Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 4, Episode 21

Primeval (16 May 2000)

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Having gained control of Riley's mind, Adam sets in motion his plot to create an army of unstoppable soldiers and destroy the Initiative.

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When Buffy sees Spike in Adam's cave, she realizes that Spike is intriguing the Scooby gang to destroy their friendship following Adam's instructions. She meets Willow, Xander and Giles and they apologize to each other. They also realize that the monsters were not captured by the Initiative, but actually they are the Trojan Horse of Adam to fight against the commando from inside. Once Buffy alone is not able to defeat Adam, the Scooby gang decides to transfer the best of each one of them, i.e., the witch power of Willow, the strength of Xander and the expertise of Giles, to Buffy through witchcraft to make her powerful and capable of fighting against Adam. Meanwhile, Riley finds that he has a chip over his heart and connected to his central nervous system to modify his behavior and obey Adam. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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At the very end, the Army adviser says tells the council "burn down the Initiative and salt the Earth". This a reference to the Siege of Alesia (52 BC), in which a Julius Caesar obliterated a city that resisted to the power of Rome. Caesar thus burnt it down and then spread salt on the soil, making sure nothing would grow there, ever. See more »

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When Buffy and Willow group-hug Xander, one camera angle shows Willow's right arm outside Buffy's left, while the opposite angle shows it inside, so as the view cuts back and forth, so does Willow's arm. See more »

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Riley: [realizing Forrest is a zombie-robot] Oh God.
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One for All, All For One – The End of the Initiative
24 August 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When Buffy sees Spike in Adam's cave, she realizes that Spike is intriguing the Scooby gang to destroy their friendship following Adam's instructions. She meets Willow, Xander and Giles and they apologize to each other. They also realize that the monsters were not captured by the Initiative, but actually they are the Trojan Horse of Adam to fight against the commando from inside. Once Buffy alone is not able to defeat Adam, the Scooby gang decides to transfer the best of each one of them, i.e., the witch power of Willow, the strength of Xander and the expertise of Giles, to Buffy through witchcraft to make her powerful and capable of fighting against Adam. Meanwhile, Riley finds that he has a chip over his heart and connected to his central nervous system to modify his behavior and obey Adam.

"Primeval" is the best episode of the Fourth Season of Buffy. The story is excellent, showing the importance of synergy and friendship to resolve difficult situations. Riley uses the strength of his love for Buffy to remove his chip and save her, who becomes extremely powerful with the gifts of her dearest friends. End of Season, end of the Initiative, which now is definitely closed. Last but not the least, like the Three Musketeers, the Scooby gang finds how important is the saying: "One for All, All For One". My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Primitivo" ("Primitive")


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