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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5, Episode 15: I Was Made to Love You

DVDWritten by Jane Espenson; Directed by James A. Contner

Not an episode I'm crazy about, although, watching it again, I realise that it's not as throwaway as I first thought. The plot is another of those "Buffy and technology" affairs, which never really work, the story this time revolving around a girl created by slimy little man called Warren (who, unfortunately, returns in Season 6 as one of its rather pathetic villains). The only purpose in the life of April, the robot, is to love Warren, which leads to problems when he tires of her. Watching it again, I started noticing parallels between April and Riley, who devoted his entire life to Buffy but couldn't handle the fact that there was more to her life than placating him. I also now understand why it is that, narrative-wise, it's essential for Buffy to stay with April and watch her "die", because it gives her the closure that is denied to her when she discovers Joyce dead at the end of this episode/start of the next.

Overall rating: 6/10.

Next time: The Body.

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