“It’s the truth, universally acknowledged, that anyone with the last name Summers should never celebrate a birthday.” Ep 10 Review.

A Review of Ep 10 – Summers Women Should Never Celebrate Birthdays

When will we ever learn? There are certain things in the Jossverse that just never end well. Relationships, high school, patching up the Summers’ living room window, and of course…birthdays. So as Dawn’s fifteenth birthday rolls around, and the scoobies make with the party planning, you can bet that things won’t be ending happily over Phoenix tongue sweetened cake.

The Dawn Chronicles continue in Episode 10, Summers Women Should Never Celebrate Birthdays, when the littlest Summers gets a new diary for her birthday. Through voiceovers and narratives, we’re given the inside scoop on just what Dawn has been going through. Meanwhile, Xander and Spike form an unlikely alliance when something starts causing trouble at good old Sunnydale High.

Written by BBTL super-gal, Emma Rawlin, this episode packed a lot into its forty-five minutes. I’ve found that in the eps penned by Emma, we are given the chance to view the characters through someone else’s eyes. In Episode 4, CTRL + ALT + DEL, we got to analyze the Scoobs through the BuffyBot’s processors, and now we’re given the chance to glimpse them from Dawn’s POV. Granted the diary of a 15 year old girl, is probably going to be a bit more self-involved…but we are slipped wonderful moments and insights throughout the episode. As an added bonus, we’re given some great interaction between Spike and Xander as well. Including one of the most heated arguments the show has seen thus far. Kudos to Nick and Chris!

Ending on a cliffhanger with the action coming to a head, we’re down to the final two episodes. Keep your iPods plugged in, because you aren’t going to want to miss what BBTL has in store for you.

Quote of The Episode Award goes to:

Xander: What the hell was that, Captain Peroxide?

Spike: I was making you look like an idiot with no real effort.

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