Life Serial - Wikipedia
"Life Serial" is the 5th episode of season 6 of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Contents. 1 Plot synopsis; 2 Cultural references; 3 Continuity. Arc significance. 4 Reception; 5 References; 6 External links. Plot synopsis[ edit]. Buffy returns from her visit with Angel, but doesn't want to talk about it. After the poker game ends badly, Buffy rants to Spike. Buffy Summers had various relationships over the years. Buffy Summers’ main romantic relationships were with the vampires Angel and Spike. Her Watcher, Rupert Giles, also commented that Buffy’s connection with Angel and Spike was quite poetic, as she, a Vampire Slayer, had her. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is home to a slew of relationships that continue to inspire fans. Drusilla and Spike are admittedly not the easiest couple to fall for; they During season three's “Band Candy” episode, Joyce and Giles are their relationship, as jealousy and the blame game is present all too often.
At his core, Spike is a hopeless romantic. But with Dru, Spike is little more than a love-sick puppy, always vying for her attention and approval.
They complete each other in a way that few couples in the Buffyverse do. Simply put, this duo makes sense, right up until she leaves his arms for those of another demon. His British accent and relative charm appeases none other than Cordelia Chase, who immediately develops a crush on the older man. In hindsight, there is difficulty in determining why either is attracted to the other. Superficial reasons aside, nothing about them screams that a match of any nature should form.
But, alas, it happens. A few brief connections and an exceedingly awkward kiss puts any interest the two have in one another to rest. Essentially, the Cordy and Wesley coupling is played for little more than cute and innocent fun. They have fun together, which explains their being a good pairing.
Nothing can bring out the ire or praise from a fellow Buffy fan than sharing an opinion on which vampire was best for the slayer.
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Discussing the merits of Buffy and Angel is minefield for even the most level headed Buffyverse fans. However, the father of the entire franchise, Joss Whedon has his own very specific opinions. Whedon has gone on record several times explaining that he found Angel incredibly difficult to write.
Spike, however, was much easier for Whedon to craft. Whedon felt there was far more between the two character. Though Whedon does admit that Buffy and Angel was his most epic romance.
Once Angel left the series, Spike did really start to dominate as a character. He turned from a recurring side player to series regular. Whether Whedon was right to give Spike so much to do, is a matter of personal taste, but at least Whedon committed. Almost everything is the end of the world, whether in a personal or more literal and global sense.
Buffy and Angel have no chill whatsoever. Which is ironic because without warm blood Angel is nothing but chilly. Though the love scenes between Buffy and Angel were intense and steamy at least by late '90s broadcast TV standardsneither actor could take them seriously. Due to the fact that the two were such good friends, the actors were constantly pranking each other when it came time for Buffy and Angel to play tonsil hockey.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar explained that she would eat tuna fish and pickles before kissing scenes. The last of which made it into an Angel episode. The whole thing puts all Bangel's angst in another context. Yet his origins were much more ethereal. A fake demon appears from behind the van and threatens Buffy, but it is beaten down while the van drives away.
With the use of smoke to confuse the slayer and vampire, the demon Jonathan in disguise runs away and complains to the Trio who realize they now have lots of information on Buffy's fighting style that can be used against her. Buffy begins to recover from her drunken state and complains to Giles about her life.
He consoles her and offers her a cheque to help pay for all the expenses. Buffy says she is happy that Giles will always be there, but the look on Giles's face suggests that he might not always be.
Cultural references[ edit ] The title of the episode is a pun on the breakfast cereal Life.
When Warren plants the time dilation device on Buffy, he uses the codename "Logan 5" and refers to Buffy as "the runner. During the time loop sequence, the Trio references the famous sketch with "This mummy hand has ceased to be! The woman says the hand is now dead, only for Buffy to respond that it's just "playing dead," mimicking the shopkeeper's insistence to the customer in the Parrot Sketch that the parrot is still alive.
The sequence in the Magic Box is similar to the film's main plot. Andrew describes the time loop they have put Buffy into as being "like that episode of TNG" in which the Enterprise-D continually explodes " Cause and Effect ". The Trio has a protracted argument over actors who have played James Bond: Warren insists that Moonraker was inexcusable. Nothe first film of the Bond series, is also mentioned.
Andrew spray paints a mural of the Death Star from Return of the Jedi on the side of the Trio's van, and the van's horn plays the Star Wars main theme.