Spike finds himself targeted by a group of commandos after he escapes from a military lab underneath the Sunnydale campus.



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Episode credited cast:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Mace Lombard ...
Scott Becker ...
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Michael R Bowman ...
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Spike is captured by the paramilitary commando in the campus, but escapes from a hi-tech facility unable to bite or fight against humans. Meanwhile, Riley Finn (Marc Blucas) finds that he likes Buffy, but is incapable of establishing a dialog with her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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16 November 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joss Whedon was glad that James Marsters (Spike) agreed to join the show full time because he felt that Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) having moved to Angel, the show lacked a character who was openly rude to the other characters. He described it as "having that awkward neighbour that is like "Hi can I borrow a cup of sugar and insult you?"" See more »


At 4:03, as Giles raises his drawing to show it to Xander, he knocks a bit of crumpled paper from the coffee table onto the carpet. Also, he is resting his head against his open hand. When the view cuts back to Giles after Xander's brief comment, the bit of paper has disappeared and Giles is resting his head against his closed fist. See more »


[first lines]
Forrest Gates: Women. Young, nubile, exciting. Each one a mystery waiting to be unlocked. Think any of them are gonna show? 'Cause the party'd be lame if we lack for hotties. Professor? You with me?
Riley Finn: No. I'm with this large pile of ungraded papers due at 3:00.
Forrest Gates: How are you gonna learn anything if you keep doing schoolwork? Oh... Check her out. Is she hot, or is she hot?
Riley Finn: She's Buffy.
Forrest Gates: Buffy? I like that. That girl's so hot, she's buffy.
Riley Finn: It's her name, Forrest.
Forrest Gates: You've established first contact? ...
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References The Terminal Man (1974) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The One With The Initiative...
23 June 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoy this episode. I like that we see more of Spike and that we learn more about the mysterious commando guys.

In this episode, Spike has been captured by The Initiative, the commando squad on the Sunnydale University campus. He eventually escapes the high-tech facility and goes to kill Buffy. He finds Buffy's dorm, but since she's not there and Willow is, he tries to attack Willow. But something happens and he's in pain when he tries to bite her. The commando guys eventually find where he is and try to re-capture him, but they fail. Meanwhile, Riley discovers that he does have feelings for Buffy and tries to have a conversation with her to find out if she likes him as well.

Best part of the episode: When Willow and Spike kind of "bond".

Worst part of the episode: The commando guys.

Overall, I give this episode an 8 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Awesome.

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