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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 3: The Long Way Home, Part Three

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8

Written by Joss Whedon; Illustrated by Georges Jeanty

As I suspected as soon as I saw the cover, much of this episode is a pyrotechnics extravaganza, a showdown between Willow and Amy, whose sudden hatred of Buffy and co is something I sincerely hope is going to be explained before too long, because it seems to have come out of nowhere and makes no sense at all (like so many ideas that materialised during Season 7). The amount of power with which Whedon has infused Willow is also giving me cause for concern. Unless he can find a convincing way of curbing her obviously impressive magical prowess, people are going to start wondering why, if she can turn all the Potentials in the world into full-blown Slayers, she can’t, oh, say, end world hunger, go back in time and prevent World War 2, resurrect her dead girlfriend (or anyone else who happens to be dead, come to that)… I’m getting shades of vengeance demon Anya from early Season 7 all over again, where the writers suddenly realised that having a character who can teleport anywhere at will created a few plot problems.

Elsewhere, Buffy’s atmospheric dream continues, although personally I found its resolution slightly anticlimactic. Some definite issues to be worked out between herself and Xander, methinks - although romantic angst, in my opinion, certainly beats the manic-depressive angst of Season 6 (and, to some extent, Season 7). Some nice dialogue as well, and, shockingly, the best line of the episode goes to Dawn: “Fe fi fo fucking fum!”

6/10.

 
Posted: Monday, May 14, 2007 at 6:29 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: Books | Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Reviews | TV

 
Comments

1.

So, they're now able to use the F-word.

I wonder if you would consider the novels canon?
Before they had been published Whedon said so, but the content seems to be so different from the verse itself I'm worried about this.

Posted by: Kamyar-MZ, May 15, 2007 12:16 AM

2.

Well, to be fair, the word is partially asterisked, but it’s still far more than they were able to get away with on the show.

And yeah, I think the biggest problem for the novels (and the non-Season 8 comics, come to think of it) is that events in them end up contradicting those in the show. Given the sheer number of tie-in literature, I also suspect that Whedon and his writers probably didn’t have enough time to exercise much control over them. Generally speaking, I assume that, unless it was in the show itself, or this official continuation, it didn’t officially happen… and many people have rejected the Season 8 comics too, despite them being written by the show’s creator.

Posted by: Whiggles, May 15, 2007 7:30 AM

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