Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Amy introduces Willow to a warlock whose powerful black magic proves addictive; Buffy and Spike deal with the aftermath of their night of passion.

Director:

David Solomon

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), Marti Noxon | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Elizabeth Anne Allen ... Amy Madison
Jeff Kober ... Rack
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
Fleming Brooks Fleming Brooks ... Mandraz
Mageina Tovah ... Jonesing Girl
Michael Giordani Michael Giordani ... Jonesing Guy
Colin Malone Colin Malone ... Creepy Guy
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Storyline

Amy introduces Willow to a warlock whose powerful black magic proves addictive; Buffy and Spike deal with the aftermath of their night of passion.

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Kober (the warlock Rack) previously played Zachary Kralik, the psychopathic vampire whom the Watchers Council set on Buffy as a test, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Helpless (1999). See more »

Goofs

After Dawn kicks the demon into some bins after he first attacks her and Willow, when they run away you can see the demon's arm at the left hand side of the screen. He is clearly standing still and not making any attempt to run after them. In the next shot, he is still fallen on the bins and not standing at all, then chases after them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dawn Summers: What time is it?
Tara Maclay: Almost 7:00. God, I just closed my eyes for a minute.
Dawn Summers: A-And now there's cartoons... Plus I have the mother of all-night wedgies.
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In Loving Memory Of J.D. Peralta See more »

Soundtracks

Black Cat Bone
(uncredited)
Written by Guy Fixsen and Margaret Fiedler
Performed by Laika
Courtesy of Too Pure Records (Beggars Banquet)
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The extremely obvious metaphor gets old quickly
10 October 2014 | by p1phillipsSee all my reviews

"Wrecked" is Buffy at its worst. It seems to be enjoyed by those who like their Buffy episodes "angsty" and "tortured". Unfortunately, this episode is just tedious. Willow's addiction to magic as a metaphor for drug addiction is extremely obvious, and grows wearisome very quickly. The show is all about metaphors, but they're usually done with much more wit and style than what is found here.

I love this show and in season 6, Marti Noxon, newly installed as a co-executive producer, just sucked all the fun out of it. The skill of Buffy the TV show was that one episode could have you giggling like crazy, whilst the next episode could rip your heart out. In Season 6, it was just all misery, all of the time. There were very few reprieves as every single character in the show hit rock bottom in some sort of way.

"Wrecked" was just one of many episodes in season 6 that saw beloved characters at their lowest. I appreciate the pain characters have to go through to achieve growth, but I also love the Buffy that can convey pain and growth through wit and bitter humour, rather than such heavy-handed metaphorical melodrama that Noxon delivers here.

On top of this, despite Buffy and Willow seemingly realising the spiralling nature of their lives and vowing to overturn it, still spend the rest of the season making the same mistakes and feeling miserable for it. So, really, all the pain experienced in this episode was useless, as they didn't grow from it. They kept coming to the same conclusions about their lives but not actually doing anything about it. For me, that renders this heavy-handed episode pretty much pointless, unnecessary and uninteresting.


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