The Drudgeon reviews Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Episode 010 – Nightmares

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Episode 010 - Nightmares 45 min., 1997
Written by Joss Whedon/David Greenwalt
Directed by Bruce Seth Green
Language: English
My rating: ★

Another episode about fears that can be easily overcome.

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So we finally get to meet Buffy’s dad and maybe find out a bit more about her parents’ relationship. While that is going on, a boy named Billy starts showing up and spreading fear, kinda like the Nazis. People’s nightmares start to come to life or reality and Buffy and co. need to find out what’s going on.

So we get the episode of any horror/supernatural themed show that deals with fear. Well these are the episodes that I have the most problem with. Why you may ask? Well you have these teens that have normal fears, showing up to class naked, stage fright, spiders or even fear of parents blaming you for their problems. In the case of Giles it’s not being able to read. Now I understand that these are fears that most people, to a certain extent have, but when nightmares are coming to life and you live in a world like Buffy’s, I would think that your nightmares would be filled with vampires ripping you to pieces, demons consuming your soul, or in Xander’s case, a giant insect coming back to claim its prize. In every show that deals with fears, they always play the “these are everyone’s fears” card and avoid the actual nightmares that they are probably having.

Or…is this just another way to say that everything supernatural that happens is really just forgotten about by the next day? I cry foul!!!!

The last thing that I’ll bring up is the conquering the fear aspect, and I’ll make this brief. If it was as easy as saying I am no longer afraid of you, and then you are no longer afraid, then why is anyone afraid? Again, I understand why they did it, but when someone as a fear or even to the extent of a phobia, it’s not as simple as—confront your fears and they will go away. It’s a long drawn-out process and some can never truly conquer their fears.

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I don't remember my real name or where I came from. All I know is that I'm traped in an underground cave with nothing but a TV, DVD player and a notebook and pen. They keep calling me The Drudgeon, I don't even know what that means. Someone keeps dropping horror movies in and yelling at me to watch them and write about what I watch. Then I eat the DVD and case, because they tell me if I consume the horror I will understand the horror. I think there are three of them. So if you are reading this right now, HELP ME!!!!!!! OUCH!!!! Someone just poked me with a sea urchin attacked to a pool cue, what the fuck is going on?
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3 Responses to The Drudgeon reviews Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Episode 010 – Nightmares

  1. Amber says:

    But… Doesn’t Buffy turn into a Vampire, her natural enemy? Is that not supernatural fear-y enough for you?

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  3. The Drudgeon says:

    I won’t argue that at all. What bothers me is that it’s just her. She is the one “trained” to deal with vampires. She fights them on a daily basis and her fear of becoming that which she is sworn to kill is justified. But you have the three other main characters who seem to have no “real” fear of being ripped apart or even the fear of not being able to protect those you love from demons and the like. These are “normal” teens who have been tossed into a very messed up situation and they just don’t seem to react with the nightmares I would think they would have. I know at least one of your fears, the dreaded D-word. Now if vampires, demons, monsters, etc. were running around and killing your friends on a daily basis, I would think that your nightmares would mainly consist of them trying to kill you and not the dreaded D-word. Ask the average human with a fear of spiders if they would rather be trapped in a room with five spiders or if they would rather be trapped with one vampire. I think most would choose their normal fears. With all the horror movies I watch, I would probably not be able to sleep if all of that became real. The thoughts of them would just terrify me.

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