Let's get right into it.
w Tracey Forbes
As mentioned in the Pangs Write-Up, this ep caps the big Angel crossover, Buffy mentioning to Willow she only saw him in L.A. for five minutes (yep, sniffle for those of you who know). And as mentioned (while I Will Remember You is great) I feel, overall, The Crossover could have been bigger (at least Angel's impact in Sunnydale). Though I also have to imagine Whedon & Co were trying to give the fans a little Crossover Love while -- in this first "separate season" -- indeed keeping the shows their own. So perhaps we just write it off as “more of The Change.” Buffy has to move on, so that her relationship with Riley can evolve, and fair enough.
The biggest change I realized in watching these episodes again (primarily Pangs and Something Blue) is this is where we begin to love Spike.
Because what comes next is -- wonderfully -- anything but.
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