Original airdate: Jan. 18, 2000
Project 310 re-watch date: Feb. 25, 2009
When you’re rewatching these episodes in quick successions, things like the transition from “Hush” to “Doomed” make total sense. But think back to when Season 4 actually airs -- there was more than a one month gap between the episodes. So starting off with a direct follow up to “Hush”, while creatively necessary, is a little weird.
Plus, I’ve never been a big Buffy/Riley fan, so getting all that relationship melodrama at the beginning of the episode is kind of a downer.
What I did like about this episode is Spike. Everything he did in this episode was awesome. He tries to stake himself and basically hits rock bottom, before discovering in the final fight scene that he can fight demons, which lays the groundwork for where his character goes in the next four seasons.
This episode features a near-apocalypse, which is the ... oh, I’ve lost count at this point. Riley even jokes about it, saying he’s got to know the plural of apocalypse (which I’m pretty sure just adds an ‘s’ on the end, but don’t quote me on that).
One last note about this episode -- Spike’s speech to Willow and Xander about their lameness and not fitting into Buffy’s world anymore is not only spot-on, but it lays the groundwork for the forced break-up near the end of this season. The writers do a great job of doing things like this, so when they happen later in the season, they make sense (at least, if you’ve been paying attention all along).
Buffy: “I'm the Slayer. Slay-er.... chosen one, she who hangs out a lot in cemeteries?.... you're kidding. Ask around. Look it up, Slayer-comma-The.”