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Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Smashed - S6-E9

Corrected entry: When Amy is de-ratted in season 6 she is quite strong, almost as strong as Willow - she can move things with a glance and turn people into goats with a wave of her hand. But when she turned herself into a rat in season 3 she had nowhere near this level of power - if she did she could have escaped from MOO with ease, and not in a way that left her a rodent for 3 years. How have Amy's powers grown so much?

Correction: This seems to make a huge assumption about her level of magical power, since she was only an occasionally recurring character. She easily turned herself into a rat with little or no effort, and Willow commented on what a powerful witch she was. We have no reason to suppose that she wasn't a very talented witch even before she went ratty.

Surprise (1) - S2-E13

Corrected entry: At the end of the episode 'Surprise' Angel runs out into the street where it's raining heavily, but in the same street a few minutes later, at the start of the episode 'Innocence', the ground and Angel are both completely dry.

Correction: Not until Angel morphs to vamp face, and even then, its only him that is dry, the streets are still wet.

Once More, With Feeling - S6-E7

Corrected entry: Whenever a character indirectly causes an innocent death (ie, Giles in 'The Dark Age' or Anya in 'Selfless') they have understandably been shown to feel a lot of guilt, showing that civilian deaths aren't just taken for granted. In 'Once More, With Feeling' Xander raises a demon that kills at least 3 people, yet there is no reproachment from the others or obvious guilt on his part. Why?

Correction: Because when it's revealed, they have the slightly more pressing problem of the demon to deal with, then the episode ends pretty much once the demon's gone (after the last song, of course). Plus there's the slight matter of the fact that they dragged their best friend out of heaven to deal with. Not a lot of time for on-screen guilt there - no doubt all that took place off-camera, after the episode.

Normal Again - S6-E17

Corrected entry: In 'Normal Again', season 6, we learn that Buffy was in a mental clinic after telling her parents about vampires. In 'Becoming', season 2, when Joyce found out the truth about Sunnydale why didn't she mention this? It had only happened a year or two before, and a simple 'Oh god, Buffy, you were right' or 'Sorry for sending you to the funny farm, sweetie' would have been the obvious thing for her to say.

Correction: The truth about Sunnydale was something of a shock for Joyce - it would have taken her a while to absorb it properly. Most likely she did eventually apologise to Buffy about the clinic, once Buffy'd come back in season 3, anyway, but it presumably happened off-camera.

Selfless - S7-E5

Corrected entry: In the season 3 episode "Doppelgangland", which originally aired in 1999, Anya told a barman that she was 1120. This would mean she was born in 879 AD. But in the season 7 episode "Selfless", a flashback to 880 AD showed her as a young woman (about 20). She should've only been one year old.

Correction: In the same way that vampires mark their ages from their 'conversion', Anya might be calculating her age from when she became a vengeance demon.

Him - S7-E6

Corrected entry: In "Him", after Xander has his flashback to "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" he smiles and says 'Good times...', but during that episode he explicity stated that he hated what was happening. Nearly being axe murdered by a crazed horde of women shouldn't be a happy memory, it should be a traumatic one.

Correction: I don't see this as a mistake. Looking back at the day when every woman in town was crazy about him, Xander probably does see the upside.

Hell's Bells - S6-E16

Corrected entry: In 'Hell's Bells' the only part of Dawn's conversation Anya could have heard is "...he's just run off and no one can find him". Given that she had already been told the cleric had run off to perform a C-section how does she instantly realise that it's Xander Dawn is talking about? Shouldn't her first thought be that Dawn is talking about the missing cleric?

Correction: Well, if she thought the cleric had left for a specific reason, she wouldn't expect anyone to be trying to find him - as they knew where he went, so it couldn't really be him that Dawn was talking about. Xander is the only other male who is essential for the ceremony, plus the fact that she knows him well enough to suspect he might suffer from cold feet.

Bargaining (1) - S6-E1

Corrected entry: When Buffybot shorts out in the alley in 'Bargaining, part 1' she automatically returns to the Summers home to find Willow, suggesting she goes wherever Willow is likely to be. Later in the episode when she's wounded by Razor she runs straight to the grave where the others are. Shouldn't her first objective have been to return to the Summers house, and if not, how did she know where they would be?

Correction: The bot probably uses a homing device, while Willow is carrying a transmitter.

Life Serial - S6-E5

Corrected entry: In 'Life Serial' we find out Giles has a mummy hand that can be used to perform a prosperity spell. There are no side effects or consequences or he wouldn't have it in his shop, so why doesn't he use it to help Buffy out of her debt problems?

Correction: He does help Buffy out financially, and there is no indication that he does not use a mummy hand. Besides, as shown in "Once More, With Feeling", at this time he has come to realize that Buffy needs to take care of her own problems instead of relying on other people.

I Was Made To Love You - S5-E15

Corrected entry: In "I Was Made To Love You" Spike mentions that Warren's mother invited him in, but we see it's daylight outside. Would she really have invited a man huddled under a blanket and smouldering slightly into her home just like that?

Correction: Windows behind both Spike and Warren show night-time with a strong moon.

Show generally

Corrected entry: It has always troubled me that no-one ever thinks to try using a gun on the demons. The Rocket Launcher worked on The Judge in Series 2, so why not just try a gun? Especially on people like Caleb, who appears to be human, why waste two potential slayers on trying to fight him when you could just shoot him? Or at least see if it worked.

Correction: The rocket launcher didn't actually kill The Judge, if you remember the whole "No weapon forged" speech, what it did was separate his limbs and keep them separate so that he wasn't animate. Most demons have to be killed along the same line as vamps, stake, fire, beheading. Caleb is practically super-human, and as we have seen in Season six when Buffy was shot, unless you get the heart you aren't going to kill someone who is stronger then the average human. Also, the whole point of having the Potentials fight is to train them to what it is really like to be the Slayer, so guns do not come into it.

Season 7 generally

Corrected entry: In the episode where Spike is having memories of his mother, he tells her that Drusilla made him what he is (a vampire), telling us she is his sire, but in series two we find out that Angel was his sire.

Correction: Joss Whedon has said that technically Angel is Spike's grand sire because Angel is Drusilla's sire but it basically amounts to the same thing.

Once More, With Feeling - S6-E7

Corrected entry: In "Once More, With Feeling" Buffy reveals to the other Scoobies that she was in Heaven, if this is the case, how come Willow extracted her from Hell? Surely she couldn't have done so if Buffy wasn't even there.

Correction: Willow didn't bring her back from Hell. Willow just did a spell for her to be returned from where she was

First Date - S7-E14

Corrected entry: How does Wood know his mother was killed by a vampire? We saw Spike kill his mother in the season 5 episode "Fool for Love". Spike broke her neck on an empty subway. There were no witnesses, and no bite marks.

Correction: Vampires brag, so it's very likley that Spike bragged to Wood's mother's watcher that he had just killed his slayer.

Once More, With Feeling - S6-E7

Corrected entry: In the episode "Once More With Feeling," when Dawn and Sweet sing their song at the Bronze, Michelle Trachtenberg obviously forgets her lines and looks around confused for a couple of seconds before going back to singing.

Correction: All the songs from this episode were recorded and dubbed (this is why they use a graveyard they haven't before as it is near LAX and the planes normally interfere) so it is impossible that Michelle could have forgotten her words. She is looking around as - quite understandably - she is terrified, it is a dramatic pause.

School Hard - S2-E3

Corrected entry: In the scene where Spike is introduced, one vampire boasts, "When I kill the slayer, it will be the greatest event since the crucifixion." But slayers die every 5-10 years, and have for millenia. What makes killing Buffy special enough to warrant this?

Correction: Since Buffy has been called to Sunnydale because there is a Hellmouth there, killing her will give the vamps and demons the chance to open the Hellmouth, and we all know what happens after that.

Welcome To The Hellmouth (1) - S1-E1

Corrected entry: In Welcome to the Hellmouth when Buffy is looking for the vampire with Willow, she snaps a leg off a chair. However, when she tries to stake Cordelia with it, it has magically turned into a proper stake.

Correction: No it isn't - you can see it in the shot on Buffy's face when she is pinning Cordelia - the stake tip is slanted like the table leg.

Chosen - S7-E22

Corrected entry: When the gang are preparing for the big showdown, Andrew gets out a piece of paper and starts to do a Thank You speech. Anya interrupts him and leads him away, putting her arm around his shoulder. She is on his left hand side as they turn. The shot changes and we see them leave in the background, only now, Anya is on Andrew's right hand side.

Correction: This is because they turn independantly, not as a unit. It is quicker to turn the way they did. The result will have their orientation with respect to each other reversed, but everyone else will see them in the same place just looking the other direction.

Chosen - S7-E22

Corrected entry: Buffy gets all the Potentials together and does another inspirational speech, telling them her plan to turn them all into Slayers. Chao-Ahn is there. This is the girl who doesn't speak English, so who in the Buffyverse is going to explain what was just said?

Correction: Given the amount of dictionaries we see lying round the house in 'Get It Done', we can assume that Chao-Ahn isn't the only Potential who doesn't speak English, but there is a way to communicate with them (albeit slow and time-consuming). It wouldn't be that hard to fill her and the rest of them in on the basics of the plan; just because we never saw it doesn't mean it never happened offscreen.

Chosen - S7-E22

Corrected entry: When we flashback to Buffy telling everyone she is going to share the Slayer's power using the axe/sythe-thingy, she says that it is time for them to make a choice. They can all choose to take on the power and fight with her. As Willow is doing the spell, we see lots of other Potentials around the world receiving the power. But they were never allowed the choice. And what if one of the Potentials listening to Buffy's inspirational speech had said, "OK, we have a choice? Well, I don't want to be any part of this. I don't want to be a Slayer - I want to be a normal teenage girl". She would still have been hit with it because Willow's spell was just 'switching on' all the Potentials out there. There was no choice to be made.

Correction: The choice was not about getting the power but about using the power to fight alongside Buffy and Faith, which could easily lead to death.

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Quotes

Spike: You listen to me. [Kneels in front of her.] I've been alive a bit longer than you, and dead a lot longer than that. I've seen things you couldn't imagine, and done things I prefer you didn't. I don't exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood, which doesn't exactly rush in the direction of my brain. So I make a lot of mistakes, a lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years, and there's only one thing I've ever been sure of: you. [Buffy looks away; he reaches toward her face.] Hey, look at me. I'm not asking you for anything. When I say, "I love you, " it's not because I want you or because I can't have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I've seen your kindness and your strength. I've seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You're a hell of a woman. You're the one, Buffy.
Buffy: [Quietly.] I don't wanna be the one.

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Mistakes

Willow is turned into a ghost. Throughout the entire episode, she can't touch anything (can't turn the pages of a book, etc.), yet towards the end when she and Giles go to Ethan's shop, and she leaves, you can hear that she opened and closed the door, even though she can walk through walls and can't actually touch the door. The curtain moves when she leaves too.

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Trivia

In 'Once More, With Feeling' the man singing the mustard song is David Fury, the co-executive producer.

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