Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 14: Older and Far Away
Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by Michael Gershman
Yet another of those “the gang get trapped in an enclosed space and are forced to openly confront their issues” episode, and, due to the fact that it revolves around the insufferably whiny Dawn, not a good one. Oh, and the writers suddenly remember that they decided to make Dawn a kleptomaniac several episodes ago, because, you know, she’s a Tearaway Trouble Teen! Jeez, I just don’t care, okay? And this is yet another episode in which we are given the impression, at the end, that the situation has improved, that Buffy and Dawn’s relationship has overcome a major hurdle… and yet, the very next week, they’re back to square one again.
Random good moments: yes, this episode is mildly funny at times. Tara’s comments to Spike (“You’ve got a cramp… in your pants?”) make me smile, especially given that they show a hitherto unseen side to the character, and I like Clem, the demon with skin like a Shar-Pei. Still, all of that kind of pales into insignificance when you have to put up with another round of “Get out, get out, get ouuuuuut!”
Overall rating: 4/10.
Next time: As You Were.