These three posts -- The Initiative, Pangs and Something Blue -- are another part of Nikki Stafford's The Great Buffy Rewatch on her Blog, Nik At Nite; which, as the Buffy fan I am, I was honored to be a part. Like the first three I did -- The Zeppo, Bad Girls and Consequences -- these will be broken into three posts, one per episode, with Spoilers as Endnotes.
Frankly I was surprised I still had it. And I apologize for its crudeness. I even blocked out a bit. We were in our early twenties then; oof, it was back when I still smoked. (Another dear friend of mine, Anne Mialaret, one of the regulars, actually stood out there until the first commercial break. Now that’s a fan!)
While I prefer my Villains to be a bit more quippy (The Mayor remains my favorite) [iv], certainly the idea of a Government-run Anti-Demon Conglomerate was inevitable. Weren't we bound to ask, “Wouldn’t The Government have a hand in this by now?” After all, we see rumblings as far back as Season 1’s Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight. Frankly, that Whedon & Co handle it as well as Season 4 plays out deserves kudos.[v]
Remember, we’re in The Change.
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[iii] Cue Giles singing in Once More With Feeling.