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Episode 63: S4E7 The Initiative

March 19th, 2012 by bthomas

Riley’s interest in Buffy has developed into a full on crush even though he denies it to his two close buddies who both see that he likes her. While he tries to sort all that out, Spike, who was captured last week by the commandos, is being held prisoner in a hi-tech facility underneath the University. He’s told by another vampire that they will attempt to drug him with tainted blood once they’ve starved him to near insanity. As it turns out, Riley is an agent of this military-like demon hunting crusade called the Initiative.

Podcast Length: 24:13

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  1. bdegrande

    I think both of you are way off base on this one. The Initiative is a great episode. Not only does it advance the plot substantially but it has some of the best scenes in the entire series.

    1)Spike’s escape from The Initiative. The writers were concerned about not making Spike look too heroic, and Joss eventually told him that Spike WAS going to look heroic and to deal with it. Spike’s blaming Buffy and cosmetics companies is hilarious.

    2) The best fight scene EVER – Xander/Harmony. From the trash talking – “I am highly trained to put this through your heart” and “I can kill you where you stand” to the actual slapping and kicking – and then the whole scene goes into slow motion.

    3)The reveal of The Initiative blew me away the first time I saw it. This looked like a big budget movie rather than the usual Buffy sets we are used to. It was obvious that Captain Cardboard would be one of the commandos, not so obvious that The Evil Bitch Monster of Death would be involved. And the large white weather balloon is a tip of the hat to one of my favorite TV series, The Prisoner.

    4)Finally, the Spike/Willow can’t get it up scene might be my favorite scene of the entire series. It starts out absolutely terrifying, but then they each try to comfort each other, Willow’s self-loathing kicks in when she thinks Spike is settling for biting her, Spike resents being patronized, and Willow eventually realizes that she should break a lamp over Spike’s head. Magnificent stuff from both actors.

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