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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Restless (2000)

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Joss Whedon (created by)
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Original Air Date:
23 May 2000 (Season 4, Episode 22)
Genre:
Plot:
Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles experience dreams in which they are pursued by a mysterious figure. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
It's Dreamy , no pun intended. See more (8 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Joss Whedon 
 
Writing credits
Joss Whedon (created by)

Joss Whedon (written by)

Produced by
Gail Berman .... executive producer
Gareth Davies .... producer
Jane Espenson .... co-producer
David Fury .... producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
David Greenwalt .... consulting producer
Fran Rubel Kuzui .... executive producer
Kaz Kuzui .... executive producer
Marti Noxon .... supervising producer
David Solomon .... co-producer
Joss Whedon .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Gershman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Regis Kimble  (as Regis B. Kimble)
 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Jennifer Fishman 
Amy McIntyre Britt 
 
Production Design by
Carey Meyer 
 
Art Direction by
Caroline Quinn 
 
Set Decoration by
David A. Koneff  (as David Koneff)
 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Bergstrom 
 
Makeup Department
Robin Beauchesne .... makeup artist
Gloria Pasqua Casny .... hair stylist
Todd McIntosh .... makeup supervisor
Michael Moore .... key hair stylist
Brigette A. Myre .... makeup artist (as Brigette Myre-Ellis)
Lisa Marie Rosenberg .... hair stylist
John Vulich .... special makeup effects supervisor
 
Production Management
Marc David Alpert .... production supervisor (as Marc D. Alpert)
John F. Perry .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Athena Alexander .... second assistant director
Alan Steinman .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Keith A. Cuba .... leadman (as Keith Cuba)
Randy Eriksen .... property master
Lisa Gamel .... paint foreman
Victoria Ruskin .... set designer
Kelly Schultz .... set dresser (1998-2002)
Stella Starlight .... graphic designer
Steve West .... construction coordinator (as Stephen L. West)
Dylan J. Hay Chapman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Damon Hight .... general foreman (uncredited)
David Ronan .... assistant propmaster (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ron Evans .... re-recording mixer
Robert Guastini .... dialogue & adr editor
Kurt Kassulke .... re-recording mixer
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
Adam Sawelson .... re-recording mixer
David Yaffe .... production sound mixer (as David Barr Yaffe)
Mike Marchain .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bruce Minkus .... special effects coordinator
Damian Fisher .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Loni Peristere .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Sophia Crawford .... stunt double: Buffy
Jeff Pruitt .... stunt coordinator
Zach Hudson .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Steve Tartalia .... stunt double: Spike (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Allen D. Easton .... camera operator
Tom Keefer .... key grip
Chris Strong .... chief lighting technician
Eric Parker .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Bob Snowdon .... grip (uncredited)
Tim Speed .... lighting console operator (uncredited)
Marshall Valentine .... grip (uncredited)
Anthony Van Dyk .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lonnie Hamerman .... casting associate
Marcia Shulman .... original casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nickolaus Brown .... costumer
Lori DeLapp .... key costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Golda Savage .... assistant editor
Brian Wankum .... post production coordinator
Tamara Becher .... post production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Fernand Bos .... music editor
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bob Ellis .... transportation coordinator (as Robert Ellis)
 
Other crew
Cathy Carr .... production coordinator
Edward J. Duffy .... location manager (as Ed Duffy)
David H. Goodman .... script coordinator (as David Goodman)
Diego Gutierrez .... assistant: Joss Whedon
Rhonda Hyde .... script supervisor
George Montgomery .... title designer
J.D. Peralta .... assistant: Marti Noxon (as JD Peralta)
Edwin L. Perez .... production auditor
Douglas Petrie .... executive story editor (as Doug Petrie)
Kelly Harris .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
 

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Writing credits
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Joss Whedon  created by

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Additional Details

Runtime:
60 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Music department's Christophe Beck can be seen at the piano while Giles sings on stage at the Bronze.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As Xander crawls from his ice cream truck into his room, the the blue screen outside the truck's side window partially leaves the visible area of the window, revealing the studio. Then, the chroma key effect is turned off too early, showing the blue screen in its true color.See more »
Quotes:
Cheese Man:[holding up a tray of cheese in Xander's dream] These will not protect you.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Apocalypse Now (1979)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Exposition SongSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
It's Dreamy , no pun intended., 31 March 2012
Author: zaga_u

What people tend to forget is that Buffy was first advertised as a Horror-Teen-drama-comedy, which was why people either got very turned off by it or people got curious to watch it. But as the series got started the word "Horror" could very well be place with "action". Which to be brutally honest saddens me, now action can be fun and awesome and Buffy's way of showing action ranges from campy and fun to nail-bitingly intense to "oh my god why is there so much F*cking fighting??!" which sums up my feeling towards Buffy's more actiony episodes. Bottom line - character, humor and frights is what, to me, makes an excellent Buffy episode.. so if you are in to Buffy, or film in general, for the action this is where I tell you that maybe this episode won't do it for you - for the very reason it does everything right in my opinion.

The episode takes place after the big final battle in which the main cast of characters re-bonds with hugs, heartfelt speeches and fusing themselves with a spell to all join Buffy giving her super(er) powers to take on the big-bad of the season Adam. After the battle, and where the episode begins, the crew meets up at Buffy's to watch videos but all end up falling asleep and what follows a four character studies told through their dreams. But something is lurking in all of their dreams trying to harm them.

I remember being 12 and watching this for the first time and already being won over simply by how the dreams looked, yes the dreams reveal much about the character and even for-shadow the coming seasons, but the way the dream world looks and feels is what makes me care to analyze what they might mean. Surreal spaces, sound and acting all come together to create very "realistic" dreams that stray between uncomfortably humorous to crazy intense. How the "monster" is not shown I actually think works great, again overly long karate scenes with bombastic music get me exhausted.

Now it being one of my favorites I don't have to tell you I like this a lot, but that doesn't mean I think it could have been slightly improved, I can't help but think the creators could have gone a step further for instance more cameos would have been great, seeing characters like Joyce and Oz despite their little involvement in the season tells us much about our characters and how they still think of and feel about these people, I'm not saying "Bring back all the character!!" but I can't help but feel having Angel or possibly Faith interact with Buffy in her dreams could have been very rewarding, it's still a fantastic episode but there is space to go a little bit further in exploring the characters, it feels a bit like a missed opportunity.

Restless is in my opinion one of the series finest, and the criticism that it's boring I would feel only worked if their were 20 other episodes like it, which there are not. This episode is an entity on to it's self - and I'm glad they did this once. After all season 4 of Buffy was all about experimenting, and judging by how fantastic the next seasons turned out I'd say it paid off big time.

..gee this review went on long, sorry. I give "Restless" a 9.4 out of 10, it's one of my personal favorites and with Superstar and Hush the best episode of season 4 and I recommend it (and the other 2) to all people who are Buffy-curious but haven't actually given it a try and also, obviously, to fans of the show.. but you've all already seen it.

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