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“You still don’t understand, do you? I am free because you fear it. Because you fear it, the world is crumbling. You nightmares are made flesh.”
We haven’t visited the Master in a couple of episodes and the season is almost over, so we find our Slayer doing a little underground reconnaissance in the Mater’s lair. She’s proceeding with caution but the Master still surprises her. The scuffle is brief. Buffy ends up on the wrong end of it. The Master leans in to take a bite and the Slayer can’t seem to resist him.
And she wakes up yelling as Joyce is trying to rouse her for school. There’s not a lot of subtlety in this episode. It’s called “Nightmares,” it’s about literal nightmares, the characters have nightmares. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, you know?
TMAS, Willow asks after Buffy’s father, who is due in for a weekend visit. We get more background on the Summers’ divorce ““ Buffy had just found out she was the Slayer and was handling it poorly, her parents were already on the rocks. They said she wasn’t the reason they got divorced, but this is the ’90s. Everyone knows that’s what parents are supposed to say. Buffy is clearly carrying around a lot of guilt.
The girls meet up with Cordelia (being bitchy), Xander (being sarcastic), and one of this episode’s red shirts, Wendell. Buffy notices a kid hanging around the classroom door just as Wendell opens his textbook ““ releasing dozens of tarantulas into the room. Everyone starts screaming, but Wendell is screaming loudest of all.
Underground, the Master is hanging out with the Anointed One, shooting the breeze since the sun is up and the Master can’t leave his underground church anyway. Shooting the breeze for two evil vampires consists of talking about what other evil things are going on in Sunnydale. (Gawker site re-design.) There’s some new psychic force in town that has potential to really mess some people up and the Master is pleased by this disturbance in the force; he thinks there’s a way to use this to their own ends. Continue reading