Last episode rocked my face. Dawn was just created and dropped into Buffy’s life (biggest reveal since Faith was alive? Yeah)? Giles has a magic shop and wore a hat? Spike said his big line? A blonde stranger/cutie? Why do I need to keep watching? There’s more story? What?
Let’s get away from these Buffy Bombs and jump to a character that’s been working hard for nearly a season and a half and still hasn’t gotten billing, Tara. Oh but first I have to talk about the dumb Buffy/Dawn relationship.
It feels forced now. Buffy’s all “older sister” for this ~imaginary~ sister and to a much greater level than before we found out she’s a “key.” (I’m confused and whatever right now. Some monk will explain it later or something) There wasn’t enough B/D interaction to get a feel for these new developments, but this is just going to add another layer to the “I’m sick of Dawn and I don’t even know what her deal is” problem I have with her. Back to Tara.
Tara/Willow is more of a thing now than ever. Like yeah. She so into the group. But not really? She’s still outie in her mind and things get worse with her b-day. Cause she’s got some cray family. Donny, the very unoriginally named brother, a dad, and “Cousin Beth.” Now it’s one thing to have a cousin, but when your character’s name is “Cousin Beth,” I’m out. Done. Don’t. Just stop. And not just this, but it’s the only time her name is spoken the entire episode and it wasn’t even smoothly done and just… Let it go, let it go.
Since Tara is going to be the wonderful age of twenty, she’s going to become a demon! So says her family. And she doesn’t want Buffy to kill her because that’s what Buffy does (right?). So she’s freaking out and doesn’t want to leave to go back to the old county, the family commune, or wherever Tara is from. There isn’t much in the way of explaining why she becomes a demon or why twenty is the magic age that you become a demon, but Tara’s family says it’s a big deal and it freaks her out. To avoid freaking out others she makes a spell to make it impossible for the gang to see demons. Awesome.
Luckily there are three demons sent by the lady in the red dress to make everything difficult for everyone. Why? I don’t know, it’s not really important. But Spike and Tara suddenly show up and oh guess what, everyone can still see Tara! Why? Because her family is stupid and repressive and a little sexist against the ladies in their family. Cousin Beth doesn’t seem all worked up about it though when Buffy and Dawn (ugh just stop) stand up against them to protect the newest member of the “family” (even though she’s been around the entire time and still doesn’t have billing).
Aww… Look at them all being together and gross. Also, Spike in the back. It’s cute. What a champ.
But this whole episode was to make Tara a more important character maybe? Build the relationship between Willow and Tara? Cause they danced and then started floating because that’s something? Sure.
Here’s some other things that’s important to note about S5E6: Family.
There’s a nice “Spike is in love with Buffy” subplot that I didn’t get into because I don’t know enough about it right now, but it’s getting good. It’s wrought with sexual innuendo, plenty of moments of Spike longing for B, and is this going to be a thing? Seriously, is it? Taylor? I’m starting to freak out a little bit.
We start the episode with a cat. They automatically have my attention.
Buffy has a cool shirt with the demon skull. I’ve been trying to get an image of it but I don’t want to go back and screenshot it because of reasons and I’m lazy.
"You’re in a magic shop, and you can’t think of what Tara would like. I believe you’re both profoundly stupid." - That’s the old Season 1 joke with the new Season 5 Giles. Approved.
"Are all these magic books? All these books got spells in them? Turn people into frogs, stuff like that?" "Hey, don’t do a spell on me now." - Donny is a dumb name and they didn’t even try. I’m done.
Buffy to Dawn: Sit down and look studious. - Don’t actually help us, just look like you’re doing something because you’re a waste of space.
The Bronze was so Season 1 and I can’t even handle it. They were dressed up and they felt really cool holding their solo cups and ahh memories.