Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5, Episode 14: CrushWritten by David Fury; Directed by Daniel Attias
Remember how, in my last post, I said that no episode this season had yet got less than a 7/10 rating? Well, this one breaks the record. It's not terrible by any means, but, considering that it's the famed Drusilla's one and only return to Sunnydale (she just sort of disappears into the great blue nether after this), it's hopelessly botched. The biggest problem is the dialogue: I'm sorry, but Drusilla blatantly doesn't talk like this. What she says makes too much sense and completely lacks the crazy-mystical flavour of her Season 2 dialogue (and that of her stint on Angel too, come to mention it). Now she just sounds like a regular vampire with a Dick Van Dyke English accent and a few half-hearted attempts at her old craziness like "The music's still playing, but you've taken away my chair."
It's an interesting episode for Spike, though. One, he admits his adoration of Buffy, to the point that he is willing to stake Drusilla because he thinks it will make her happy (he's still not really understanding human emotions here). Two, when Drusilla hands him a ready meal (an already dead girl that he can feed on without the chip kicking in), he hesitates for a long time before feeding on her, and looks almost disgusted at the very notion. Of course, he eventually succumbs, which shows that he has a long way to go, but this is a very different Spike from the one we were introduced to back in Season 2 - or even, I suspect, at the start of the current season.
Overall rating: 6/10.
Next time: I Was Made to Love You.