Synopsis: Buffy joins up with the Initiative but quits when the Initiative tries to kill her.
Review: Just in case you did not know yet, the Initiative is evil. That seemed to be the sole point of this episode. And Buffy and Riley have sex while fighting a demon...er...was that supposed to be after fighting a demon? The episode did not really make it that clear. On top of that, Professor Walsh watching Buffy and Riley get it on was just creepy. Okay, okay, we know she is evil.
The supernatural versus science theme comes to a point with the introduction of Walsh's top secret Frankenstein made from demon parts. Frankenstein was a story about what happens when you make science a god. Walsh's Frankenstein creation ends up killing her. The actor who played Walsh became unavailable, so they had to kill her off. I say good riddance. She was mean and unlikable and now she is out of the way for the season story arc to progress.
In another David Fury penned episode, Helpless, Giles' father-like relationship is put to the test when he must subject Buffy to a Council ritual stripping her of her powers. Giles' love for Buffy overcomes his sense of duty to the Council, and he cannot go through with it. And he ends up fired. In The I in Team, we have the exact opposite with Walsh. She obviously fulfills the role of a mother-like figure to Riley, but she lets her sense of duty overcome her care for Riley committing an act she knows will hurt Riley. And she ends up dead. I would rather be fired than dead.
I was not sure how to view this episode: as Die Hard serious or as a comedy. Familiar with Fury's other Buffy episodes such as Fear Itself, I am leaning towards comedy. Although Buffy's monologue waging war on the Initiative made the part of me that enjoys cheesy action click (I was cheering Buffy on the whole time), it just was not enough to earn this episode more than a 4 out of 10.
Objectionable Content: In the weirdest Buffy sex scene ever, we see Buffy and Riley undressing each other and having sex intercut with a scene of them fighting a demon.
Rating: 4 out of 10 (Reviewed by: Matthew Miller)