BTVS “A New Man,” S4E12 Anticipated GITMO

Ethan Rayne, played by Robin Sachs (d. 2013), was a recurring human villain in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Seasons 2-4. In his final appearance in A New Man (S4E12, January 2000), when Buffy captures him after his latest round of malevolence, he taunts her by reminding her that the Slayer is not allowed to kill humans. He doesn’t realize that the Slayer has become ensnared in the national security state, personified by Riley (played by Marc Blucas), her new significant other and a high ranking officer in the Initiative, a secret project which, we learn later in the season, is developing a part-demon, part-machine, part-human super soldier.

Riley orders soldiers of the Initiative to take custody of Rayne and informs those present that his status is to be determined and he’ll be detained in a secret detention facility in a desert in Nevada. (Note: Riley is awful at keeping secrets.)

Watching this in 2019, eighteen years into the Global War on Terror and all its variants, we know that the United States and its allies operate secret torture detention facilities and one well-known indefinite detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. A throwaway line at the end of an otherwise unmemorable Young Adult drama series episode appears in an entirely new light.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Anne” S3E01 Shows How Workers Should Deal with Bosses

gettyimages-906538I recently subscribed to Hulu. Am I using it to watch original programming? No! I’m rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

Season 3, Episode 1, “Anne,” opens with Buffy working as a waitress in Los Angeles under the alias Anne. She had run away from Sunnydale, where she had been compelled to kill her lover Angel & send him into a hell dimension, kicked out of school by the tyrannical Principal Snyder and thrown from the house by her mother, who couldn’t deal with the news that her daughter was The Chosen One. Continue reading

“Falling Off the Corporate Ladder”: Music Which Explains Why You Can’t Tolerate the Whole Boss Thing

Generation HexedI sometimes wonder why I just can’t get that excited about corporate life. So I compiled a list of YouTube videos I entitled “Falling Off the Corporate Ladder.” If you think of others I should add, let me know. I also created a Spotify list (which doesn’t include Canibus’s Shove this Jay-Oh-Bee).

Also, check out Who Is Generation X? Stories for a Lost Generation by Jennifer McCollum. The cartoon is entitled “Generation Hexed” by Ted Rall.

Of course, many of my cohorts have done amazing things & I presume they are happy and proud of their careers. So it could just be me.