Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 2

Beneath You (1 Oct. 2002)

TV Episode  -   -  Action | Drama | Fantasy
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A giant worm-like creature begins stalking a young girl. As the gang begin to investigate, they realise it's appearance in Sunnydale may be linked to Anya.

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As Buffy awakes from a bad dream with the warning, "From beneath you, it devours.", Xander meets a young woman whose dog was eaten by a creature that burrowed up out of the ground. Spike offers his assistance, but the group is still uneasy about having him around. The gang soon discovers that the source of the monster is closer to them than they thought. Meanwhile, Willow has mixed emotions as she prepares to leave England and return to Sunnydale. Written by Alex

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In the pre-title sequence, when the pink-haired girl is chased through Frankfurt, the German vocals of the song are "Von der Tiefe / es verschlingt", which translates to the idé fixe of the season, "From beneath you it devours" (although it should really be 'Aus der Tiefe'...). See more »

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(24:25) When Xander and Nancy survey the damage to the flooring in the corridor, the hole that the demon rose from is now only about 30cm deep and lined with black polythene. See more »

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Principal Robin Wood: There's only three things these kids understand: The boot, the bat, and the bastinada.
[laughs at himself, but Buffy doesn't react]
Principal Robin Wood: It's the - It's a - It's a bad joke. It's the bastinada. No one ever knows what that thing is.
Buffy: Wooden rod used to slap the soles of the feet in Turkish prisons, but if made with the correct wood, makes an awesome billy club.
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One of Marster's Finest Moments
25 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Definitely an improvement over the previous episode. While a lot of fans have complained at the character Spike's hijacking of the final season, this remains one of his best performances in the series. In it, we get a little insight as to what has been going on in Spike's head since receiving his soul back and it ain't pretty.

There is a basic plot about a jealous guy getting turned into a burrowing worm-like creature and trying to get back at his ex-girlfriend but, the phrase from beneath it devours becomes a central theme now and it ain't the poor worm guy. Anya gets some good scenes with Xander (surprise, Anya can reverse a vengeance wish!)

But Marster's final moments, shirtless (and gorgeous) and weeping as he begs to be understood by the woman he loves are what drives this episode. His speech is bloody wonderful as is the revelation that Spike indeed wanted his soul back so that Buffy would love him but, that in retrieving his soul he has also retrieved all the pain and suffering he has inflicted on others throughout his undead life.

One of the best episodes of the season.


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