Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 11: Gone
Written and Directed by David Fury
At the start of this episode, Buffy and Dawn are clearing magical paraphernalia out of the Summers residence. This includes candles, and when Dawn objects, Buffy explains that “To you and me they’re just candles, but to witches they’re like bongs.” Um, since when? Oh, that’s right, since Wrecked.
This week, Buffy is turned invisible as a result of the Trio’s Invisible Ray (yeesh). It’s just like that Season 1 episode Out of Mind, Out of Sight, only Willow is slouching around like a depressed junkie, trying not to take any drugs… I mean do any spells; Buffy is hacking off her hair and having invisible sex with Spike; Dawn is whining and attacking Buffy for no apparent reason; and Giles is nowhere to be seen. Seriously, this is all different kinds of lame, the only funny part being the way everyone wants to hear about Buffy’s new haircut rather than her invisibility status. At least it’s not as bludgeoningly depressive as the previous episode, though - although that’s not exactly saying much.
What really annoys me about this episode, and so many of the ones that follow it, is that it ends with Buffy making an important step, claiming that she’s getting over her problems and no longer wanting to die. All well and good, but the problem is that, as soon as the next episode comes round, she’s right back where she started. Just gets a little repetitive after a while, is all.
Overall rating: 4/10.
Next time: Doublemeat Palace.