ask? I think just by watching this episode your question can be answered. This is strictly my opinion and you are free to disagree with me but you aren't going to change my view of him so you might as well just let it be.

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Hello opening scene. I honestly thought this would be the scene in which Joyce died. As soon as Buffy found out she was going to be fine I was waiting for the crash cart to come bursting through the doors or for Buffy to wake up from a dream. Obviously I was not aware that the Body had a much more tragic death waiting for everyone but let's not get into that. I definitely felt like this scene would not be the end of it all. It seemed too easy. And this is Joss and many other writers who equally share in the pleasure of tearing their viewers apart that we're talking about, easy doesn't exist in their world.

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Ohh Anya what would anyone ever do without the comic relief you provide? Dawn makes this scene pretty awkward especially with the term "boink."

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This is my picspam/recap, do you honestly think I'd include a Buffy/Riley sex scene in it? So I give you pretty Buffy resting her head on cardboard ;)

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I don't find smoking attractive at all. But when it comes to Spike UNF. I'm justified because Spike is dead therefore the smoke does nothing to his lungs (which he doesn't even need to use) and this makes smoking harmless. In this case only! So anyway here we have Riley being a sneaky douche and running off to get his kicks elsewhere. Too bad Spike is creeping in the shadows and looking mighty fine while doing so.

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"Come on, wigs are fun. We can get you a whole bunch of different ones. You know, you can be, like, Sixties Mom, Action Mom...French Maid Mom..."
Buffy and Joyce scenes make me cry even when they aren't necessarily emotionally heavy. I love the relationship they have and how her mom can see that things just aren't right with Riley.

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Is this moment filled to the brim with sexual tension or what? It's probably the most intimate setting the two of them have ever been in up until this point. I always wondered why Buffy didn't send him outside while she put some clothes on. And why is she naked in the first place? Riley wasn't there, was he? Maybe Buff just likes to sleep in the buff. Another unsolved mystery.

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GOTCHA. Is it sad that I laughed when Riley said "harder"? I kind of wish Buffy would have slugged Riley before she ran off but oh well. That is what he wanted I suppose. Poor Spike doesn't understand Buffy AT ALL at this point.

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Anya: 'I dislike that Anya. She's newly human and strangely literal.'
Willow: Anya, I don't say that. No one says that. No one talks that way.
This scene cracks me up and then Buffy storms in and breaks up the laughs with her "bitch just crossed me" face. I love how the Scoobies automatically detect something is wrong, they just know.


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Okay miss pyro, why couldn't you take that aggression out on Riley? I just like the Giles and Buffy moment in this scene. Their eyes can reveal so much. And look, fireeee pretty ;)

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Favorite scene in the episode, hands down. And *gasp* it includes Riley! Rileys finds out for sure that Spike has a thing for Buffy and he reacts to it differently than I originally thought he would. Spike also makes a very good statement regarding Buff, "she needs a little monster in her man." This is true whether or not Riley can accept that.

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Too much Riley in this scene and the caps are hard to color so I think one with his back towards the camera will do. Riley gives Buffy the douchiest thing ever, an ultimatum. Basically he spins this around to make it look like she is the one at fault and the relationship relies on her word. Bullshit. Coward move. I do love when he's all "HIT MEH BUFFY" and she walks away. PWNED.

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This scene was the defining moment where you can see that Buffy can take care of herself now. On her own. She doesn't need a guy to hold her stake for her or the Scoobies to be right around the corner backing her up. She can take on a circle of vamps like they're nothing and especially when she is pissed off. Why brown leather pants though? Why?

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"If he's not the guy, if what he needs from you just isn't there, let him go. Break his heart, and make it a clean break. But if you really think you can love this guy ... I'm talking scary, messy, no-emotions-barred need ... if you're ready for that ... then think about what you're about to lose."
Another thing that pisses me off about Riley is how Buffy really did love him. Maybe she didn't completely let him in but she did open her heart to him. I mean they had been together what? A year or so. Did he expect them to be 100% vulnerable with each other that early in a relationship? Buffy has trust issues and this should not be news to him. Xander makes a good point but I think it has more to do with his relationship with Anya than it does for Buffy and Riley. Once again, just my opinion.

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Good riddance, buddy. One thing I have to say about this show is it balances the depressing with the uplifting. As Buffy and Riley's relationship disintegrates, Xander and Anya's gets stronger.

Overall: Decent filler episode. Too much of a focus on Riley for me to consider it a great one. A+ ending though
Rating: 6/10

Date: 2009-11-26 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nothingwasleft.livejournal.com
i am seriously considering renting buffy season 1 and becoming an addict.

ps- how is clancy doing?

Date: 2009-11-26 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
Woman, I have the entire series. I told you we should schedule a marathon day.

She's home and has lots of drugs in her system so she's in happy land right now ;)

Date: 2009-11-26 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nothingwasleft.livejournal.com
we should. i've already got the hots for spike UNF.

good :] i'm glad everything is okay.

Date: 2009-11-26 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
hahaha your icon

DO YOU NOW? You'd seriously be my favorite person ever if you watched it with me.

Date: 2009-11-27 05:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nothingwasleft.livejournal.com
your icon.... thats like a 12 pack.

let's do it :]

Date: 2009-11-27 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
amazing, yes?

okay, we shall!

Date: 2009-11-26 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aylai.livejournal.com
Nice caps. Just reading it reminded me of something. How is it Spike *can* smoke when Angel couldn't resuscitate Buffy in Season 1.

Date: 2009-11-26 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
Thank you :) Another continuancy issue I suppose, idk.

Date: 2009-11-26 03:02 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-11-26 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
Possibly :P

Date: 2009-11-26 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dustyrecords.livejournal.com
YES! RILEY LEVELS TO A MINIMUM! hahah :P

Omg, I thought the same exact thing about Xander ~coaching~ Buffy about her relationship with Riley. OBVIOUS ANYA TRANSFERENCE.

Date: 2009-11-26 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alaizabel.livejournal.com
i need to watch this episode. either i haven't watched it or i forgot what happened. i like the commentary. how does the randomizer thing work?

Date: 2009-11-26 07:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
I just copy/pasted every single Btvs episode on to here http://www.random.org/lists/ and it generated a random order list

Date: 2009-11-26 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unnecessaryhat.livejournal.com
I need to re-watch this show. It just feels like such a time commitment what with it being 7 seasons long.

Date: 2009-11-26 07:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
You could always skip the episodes you're not too fond of. I love Buffy but there are some episodes I may never watch again.

Date: 2009-11-26 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caughtfire.livejournal.com
this is amazing omg

your photoshop skillz rock

Date: 2009-11-26 07:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
lol not really, all I did was clean up the caps and split them up in four columns with the line tool

ty <3

Date: 2009-11-26 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylavinia.livejournal.com
Basically, Riley is the worst character ever in the Buffyverse. I am convinced. Yes, he is worse than Dawn and Connor, combined even. Why you may ask? I think just by watching this episode your question can be answered. This is strictly my opinion and you are free to disagree with me but you aren't going to change my view of him so you might as well just let it be.


I disagree with you.


By the way, nice pictures.

Date: 2009-11-26 06:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
Most people do.

Thanks.

Date: 2009-11-26 06:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tell-a-tale-4-u.livejournal.com
I LOVE THIS IDEA and now I want to watch Buffy again and I am still in Season 5. I just don't like it that much. Stupid Dawn is making me wanna quit. :(


Do you mind me asking, what randomizer do you mean? Sounds great.


Obviously, this is gorgeous, positively lovely. ♥

Date: 2009-11-26 08:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
OMG KEEP GOING. I PROMISE IT GETS BETTER.

I used this http://www.random.org/lists/

thank you so much bb :)

Date: 2009-11-26 09:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ohwaluvusbab.livejournal.com
I don't hate Riley with the burning passion that everyone else seems to, due to the fact that I seem to be paralysed with not caring. Dawn honestly bugs me more in this season and the next. (However, I must state that Connor pwns them both and Vincent Kartheiser can act rings around Blucas and Trachtenberg.)

Buffy/Riley sex scene

You know what I hate? Watching two people with less than zero chemistry having sex. I always imagine Spike's look of frustration outside is due to the better job he knows he could be doing.

I do love when he's all "HIT MEH BUFFY" and she walks away. PWNED.

I think Buffy's refusal to hit him pinpoints exactly what is missing from their relationship. While I believe that Buffy did love him (though was never *in* love with him), they're just not equals.
In contrast, how many times has Buffy just struck at Spike without even thinking - no holding back. That's what Riley wants - unbridled passion.

Xander makes a good point but I think it has more to do with his relationship with Anya than it does for Buffy and Riley.

I see a lot of people being furious with Xander for his lecture here, suggesting that he's trying to live vicariously through Riley. I think you're right in this - Xander identifies with Buffy here, not Riley, and is frustrated with her for not succeeding where he fails (with Anya). Which is also unfair, but in a different sort of way.

Good riddance, buddy.

Unfortunately, he makes a return in S6. *stabs 'As You Were'*
I'm not crazy about B/R obviously, but I do think their break-up was very realistic and well-written.

*looks forward to your next episode picspam*

Date: 2009-11-26 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
I agree, Vincent is a much better actor. I saw some clips from Mad Men and I was like "omg Connor is all growed up"

Really? People are furious about what he says here? I've been furious with Xander countless times for what he has said but this is not one of those times. Oh well.

Oh I know, "As You Were" is hard to watch because once again who is the focus on? Freaking Riley, haha. I also agree that the break-up was realistic and well-written.

Thank you :)

Date: 2009-11-27 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ohwaluvusbab.livejournal.com
I saw some clips from Mad Men and I was like "omg Connor is all growed up"

LOL. Yeah, VK is gold on that show.

People are furious about what he says here?

Oh yeah. Basically Xander is reinforcing the blame on Buffy, to some people. I'm with you though - I can think of plenty worse things he's said.

Date: 2009-11-27 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
I really want to get into Mad Men, I've just been lazy. Is it that good?

Hmm yeah I can see that now. Honestly, this just struck me as Xander giving Buffy something to think about because he knows how Riley really feels about the situation and he feels bad for the guy. I didn't see him reinforcing the blame on Buffy but I can see how others would.

Date: 2009-11-28 04:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ohwaluvusbab.livejournal.com
Is it that good?

That and better. It is kind of difficult to get into at first though. And (warning) VK's character is kind of a huge douche. Well really all the characters are not very likeable, but in a good way.

Honestly, this just struck me as Xander giving Buffy something to think about

Ditto. Especially the part about love, which I imagine resonates with her not necessarily because of Riley, but because Buffy does essentially shut down emotionally after all the things she's been through.

Date: 2009-11-26 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dianoram.livejournal.com
Basically he spins this around to make it look like she is the one at fault and the relationship relies on her word. Bullshit. Coward move. I do love when he's all "HIT MEH BUFFY" and she walks away. PWNED.

Completely agree with you. The nerve on this guy. She doesn't need his shoulder to cry on because she fears she'll fall apart if she lets go that way. I mean come on, she was always holding in her feelings. That's what she does. Her mother was sick and suddenly it's her fault he let vamp ho such his arm... Riley sometimes annoys me to no end.

Just compare their talks about this with Buffy and Angel talking in Forever after Joyce's funeral. Nope. Riley could never be Angel, and just listen to her without being clingy.

Love what you're doing with this :-)

Date: 2009-11-26 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
Exactly! Her mom was her main focus and there is NOTHING wrong with that. Riley made the argument that she needed to let him take care of stuff for her. Well she did, just not in the way HE wanted. Basically it all comes back to Riley not getting what he wants when he wants it.

Oh god the talk in Forever :')

Thank you, I wasn't sure if this would go over well at first.

Date: 2009-11-26 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dianoram.livejournal.com
Oh, no, this is great. Gives me the opportunity to vent because I can't imagine Buffy with anyone but Angel (except Spike, sometimes.)

Also, I enjoy the nice pics :-)

Date: 2009-11-27 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
lol, yeah I'm a Buffy/Angel Buffy/Spike girl all the way. Everyone else can gtfo.

Glad you enjoy them :D

Date: 2009-11-26 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] totallyvacant.livejournal.com
Riley gives Buffy the douchiest thing ever, an ultimatum. Basically he spins this around to make it look like she is the one at fault and the relationship relies on her word. Bullshit. Coward move. I do love when he's all "HIT MEH BUFFY" and she walks away. PWNED.

I totally agree with this. I mean, this douche puts her through that and then makes it seem like it's her fault? Dude can take his douchie ass and get the fuck out of there. I was pretty much cheering when he left.

Just to say, I love Xander's speech at the end of the episode...there are some moments when he's a bit of an ass (*cough*Dead Man's Party*cough*), but I love him in this scene. :)

Date: 2009-11-27 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
Yes, exactly. Dead Man's Party was probably the peak of his douchiness. I couldn't look at him the same for a long time after that.

I don't love him in this scene but I appreciate him in it.

Date: 2009-11-26 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vamplover80.livejournal.com
This is great! I really like this idea. I agree with pretty much everything you said. I had originally liked Riley, but that didn't last long

Date: 2009-11-27 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breeliz.livejournal.com
Thank you! Yeah, I tolerated Riley in season 4 but I CANNOT STAND HIM beyond that.

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