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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 18: Dirty Girls


Written by Drew Goddard; Directed by Michael Gershman

Last week, Giles tried to have Spike killed. This week, they’re sharing a house and, barring one brief mention of it, seem to have forgotten about it all. Oh well.

Anyway, in this episode, we learn that Buffy makes crappy choices as a leader. Which is all well and good, but for the fact that, for the last seven years, she’s actually been a pretty good leader. Her having to be a tactician and take other people’s lives into her hands is nothing new, but the writers, for some reason, now decide to make out that it is. This week, she leads the whole gang into what is obviously a trap and ends up getting some Potentials killed and Xander’s eye ripped out. Once again, Buffy suddenly becomes a useless general because the plot requires the rest of the gang to decide she isn’t up to the task and kick her out. Although quite why the writers felt the need to do this is anyone’s guess, because a couple of episodes later she’s back in the fold and none of the arguments are ever addressed.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. With five episodes to go, the writers suddenly decide to introduce a new villain, a mad southern priest called Caleb. I’m guessing they suddenly realised that a main villain who couldn’t actually touch anything wasn’t all that great, so they bring in yet another bad buy with superhuman strength who can toss Buffy around like a ragdoll. Great, except pretty much every supervillain ever introduced has been able to do this, so it’s sort of old hat. Caleb also exists to give another of Joss Whedon’s Firefly actors, Nathan Fillion, a job. In interviews and commentaries, Whedon goes on and on about what an amazing actor he is, but I’m not seeing it. Sure, he’s competent, but he’s nothing special.

Overall rating: 4/10.

Next time: Empty Places.

Posted: Monday, October 09, 2006 at 3:00 PM | Comments: 4
Categories: Buffy the Vampire Slayer | DVD | Reviews | TV



Was there any particular reason for Xander to lose an eye? Other than to surprise the audience?

Posted by: Baron Scarpia, October 9, 2006 3:36 PM


None at all - other than to turn him against Buffy. Which, as I pointed out, has no purpose in itself. I think they were just trying to complete their quota of episodes at this stage.

Posted by: Whiggles, October 9, 2006 3:52 PM


By the way, I haven’t sent those DVDs out to you yet - I’ve been feeling pretty under the weather and haven’t had a chance to haul myself down to the post office - but I’ll try to get them out to you tomorrow.

Posted by: Whiggles, October 9, 2006 3:53 PM


erm, they took Xander's eye out because, I think in 'Potential', him + Dawn decided that he was the one who 'sees everything'. I think Caleb says something like that before he pokes his eye :)
But that only explains why it's his eye and not why they decided to injure him in some way.
Apparentlyyyy, they decided to injure him because he's like the glue who holds the group together so once you take him away or injure him or whatnot the whole group falls apart :)
I think that's what they were getting at :)

Posted by: bekah, October 8, 2008 4:59 PM

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