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I agree with everyone above. It’s a little cringy now because it’s so outdated, but today especially with the internet being such a huge part of our lives, it’s core message still holds up: You’ve gotta be cautious with who you meet online, or rather how much information you share.
It’s likely not going to end in a battle with an ancient demon trapped in the internet, but you never know...
I don't think I can classify it as either, really. It's a lot like Beer Bad for me. Too silly to take seriously, and yet still entertaining. If they tried to preach or warn then they missed the mark, IMO.
Nah, throw this one in the garbage where it belongs.
I mean, I won't protest too much with the whole message of being careful of who you interact with online and not giving out too much personal information, but "I, Robot... You, Jane" has the same tone-deaf fearmongering as the Dark Dungeons movie adaptation of a Chick Track. Also, maybe it's my inner comp-sci student here, but none of that is how computers work. Also, the phrase "the only reality is virtual, if you're not jacked in, you're not alive" is the cringiest fustercluck of words I've ever had the displeasure of hearing.
This is, however, the introductory episode of Jenny Calendar and well... I guess the episode is maybe worth skim watching for that.
It feels a bit preachy now though it was made in the late 1990's s back when the Internet was new on the scene. I actually think it raised a valid point when Xander says that Malcolm could say he was anyone and I was a bit surprised at how quickly and easily Buffy dismissed this. Though her lack of concern does come off as a fairly accurate depiction of people's innocence at the time. Online communication really can be dangerous. You don't have to be paranoid like Giles seemed to be but it is reasonable to be careful.
Well, Moloch is a biblical demon, tradition has him as a god worshiped through infant sacrifice at a temple in the vicinity of a fire midden. He's the namesake for immolation and fantasy always depicts him as one of Lords of Hell. That's a lot of material to work with. Lord of Hell, devours children, has a cult, fire motif. In Buffy, he breaks some chump's neck, gets sealed in Book by Kahless, and then he builds a Terminator.
To elaborate further, say Lilith showed up. Is she some sort of Vampire witch snake owl creature who Willow is either terrified of or in love with, or is she just some sort of owl orc who's jumping around like Wolf Oz. Dracula is how you should treat the ripped from mythology demons. Reverence, but a little goofy.
Moloch or Molech was the Ammonite god of involuntary sacrifice. His symbol was the superimposed triangle pointing up and triangle pointing down. This was later adopted as the "Star of David" by the Israelite culture but the real fact is, David would have seen it - but in the enemy camp of the Ammonites.