Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 13

Dead Things (5 Feb. 2002)

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After Jonathan, Andrew, and Warren accidentally kill Warren's ex-girlfriend Katrina, they set Buffy up to make her believe it was she who killed the girl.

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Buffy goes to Tara, concerned about the fact that Spike can harm her without triggering his chip. She also gets mixed up with the Trio's latest scheme, creating a new device which will make women their mindless slaves, which goes horribly wrong when Warren's ex-girlfriend Katrina is accidentally killed. The Trio set Buffy up to make her think that she has killed Katrina - and it works. Between finding out the truth about her resurrection and believing that she has killed an innocent girl, Buffy's world begins to fall apart, and she ends up revealing to Tara that she and Spike are having sex. Written by Taylor

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When Katrina's stunt double starts to tumble down a hillside out in the woods, you can see a leaf-covered tarp that conceals the safety mats dug into the ground to cushion the stunt woman's fall wrinkle up and start sliding down the hill with her. See more »

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[Jonathan and Andrew have been tussling]
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Buffy's worst ever episode
11 October 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Buffy's relationship with Spike is getting increasingly kinkier. Meanwhile, the trio of nerds plan to make a woman their sex slave. Leader Warren picks his ex-girlfriend Katrina. When the spell wears off and Katrina threatens to tell the authorities, Warren kills her. He decides to pin the murder on Buffy.

This episode is where "Buffy" veers straight into soap opera melodrama. There is very little of the supernatural to be found - just a brief appearance by demons who disrupt the fabric of time. The episode is mainly concerned with Buffy confronting her internal disgust. She hates what she has become and that she can't seem to stop herself on this dark path. Her realisation in "Gone" that she doesn't want to die and that she's okay with being back in the world seems largely forgotten.

I can't fault this show's characterisation or the way characters have to address their actions and beliefs. Sarah Michelle Gellar's acting is excellent. But the episode has zero entertainment value. It's dark, it's depressing, and it's full of icky kinky sex. This episode seems to have forgotten the show's theme of addressing human issues through a supernatural context. It's more like "Days Of Our Lives" with a supervillian/s plotting the downfall of a nemesis.

And what's with all the rape themes in season 6? I hated this episode. In a season full of subpar episodes, this one sinks right to the bottom.


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