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'Gone' Dailies....with more nekkid Spike!

I had three pages of notes so be warned this is rather long.

First off, let me admit that I fast forwarded over much of the stuff involving the trio. And I only watched about half of the Willow, Xander, and Dawn stuff. Hey, I'm all about the Spuffy that's why I shelled out for these discs. :p

I can't say that from what I saw there was anything that could have made the episode drastically different. The most notable variations in line readings and actions occur during the kitchen scene. Willow, Buffy, and Dawn have some additional dialogue. When Buffy asks Willow how she is doing, Willow starts talking about the omelette she's making, commenting that she put too much milk in the eggs and wonders if she should have cooked the bacon before chopping it up and putting it in. Later, when Buffy says to Dawn she needs to eat something, in addition to "Thanks for your concern" Dawn continues with "Nice to know you're always looking out for me."

It appears that Fury (unlike the directors in the other dailies, you can hear him give direction) wasn't sure what type of mood he wanted to convey between Buffy and Spike in the kitchen. The first take is much more lighthearted than what we eventually would see with them taking on an almost teasing demeanor with each other. Take 2 is more serious initially and Buffy reacts to Spike's touch more. Yet, as she's telling him to stop she has a smile on her face and obviously doesn't want him too.

In one of my favorite takes ;) as Spike is stroking Buffy's thigh, he leans inro her, closes his eyes, and rests his forhead against hers. She says, in a very breathy, hushed tone , "Stop that" and leans into him a bit more. He pulls back when he realizes she has his lighter. Their eyes meet and they share a look - she knows he knows. Sigh.

Other variations in the takes include James pretending to rub noses with Sarah following "my little Goldilocks". He does a very exagerated "Oh" prior to "this flapjack is not ready yo be flipped". Sarah has a very sweet smile on a reading of "stop that". On several of the takes, as Buffy is walking towards Xander, she turns around and adresses Spike directly with "you can let yourself out, right?" and is very polite in doing so. There are also close-ups of a rather bemused Spike looking at Buffy as she leaves with Xander. In one, he shakes his head yes in response to him letting himself out and has a similar cocky expression on his face as he did in LS while playing kitten poker. On the following take we hear Fury tell him to not nod his head (no clue why he didn't want him to).

I kinda like that in the dailies we see Buffy take a more defensive stance in regards to Xander's belittlement of Spike, as if she doesn't like to hear him hurt Spike's feelings. She's also more harsh when she cuts Xander off.

There are quite a few gaffes during the shooting of this scene. On a close up of Sarah watching Spike as he bursts through the door, she breaks character momentarily to comment "We'll just relight that later, it's all good, don't worry about it" - I can only assume James knocked something out of place. Later, James knocks over the spatula on the counter and starts smiling but continues on when he realizes Sarah isn't dropping character. Another time, as Sarah walks around the kitchen island, she must not realize the camera is as close as it is and stops, smiles, and says "Deak, Hi!" then continues on.

Evidently, they were shooting during lunch because at one point you can hear Sarah's stomach growl and she comments "Try that again". Prior to a shot, there seems to be two seperate conversations going on simultaneuosly. Fury is directing James, but Sarah seems to be talking to someone in the other direction. Sarah turns around and says she's sorry but she didn't hear what was said. She asks James "What?" and he responds with "you like irony, never mind". To which Sarah says "I like Michael Jackson...it's not irony, I just like him". Yeah, I don't know what the Hell they are talking about either. :p

OK, one of the most hilarious things I've seen on any of the dailies is the first take of Spike bursting through the kitchen door. It seems that the effects people had a wee bit of a problem with the smoke machine. As the kitchen fills up with smoke, James ends up delivering his lines through a haze. At one point you can barely make him out. Yet, the cameras keep rolling. They complete the scene and as Sarah walks out of frame with "You can let yourself out, yeah..." she continues with "...because I need to call the fire department. Jesus H Christ Almighty God in Heaven...." The entire crew cracks up (as well as coughing) with James remaining completely in character until Fury *finally* calls "cut". :)

Sorry Lynn and Cindy, until deborahc clued me in, I had no idea there was footage of the scenes in Spike's crypt! And what footage it is. Sarah is not in any of the scenes, but, instead, a double in a green bodysuit is used. You know the shots where we see him from the hip up? Well, in the continuations of those takes, the double drops her leg and we see that James is wearing sweatpants that go as low as they possibly can go. I mean, the waistband is *just* above Spike Jr. I swear, James had to have shaved.

Um, yeah, where was I? There is a line of dialogue that was cut. Following "But sooner or later your chums will work out how to bring you back to living color" he says "What will this be then? Some sweet, twisted fantasy in my chip addled brain." Personally, I don't think it makes much sense in the context of the scene (and didn't they use similar dialogue in NA?). And poor James had the worst time getting through saying these lines. Normally, he gets frustrated with himself when he struggles with dialogue. Here, he seems down right angry. I have to wonder if it had something to do with the lack of working with a trained actor (the double wasn't picking up cues as the regular cast would have) or had Sarah been there she would have helped feed him his lines.

I found it funny that in the Spike POV shots while talking to Xander, we see Xander constantly trying to divert his eyes from Spike. :) It's also interesting to note that in one take, Xander, after seeing the upper part of Spike's crypt trashed, seemed to be genuinly concerned not just about Buffy, but Spike as well.

Oh, and in the scene where InvisiBuffy throws Spike against the wall and rips off his shirt? In one take he looks down as if Buffy started her assault much lower. ;)

I found there was one interesting bit that didn't involve Buffy and Spike. When Dawn arrives home to discover Buffy is invisible, during their discussion there is some telling additional dialogue:

Dawn: "Do you even care about who did this to you...Do you even care that I just walked in and I'm suppose to be home by five? You're not even grilling me about where I was or who I was with."

Buffy: "I got that you hate when I do that"

Dawn: "That's not the point"

Buffy: "So, where were you?"


Buffy was coming off irresponsible and reckless enough in this ep, I don't think we needed more fuel for the fire. Of course, it just further emphasizes my belief that Fury just can't handle episodes that are heavy on the psychology. I still don't get how Buffy suddenly felt free just because no one could see her. And don't get me started on the Freudian stuff in LMPTM and Spike's mommy issues being the root of his problems. :p But, I digress....

I can't be positive, but it sounds as if the person doing Buffy's lines in this scene are Marti. And not to be left out of injecting humor into filming, in one take when Buffy states "I'm invisible", Michelle/Dawn replies "No way!"

With the takes of Buffy, Spike, and Doris Kruger, there are very few deviations. In one take of Buffy trying to get Spike to leave, you do see her nicely handing him his blanket instead of throwing it at him. Off of Spike's "Buffy's a great mum" we see Buffy smile.

On the close-ups of James' hand in Buffy's pocket trying to pull out the lighter, there's no sound, but Sarah's stomach is shaking from laughter. And there are two shots of Spike turning around and strutting out of the scene, coat billowing behind him. You hear cut, then see Sarah mimicing James' walk causing the crew and James to break out in laughter.

I still need to finish up with DT, but I doubt I'll get to that until next week some time - especially with Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars to discuss. :)

Oh, I had a Buffy related epiphany this week while watching Smallville. I've never been a loyal viewer, but I've watched enough to know there have been significant changes (for the worse imho) this season. The one change that really got my attention was that a lot more skin is being shown leading to more near-sexual situations. Is this all Steve DeKnight learned from his tenure on Buffy and Angel? Not that I'm against any of this per se, but it would be nice if there was a good script to go along with it. Other than the first and last scenes showing Clark feeling happy without feeling guilty, the rest of this past weeks ep is best forgotten.
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And I'd love to share. I've even started to look at computers with DVD burners. :) In the meantime, I figure the least I can do is post about the dailies to give people some idea as to what's on them.
In one of my favorite takes ;) as Spike is stroking Buffy's thigh, he leans inro her, closes his eyes, and rests his forhead against hers. She says, in a very breathy, hushed tone , "Stop that" and leans into him a bit more. He pulls back when he realizes she has his lighter. Their eyes meet and they share a look - she knows he knows. Sigh.

Oh man, I cannot *wait* to watch this!

we see that James is wearing sweatpants that go as low as they possibly can go.

I can't wait to watch this either...

It's interesting that there were so many take done where the mood between Spike and Buffy seemed to be more lighthearted.
I can't possibly do justice to the sweatpants footage. ;-)

It's interesting that there were so many take done where the mood between Spike and Buffy seemed to be more lighthearted.

Buffy really seems to like Spike in these takes and it gives one the feeling that a real relationship was a definite possibility. As we know, that's not the direction ME wanted so we got what we saw.

I cackled my way through the scene on the football field where Chloe's hot for Clark who's hot for Lana who's hot for the Coach, but no one can know that, and the Coach is hot for Lana who's still a little hot for Clark, and it's all complicated by mystical gatorade.

Yeah, I know it was the mystical Gatorade, but I was still embarrassed watching the stuff with Chloe. And I know it sounds ridiculous considering I've shipped a 120 or so year old vampire with a twenty year old girl, but the Lana/Coach stuff just seems wrong to me even with only a few years seperating them. There's something off putting with all their little rendezvous around the school. Of course, it doesn't help that this all involves precious little Lana. :p

It's hard to think of a better anaology for High School.

I know I'm taking you statement a bit out of context but.....::cough:: Buffy ::cough:: =)

I'm actually enjoying the Clark/Lois interaction. At least Clark has chemistry with her and he doesn't come off as the Aww Shucks Mam drooling idiot he comes off as with Lana. I just wish they hadn't insisted on making Lois 18 because the actress ain't pulling that off.
I looove dailies chatter :)

In one of my favorite takes ;) as Spike is stroking Buffy's thigh, he leans inro her, closes his eyes, and rests his forhead against hers. She says, in a very breathy, hushed tone , "Stop that" and leans into him a bit more. He pulls back when he realizes she has his lighter. Their eyes meet and they share a look - she knows he knows. Sigh.

Ah, good, glad i'm not the only one who watched that and drooled and sighed and...yeah.

Another time, as Sarah walks around the kitchen island, she must not realize the camera is as close as it is and stops, smiles, and says "Deak, Hi!" then continues on.

This made me giggle, yes, though i don't remember the take with her belly gurgle.

She asks James "What?" and he responds with "you like irony, never mind". To which Sarah says "I like Michael Jackson...it's not irony, I just like him". Yeah, I don't know what the Hell they are talking about either. :p

Yeah, okay, i rewound that and rewatched several times and still have no clue. Glad it wasn't just me who ws confused, but honestly, any time yu can just add MJ to a convo is amusing.

OK, one of the most hilarious things I've seen on any of the dailies is the first take of Spike bursting through the kitchen door. It seems that the effects people had a wee bit of a problem with the smoke machine. As the kitchen fills up with smoke, James ends up delivering his lines through a haze. At one point you can barely make him out. Yet, the cameras keep rolling. They complete the scene and as Sarah walks out of frame with "You can let yourself out, yeah..." she continues with "...because I need to call the fire department. Jesus H Christ Almighty God in Heaven...."

HA! I loved that part! And he just kept going which was great but damn! Didn't Sarah cough or soemthing during it too?

mean, the waistband is *just* above Spike Jr. I swear, James had to have shaved.

I'm thinking waxing. you know, at the same time he gets his chest done ;) And you did just settle an argument i had with someone about the sweats. He is NOT in "the sock", dammit! She was going on about "degraded James" again...


I can't be positive, but it sounds as if the person doing Buffy's lines in this scene are Marti.


Yerp, that's marti. She supposedly add-libbed here and there in this episode, including some of the, erm, "moaning".

One thing that i ketp cringing at was watching JM have to do the naked pushups repeatedly. I just...*giggleblush*

I wish a whole wad of us fans could get together with these dailies. It would be so fun.
I looove dailies chatter :)

Me too! Me too! :)

Ah, good, glad i'm not the only one who watched that and drooled and sighed and...yeah.

That take was just so...GUH! I was just waiting for them to drop to the floor and go at it right there in the kitchen. Heh, maybe Xander would have finally gotten a clue. ;)

Yeah, okay, i rewound that and rewatched several times and still have no clue. Glad it wasn't just me who ws confused, but honestly, any time yu can just add MJ to a convo is amusing.

I think I rewound that scene about four times and was still left going Huh? What? Who? I wonder if James and Sarah were having a pop culture discussion, were distracted by taking some off camera direction, then attempted to pick up where they left off. That, or she's nuts. :p

I'm thinking waxing. you know, at the same time he gets his chest done ;)

I thought about waxing, but I questioned if he'd be brave enough to wax down there. ;p But, yeah, it was obvious after that scene they guy has NO hair on his body.

And you did just settle an argument i had with someone about the sweats. He is NOT in "the sock", dammit! She was going on about "degraded James" again...

::rollseyes::

They definitely looked like sweats to me. The weird thing is he goes on about wearing the sock, yet in at least one respect he's showing more here.

Yerp, that's marti. She supposedly add-libbed here and there in this episode, including some of the, erm, "moaning".

Thanks for the confirmation. It sounded like her, but I couldn't be 100% sure.

One thing that i ketp cringing at was watching JM have to do the naked pushups repeatedly. I just...*giggleblush*

That was odd. Especially when he has to remain in mid push-up until they call 'action'.

I wish a whole wad of us fans could get together with these dailies. It would be so fun.

Sadly the next WriterCon won't be for two years, but maybe we can push for a dailies room for viewing? :)
*breaks into mad applause*

Just thought I'd let you know that I am utterly spoiled by the length and detail of your recaps. Ah, the glorious length! And detail!!! *insert silly giggles* Well, your devoted typing away is tremendously appreciated. Thanks, darling.

I have a mixed response to SV this year, but then again, that's the usual state of affairs. I think I'll post an overview of the season so far after we see an ep or two more, just to get a better footing, so to speak; it's really fun to bitch immediately after the ep, but the real analysis takes some time and simmering in the brain.

Still, the bottom line is: I'm only there for the Clex. ;o)
Well, your devoted typing away is tremendously appreciated.

Awwww, I'm glad to hear it. I tend to be rather wordy but that seems to be a benefit in this instance. :)

I think I'll post an overview of the season so far after we see an ep or two more, just to get a better footing, so to speak; it's really fun to bitch immediately after the ep, but the real analysis takes some time and simmering in the brain.

I'll be interested to read your analysis. To be honest, I'm not invested in the show at all. It's a pleasant enough diversion and fun to bitch about without having to worry about getting into arguments with people over every little detail.

I know I'm the oddball, but I really don't see the Clex. On the other hand I can admire the prettiness of TW. ;)
"You know the shots where we see him from the hip up? Well, in the continuations of those takes, the double drops her leg and we see that James is wearing sweatpants that go as low as they possibly can go. I mean, the waistband is *just* above Spike Jr. I swear, James had to have shaved."

Ok, that takes James down to being in the sock for ONE episode. Oh, poor degraded baby, who spent all his time naked. Only not.

And my, Sarah's such a bitch with all that humor and reassurance :D

As for Smallville, my favorite line regarding this season is from TWOP, who said they're so desperate to get us to watch, they're going to start giving every viewer a set of steak knives.
And my, Sarah's such a bitch with all that humor and reassurance :D

I actually went into watching the dailies looking for some sign of bitchiness. Maybe it does exist, but I haven't seen even a clue to it here.

As for Smallville, my favorite line regarding this season is from TWOP, who said they're so desperate to get us to watch, they're going to start giving every viewer a set of steak knives.

Oh, good, I need a new set of steak knives. :)
I love hearing about the dailies! That's one expense I can't justify, so it's great to get the summaries from Spuffy-lovers like you. :)
Thanks. :)

If I hadn't been able to luck into a situation with doable costs, I wouldn't have made the investment myself.
No need to be sorry, we'll just have to watch them again next time we get together :) I bet that James looks sexier in the sweatpants than he does in the sock. Sometimes leaving things to the imagination generates more heat.

I told Cindy about the sweatpants and she said "Hah! So much for him being naked all the time!" But it sounded pretty good to her too ;) But to be honest, the "sock" had as much coverage, if not more in some places, than a speedo.
I bet that James looks sexier in the sweatpants than he does in the sock. Sometimes leaving things to the imagination generates more heat.

Oh, yeah, I definitely felt the heat rise. ;) And he does look far sexier in the sweatpants than that silly sock thing. Now that I think about it, the way he looks in the scene reminds me a bit of the photo spread he did for that fitness magazine a couple years ago.
You know the shots where we see him from the hip up? Well, in the continuations of those takes, the double drops her leg and we see that James is wearing sweatpants that go as low as they possibly can go. I mean, the waistband is *just* above Spike Jr. I swear, James had to have shaved.

I was pretty much reading this passage for several minutes, repeatedly, utterly transfixed by the image in my mind.

And I love all the little details – so much fun to read.
And I love all the little details – so much fun to read.

Glad you are enjoying them. :)

And that image of James? It's pretty transfixing. ;)
I think I read somewhere that "Gone" was Fury's directorial debut? It's sort of hard to tell from the dailies, but I didn't see anything to contradict that.

As to Smallville's playing up the sex angle this season, I don't think that plotline was De Knight's fault; the show's ratings have been sliding, and they're trying to shore them up by flashing more skin. Plus, in the past few seasons, they kind of wrote themselves into a corner by making Lana and Clark moon over each other without resolution: it prevented both male and female lead from having sexy scenes with anyone else unless there was a horribly lame plot contrivance, and they couldn't have sexy scenes with each other either. That's pretty limiting. Now that the Clark/Lana dynamic is (please God!) changing, that may open up more opportunities, but so far the writers have been sticking to the lame kryptonite-based plot contrivances.

It's pretty sad that by the time the Buffy kids were seniors in high school, they were all starting to have sexual experiences--ones that were handled in pretty realistic ways. On Smallville, nobody can get it on without kryptonite being involved--so in other words, the characters have no agency in their own sexuality. It's lame.
Unless we're both wrong, 'Gone' was Fury's directorial debut.

I know Smallville's ratings have been on the slide. It's sad that the show seems to be taking the sex sells approach in lieu of storytelling. Maybe it's like the chicken and the egg and we'll never know which came first - DeKnight joining the show or the show asking DeKnight to join after deciding on the changes.
Is this all Steve DeKnight learned from his tenure on Buffy and Angel?

DeKnight didn't write last Wednesday's ep. He wrote the Flash ep coming up this week. So don't blame him for last week's stupidity. I actually thought this last ep had some good moments, though, and was much better than that "Kryp/Tuck" ep the week before.

I missed the irony/Michael Jackson convo when I watched the dailies. But Sarah's imitation of Spike's walk had us all howling. I'm gonna have to work on getting myself copies of the dailies after my bills are all caught up.
Oh, I know DeKnight didn't write this last episode. I was refering more to his role as producer and overseeing the shows stories and arcs. I hear that the Flash story may be used as the luanching point for a spin off. I'm still undecided as to how I feel about that.
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It appears that Fury (unlike the directors in the other dailies, you can hear him give direction) wasn't sure what type of mood he wanted to convey between Buffy and Spike in the kitchen. The first take is much more lighthearted than what we eventually would see with them taking on an almost teasing demeanor with each other. Take 2 is more serious initially and Buffy reacts to Spike's touch more. Yet, as she's telling him to stop she has a smile on her face and obviously doesn't want him too.

I saw a more "lighthearted" execution in some of those takes, too, and had the same reaction to some of the takes from the under-the-carpet scene in "DT." There, whether from different takes or selective editing, the broadcast scene didn't show Buffy enjoying herself as much as in some of the actual takes.

Did you notice that some of the scenes were directed by David Solomon and not Fury? Unfortunately, I didn't take notes, but I think the livingroom scene in disc 3 is DS (maybe the kitchen scene too?). Sorry, I can't remember which ones, but I remember being surprised at seeing his name on the board they click before the takes.

Gail

Did you notice that some of the scenes were directed by David Solomon and not Fury?

No, I didn't notice that. Interesting. Maybe there was a day he needed off to prep some other episodes.

I'm pretty certain it was Fury directing the kitchen scenes, at least it sounded like his voice to me.
Hee, you make me want to book a transatlantic flight this very minute, just to see the dailies for myself. You so bring all these little moments to us so beautifully. Thank you *so* much for all your care and attention in doing that - it's very thoughtful generous of you, and so much appreciated!

You so bring all these little moments to us so beautifully.

That really means a lot coming from you. Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad people are enjoying these recaps so much.

Hee, you make me want to book a transatlantic flight this very minute, just to see the dailies for myself.

And you wouldn't have to pay for a hotel, you can stay with me! :)
Hello again. I don't remember if I've commented here since I got my LJ, but if not - *proper hello*

I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing! Would you mind if I friended you? (I have to run sadly - as a matter of fact I shouldn't be here at all).
You're welcome and, well, welcome (officially) to LJ. And don't mind if you friend me at all. :)
In one of my favorite takes ;) as Spike is stroking Buffy's thigh, he leans inro her, closes his eyes, and rests his forhead against hers. She says, in a very breathy, hushed tone , "Stop that" and leans into him a bit more. He pulls back when he realizes she has his lighter. Their eyes meet and they share a look - she knows he knows. Sigh.

I *loved* that take. The only take I regretted being scrapped more was the one kiss in Smashed where they sort of did that desperate "trying to find the other person's mouth" thing. So hot.

And my take on the Michael Jackson/irony thing is that they were discussing him before they started shooting, and James being more of a rock guy was horrified that she liked MJ. Hence, his line about "irony"...because the only acceptable way to like MJ is in an ironic way. And so SMG assures him that it has nothing to do with irony, she just likes him.

I have so given this *way* too much thought.

And by the way, hope you don't mind if I friend you. I run into you on so many other LJ's, I can't believe it's taken me this long to add you to my flist. *g*
And by the way, hope you don't mind if I friend you. I run into you on so many other LJ's, I can't believe it's taken me this long to add you to my flist. *g*

Hee. I was just thinking last night during the discussion of the Esquire photo shoot that we do seem to bump into each other a lot. ;) Please feel free to friend me. My delays in friending people are generally due to keeping my Flist manageable and making sure we have lots in common. :)

I think your take on the MJ discussion may be accurate. Heck, even I was a bit horrified that she said she liked MJ. ;p

I *loved* that take. The only take I regretted being scrapped more was the one kiss in Smashed where they sort of did that desperate "trying to find the other person's mouth" thing. So hot.

Ah, there are so many great little moments in the dailies. I also wished they would have left the bite during the under-the-rug sex in in Buffy's dream/nightmare in DT.