“All of us are heroes. Even when we don’t feel like it” Episode 12 Review

On October 6th, Between the Lines Studios debuted with its first episode of Buffy: Between the Lines,” Beginning At The End.” Now, over seven months later, Season one finally comes to a close with Episode 12, “A Slayer’s Job Is Never Done.”

It’s been a long, hard summer for our Scoobies. They learned the hard way that the Hellmouth waits for no Slayer. While struggling to deal with Buffy’s untimely death, they’ve had to battle a steady stream of demons and beasties, and it hasn’t been easy. As they rush to find Dawn and stop Javert, the last of the Summers girls decides to make a sacrifice of her own. Meanwhile, the Navajo Spirits watch everything with growing concern.

Between the Lines Producer and Ringleader, Tabitha Grace Smith, wrote the finale, taking on the somewhat daunting task of saving Dawn, killing Javert, tying up all the loose ends, and bringing the characters back for Joss and Co to pick up in Season 6. Oh, and let’s not forget, turning everyone into kittens. She does a spectacular job of bringing everything together, and in true Buffy form, throwing us a curveball or two.

This episode hit all the right marks. High, low, funny, sad, it was all there. The music of composer, Austin Wintory, tied everything together beautifully. And just as episode one picked up directly after the end of season five, episode twelve takes us right up to the moment season six begins. Which was a fun and unexpected touch.

With dedication and awesome performances from everyone, Season one of BBtL definitely ended on a high note. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken part in this amazing project. From the producers to the street team members, the actors, editors, writers, and everyone in between. You’ve heard it before, and I’ll say it again. Thank you for bringing Buffy back.

A few parting thoughts as we leave BBtL for the summer. Do what you can to spread the love. There are still a lot of Buffy fans out there. Let’s see how many of them we can hook before season two. And in the meantime, why not pull out your DVDs and brush up on the good old days of Sunnydale High before BBtL comes back for its second season in August.

See you in Season Two!

P.S. I want a Kitten Spike plushie.

Quote of the Episode Award goes to:
Dawn: Maybe I’ll never be a super strong superhero like Buffy, besides who wants to work nights anyway? But if I’ve learned anything this summer, it’s that all of us are heroes. Even when we don’t feel like it.

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