Potential

No capes!

It’s by no means breaking news that I love Dawn. She’s one of the four. And this episode is as good an illustration as any of why. I mentioned a couple of posts ago that Dawn is the ultimate Scooby. She’s prepared for any situation, and while she’s not the best of them at any of the skills that she possesses, she is the only one with all of them. She’s also easily one of the strongest people on the show. Xander tells her as much at the end of this one. It’s not Buffy strong. She’s not so much with the Winger Speeches. But Dawn has been through so much. Her life has been one of those world record roller coasters with the supremely terrifying drops. And yet she endures.

I have this theory about the Potentials. I think that if Buffy had managed to kill Faith all the way back in season three, the next Slayer called would have been Kennedy. If we call her eighteen now for my peace of mind regarding Willow, then she would have been right about at the right age then. She’s been training her whole life. But now something’s changed. A new player has entered the scene. I think that if things went differently in LA, if Faith died now, the next Slayer would be Amanda. She’s clearly got it going on.

The Post-Mortem:

  • "Butterfly transformer pods."
  • "That’s because you’re a part of something larger. Like being swallowed. By something larger."
  • "Short brutal life. Sharp sharp knives. I covered this."
  • "A lot of them think she’s some kind of high-functioning schizophrenic."
  • The Potentials are starting to figure out the nature of Spike and Buffy’s relationship.
  • Dawn knows how to barricade.
  • Buffy’s stake drop is basically a mic drop. Slayer out.
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