1. Buffy shutting down into temporary catatonia -- how does that work for you?
It’s fine. It makes sense for her character at that point.
Hate it. Wrong for Buffy. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
I have mixed feelings. It’s an interesting choice, and it does emphasize the seriousness of everything that’s going on, but -- catatonia? Really? On her own show?
Yet another episode where nothing really happens! Argh!
2. Spike tries to snap her out of it with a good slap, saying, “I bet she likes it rough.” Projection, or foreshadowing?
Maybe you're overthinking this
3. With Buffy out of commission, Willow steps in as group leader. Why Willow and not Giles?
Giles is still recovering from being skewered
It’s a setup for the leadership dynamic that will play out over the next season
It’s an important sign of Willow’s growing power
Interesting. I never noticed that before. I’ll have to think about it.
4. Buffy’s inner life/dreamscape/psychodrama/whatever you want to call it. What do you think?
Interesting and emotionally powerful enough to make me forgive the show for putting Buffy in a catatonic state for an entire episode
OMG! Toddler Buffy! Young Joyce! BTVS, I totally forgive you for putting Buffy in a catatonic state for an entire episode.
Nothing will ever make me forgive the show for putting Buffy in a catatonic state for an entire episode
What’s your problem? Putting Buffy in a catatonic state for an entire episode is exactly the kind of bold dramatic choice that makes this show great.
5. The Dawn scenes, where the barrier between Glory and Ben starts to break down -- Glory experiences guilt, angsts about humanity, and tries to get all chummy with Dawn. “Being human? It's like a costume for girls like you and me. Being something else, that's what we are." Thematically interesting, or trying too hard?
Yet another late-Season-5 thing that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere
6. Rate this episode
Mean: 6.72 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.48
Actual poll behind the cut