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Long weekends are the best. I've been bumming around in an oversized sweatshirt and my ugg slippers and watching an unhealthy amount of Charmed. It's beautiful. There is a project I should be working on but the procrastination bug bit me around fourth grade and I'm still infected. Why make life easy on myself anyway? Oh hey since my life isn't interesting whatsoever I have another picspam ;)

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Okay, so it was weird watching a season 1 and a season 7 episode back to back. I've never done that before. So much has changed, it's ridiculous. You'd think it was a different show altogether. This is a rather long picspam due to Spike being a main focus in the episode. This is how my picspams will always go, minimum amount of Riley and maximum amount of Spike. If you don't like it, you can kindly leave :)

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I have to do work right now? Can't I just walk around for a while in my coat?
A+, I totally thought that was Spike before the camera panned up to Andrew's face. Can I just say that Tom Lenk cracks me up. I follow him on twitter and he's hilarious. I didn't think a character introduced in the sixth season would fall into my favorites but Andrew is definitely up there. I kind of wish Andrew would have been around in the high school years. I feel bad for Jonathan but I'll explain why when I get to the episode in which he dies.

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LOOK AT HOW THEY STARE INTO EACH OTHER'S SOUL. Just kidding. Kind of. I have nothing to say other than they're very pretty together, this is true. My commentary is getting worse and worse, I'm sorry.

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DAWN: Her exact words were, "I've got stuff coming out of both ends."
PRINCIPAL WOOD: Thank you. That's very helpful.

It's great to see two seasons later you still haven't lost your awkward touch Dawn. I don't really like Principal Woods, 1. he tries to kill Spike 2. he hooks up with Faith 3. he's not that interesting. BRING BACK SNYDER XD

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Spike can clearly get out of those ropes. I don't understand why he wasn't chained up in the basement from the start. They're still pretty together, even vamp faced. Maybe if I don't have anything productive to say I should leave the pictures by themselves. y/y?

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Poor Buffy. I don't know what's harder for her. Dealing with First influenced Spike or newly ensouled thinks he has insight Spike. It's probably a tie. Willow and Buffy needed more scenes together in season 7. Well a lot of characters needed more scenes together but of course we had to make room for a stupid scene with Woods being all principaly among other useless little tidbits throughout the season. I'm not bitter or anything.

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Willow is not to be trifled with! This is another one of those moments where after watching a season 1 episode you see dramatic character differences. Then again, scaring the pants off of Andrew isn't a difficult feat.

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Anya makes an excellent bad cop. Look at her death stare in the second picture. Another woman not to be trifled with. This is basically Andrew's day from hell.

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I can't stand blood. This scene made me feel nauseous so here you can have Buffy looking lovely and imagine the feeding scene for yourself.

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Meaning I have come to redefine the words pain and suffering since I fell in love with you.
Ouch. Needed to be said though and I don't think it's that much of a dig at Buffy as it is to himself. Loving Dru was easy because they were both evil. Loving Buffy...evil isn't supposed to love good and I think that's where the pain comes from. He suffers from loving her because he can't have her. Look at me, I'm all insightful. Not. Why is Spike's nose ridiculously shiny in this episode? It bothers me.

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lmao I love Anya and her deer shirt. I wonder if Xander was referring to himself when he was telling Andrew about the guy who she killed slowly by replacing his heart with darkness and making him live out his life like that. He better not because BITCH YOU'RE THE ONE WHO LEFT HER AT THE ALTAR. YOU DESERVE IT.

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And just when you think Andrew couldn't possibly be abused enough by this lot, Spike goes all hulk grabs him through the wall and takes a nice little bite out of him. Lovely. Are those even James Marster's arms?

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I'VE GOT A THEORY, THAT'S IT'S A TRIGGER! Couldn't help myself, I'm a dork. Anyways, how does Xander still remember the army stuff? You'd think it would be out of his mind by now. Who am I asking these questions to? I've been asking a lot of them. They're not rhetorical btw so if anyone wants to set me straight please do.

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What's up with this guy? Zombie Woods! Braaaaaains.

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*sigh* give me a moment...okay moment over, sadly. I don't care if you're not big on the Spike/Buffy love, you can't deny how beautiful this scene is. She believes in him. It takes a lot for Buffy to believe in someone so this is kind of a big deal. This scene kind of reminded me of the closing one in Intervention (season 5) because of the look on Spike's face. These are the moments I love to see between these two. Where they genuinely surprise each other. Once again, it's beautiful.

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HOLY MOSES DAWN KICKED ASS AGAINST THAT ONE BRINGER. And then she screwed up her shining moment by hovering over him with a knife instead of stabbing him. Think Dawnie, THINK. Dun dun dunnnn The First is re-introduced. Scary shit.

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Wow watchers council that was rude blowing up like that.

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Spike clearly hadn't suffered enough from the brutal trials for his soul so lets have The First kidnap and bleed him. And then let's have it take on the form of the girl he's in love with to really screw with his head. Yeah! I like seeing Buffy evil though, ngl. I sometimes think Buffy should have been the one to live on the dark side in season 6 rather than Willow. It would have made more sense, honestly.

Overall: One of the better episodes from season 7. I prefer the first half of the season to the second half aside from Touched and Chosen. Giles wasn't in this episode and that's pretty much the only thing missing.
Rating: 7/10 (I don't know how I should do my ratings anymore, any suggestions?)

Date: 2009-11-29 08:13 pm (UTC)
geckoholic: (btvs willow/oz)
From: [personal profile] geckoholic
Wow, you reeeeally don't like Woods, now, do you? *lol* I'm with you, though, he was annoying.

Nice picspam!

Date: 2009-11-30 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol, I don't hate him but I feel like the screen time his character got should have gone to other characters who people actually give a damn about.

Thank you :)

Date: 2009-11-29 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I haven't seen much Buffy, but I really love your picspams and comments bb! :D

Date: 2009-11-30 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you bb! <3

Date: 2009-11-29 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

The commentary is excellent.
Spike is so yum.

Date: 2009-11-30 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I'm glad someone enjoys my commentary! Spike is very yum.

Date: 2009-11-29 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
omg, i totally just made a picspam, too, WIN! except the one i just made is the first i ever made, and i do believe i must work on ~teh skillz~, lol. as usual, this was fantastic to stare at the pretty/read.

lmao at Wood in that picture. He annoys the crap out of me.

AND OMG I LOVE YOUR SPUFFY-RELATED COMMENTARY/COMMENTARY IN GENERAL. IA with what you said about the way Spike and Buffy look at each, they're not ~epically in lurve~, no they're not going to run off and have blondie babies. They just have a chemistry, and a history that even anti-Spike fans of Buffy can't dismiss. It's THERE, and it pretty much always has been. /fangirl moment

Are those even James Marster's arms?
I highly doubt it. xD LOL.

Date: 2009-11-30 04:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And when do I get to see this picspam of yours, missy? ;)


Date: 2009-11-29 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You will never hear me argue with maximum amounts of Spike! I really enjoy these, and the commentary makes me actually think more about what happens rather than just watching and accepting for what the show gives you. I tend to do that, not question really and just go along with it lol.

Date: 2009-11-30 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's good, lol. Yeah I never accept what's going on. The commentary here is basically my thought process from the first time I watched the episodes (minus the references to future episodes). I'm the worst person to watch shows with because I'll seriously sit there and be like "OMG NO, THIS SHOULD HAPPEN NOT THAT AND WHY IS THAT PERSON THERE AND OMG BORING NEXT SCENE PLEASE" XD

Date: 2009-11-29 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha. Great, great.
I love this episode. Poor Andrew. He's always getting roughed around. I want Anya's deer shirt, fa real.

This is a great picspam.

Date: 2009-11-30 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Seriously, Andrew just can't get a break. Thank you! :3

Date: 2009-11-30 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This picspam made me LOL hard.

This is how my picspams will always go, minimum amount of Riley and maximum amount of Spike.

I'm cool yo.

Andrew <<<333 Tom Lenk is comedic genius.

Hah, I actually like Wood. I think the actor was just good with comic delivery.

Anya in this episode is GOLD. One of my favourite moments is when she slaps Xander and then she's like 'sorry!' silently.

I wonder if Xander was referring to himself

I feel pretty sure that he was referring to himself, though not in the vengeance way you're thinking. I think the story there is about guilt. When he broke her heart, he brought on his own sense of inner emptiness which he has to live with everyday, knowing that the pain of both of them is his own fault.

James Marsters and Sarah Michelle are fabulous in that last S/B scene. I don't think you have to be a Spuffy shipper to appreciate that Buffy believes in Spike because he is worth saving, regardless of whatever feelings she has for him.

Date: 2009-11-30 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're so right! I didn't That makes total sense that the story was about his guilt and not her vengeance. Aw now I feel bad for Xander :( thank you!

Date: 2009-12-01 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heh, not actually my original interpretation unfortunately. I think it's been around in fandom for a while.

Date: 2009-11-30 06:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is how my picspams will always go, minimum amount of Riley and maximum amount of Spike. If you don't like it, you can kindly leave.

You must really have some kind of hang up about Riley, considering you found it necessary to mention him in a post about an episode that had nothing to do with him.

I don't really like Principal Woods, 1. he tries to kill Spike 2. he hooks up with Faith 3. he's not that interesting. BRING BACK SNYDER XD

I like Robin Woods. Granted, he tried to kill Spike out of revenge. But he had a better excuse than Giles. As for him hooking up with Faith . . . why is that a problem?

Well a lot of characters needed more scenes together but of course we had to make room for a stupid scene with Woods being all principaly among other useless little tidbits throughout the season. I'm not bitter or anything.

You're blaming the Robin Woods character for there being less Buffy/Willow scenes in Season 7???

Date: 2009-11-30 08:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I said that because I had very little of Riley in the first picspam I did for "Into the Woods" when it was mainly focused on his character just like Spike is the main focus in this episode.

Okay, everyone is free to like or dislike whoever they want. It's a problem because I'm not much of a Faith fan and I felt their getting together was rushed and predictable.

I'm basically saying that there were unnecessary scenes thrown into season 7 and I was using his scene as an example. I'm not blaming anyone.

Date: 2009-11-30 08:50 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-11-30 08:52 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-11-30 08:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Andrew is my favorite thing in the whole wide world.

Date: 2009-11-30 08:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i could not agree more
i have a prof right now who 1) wrote his master's thesis on the 'big bads' in each season of buffy and 2) looks and talks like andrew MY LIFE IS COMPLETE

Date: 2009-11-30 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
omg i want to marry that man

Date: 2009-11-30 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
robin wood can suck my dick.

honestly, the amount of hate you have for riley is equivalent to my principal wood hate (not woods). and faith would never go for him, he has a yuppy asshole tone when he talks and he's wesley stylie self righteous annoying without enough back history to make him a good character. ergh.

i love anya and andrew together. but separately i don't love andrew as much as everyone else.

also, i like how all the annoying season seven potentials make me be like 'oh okay, dawn. yr not that bad. yr just watcher jr. and im cool with that'

xander totally deserved it: "replaced his heart with darkness" my ass, suck my dick.

they used that halloween army bullhit and sucked it dry.

ilove first buffy but

I sometimes think Buffy should have been the one to live on the dark side in season 6 rather than Willow. It would have made more sense, honestly.

how would that make more sense?

Date: 2009-11-30 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
See how irrelevant he is to me. I can't even remember his name right XD oops

Buffy was pretty dark in season 6 and she was sleeping with evil so it could have been interesting for Buffy to be the one who went bad and not Willow. It just makes sense in my mind, idk.
Edited Date: 2009-11-30 11:58 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-12-01 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i agree that she was dark, but to me she was always more sad and broken than bad. willow's dark was more reckless and vengeance. i feel like buffy would have only hurt herself, no one else.

Date: 2009-12-01 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is totally off topic, and has nothing to do with your screencaps or commentary (though, I do love reading it :)).

My sister recently went out and bought the 6th season, since I've refused to own it in the past, and today I just started watching the season from the beginning. I'm up to "Flooded". I have to say, that the start of the season is great. But, to be honest, I'm dreading the rest. I really like the post "Gift" Buffy and Spike, where she confides in him about being in Heaven. I can totally see them becoming friends and him being her confidant. And I honestly think the writers ruined what could've been great friendship. But I promised myself that I would watch the entire season with an open mind, and no B/A biased-ness (as you can see I'm doing a bang up job already XD).

For some reason, I've launched into a severe Buffy kick. I blame it on the fact that I'm re-reading "Buffy the Vampire Salyer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale" this book has re-newed my love for mah girl Buffy and for the fandom. It's taken over my icons again :] And I'm seriously jonesing for a BtVS discussion :D

Date: 2009-12-01 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay :D my favorite season! What Spike and Buffy have in season 6 is very distorted and unhealthy, they may be my otp but even I can admit that. In season 7 they kind of get back to what they had in "The Gift", friendship and respect for one another. The only episode in season 6 I have a hard time watching is "Seeing Red".

Wait have you watched season 6 before or this your first time?

That book sounds interesting. I've been looking for some good Buffy related literature. Do you have any other suggestions? :)

Date: 2009-12-02 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm definitely dreading "Seeing Red" :(

This would be my first time watching it all the way through without stopping. I actually watched the season up until "Smashed" when it was on, but that ep made me kind of drift off from Buffy entirely. Like, I just dropped it and didn't look back until I heard through word-of-mouth that the show was ending, and out of solidarity for my once beloved show, and without knowing the full extent of the storyline up until the finale of the series, I watched "Chosen". So, yeah, I pretty much need to re-watch both S6 & S7. And now I own both :D

It's an awesome book, it's all about digging deeper into the show, and looking at the characters in different philosophical ways. They're all essays, and there's one essay in particular that I absolutely love: "Buffy in the Buff: A Slayer's Solution to Aristotle's Love Paradox". And because I'm a complete Buffy nerd, and have time to waste, I could totally type out the essay for you on here if you'd be interested in reading it. It discusses all of Buffy's 3 main relationships and how it solves Aristotle's Love Paradox.

As for other Buffy books, I own: The Sunnydale High Yearbook, The Watcher's Guide Volumes 1 & 2, "Monster Island" a B/A crossover novel, "Heat" another B/A crossover, "Immortal" (set during season 3), and "Buffy: The Lost Slayer" (set during the beginning of season 4, with no Riley thank God! :D I really loved these books, there were four of them, and I can't for the life me remember where I put them D:)

Date: 2009-12-03 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much for the book suggestions :D my birthday is next week and people have been asking me what I want so I can definitely add these to the list.

I hope you like season 6 better this time around and hopefully season 7 too. They are really strong seasons, imo.

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