Saturday, July 14, 2012
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Pangs
airdate: 23 Nov 1999.
Wow, I haven't done one of these since May. That means I need to do two per week until the end of the year in order to finish, as per my goal. I haven't been keeping up with all of my New Year's goals lately, but I've been half-assing them enough to say I'm doing something. That's a metaphor for my life! I half-ass everything enough to say I did SOMEthing. Oh, well. It seems to be enough at the moment to delude myself into thinking I'm content. I just realized recently that I don't think about things in terms of "success and failure". Everything in my life is self-defined and I'm really easy on my self, as it turns out.
Ok, this is the episode about a Native American poltergeist that's revenging against the Americans that wronged him because of Thanksgiving and new colonists and shit. Angel is lurking. Buffy decides to make Thanksgiving dinner for everyone. The Initiative is searching for Spike, who's sad and neutered and alone. Xander is working construction and ends up with the "funny syphilis" because he fell into an old mission no one knew was there at his construction site, which is the whole reason the vengeance spirit has been unearthed, of course. Giles is harboring Angel. Apparently he's in town because someone had a vision (Was this Cordelia? Was she having visions already? I don't think so.) of badness associated with Buffy.
Spike is looking in on a vampire family eating a human all forlorn-like. Angel talks to Willow and is all jealous about Riley. Spike attempts to reconcile with Harmony, but she actually rejects him this time. Willow doesn't want to kill the Shumash Indian because his anger is legitimate. He's "recreating the wrongs done to his people". Giles disagrees and Buffy is trying to be peacemaker and have a great Thanksgiving.
"Buffy is for to be slaying sometime soon, yeah?" Spike seeks help from Buffy and friends. He's so sad and pathetic. So they let him in and tie him up. The beginning of Spike's redemption. Yeay! More Spike! I love when he gives them the speech about how they should shut up about feeling guilty about the Indians. "You won...that's what conquering nations DO." The vengeance spirit is after Buffy because he wants the leader of the community, which to him, a warrior, is the strongest fighter. He "sieges" them, they kill him, Xander recovers from the syphilis, and they eat Thanksgiving dinner while Spike whines. All very endearing.