Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 10

Wrecked (27 Nov. 2001)

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When they return home from their nights out, Buffy is ashamed of having slept with Spike and Willow is exhausted from casting spells all night. Amy takes Willow to a sorcerer named Rack whose particular brand of magic quickly has Willow hooked. Later, Willow and Dawn decide to go out for a movie, but Willow's recklessness with magic puts Dawn's life in danger.

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When they return home from their nights out, Buffy is ashamed of having slept with Spike and Willow is exhausted from casting spells all night. Amy takes Willow to a sorcerer named Rack whose particular brand of magic quickly has Willow hooked. Later, Willow and Dawn decide to go out for a movie, but Willow's recklessness with magic puts Dawn's life in danger.

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'Jeff Korber' (the warlock, Rack) previously played "Zachary Kralik", the psychopathic vampire whom the Watchers Council set on Buffy as a test, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Helpless (1999). See more »

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At the beginning when Buffy is leaving the collapsed building and Spike puts his arms around her, you can see that a cross charm from Buffy's necklace is on Spike's wrist and is not burning him. See more »

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Wrecked is right
3 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The "morning after" with a slayer is not an enviable thing. We get another peek into Buffy's split personality -- as if we haven't seen enough of those already. It's obvious that she is drawn to the dark side, yet she hates to admit it. Spike, on the other hand, thoroughly enjoys knowing more about Buffy than she knows about -- or is willing to admit to -- herself. But he pays a heavy price -- he has to deal with Buffy-Bitch the minute she's through satisfying her need for what Spike has to offer her. She doesn't even have the common decency to act the least bit grateful for all the times he's helped her out. The next day, when she needs Spike's help finding Dawn, she throws a candle at him to wake him up, then demands that he get dressed so he can help her. Honestly...he'd have been better off sticking with the Buffy-Bot; she's a marked improvement over Buffy-Bitch.

Witchcraft as a powerful, addictive drug -- what a great lesson. This episode sheds light on that most tempting -- and dangerous -- black magic art, especially once Willow gets a taste of what it actually feels like to harness such power.

It also gives a peek into the world of nerds -- pent up resentments of perennial loners that suddenly find a power outlet tend to do things that go very very wrong. Willow captures the essence of the struggle towards the end of the episode when she says to Buffy: "If you could be the plain old Willow or super Willow...who would you be?"

Willow and Amy's first encounter with Rack is quite interesting. There's something both hot and evil when Rack says to Willow: "You taste like strawberries". Of course...that image is clearly offset by the notion of Willow keeping "stinky yak cheese in her bra".

And the scene with Amy breaking in and stealing some of Willow's stuff is classic junkie behavior. But the grittiest scene was definitely Willow taking Dawn to Rack's place. That was beyond creepy. And even though it's nasty, at least this episode gives Willow an opportunity to show another side of her personality. The sing-songy side is so obnoxious that this side is almost a welcome relief.

The image of Willow animating Tara's clothes was very similar to when Spike had the mannequin and/or the Buffy-bot. People will create whatever it takes to fill in what they need -- regardless of whether it's on the physical or the mental/psychological plane. That's a consistent theme throughout the series.

The underlying message in this episode is that addictions are fundamentally destructive. The problem is that life is inherently addictive because it contains pleasure. And anything that contains pleasure contains within it the potential for addictive behaviors, because addiction is the attempt to keep recreating pleasure beyond its intended purpose. When pleasure is used to placate pain and emptiness, rather than to be enjoyed for its own sake, it becomes an addiction/obsession. As humans we are all broken to some extent. And we all try to push down pain, emptiness, loneliness, etc. with all forms of pleasure, creating all forms of addictions. The solution to this problem goes well beyond going cold turkey, hanging cloves of garlic/clutching wooden crosses, and/or attending 12 step program meetings. Old habits -- and addictions -- die hard.

And just as an aside...since this episode was written by Marti Noxon, it kinda makes you wonder what's really going on inside her head. And other places.


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