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Discussion of Buffy 9.08 "Apart (Of Me) - Part 1" Released 4/11/12 (Dark Horse)

zianna

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OK, here is the detailed summary.

The issue begins in Andrew's room. He's sleeping when suddenly he see two figures coming into from his window. He thinks they are aliens coming for him and he seems happy about it. But it's just a very pissed Buffy and Spike and Andrew seems disappointed about it. Buffy gets right to the point, asking him what did he do with her body, while Andrew tries to act surprised like he doesn't know anything about it which drives Buffy mad and she's ready to hit him.

The scene changes and we see detective Downling in the morgue. He sees the dead body of his partner and he confirms it's her. To make a long story short, the forensic coroner tells him that her injuries are consistent with the recent zompires' attacks, and that he has to perform an autopsy to determine whether her death was because of exsanguination or neck trauma.

Back to Buffy. They're talking about the pregnancy, and Andrew says that probably it was a problem in the Ph balance of the trueblood inside the robotic body. And he asks Buffy to "forgive" him for not programming the robot about her period, which made Buffy take the pregnancy test. And the reason that Buffy was feeling sick and she was vomiting, was because he didn't program well the robotic body on how to process food eating. But Andrew is glad to help Buffy, so he offers her a new arm, the only problem is that it's a left one, if she doesn't mind having two lefts. Buffy again very angry, wants to know why she's a robot though. So Andrew tells her that Spike asked him to help, which makes Buffy really angry at Spike and she turns at him ready to hit him. Spike in defense says that he had no idea and no intention of going back that road again with a Buffybot as a sex slave. So Andrew explains better saying that he was asked to find information about the threat and who was after Buffy, but he's not good at that.

So we get the flashbacks from the party. Andrew and Buffy are talking. He gives her a drink, he has spiked her drink. (In #1 we also see Andrew giving that drink to Buffy, @Veiriti had posted those panels some weeks ago predicting it, the same panels I posted here yesterday since nobody noticed them but Veiriti). Here now we also see Buffy drinking it and Andrew looking satisfied. He roofied her, that's how she ended up in her bedroom with Spike. More flashbacks about it. Spike helps Buffy getting into her bedroom, after the pool/partying thing. Buffy is very "drunk" but still talking and openly flirts with Spike. So "drunk" that she takes of her blouse in front of him, half naked, and she passes out on her bed. Spike looks at her, and like a gentleman, he covers her with a bed-sheet. All that time Andrew was watching Buffy and Spike from across the hall. When Spike left, he went to Buffy's room with the robot. They had with them a plunger kind of device. The robot was able to talk and move. It takes off its clothes and gets naked like Buffy. And Andrew uses the device to transfer Buffy's mind into the robot, and whatever the robot had in Buffy's body.

Back in the present. So Buffy believes that she's not real, but Andrew explains that only her body isn't real, but she's Buffy in a robotic body. And her says even more, that all that technology was Warren's that he found it in his lab and he stole the tech. But Buffy should feel lucky that the only problem she had was that she thought she was pregnant, since that mind swap thing could have left her permanently drunk, for example. And that last comment makes Spike furious ready to attack Andrew for what he's put Buffy through. Andrew tries to explain that he was only trying to help, which makes Buffy now angry telling him that if that was his intention then he should have talked to her about it and not act on his own. Again with Andrew's stupid justification, he says that in witness protection people can't know anything, that's why he didn't say anything. He had done a lot of bad things in S6 with the trio, but now he's changed and he uses all that knowledge to help, that's why he's now a part of the scoobie gang. And Buffy angrily replies, "No, Andrew, this is how you screw it up!" Spike steps in, saying that the threat was gone, Siphon was stopped, so enough of this, why is Buffy still a robot and not knowing anything? So Buffy again asks the question where the hell is her body.

We go to the suburbias. A very well dressed Buffy is getting out of a car, driver's place. She goes inside, changes her clothes, goes out for some gardening, uses the washing machine, starts cooking. Living the perfect life of the perfect housewife.

Back in the spaceship now. Buffy is looking out of the window and she's crying. Spike comes and Buffy asks him to say something stupid, needy or creepy to make her forget. Forget about the fact that for the first time in her life she was facing a real life decision and she was being responsible about it making the hard decisions. But she was wrong, again it was a slayer's thing, nothing more. All her problems were fake, but the only thing that was real for her it was Spike himself, showing up when she needed him. She touches Spike's left shoulder and thanks him. Spike takes her hand inside his and they just look into each other's eyes smiling at each other. And Spike leaves her alone, looking happy about it.

We go to Andrew and the bugs. Andrew wants the bugs to turn on the cloaking device so that nobody can follow them to Buffy's body, but the bugs have no idea what he's talking about. Spike comes, he puts on his game face and attacks Andrew. "If I wasn't possessed of such a rational nature, I could succumb to a fit of rage. Pitch you off this ant trap for the baby scare if nothing else. Any idea what that was like for her? If you don't fix this, you and I will have problems...with one decisive solution!" Finally somebody threatens Andrew, although he wasn't punched in the face.

We go to Xander and Dawn. Xander does what he does best in S9. He takes a shower, what else (does he work in construction or in the city dump?) He asks Dawn to get him his eye patch that he left on the nightstand but Dawn doesn't reply. Xander gets angry, hits the wall tile and breaks it. "Coming. Wow, relax" says Dawn when she comes and sees it, and Xander replies "Sorry, I just didn't know where you..." only to get interrupted by the door bell. It's detective Dowling. Dawn tells him that they still haven't heard anything from Buffy but the detective tells her that he knows the truth, he's just seen Buffy, and that she's a robot now and he just wants to talk about it. There was a zompire attack, dead officers everywhere, and his partner was killed. they drained her. He is shocked and surprised that a girl in Dawn's age can deal with that so easily. Back to the morgue, where we see his partner's dead body, rising from the dead and becoming a zompire, attacking and killing the coroner.

Back in the spaceship. Spike, Buffy, Andrew and the bugs are heading to Mill Valley, a town near San Francisco. Andrew just talks and talks, not even the bugs understand what he says. There are cameras inside the safe house where Buffy's body is, and Andrew uses them to see how's Buffy's body doing. Buffy and Spike look at it. A very nice house, and Buffy's body is cooking in a very awesome kitchen. Not only the kitchen, the living room as well, as Andrew shows them. "This what you had in mind if we were gonna run away, slayer?" Spike asks. "It wasn't..." Buffy says, unable to say more. But something goes wrong, the silent alarm starts, there is something going on in the safe house. Somebody wearing a mask wit ha gun attacks Buffy's body, telling her that she's going to liberate her from this Betty crocker bullshit. And hits her on the head with the gun knocking her unconscious. Last panel, a van is outside the suburban house. It leaves us with the impression that Buffy's body was kidnapped (again...) and placed inside the van. The person takes off the mask, and we see Simone.[/spoiler]

To be continued..

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I really liked this issue. It was heartbreaking when Buffy was talking about how she thought this was finally some normal problems and it turns out stranger than ever.
 

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Very emotional issue. I'm with Spike at my anger toward Andrew. But what is up with Xander punching the wall for godssake?! They really need to explain what's happening with Dawn & Xander...I'm kind of scared for her.
 

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Wait - at what point in the night was Buffy with Riley? Or was that the BuffyBot?

Does this mean that Buffy wasn't supposed to give Willow the scythe?
 

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Because leaving Buffy's body alone while helpless is the best way to protect her...said no one ever. What on earth is Andrew thinking?!

I'm suddenly interested in Xander's secret as I'm guessing it will somehow explain his rage. Punching the wall over the eye patch? The tiles cracking...I think Xander somehow has more strength now.

Wait - at what point in the night was Buffy with Riley? Or was that the BuffyBot?
Im guessing it was before the switch when they went out to see his new work van?

What I'm wondering is why no one noticed Andrew being alone in B's room for so long and the entrance/departure of the second Buffy...seems unlikely he could pull that all off.
 

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They need to explain the Xander things quick, the punching the wall things was really weired to read, I actually read the page like 3 times.

this was a stupid plan of Andrews, and I think he would have told Spike, he likes to thought of as great he'd want someone singing his praise over a "good idea"

Although I can see how he got the idea, it was basically the next level up from the whole 5 decoys plan.
 

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I'm right: Joss and Marti killed off the wrong nerd.
By the end of the comics (S12) he is rewarded by getting to help form the new Watchers Council with Giles. He doesn't suffer at all for anything he's done.
 
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I'd rather he'd be sired by Archaeus or killed by Harth than that. Plus the fact Giles talked to him about it makes me wish he stayed a kid much to the amusement of his great aunts

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By the end of the comics (S12) he is rewarded by getting to help form the new Watchers Council with Giles. He doesn't suffer at all for anything he's done.
Between him and Xander being rewarded Dawn and a baby girl, the comic seasons should've ended at S11 regardless of the Dark Willow in the Fray timeline mystery

Least the current Boom situation with the latter's making up for it despite Jordie halfassing about w/ everything else
 

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Oh how I wish the comics had ended at S11
Or at least let Gage and Issacs handle S12 (and squeeze out one more Angel comic with getting back Brian Lynch).

With Joss, even after the brunt of the Marvel fallout and twisting in the wind under WB orders, was pretty much became Sid instead of Andy, if you catch my Toy Story analogue. Then again, he was already on the Sid path the moment he thought an Evil Cordy arc (with or without Charisma's pregnancy triggering him) was a good idea for S4...
 
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