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Older and Far Away (BTVS 6.14)

This is part of my ongoing Buffy Project, where I write notes/meta for every episode in an attempt to better understand the characters and themes of the show. You can find the full list here. Gifs are not mine.

I. We’re finally paying attention to Dawn. None of us really want to, and we all have more important things to worry about, but here we are. That’s the feel every time we have a Dawn-centric episode. Dawn was written as an outsider both on the show and to the audience. Her friends and family don’t pay attention to her, but neither do we. “The Ultimate Outsider” I think Joss called it.

The first scene is Buffy running out in the middle of dinner and telling Dawn not to wait up. Then she’s forced to go to the mall alone. Those wishing to shame Dawn for this episode should pay attention to how quietly she’s dealing with her loneliness. She repeatedly reassures everyone not to worry. She isn’t bothering anyone with her feelings…except small business owners. Dawn’s got a slight kleptomania problem. We’ve seen her steal from the Magic Box repeatedly, but she also stole Buffy’s birthday present and a few other items from the mall (which I’m assuming she wouldn’t have done had someone come with her). Issues like this are usually a way of dealing with emotion. Like all our characters this season, Dawn has turned to destructive habits to deal with her issues. 

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Doublemeat Palace (BTVS 6.12)

This is part of my ongoing Buffy Project, where I write notes/meta for every episode in an attempt to better understand the characters and themes of the show. You can find the full list here. Gifs are not mine.

Confession time: “Doublemeat Palace” used to be my all time least favorite Buffy episode. Yep, that’s right. I skipped right over “Beer Bad”, “The Pack”, and a host of other fandom least favs to settle on the Doublemeat. That sounded somehow obscene. But, upon rewatch, I’ve discovered my dislike might have been how close to home Buffy’s experience in Fast Food hit.

I. Willow, Xander, and Anya are enjoying some quality Scooby time, which to me is a sign of Willow’s recovery. She’s reintegrating with her friends again. But Buffy is noticeably absent as she continues her dark descent. Willow mentions that Xander will have to deal with Anya’s quirks for the rest of his life and he looks…less than enthused. Horror would not be an exaggeration of his expression.

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