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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 9: Smashed

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Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by Turi Meyer

In this episode, Buffy turns into Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The sight of Willow snapping her fingers and turning men into giant dancing strawberries has got to rank as one of the most risible moments in the series’ entire seven-year run. Still, Sabrina Willow is better than crack whore Willow, who emerges in the next episode.

The Trio appear again, pulling off some sort of tedious jewel heist with the aid of a freeze ray. I’ve never been a fan of Buffy’s appropriation of comic book “technology” - magic and vampires I have no problem with, but for some reason things like freeze rays just don’t work for me. And don’t even get me started on the scene where they fawn over their Boba Fett figurine. This is the sort of writing I’d expect from a third-rate sitcom.

Spike also discovers that the chip in his brain no longer kicks in when he hits Buffy: a byproduct, it would seem, of her having been brought back to life via unnatural means. Unfortunately, the episode ends with the pair of them having sex in a house, whose very foundations collapse as a metaphor for the destructive nature of their relationship. The scene in question, as it happens, was investigated for “indecency” by the FCC, the watchdog body in charge of regulating American television. If you ask me, the only indecent thing about it is the complete lack of subtlety in the metaphor.

Overall rating: 5/10.

Next time: Wrecked.

 
Posted: Monday, September 18, 2006 at 7:41 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: Buffy the Vampire Slayer | DVD | Reviews | TV

 
Comments

1.

Now I'm just waiting for the Wrecked review...

Posted by: Baron Scarpia, September 18, 2006 7:44 PM

2.

I could just link to Boils and Blinding Torment’s review and save myself the bother, but then again that would sort of take the fun out of this whole enterprise.

Posted by: Whiggles, September 18, 2006 8:48 PM

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