Guest Starring: 
 Kristine Sutherland: 
 Amber Benson: 
 Clare Kramer: 
 Charlie Weber: 
 Dean Butler: 
 (Hank Summers) 
 Bob Morrisey: 
 (Crazy guy) 
 Joel Grey: 
 Todd Duffy: 
 Lily Knight: 
 Alexandra Lee: 
 (Young Buffy) 
  21. The Weight of the World.  
  With Dawn in Glory's hands, Buffy enters a catatonic state fuelled by her despair.  
  Great quotes:  
Buffy remembers her childhood.

  • Xander: "I am so large with the not knowing."
  • Willow: "I think we already deja'ed this vu."
  • Glory: "Shut your mouth you sanctimonious little meat worm!"
  • Glory: "People... they're just meatbaggy slaves to hormones and pheromones and their feelings. I hate 'em! Is this what the poets go on about? This! Call me crazy but as hard-core drugs go, Human emotion is just useless... Who's not crazy? Look around. Everyone's drinking, smiling, shooting up, shooting each other or just plain screwing their brains out cos they don't want 'em any more. I'm crazy? Honey, I'm the original one-eyed chicklet in the kingdom of the blind. Cos at least I admit that the world makes me nuts."
  Fantastic moments:  
  • Everyone forgetting the connection between Ben and Glory is very funny, especially when Spike has to keep on reminding them.
  • BtVS keeps up its usual habit of giving us weirdly entertaining dream sequences. This time we join Willow in Buffy's subconscious where she remembers being a child, seeing Dawn for the first time and realising that she cannot defeat Glory.
  Duff Bits:  
  • First Dawn is being held by Glory, then she gets away, then she comes back. Talk about dragging out a plot.
  Dean's comments:  
Glory prepares for the big 'key turning' ceremony.
I wanted so much more from the episode that builds up to the big finale. 'The Weight of the World' is an enormous disappointment, with far too long spent in Buffy's dreams without revealing an awful lot. Longer still is spent in a conversation between Dawn and Glory/Ben which reveals equally little, after all we know that Glory hates the world and that Dawn is angry about her true nature already. At the end of the last episode Buffy entered a catatonic state rather than being able to fight her enemies, this is certainly a new twist for the series and reveals a couple of the things that have been going on in her head for the last few months. Despite being a little tedious it does provide some insights, like showing the way that Buffy is struggling to cope with the fact that she is expected to replace Joyce in Dawn's life and that the knowledge that "death is [her] gift" is weighing her down. Buffy then talks about how she realised that Glory is going to beat her, and that she would rather get it over with than have to carry on with her life; "It's too much for me... I imagined what a relief it [death] would be." This is nothing you couldn't have worked out without paying attention to the season's subtexts though. I have a deeper problem with the structure of the episode, there is a lot of time spent listening to Glory complain to Dawn about her problems and the problems of Humanity. This reads a little like the writers are trying to turn Glory into a well rounded bad-guy in a similar mould to the mayor of season 3, except that here they are trying to cram it all into one episode almost like an afterthought.
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