God this episode is brutalll. Easily one of my favourites though. So many layers in Buffy’s character development and relationship with Spike explored, SMG’s acting was stunning, the social commentary with the trio was amazing, and Out Of This World by Bush…it makes me feel a certain kinda way (first heard it in this episode and god I just love that scene so much???)
BRUTAL INDEED. And I agree with literally everything you said here!
This is technically one of my top Buffy episodes, but it’s probably the top episode I’ve seen the least, because I find it so hard to stomach. I just find it to be very good, even if I hate it at the same time.
It’s definitely hard to stomach. It’s blow after blow after blow. I guess it’s kind of good, but in such an awful way.
In the nearly 10 years that I have known Luke Danes, I have come to know him as an honest and decent man. He’s also one of the most kind and caring persons I have ever met. I’m a single mother, and I raised my daughter by myself, but once Luke Danes became my friend in this town, I never really felt alone. Luke and I have had our ups and downs over the years, but through it all, his relationship with my daughter, Rory, has never changed. He’s always been there for her no matter what. He was there to celebrate her birthdays. He was there cheering her on at her high school graduation. Luke has been a sort of father figure in my daughter’s life. With his own daughter, Luke wasn’t given the opportunity to be there for her first 12 years, but he should be given that opportunity now. Once Luke Danes is in your life, he is in your life forever. I know from personal experience what an amazing gift that is, and not to allow him access to his daughter would be to seriously deprive her of all this man has to offer, and he offers so much. Thank you for your time.
I’m white so I’m not gonna speak above people of color on this issue, but in case any of my followers didn’t know, recently four black men and women kidnapped a disabled white man and tortured him and people are angry. Not because he was disabled. Because they were saying things like “fuck white people” and “fuck trump”.
Now these four people were immediately sent to prison. Justice worked swiftly and they are where they belong. But that’s the thing. Justice always works swiftly anytime a black person commits a crime.
Yet how many police killed unarmed people of color without being sentenced at all?
What about Brock Turner, a white man who raped a woman and instead of serving 10-20 years was allowed to serve only a few months because people felt sorry for him?
Or how we elected a white president this year who has openly said racist and sexist things and has been accused of raping many women, even his own wife?
Or all the black youth in prison for 10 years or more for weed?
All the injustice people of color have experienced?
Of course they were quickly sent to prison. What they did was a terrible hate crime against the disabled. People aren’t mad that they were sent to prison so quick. They’re mad because many white people still have yet to be punished for their crimes while unarmed and often peaceful people of color are often harassed, charged unfairly, and murdered for crimes without a fair trial.
What this will now do is allow people to freely spread their racism, especially with Trump in office. Already Black Lives Matter is being blamed, although the four people have not said anything about BLM and BLM does not support anything like this.
What happened is horrifying and the four criminals are getting exactly what they deserve. How long until white criminals get what they deserve?
Ok but I really want Neopolitian to come back in Volume Four.
I could imagine Ruby just kind of walking around in the woods by herself, just lost in thought, and then the camera looks over her shoulder and we just see Neo just standing behind her, their face just completely deadpan. Ruby does that anime thing where she knows someone is behind her and heel turns to face them.
And Neo is just. Standing there. Her parasol isn’t even on her shoulder, it’s just kind of dangling from her hand, the spike digging a little into the dirt. Ruby, not trusting this at all, draws her weapon, but Neo still doesn’t move.
And then, Neo reaches into her pocket and takes out her Scroll before extending it forward for Ruby to take. Ruby, after a moment hesitation, carefully takes it and looks at the screen.
It’s open on a messenger app, and in the typing field is this message:
“He’s dead because of her. I want in.”
And when Ruby looks back up at her, Neo is clearly holding back tears. “You mean Cinder?”
“The story, as it was recounted to me, is that Avery was the first Englishman to find the island. The Spanish had been using it to conduct illicit transactions for decades. Avery plans to lie in wait for them. He and his crew of 44 arrive and sail inland. But as they move up the inlet, they see something most unexpected. She was Spanish, but not one of the ships they’d been hunting. This ship had been there far longer than that. Captain’s log identifies her having set sail from Havana in 1636. 31 souls aboard. Avery finds the remains of all 31. Slaughtered. Brutally so. Evidence that a number of them had been dismembered while still alive.
All 31 bodies were found still on the ship, locked inside the hold. Locked from within. They ate each other alive. Avery claimed to have seen the log. It said that the crew had refused to go inland to forage for food or for fresh water. That the first men in had returned, reporting sounds coming from the forest. The men said it sounded to them… … like the voice of God… … warning them to stay away…”