Rants & Ramblings

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dec
18
2002

buffy 7x10 - don't believe the captions

In this week’s episode of Buffy, “Bring on the Night,” there were some interesting discrepancies between the closed captioning and the actual dialogue:

• In the first scene of the Slayers-in-Training in the kitchen, with Anya muttering at the sink, none of Anya’s dialogue comes up in the closed captioning — including her line “Actually it’s not blackened so much as ruined.” I’d still like to know what she was muttering.

• When the camera does the post-battle closeup on Buffy, at home recuperating from her run-in with the UberVamp, the Giles/Willow dialogue voiceover is completely different in the closed captioning than what aired.

As aired:

GILES

We could make plans, like we always do. But the truth is, Buffy WAS our plan. There is no backup.

WILLOW

Giles, she looks bad.

GILES

She does. I’m afraid there may be internal bleeding.

WILLOW

What does that mean? Will she—

GILES

Die? No, I don’t think so. I don’t know.

WILLOW

But what do we do if she can’t fight? If she can’t beat this thing?

GILES

We’re back at square one.

And as captioned:

GILES

Uh, her ribs are smashed. She should be hospitalized immediately.

WILLOW

Could she die?

GILES

Despite her healing abilities, I believe so. I won’t lie to you. I-I don’t know what to do in a situation like this. because there never has been a situation like this … which means we are back at square one.