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(Review) BtVS 8.16 'Time Of Your Life' Part 1

3rd July 2008 (19:57)

*Is out of breath from reading that*. A hell of a lot happens in 8.16. I think the word is 'rocketship'...


The opening sequence is a classic, in that it mirrors the opening of the original Fray - although it's curious that the words aren't identical:

FRAY #1: Bad day. Started bad, stayed that way.
BUFFY #16: Bad day. Started out bad, stayed that way.

Also, getting thrown off the top of tall buildings is definitely an occupational hazard for Slayers these days. Although in 'Fray', Mel actually survived the fall...

The scene of the Scoobie gang sitting around eating Chinese takeaway should warm the hearts of people complaining about the lack of ordinary scenes of everyday life in this season. Does this mean that the castle is close enough to civilisation for a takeaway to actually deliver, though? Or did they take the helicopter to collect it? I did like Willow's muttered comment about the best Chinese food possibly coming from China itself.

Look who's all embarrassed about her relationship with Saga Vasuki. :-) Interesting that Buffy immediately assumed that's who sent the message, purely based on being shown her with Willow in the vision in issue 10 - and, possibly, seeing Willow's embarrassment now and putting two and two together. Xander's reaction is classic vintage Xander, while it seems that Buffy has willingly embraced her bi-curious side if she's actually describing Saga Vasuki as 'really hot'. Looks like my guess was right that SV sent Willow a vision about the Scythe, New York and a possible apocalypse, and Willow is going there to investigate. It's also implied that SV is being helpful - possibly for reasons of her own, granted, but there's no indication yet that this is all an evil plot or a trap. Willow apparently trusts her.

Nice character moment with the various reactions to Renee's death.

And then there was Dawn - or as we need to call her now, My Little Dawnie. By rights all the people who were complaining about her being a giant and demanding that Joss "turn her back to normal size" should be pleased now, but somehow I suspect they won't be. The pun on yay/neigh was groanworthy. Also, sidebar, note that Willow travels the fastest (by flying), Buffy runs really quickly, and normal human Xander puffs up a long way behind.

Next: oh my god. Amy and Warren actually make an appearance again, after I thought they'd been forgotten about. They've also moved up to working directly for Twilight, it seems - wonder what happened to General Voll? Anyway, what I assume they've created here is a big missile covered in enchantments that will allow it to break through the mystical wards protecting Castle Slayer.

So who's Buffy's mysterious phonecall and meeting with? Also, I see that neither Buffy nor Xander are able to resist making horse jokes at Dawn's expense. Willow's also still making sarcastic comments about Buffy's new life of crime - although she admits she's only teasing: and I suspect she's more upset that Buffy lied to her about the source of funding rather than the actual robbery itself. Speaking of which, is it a coincidence that what Kennedy calls Buffy in the next scene - the boss of bosses - is the term for a Mafia family leader? 

Yay! Kennedy! Her reunion with Willow was impossibly cute and perfectly in character. Buffy's childlike enthusiasm at being in New York (and in a limo) was equally adorable, not to mention Willow's long-suffering reaction to it. Anya's comment in Season 4 about loading Buffy up like a little pack mule because she has Slayer strength wasn't appreciated at the time, but it seems that when she's carrying outfits and shoes for herself to wear, Buffy has no problems doing just that. And yes, she really does have more to wear than just combat fatigues... Speaking of bags, I assume that's Willow's bag that Kennedy is carrying. Nice detail by the artist.

Interesting that Willow calls Vi 'Violet' here: maybe now she's leader of her own squad of Slayers and has apparently ditched the silly hats, she's also decided to go by her full name. She certainly seems sure of herself and a capable commander. Apparently also, Kennedy is in command of her own independent Slayer squad and isn't permanently based in New York, if Willow's comment about "sending an advance team" is taken at face value. She seems familiar enough with the place though  - and her family's summer home when she was a child was on Long Island, so presumably she's been there a lot. Willow too, by the sound of it.

Seems that Buffy isn't the only person to be hero-worshipped by the other Slayers, going by the whispered comment "Can you even believe she's standing right here?" about Willow. I wonder if the symbol she draws on the whiteboard is going to be significant somehow? And Willow is still strict when she's in teacher mode.

Speaking of the other Slayers hero-worshipping Buffy: well, not Kennedy. Kennedy threatens to kill her like a chicken if she makes a move on Willow. :-) Hot-tempered, possessive and completely unafraid to speak her mind; she hasn't changed a bit. I'm not sure how Kennedy ever got the idea that Buffy was homophobic, but I'm going to guess it's because Willow spent all that time trying to keep them separate (as we learned in 8.10). Kennedy may have assumed it was because Buffy would react badly to their relationship, not because Willow was scared hanging around Buffy would get Kennedy killed.

A few people have commented on there being lots of coat-trailing about a possible Buffy/Willow relationship - just as they were flirting with Buffy/Xander earlier in the season. Which makes me think she'll end up with neither of them in the end... I'm not really seeing it, although the possibility is there. We've established that Buffy is mostly straight but at least capable of feeling some sexual attraction to the same gender; and from Willow's side, she seems to be equal parts fascinated and dumbfounded by this development. I don't believe for a second that Buffy isn't on her 'list', but she's always believed her friend was the straightest straight person in Straightonia, so there was no point thinking about it. (Except, y'know, now and then when she's alone.) Besides, it's obvious Willow is in love with Kennedy, even if she's not necessarily completely faithful to her. (Willow has always been good at compartmentalising her life and justifying her actions to herself). 

Buffy, though, is completely taken aback when the possibility of her and Willow hooking up together is raised. She didn't even realise what Willow was talking about at first when she made her comment about experimentation in 8.15. And here, I'm almost certain that her "my Will" comment simply meant "My best friend I've known for nine years and gone through all sorts of things with" - because she seems so confused and bewildered at Kennedy's jealous reaction. I don't think even the possibility, let alone the idea of "putting the moves on Red" has ever crossed her mind until Kennedy warned her not to.

It would be ironic if now that the suggestion is out there, Buffy *does* start thinking about it...

Back to Dawn, and the logical idea that Thricewise magic will mean three transformations before she returns to normal. Lets hope it's not three to the power three - and I wonder what the next will be? A mermaid? I'd actually been thinking about the 'huge ass' element of the transformations, so it's nice to see Dawn herself spell it out here. Maybe that is actually the heart of Kenny's plan... And Xander uses the 'w' word in Dawn's hearing. Oops. Still, it probably saved her life.

On which note.. all those people who were fed up with the castle and wishing it weren't there anymore? Looks like you got your desire. (Although some of us were expecting that to happen at the end of the last arc, not the start of this one...) I assume about a hundred Slayers just got killed as well, possibly including Leah and Rowena. And did you notice what time of day the missile was fired at?  Twilight.

And back to the unsuspecting people in New York. Willow's still keeping secrets from Kennedy - what are the odds there'll be trouble here before the end of the arc? All this talk of temporal rifts makes me wonder when Captain Jack will turn up... And we're left with an even bigger mystery. Who on earth did Buffy spend several hours with all dressed up like that? The obvious conclusion is "date" but I think it might actually be "business meeting." But we'll see. Possibly not for another 20 episodes, but we'll see.

"But I can change" and Kennedy's reaction was très amusant. She thinks quickly and decisively too - I assume 'contain' rather than 'kill' in case the demon is needed alive to get Buffy back, though that may be over-thinking it.

And we get the explanation for why Buffy is fighting Melaka Fray: Buffy and the demon swapped places, and Mel was fighting the demon, and assumed it just changed its shape into Buffy. Whom she recognises, incidentally, obviously from the historical Watchers' diaries she found in 'Tales of the Slayers'..

Translation, just in case anyone needs it:
This is toy! You think you can spin me with a half-coi glam of a Slayer been dust more than two cen? You're lower than a lurk.
This is stupid! You think you can fool me with a cheap illusion of a Slayer who's been dead for more than two centuries? You're more contemptible than a vampire.

Whew.  Next?

Oh, and if anyone is interested I wrote a Guide to 'Fray' back in March, that can explain who she is and where Buffy's gone to, if you've not read the original comic.

Comments

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: 3rd July 2008 20:09 (UTC)
Defensive slayer crap

I'm very chuffed about the castle being blown up as it happens, yes. At last, Her Maj has put her foot down.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 3rd July 2008 20:25 (UTC)

But where will she live now? It seems a bit 'cut off your nose' -ish...

Also it's possible, given that this is a time travel story, that Buffy will be able to reverse time and stop the explosion, or at least get everyone out first. Not likely, but possible.

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: 3rd July 2008 20:49 (UTC)
Defensive slayer crap

Her Maj has other houses. She'll be fine. I'm not worried about her at all.

Actually, Buffy has other houses too, so I'm not worried about her either. 'Course, if they move to New York permanently, it might be awkward finding stabling for Centaur!Dawn, but there's always Central Park.

Edited at 2008-07-03 20:50 (UTC)

Posted by: mr_waterproof (mr_waterproof)
Posted at: 3rd July 2008 21:03 (UTC)

It couldn't have been a nuke, Xander would have been vapourised that close if it was. So there might actually be some survivors.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 3rd July 2008 21:28 (UTC)

I agree - I did call the missile 'nuclear missile' in my first draft of the review, then realised it couldn't be. Unless it was a really, really small warhead, which kind of defeats the object. And yeah, if they dig survivors out of collapsed buildings after earthquakes, I'm sure a Slayer or two could survive that explosion. Castles are incredibly sturdy buildings, after all...

Posted by: filmtx (filmtx)
Posted at: 5th July 2008 04:38 (UTC)
bffangst

The opening was perfect. I didn't realize Mel was thinking that Buffy was the monster in disguise. Thanks for clarifing that. Can't wait to see where this story arc goes.

Still kinda meh on the Dawn thricewise plot.

Loved the Willow-worship by the other slayers. Did anyone notice that Willow was able to pick up Xander's thought after the castle explosion?

Not a big Kennedy fan. Never have been. But I don't think she and Willow will be together much longer. They seemed so happy, which we all know is a sure sign that the relationship is headed for trouble. But I don't think Buffy and Willow will ever hook up either.

Edited at 2008-07-05 04:40 (UTC)

Posted by: koos73 (koos73)
Posted at: 5th July 2008 21:00 (UTC)

Did anyone notice that Willow was able to pick up Xander's thought after the castle explosion?

I wondered about that. Especially the words: "It's quiet." (Which was appeared to be said by Kennedy). Because it reminds me of Xander's "I like the quiet," from The Zeppo, when he was facing a ticking bomb.



Posted by: The Mezzanine (deird1)
Posted at: 3rd July 2008 20:33 (UTC)

"My Little Dawnie!" Hee! That's fantastic!

I did enjoy them starting the issue the same way they started Fray. That was kinda cool.

Posted by: mr_waterproof (mr_waterproof)
Posted at: 3rd July 2008 20:56 (UTC)

Me too: ROFLMAO!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 3rd July 2008 21:40 (UTC)

I'm surprised Joss didn't do the My Little Dawnie joke himself. Maybe I can claim royalties if he uses it next issue? :-)

Or maybe Hasbro would sue us both...

Thanks!

Posted by: joe_sweden (joe_sweden)
Posted at: 4th July 2008 11:53 (UTC)

Nah, I said it first, so if you do claim, I'll kill you like a chicken. :D

Re Who Buffy is meeting, your mention of Captain Jack made me think...perhaps Who is the operative word? After all, he was in London in that past issue? Maybe he's involved in the End of magic? [/fanwishfulfilmentwank]

Posted by: Two legs good, four legs okay (nothorse)
Posted at: 4th July 2008 12:00 (UTC)
centaur!dawn

My little Dawnie. Yesssss.

For sheer squee, centaur!Dawn has it all beat.

And by the way, castles are really resilient structures. I seem to remember vaguely that the one of the allies tried to storm a castle in WWII and it took quite a bit of artillery fire to at least crack it open. (I think that was a french donjon and those are ridiculous in wall thickness)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th July 2008 18:43 (UTC)

Maybe you're thinking of Monte Cassino monastery? But yeah, a castle is pretty much a solid lump of stone. There'll be people alive in there. Trapped under hundreds of tons of rubble so maybe not alive for long, but alive...

Posted by: Two legs good, four legs okay (nothorse)
Posted at: 4th July 2008 21:49 (UTC)
centaur!dawn

It wasn't Monte Cassino. AFAIR that was mainly small arms/infantry combat. But anyway, I was mentally going through the various castles here in the neighbourhood, and I'd say there's a good chance for a lot of survivors. The direct impact site is rubble, but the lower parts and the other side could still be standing, and all castles I know have multiple ways outside.

OTOH, that was a specific antislayercastle missile so they might just be all dead and done for.

Posted by: mr_waterproof (mr_waterproof)
Posted at: 3rd July 2008 21:10 (UTC)

Great review as ever.Loved seeing Kennedy again. And loved seeing Vi: nice of Joss to get Felicia Day in his comic the month she appears in his Dr Horrible Singalong Blog.
The reason Willow calls her is because if they wrote "VI" in the comic people might think it was a roman numeral six. Which might make some people think there was a Battlestar Galactica cross over going on. Or even the Prisoner (which is about to be remade starring Ian McKellern apparently).

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 3rd July 2008 21:32 (UTC)

Hm. Interesting speculation. (Incidentally, Felicia Day hasdn't said anything about the comics in her blog as yet, although in one tongue-in-cheek rant there she did once say "I'm a Slayer goddamn it, I could kick his punk ass!" or something of the sort...)

Thanks!

Posted by: joe_sweden (joe_sweden)
Posted at: 4th July 2008 11:54 (UTC)

Oh dear! I am very slow. Did not realise violet was vi, thought it was a new character!

Posted by: satsux (satsux)
Posted at: 4th July 2008 03:08 (UTC)

I wouldn't know where anyone's getting Willow/Buffy possibilities, but maybe my gayness has some sort of anti-lesbian shield that doesn't detect these things. x_X

But seriously, I'm glad that writers returned my hate for Kennedy with this one. Don't get me wrong, she's in character and the scenes and everything was written perfectly for her, but over all her little outburst to Buffy, who she clearly doesn't know aside from being the big time slayer and Will's friend, what's out of line, and I found it so hateful on her part. Cause she clearly was not joking and is assuming a hell of a lot. And really, all Buffy, in my opinion, was doing was joking with her, and trying to bond.

God, I hope she dies. But she won't cause a) She's gay. b) We killed a scooby love interest already. and c) Joss just won't give me the satisfaction.

Again, Kennedy is written well, but doesn't mean I still don't find the character irratating, but I know people like her so I'll let that go.

My point? Oh yes, was that all this seems to be is a set up for Willow to admit to Kennedy what she's really been up to with SDL (Snake Demon Lady). And I'm willing to forgive Kennedy's little pissing around Willow to Buffy, cause I think she's obviously thinks there's more to what Willow told her about keeping her from Buffy, and then suddenly hearing that she likes to explore the girl side of things would feed any good paranoid girlfriend's mind with lots of bad thoughts.

As for the Buffy secret meeting, since I don't think Buffy would be the business type of girl, it's more than likely an ex. Angel, Riley or Spike. Seeing as two of them are stuck in hell, my money's on the soldier.

But I could be wrong.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th July 2008 18:52 (UTC)

'Hateful'? Really? That wasn't my reaction at all, although I do agree she was coming on strong. But the impression of Kennedy I've got is that she speaks her mind then moves on and doesn't harbour any bad feelings. In 'Empty Places' she's horrified and apologetic when she realises her sarcastic comment to Buffy about Caleb was genuinely hurtful. Kennedy is not malicious.

As for the purpose of the scene, I think it's got two separate messages. One, confirming that Kennedy is possessive and jealous, which is ominous given what we know Willow's been up to. Two, it's another unforseen consequence of Buffy's affair with Satsu rising up to complicate matters for her - I don't think it crossed her mind for a moment that agreeing to go to bed with Satsu would lead to other lesbians now regarding her as either a potential partner or potential romantic rival. It's like a metaphor for the entire season and the Slayer empowerment spell and the jewel theft and everything, which also have had their consequences...

Posted by: slayerboy2009 (slayerboy2009)
Posted at: 4th July 2008 18:26 (UTC)

I thought the Kennedy and Willow meeting was adorable I have always liked Kennedy. Thou I am pretty sure this is the issue where they split up. I don't want to like wish them bad luck because I am a huge fan of Kenlow but I am really realistic and I am pretty sure they are going to brake up this arc. So sad :( Dawn is hot now its weird but hot.
Great Review you always make me notice things I wouldn't have otherwise.
Thx for the translation I actually needed it I don't speak fray speak. Please keep it up so I wont get lost this arc. ;)
Once again Awesome Review!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th July 2008 18:55 (UTC)
kennedy

I definitely get the vibe that things are about to go wrong for Kennedy and Willow, but I'm not quite ready yet to say they're doomed... It would actually be quite novel if Willow has a huge row with her partner - but manages to talk it through and resolve it like an adult. ;-)

Thanks!

Posted by: cafecomics (cafecomics)
Posted at: 5th July 2008 06:54 (UTC)
version comic-book de Willow

I loved this issue, the dialogues, the Buffy/Willow scenes, Willow in teacher mode and all the scenes with Kennedy. It was nice seeing Buffy behaving like a child. And Buffy is now in Giles old shoes, linguistically challenged by a Slayer she doesn't understand. ^^;

I just hope there are survivors in the scottish castle.

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 8th July 2008 18:20 (UTC)

Great review as always!

Does this mean that the castle is close enough to civilisation for a takeaway to actually deliver, though? Or did they take the helicopter to collect it?

Well, duh. Willow flew to Glasgow for it. :-)

but there's no indication yet that this is all an evil plot or a trap. Willow apparently trusts her.

And yet, look what happens immediately when they act on that tip; the castle gets blown up and Buffy is lost in time. Given Twilight's reluctance to kill Buffy and his insistance that this is just a small part of the plan, it's awfully convenient that she's out of town when the missile strikes...

So far, that's at least TWO majorly hairy situations (Tokyo and this one) they've gotten into that are explicitly connected in some way to Saga Vasuki and Willow's relationship with her. That doesn't exactly convince me that she's one of the good guys, and I'm looking forward to finding out why Willow would think she is. Besides, why would the demon in #10 have shown them that image if it had no connection to Twilight? They were there to find out about him, after all, and Willow herself made the connection between the bank robberies and Twilight's plan - if that's the first domino, what's the second?

And then there was Dawn - or as we need to call her now, My Little Dawnie.

LOL, literally!

By rights all the people who were complaining about her being a giant and demanding that Joss "turn her back to normal size" should be pleased now, but somehow I suspect they won't be.

Well, speaking as one of them, it's not the size per se that's annoying as much as the reduction of one of the most interesting characters (by s7) to "that girl who turns into funny things." I suppose it's possible that Centaur!Dawn will actually be given a character arc and make the others care what happens to her, but I'm waiting until I see it before I believe it. After all, Cordelia fans weren't happy with Evil!Cordy, but I can't remember anyone saying Coma!Cordy was an improvement just because it was a change.

BTW, I can't find the comment right now, but I seem to recall you saying that with all the setup, you were sure there'd be a payoff to Giant!Dawn - are you happy with the way she was just poofed into something else, with a rather obvious Godzilla joke as the crowning glory of that 15-issue arc? (Yeah, yeah, I know - there's probably 15 issues of Centaur!Dawn and 15 issues of Something!Else!Dawn to go before we get the payoff. Yay?)

Speaking of which, is it a coincidence that what Kennedy calls Buffy in the next scene - the boss of bosses - is the term for a Mafia family leader?

Good catch. Probably not a coincidence; though that would be another hint that whatever Buffy thinks, the other Slayers certainly don't see it as a flat, informal, democratic organisation. :-) (Kennedy's comment about Buffy as "the great and terrible" is interesting too... I wonder if that's a reference to anything in particular?)

She thinks quickly and decisively too - I assume 'contain' rather than 'kill' in case the demon is needed alive to get Buffy back, though that may be over-thinking it.

I don't think you're overthinking it at all. Kennedy was there in "Get It Done" and took active (if not exactly willing) part in the spell... Of course, she might also be thinking that the demon IS Buffy ("I can change." "The other look was fine") in which case it also makes sense to not kill it. And I like that her first reaction is to protect Willow. Kennedy is obviously in for a world of pain when she finds out about Willow's "not necessarily completely." ;-)

Whom she recognises, incidentally, obviously from the historical Watchers' diaries she found in 'Tales of the Slayers'..

Ah, I was wondering about that. Thanks.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th July 2008 18:45 (UTC)
buffy-S8

it's awfully convenient that she's out of town when the missile strikes

Well yes, but you needn't assume from that that Twilight engineered a temporal rift in 23rd Century New York purely to lure Buffy and Willow out of the castle. It's much simpler to assume that his surveillance of the castle told him that Buffy had gone, so it was time to fire the missile - he might not even know where she went, only that she was outside the target zone.

(The impications of that, though, are that Renee wasn't the mole, probably Satsu wasn't either, and either the mole hastily left the target zone herself or Twilight was willing to see her killed in the explosion. Or, possibly, it was a Magic Missile (1st level mage spell...) and didn't actually kill anyone but did something else instead.

Maybe it turned them all into centaurs?

Saga Vasuki's only involvement in the last arc was that Kumiko learned some of her powers from her, surely? Which certainly means she's not a pure force for good, but might means she's simply amoral or neutral.

with all the setup, you were sure there'd be a payoff to Giant!Dawn - are you happy with the way she was just poofed into something else, with a rather obvious Godzilla joke as the crowning glory of that 15-issue arc?

If she'd simply turned back into a normal human this episode then yes, I'd be wondering what the point of it all was. But it seems to me the story isn't over yet. I do like the theory that her change each time will be triggered by her becoming comfortable with her new form and using its strengths to do good, at which point she'll immediately become something else. Kind of like Angel's curse.

Kennedy's comment about Buffy as "the great and terrible" is interesting too... I wonder if that's a reference to anything in particular?)

According to imdb via Google, 'A Great and Terrible Beauty' is a new film in which "Led by her visions and the spirit of her dead mother, Gemma Doyle takes her boarding school clique deep into mystical realms controlled by an ancient group of women." Seems to fit Buffy pretty well.


Thanks!





Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 9th July 2008 22:35 (UTC)

Well yes, but you needn't assume from that that Twilight engineered a temporal rift in 23rd Century New York purely to lure Buffy and Willow out of the castle.

Castle gone, Buffy gone, Scythe gone. Three birds, one stone. And even if Twilight is operating independently of SV, that still means that SV is somehow involved with the emergency temporal shift time travel thing - which, of course, may be for good or bad.

Saga Vasuki's only involvement in the last arc was that Kumiko learned some of her powers from her, surely?

I wouldn't be sure. I think the scene could easily be read as Kumiko passing on a message directly from SV, or SV being sufficiently in control of Kumiko to use her as a courier against her will - and in either case, that would seem to mean that SV is at least aware of what Kumiko is up to and seems OK with that. And SV's message ("Did you think I could not find you?") doesn't exactly seem all that cosy and friendly either. So far, the only thing that makes me think that SV might be a force for good - or at least not actively for evil - is that Willow shouldn't be that stupid. Which doesn't seem like a watertight guarantee at all, given how she tends to overestimate her ability to stay in control.

Plus, well, snakes were always evil in the Buffyverse. Though I'll admit that's not a watertight guarantee either. :-)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 3rd June 2009 03:00 (UTC)

Huh. I'm dating myself. I took "the Great and Terrible" as a reference to "The Wizard of Oz".

Posted by: chianazhaan (chianazhaan)
Posted at: 7th July 2011 23:27 (UTC)
(Review) BtVS 8.16 'Time Of Your Life' Part 1

Lovely review. My Little Dawnie. LOL

I thought this issue had some nice character interaction. But did you read...the summary (I guess?)

Buffy's fresh from another doomed relationship, and Xander has suffered another great loss. Now a mystical vision has directed Willow toward New York City and clues to the future of magic. And as for Dawn, well... she's STILL experiencing
some serious growing pains.

Is that an acknowledgement that *yes* they've foiled 2 relationships *again*. And that even the writers have gotten annoyed with Giant!Dawn? Or maybe it's a foreshadowing that Dawn is going to change.

And I have to wonder if those castle defences are actually armed. It's like a house warming party. Everyone can walk in...eh...attack. Sure, they've probably cracked the magical code blahblahblah. But if it doesn't work for Dawn, ... *sigh*

Speaking about attacks. When you want to murder every slayer on earth, would you start in Scotland, or in your own country? The U.S. based slayer squads seem oddly unaffected by any attacks by the U.S. military.

Hmmm, but it has never been revealed who Buffy was meeting, has it? It could be Riley, but I'm not convinced. She's dressed for a date.

Ah, well. Other than some gripes it's a nice issue.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th July 2011 00:20 (UTC)
Re: (Review) BtVS 8.16 'Time Of Your Life' Part 1

I know a lot of readers were annoyed with Giant!Dawn, but apparently Joss loved her. I do think the "growing pains" were a reference to her changing again - and in the preview teaser Dark Horse put out for this issue, they used the panel of Dawn clutching her lower abdomen in pain. (Which back in the day led several people to speculate she was pregnant/about to give birth, incidentally.)

I actually took the fact that Amy had to heap dribbly candles all over Warren's missile as a sign that the castle's defences are really strong, and only the second most powerful witch in the Western Hemisphere could ever hope to break through them...

The US military (1) possibly doesn't realise there are major Slayer squads in the US, given their cell structure (2) has a traitor as its leader, sabotaging their plans and feeding them wrong information.

As for Buffy's meeting, it's revealed in Part 4 of this arc whom she was seeing. And what she was wearing is commented on.

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