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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #22

by Alan Rapp on January 3, 2016

in Comics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #22The calm before the storm. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #22 takes a step back from the ongoing battle of Buffy and the Scoobies with all manner of demons being let into this reality by the stolen “Restless Door” to focus on relationships central to the series and lay the foundation for potential problems somewhere down the line.

While initially apprehensive, Willow finds the military’s offer to help use her unique knowledge of technology and magic to keep the worlds safe appealing. Buffy on the other hand is less inclined to forget her past dealings with the military as the comic teases a split between best friends who may be starting to grow apart. While the issue makes sure to bring the two women together before the end, the disagreement that caused the fight is far from settled suggesting it may return to raise its ugly head before the end of the season.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #21

by Alan Rapp on November 28, 2015

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #21The U.S. Army wants Buffy!? Armageddon makes for strange bedfellows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten kicks off with a new arc featuring the return of some fan-favorite characters when Satsu comes to town dropping names like Riley Finn to recruit Buffy to help stop the number of demons being brought into our world to wreak havoc. The first job the Army has for our vampire slayer and her blondey bear boyfriend? To help recruit vampires to their cause. Did I mention that the vampires include Harmony and Vicki?

Following the debate between Buffy and Satsu of slayers joining the army (immediately preceding by the awkwardness of Buffy’s bisexual encounter showing up on her doorstep) the issue focuses on the challenges of Buffy and Spike dealing with the new vampire alliance who not only demand the pair of heroes defeat their champions in trial by combat but also spend time attempting to undermine the couple’s new-found bliss.

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Turkey Day Entertainment

by Alan Rapp on November 26, 2015

in Essays 

Although not as numerous as Christmas themed programs, there quite a few Thanksgiving specials and movies worth a look. Aside from some NFL football, Thanksgiving always makes me pull out some old favorites to watch.  There are two things I make time to watch every Thanksgiving. The first is a very special episode of WKRP and the second is Home for the Holidays. Here’s a little about them and some other Thanksgiving themed fun you might enjoy.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #18

by Alan Rapp on August 27, 2015

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #18“Old Demons” comes to a close as despite Archaeus‘ temporary hold over Angel pitting Buffy‘s ex against her current undead boyfriend, and having a host of lesser demons to fight off the rest of the Scoobies, the gang finds a way to come through in the end. Despite the fact that the arc comes to a close here with Archaeus’ defeat neither the demon nor the “Restless Door” artifact are taken out of play leaving the opportunity for one or both to make an appearance later in the season.

The further Buffy gets from the end of Season Three the less weight an appearance by Angel has on the character. More fun is the interaction between Spike and Angel (part of what made Season Five of Angel so entertaining). Not only does Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #18 finally allow the pair to bury the hatchet but it also forshadows future trouble for Buffy’s rekindled romance (although I’d be happy to see Angel proved wrong).

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #15

by Alan Rapp on June 2, 2015

in Comics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #15There are two battles happening simultaneously in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #15. The first involves Buffy and the Scoobies battling the ancient demon Archaeus whose bloodline runs through Spike, and the second involves the battle within Buffy’s boyfriend’s brain as Archaeus’ pull brings out the bloodthirsty nature of William the Bloody and sicks it on Buffy and her friends.

Mind-controlled for half the story, Spike plays a big role in the issue that allows the vampire with a soul to prove his worth and fight off his darker nature. Xander also shows up for some quick thinking in the middle of the battle and later to put a rest to the awkwardness with Dawn which the pair have struggled with since the beginning of the season.

The issue ends with the team regrouping after a marginal victory without hope of defeating the demon alone and teasing the first big crossover event since Angel‘s wacky Twilight adventure. A Buffy, Angel, and Spike team-up? Okay, that sounds like some serious fun. Worth a look.

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