Bargaining I and II (Marti Noxon)
As season openers go then this is one of the better ones – at least the first part is – the second part drags at times and the climatic scene between Buffy and Dawn is definitely too long.
Buffy’s burial dress is quite unattractive and SMG’s wig looked like the same one she wore in “Beer Bad” – both rather poor costuming errors. Maybe this is an omen for a season littered with errors of judgement. In fact these two episodes could be seen as a microcosm of S6 – a mix of the good, the intriguing and the bloody awful.
The good includes more Tara goodness in 80 minutes than the whole of S5 (minus a couple of episodes): Tara going “Grr argh” is just cuteness itself.
Finally, these two episodes are the source of Tara and Willow fan fiction’s greatest cliché: pancakes.