Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Doomed
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Doomed is the eleventh episode of the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the sixty-seventh episode overall.
Monster of the Week
The demons which very nearly cause the apocalypse (once again) are Vahrall Demons. The inscription in Giles' book describes them with a series of short sentences:
- Slick like gall, and gird in moonlight, father of portents, and brother to blight, limbs of talons, eyes like knives, bane to the blameless, thief of lives.
Very little is said about their exact plan, but it entails using the blood of a man, the bones of a child, the Word of Valios (a 15th century talisman which Giles happened to have in his possession) and three sacrifices to bring about a vague end of the world scenario. The sacrifices, originally thought to be of three humans, turns out to be self-sacrifices made in order to open the Sunnydale Hellmouth.
|1||Student||Demon||Throat Cut||Dorm Room|
|2||Vahrall Demon||—||Jumped Into Hellmouth||Library Ruins|
|3||Vahrall Demon||Spike||Thrown Into Hellmouth||Library Ruins|
|4||Vahrall Demon||Buffy||Stabbed||Library Ruins|
- "Hey!" by The Hellacopters: The song playing when Willow arrives at the aftershock party is "Hey!" by the Swedish rock band The Hellacopters. The song appears on the band's 1997 album Payin' the Dues, their second album.
- "Mouth Allmighty" by Echobelly: When Willow is eavesdropping on Percy's conversation, the one where he calls her a nerd, "Mouth Allmighty" by Echobelly is playing in the background. The BritPop band rose to prominence when former Smiths singer Morrissey praised their music and asked that they open for him on tour when they were starting out.
- Slayer Lore: Forrest passes the Slayer off as simple myth, which he claims came from medieval folklorists attempting to explain what The Initiative handles on a day to day basis. This is the first time that the Slayer is believed to be a mythical boogeyman invented to scare children.
- Sunnydale High: Despite suffering massive structural damage when Buffy blew it up with the Mayor inside, Sunnydale High is still standing. The ruins aren't actually knocked down until the school is rebuilt.
- Spike: After a bout of suicidal depression, Spike is rejuvenated by the realization that although he can't harm humans, he can still fight demons. Although he has helped Buffy in the past for purely selfish reasons, this is the first time where he willingly inserts himself into the fold of fighting evil and becomes one of the members of the group.
- Riley: After coming to the rescue at the Hellmouth, Riley winds up accidentally outing himself as a member of the Initiative to Xander, Willow and Spike. By now, everyone except Giles knows his secret, much to his chagrin.
- 1x13 - Prophecy Girl: The Master's escape from his underground church prison was signified by a massive earthquake. When Buffy confronted The Master, she drowned in a pool of water, triggering the earthquake and allowing the Master to ascend to the surface. Buffy revived soon after her death by Xander giving her CPR.
- Buffy: The last time we had an earthquake, I died.
- 3x22 - Graduation Day (2): From her first appearance in Sunnydale, Faith professed a love of slaying and that attitude eventually drove her into the hands of the Mayor. When she poisoned Angel with a toxin that could only be healed with the blood of a Slayer, Buffy set out to make Faith that Slayer. Faith escaped from the fight with her life, but not before suffering massive trauma that put her in a coma.
- Buffy: Fun? The last person I know who believed that is in a coma right now because she had so much fun on the job.
- Credits: Marc Blucas is added to the opening credits in this episode as a billed actor. He'll remain in that position for the duration of the season and into the next.
Behind the Scenes
- International: Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been dubbed into many different languages and the title translated for each different international version. Some international translations of this episode's title are:
- French: "La fin du monde" ("The End of the World")
- Italian: "La fine del mondo" ("The End of the World")
- German: "Das Opfer der Drei" ("The Sacrifice of Three")
- Spanish: "El fin del mundo" ("The End of the World")
Allusions and References
- Slayer: The Slayer that Forrest refers to is a thrash metal band founded in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. The band is a cornerstone of the American thrash metal scene, particularly due to the influence of their 1986 album Reign in Blood. Forrest goes on to criticize them, saying that they are a pale imitation of Black Sabbath, a band that is frequently pointed to as the godfather of metal.
- Forrest: Slayer? Thrash band. Anvil-heavy guitar rock with delusions of Black Sabbath.