Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Reading Buffy Synoptically: Musings on Blood in Buffy

“Cause it’s always got to be blood”. The “sucking” and blood thing in Buffy is quite complex. A few examples: the Master gains power from Luke's sucking of human blood in "The Harvest", the Master gains the power to leave the underground church in which he is trapped in “Prophecy Girl” after sucking Buffy’s blood, Buffy gains in power from being "sucked" by the Master after being revived by Xander in the same season one episode, Drusilla gains in strength after commingling her blood with Angel's in a restoration ritual ("What's My Line") and killing Kendra the Vampire Slayer and sucking her blood ("Becoming") in season two, Buffy and Dracula exchange blood in season five's "Buffy vs. Dracula" and Buffy learns something about slayerness in the process, its all about Dawn’s blood in season five, Glory needs it to open the portal so she can return home. Blood in Buffy, its important.

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