Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5, Episode 21

The Weight of the World (15 May 2001)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Fantasy
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When Buffy lapses into a catatonic state, Willow uses magic to find out why; a tug-of-war erupts between Glory and Ben over Dawn's ultimate fate.



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Despite the gang's best efforts, Glory has succeeded in taking Dawn. This failure after so much effort proves too much for Buffy and she slips into a catatonic state. Willow must use magic to enter her mind and help her work through the trauma before it is too late to save Dawn and the rest of the world from Glory. Written by Alex

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Spike: Ben, Glory. He's a doctor, she's the Beast. Two entirely separate entities sharing one body. It's like a bloody sitcom.
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A filler, though well made
18 September 2009 | by (Milano, Italia) – See all my reviews

Though being a very good episode, dreamy like "Restless" (one of my favorite ones), "The Weight of the World" remains a filler: some like "OMG: the season should be 22 episodes long and we are short of one!". I do think that Buffy's catatonic state is stressed like, say, she become Mormon or Scientologist. IMHO a catatonic Slayer is a contradiction in terms! The good side is that Willow takes her wizardry to a metaphysical level, not just interacting with physical laws to change them. She had to face both Tara's (her lover) and Buffy's (her best friend) madness and she succeeded to cure them both. (Tara is cured in next episode, but here are shown new Willow's powers).

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