45 min., 1997
Written by Joss Whedon/David Greenwalt
Directed by Bruce Seth Green
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.Have You Read...?