Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5, Episode 20: SpiralWritten by Steven S. DeKnight; Directed by James A. Contner
What an utterly stupid episode this is! Quite apart from anything else, we have the sight of Buffy and the gang in a camper van being chased through the streets by a bunch of medieval knights on horseback. What, that not enough for you? Well, get this: these knights are part of an ancient order devoted to the destruction of the Key. The Key that has only existed for about six months. Ooooo-kay.
We get a whole lot of banal exposition and doom and gloom, and not a whole lot else. The cast is on form as always, and most of the dialogue is fine, but I can't get round the knights. I mean, seriously, who thought they were a good idea? I also can't get over the fact that Glory's less-than-evil alter-ego, Ben, knowing full well that Dawn is the Key, agrees to head out to the garage in which the gang are holed up to tend to the injured Giles, knowing that he is effectively bringing Glory straight to Dawn. It's nothing like as bad as the worst episodes of Seasons 1 and 2, or Seasons 6 and 7 in general, but it's definitely the weakest of this season.
Oh, and Buffy violates her "I don't kill humans" rule in this episode. Odd that the writers didn't make a big deal out of it.
Overall rating: 6/10.
Next time: The Weight of the World.