Posted by: thebuffyrewatch | February 9, 2014

Cordia’s Review – S7, E15 – Get it Done

Get It Done
Season 7, Episode 15
Original airing: 2/18/2003

My Rating: 53

The Good: Most of this episode felt awkward to me with Buffy’s sudden attitude issues and Kennedy forcing her way into everything like a bull in a china shop (see The Bad). But it did allow some nice subtle moments for Dawn and succeeded in creating physical threat for the end of the season.

I really enjoyed seeing Dawn find her place in the house. Since her chat with Xander (S7E12 Potential), she seems to have dived head first into being Research Girl and found herself becoming good at it. She’s learning to translate old languages and understand the purpose of artifacts and other magic related bits. It was also nice seeing her tease Buffy and them having a light sister moment before discovering Chloe’s dead body.

Speaking of Chloe, I thought this was pretty well handled. It’s creepy and sad to see her there, but it makes sense too. As Buffy says, these girls were not recruited, they were chosen. We’ve seen them having fears in past episodes and I would expect them to continue doing so. Train as they might, they don’t have the Slayer powers yet and don’t have experience with fighting evil. Pile on top of that the constant tension and stress of living in a house with about 25-30 people. In these circumstances, it would be completely unbelievable if someone didn’t crack.

Finally, the reveal of thousands of Turok-Han lying in wait gives some heft to The First’s threats of violence. We know the damage a single Turok-Han can do and the struggles Buffy endured to kill it. So the idea of thousands flooding the streets of Sunnydale is terrifying. Am I really worried this will happen? No. It’s a TV show and I feel confident after six seasons of almost-world destruction that it will be avoided again. But it does get me hyped to see some big fights!

The Bad: Unfortunately, the rest of the episode was plagued with unnecessary moments and Buffy the Righteous at her most high-horsed.

Andrew, per usual, was the worst waste of screen time. Last week how got to have a bit of development and now he’s back to punching bag. I’m tired of it.

Anya gets quite a lot of time to complain and be worthless. Buffy even points out that she adds nothing of value to the group. And with D’Hoffryn still attempting to kill her, too, she just looks like a leech. She’s there because it’s marginally safe, but that isn’t a good reason to keep a character around when you’re bloating the cast. I say, chuck the dead wood.

The influx of potentials felt very sudden and forced. For over a month, we had five or so, now we jump up to twenty. I wish there had been a more gradual build. This seemed like the show was just trying to have an “army” of bodies around for Buffy to yell at in the living room.

Ah, Buffy. She was at her worst here. And it felt really wrong. I can completely understand her tact of pointing out Chloe chose the wrong path. Calling upon the girls’ desire to stay alive would have been fine. But I think it went out of character when she verbally attacked Xander, Willow, Anya, and Spike. I can see this conversation happening, but not in front of the potentials.

And then she went on to spend her time beating up shadow men while calling them weak and pathetic. While she has a point that the First Slayer’s creation was done with a horrible method, she ignores the fact that right now, that doesn’t matter. What matters is the coming end to the Slayer line, which the men clearly tell her is a danger. While I can’t completely fault her for not wanting to merge with demon essence, it seemed she was focused on the wrong issues here.

Robin Wood has his own issues. I wish he had been around in the past to learn the mistakes ALL the Scoobies have made about not sharing your feelings with others. Hiding his knowledge of his mother’s death from Buffy and insisting instead on having dramatic two word conversations with Spike makes him look really petty, what with the imminent rise of the ultimate evil and all.

The Unknown: I honestly don’t know how I feel about Spike in this episode. Buffy basically asking him to reach down deep and find his love of killing again was bizarre. And symbolizing his “return” to fighting potency with the reappearance of the jacket he stripped from Robin’s mother’s dead body is just… inappropriate. At the same time, it’s hard not to cheer to see a bit of old Spike spirit showing through again. It’s a complex situation reminiscent of Spike’s entire time on the show. He’s always been the villain you loved to hate because of his enigmatic nature and performance. But having his old life essentially celebrated with three different shots of the coat coming out and going on seemed out of place with his season long arc to be a good man for Buffy. Definitely conflicting.

Favorite Moment: I thought following Buffy’s terrified face with the shot of the masses of Turok-Han set a powerful standard for the final fight. It was an epic moment for a television show and I really liked that Buffy questioned her decision to turn down the extra power.

The Bottom Line: I’m pleased with where this story ended up. I think it does set a tone of danger for the end of the season. But mostly I found myself being angry at almost all of the Scoobies for what I feel was primarily poor presentation.

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