I think the "shh" is directed at me, because that's when I started screaming at the television. If I understand this correctly, Darla is being affected by the soul which is inside the baby which is inside her. This is the Russian nesting doll school of philosophy? So, presumably, if a big demon swallowed someone whole, then while the human was still alive in the demon's stomach, the demon would be affected by the soul? Plus, I'm having some trouble with the idea that Darla only loves the baby because of this soul's piggy-back effects, and that she never loved anything before. Gee, what word would you use to describe her feelings for Angel? Or is that just the wacky vampire-style love, like the kind between Spike and Dru, or James and Elizabeth, and it's not "real" love. Because if that's the case, maybe someone should have mentioned it before now. Next item: after losing his soul, Angelus sure seemed to remember how he felt about Buffy. So why does Darla think she won't remember loving her child? There is no part of Darla's dilemma that makes any sense, or seems consistent with what we know about vampires' emotions. Other than that, though, it's great. Oh, except for the terrible dialogue and the bad lighting. Who thought the characters should be backlit for a dramatic monologue? Wait, I bet I can guess. "Hey, Joss? I'm going to give Darla this rather dubious character-altering experience, and she's going to have a big speech where she reveals some incredible emotions." "Good idea, Tim. I recommend that you hide Julie Benz's face as much as possible during that scene, particularly her eyes." "Thanks for the tip! Gee, why don't we get any Emmys?" "It's a mystery. At least I've locked up a few 'Variety or Music' nominations for next year, because there's no real competition in those categories." "That's what makes you a genius, Joss!"
Episode Report CardStrega: C+ | 688 USERS: B-
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