The Watcher Council travels to Sunnydale to review Buffy's skills as a Slayer; meanwhile, Glory puts her search for the Key into high gear.

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Giles informs Buffy and the Scooby gang that the Council of Watchers led by Quentin Travers will come to Sunnydale with information about Glory. When the arrogant team arrives, they blackmail Buffy and her friends, threatening to send Giles back to England. Buffy and her friends agree to submit to the Council's review. However, Glory comes to Buffy's home and threatens her family and friends and later, Buffy is attacked by the Knights of Byzanthium. She arrives to the review with a different attitude and refuses to submit to the Council's will. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

The scene where Buffy is unfairly humiliated in front of her history class by a bullying professor is rather similar to a scene in the earlier episode "The Freshman," where a like-minded bullying professor of the Pop Culture class unfairly treated Buffy in a similar fashion in front of the class before ejecting her. See more »

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Buffy says, "There's also near consensus about Columbus, you know, until someone asked the Vikings what they were up to in the 1400s and they were, like, discovering this America-shaped continent." The Vikings settled in North America around 1000. See more »

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Buffy: They're gonna expect me to... to be like a Slayer and, and know stuff, but I'm just me and I don't know anything and they're gonna to go away and they're not gonna tell me how to fight Glory and I'm not gonna be able to protect Dawn.
Giles: Buffy, calm down. The scandal here is not anything you've done wrong, it's the way they're behaving. Holding what they know hostage, with a gun pointed at my bleeding green card no less. It's humiliating.
Buffy: Also smart. They picked the perfect thing. I can't lose you.
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References Passions (1999) See more »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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A Matter of Power
6 October 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Giles informs Buffy and the Scooby gang that the Council of Watchers leaded by Quentin Travers will come to Sunnydale with information about Glory. When the arrogant team arrives, they blackmail Buffy and her friends, threatening Giles to send him back to England. Buffy and her friends accept to be submitted to the review leaded by Quentin. However, when Glory comes to Buffy's home and threatens her family and friends and Buffy is attacked by the Knights of Byzanthium, she changes her attitude in a matter of power.

In this episode, I believe this is the first time that Buffy has a mature attitude and realizes how powerful and important she is in a world crowded of vampires and demons. I was irritated with the position of Quentin Travers and his team, but the conclusion with Buffy assuming the leadership was unforgettable. The revelation that Glory is a god is a great twist in the series as well as the new enemies of Buffy, the Knights of Byzanthium. Spike, as usual, is hilarious and Anya, Tara and Willow are also great with their replies along the interviews. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Grande Teste" ("The Great Test")


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