Fauxsilla wants Spike to choose a side. I kinda think he already did, Faux Dru, what with the soul-getting and all. Spike is mostly silent in this scene, so I'm able to be on his side. Fauxsilla chuckles about how Spike loves a "good wriggle and a giggle and a squiggle" as she squirms her torso about and waves her ropey, plucked-chicken arms in the air, and oddly, Spike remains able to resist this lyrical and tempting call to the dark side. I always found Dru pretty annoying, but I don't remember her ever being this dopey or banal. Apparently, Spike doesn't either, because he does manage to quite calmly explain to her, "You're not Drusilla." Faux Dru laughs, but when Spike explains, "[Dru] was crazier than you," she gets all whiny and calls him "Daddy." That's just wrong. Angelus was Daddy to Dru because he sired her. She herself sired Spike, so it's either terrible writing for her to trot that out, or purposeful writing to show how the First isn't getting the Dru voice quite right. As I said earlier, there was a day when I would have given the writers the benefit of the doubt in a situation like this, but that day is long past. Anyway, the First is just continuing to degrade any menace it might have accumulated in "Conversations with Dead People" by being incredibly stupid in its attempts to turn Spike. It dunks him, it has him beaten up, it prances about and whines in front of him, and now it seems to be offering itself sexually to him. Yeah, I think even a tortured vampire with a soul could resist that approach. There's no subtlety or psychology there. Why not work on convincing him that he'll never be able to be good, or even if he is that he'll never be accepted and loved by Buffy, so he might as well give up? Why not try to trigger the anger at Buffy he must have somewhere still inside him that led to his assault on her in "Seeing Red"? And why does it even want Spike to be consciously turned to its side, when it had the power to control him? Between you and me, I'm just pondering all these questions in order to avoid having to continue with this scene. Shudder. Okay, Spike doesn't feel tempted by Fauxsilla's offer of being "bad," so he gets a clout in the head from Notsferatu. Faux Dru declares Spike a "bad daddy" who needs a caning, and I grind my teeth again at the use of "daddy." Any more of this and Mutant Enemy is getting a bill from my dentist for the damage these scenes are doing to my molars. More waving of ropey arms and torso from Fauxsilla, and more smacking of Spike's head. Faux Dru wants him to chose the side of "delicious" evil. The only way Fauxsilla would be delicious is if she would SHUT THE HELL UP. Spike tells Faux Dru to "get bent." More punching. So. Very. Boring. Can we rest now? First, can we rest?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Episode Report CardAce: C+ | 1132 USERS: C+
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer