The Watchers' Council is really rather poor. Their idea of a rite of passage doesn't bear too much scrutiny. So hand wave, hand wave, because the mythology of Buffy is not the reason I watch it. So if we hand wave Giles' behaviour and betrayal then we have a great story about what lengths an "ordinary" person will go to save her kidnapped mother. Sarah Michelle Gellar is excellent as usual while Anthony Head is rather fine but it is Jeff Kober who has the most fun.
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