Annotations for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Blackout

Annotations for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Blackout
by Keith R.A. DeCandido

What follows are explanations of references and history in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel Blackout. Be warned that this page includes a huge number of SPOILERS for, not just this book, but many many many Buffy and Angel episodes (as well as one or two other novels).

If you have any questions, find any errors, or think something is missing, don't hesitate to e-mail me.

Initial citations for TV episodes are listed in "quotations marks," followed by an abbreviation of the TV show in question, BTVS for Buffy, ATS for Angel. Subsequent citations of the same work will be limited to the title.

On with the annotations...

Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Epilogue



Prologue:

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This prologue takes place shortly prior to "Doublemeat Palace" (BTVS).

Spike, a.k.a. "William the Bloody," f.k.a. William Pratt, first appeared in "School Hard" (BTVS).

Spike's love of Weetabix was established in "Hush" (BTVS).

Kenneth Branagh's version of Henry V was released in 1989; Sir Laurence Olivier's in 1944. Spike's feelings on the two movies happen to echo the author's, though I think it's pretty likely that Spike would feel this way.

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Spike first discovered the crypt in "A New Man" (BTVS), and had moved in by "The I in Team" (BTVS). He stayed there through to the end of the sixth season, more or less.

The Initiative put the chip in Spike's head that stopped him from harming humans (but not demons) between "Wild at Heart" (BTVS) and "The Initiative" (BTVS).

Spike saved Dawn from Glory on several occasions in the fifth season, most notably by letting himself be tortured rather than reveal Dawn's whereabouts in "Intervention" (BTVS) and in the climactic fight against Glory in "The Gift" (BTVS).

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The bar that caters to vampires and demons and such is Willy's Place, first seen in "What's My Line? Part 1" (BTVS).

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Buffy Summers first appeared in the feature film Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Buffy died in "The Gift," thanks to Glory, who was indeed "some goddess bitch." Buffy's friends used a duplicate robot, originally commissioned by Spike as a sex toy in "I Was Made to Love You" (BTVS), to pretend to be the Slayer so the demons wouldn't think the Slayer was gone. Willow was able to resurrect Buffy in "Bargaining" (BTVS), right around the same time the BuffyBot was revealed. Leroy's confusion likely stems from second-hand accounts of the events of "Bargaining."

Chapter 1:

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Discos were the places to go when you wanted to go dancing in New York in 1977. Probably the most famous disco was Studio 54.

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The man Laura went home with shares a first name (and a physical description) with the title character of the movie Shaft, who also tended to hang out in the No-Name Bar. Make of that what you will....

By the 1990s, the New York Mass Transit Authority had switched over entirely to MetroCards, however in 1977, one gained access to the subways via a token, which was worth 50 cents at the time. The tokens were about the size of a nickel, and the versions of them used then had a Y shape carved out of the middle.

The "Son of Sam" murders had been happening for a year as of July 1977. Committed by a man named David Berkowitz, he had targeted mostly women and couples in the outer boroughs, killing them with a .44 calibre pistol, but the NYPD had no leads as to his identity at this point, despite forming a task force called Operation Omega specifically to find him. The "Son of Sam" nickname came from letters Berkowitz sent to both the NYPD and to New York Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin; prior to that, he was simply referred to as "the .44 Calibre Killer." Berkowitz was finally arrested on 10 August 1977, and found guilty of murder. He is still in prison today, having rejected parole.

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The hippie movement got started in the late 1960s, and was at its height from 1967-1969, but still hung on as late at 1977. Going barefoot and believing in "flower power" and the like was still something you saw, particularly in New York.

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Checker cabs were the prevalent type of vehicle used as yellow cabs in New York in 1977, produced by the Checker Motors Company, which specialized in livery vehicles. They discontinued making cabs in 1982; by the end of the millennium, there were no Checker cabs to be found in New York anymore.

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Bruce Lee was a famous martial artist, who popularized "kung fu fighting" in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and founded the Jeet Kune Do style of karate. He died in 1973.

Nikki Wood first appeared in "Fool for Love" (BTVS); the coat she wears first appeared in "School Hard."

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The "women's lib" -- short for "women's liberation" -- movement was a common term for the feminist movement in 1977. The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was first proposed in 1972, but was never ratified by enough states to pass. New York, by the way, was one of the states that ratified it. (As was California.)

Plastic garbage cans were not yet in common usage in 1977; most outdoor cans were indeed cans, made of metal, and were ubiquitous outside houses and apartment buildings in New York.

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Pam Grier and Tamara Dobson starred in the movies Foxy Brown (1974) and Cleopatra Jones (1973), respectively. Commentary on the DVD for "Fool for Love" by episode writer Doug Petrie confirmed that Nikki was a tribute to those movies' title characters.

The ability of a Slayer to come out of a brutal fight all but unscathed is a common conceit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Chapter 2:

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Bernard Crowley was established as Nikki's Watcher in "Lies My Parents Told Me" (BTVS).

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Strictly speaking, Nikki should have observed that she was riding the AA train, which was the late-night local version of the A train in 1977, but she was tired and didn't really notice. (Plus, y'know, the author screwed up....) The double-letter lines were discontinued in 1986.

While Times Square is purely Disney-fied and full of tourists now, in 1977, it was home to pornographic theatres, peep shows, strip clubs, and prostitutes, and was considered one of the worst areas of New York City.

Nikki's living arrangements in a two-room apartment next to the projection room of a Times Square movie theatre that only shows Westerns is a tip o' the hat to the Hero for Hire comic books (later renamed Power Man, then Power Man and Iron Fist) that started publishing in 1972 from Marvel Comics (and lasted until 1986). Cage was a black super hero who had similar living arrangements to Nikki, but hired himself out as a hero for pay.

A.J. Manguson is a tribute to the similarly named D.W. Griffith from Power Man, who also had long, straight blond hair and was also the nephew of the Gem Theater's owner.

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Robin Wood first appeared in "Lessons" (BTVS), though it wasn't revealed that he was the son of a Slayer until "First Date" (BTVS).

The template for Crowley in this novel is the British actor Adrian Edmondson.

Crowley's appearance here doesn't jibe with his appearance in "It's All About the Mission" by Nancy Holder (Tales of the Slayer Volume 4). For that matter, neither does the chronology of Nikki's son's birth, and Blackout doesn't jibe with the story "Nikki Goes Down!" by Doug Petrie & Gene Colan (Tales of the Slayers), either. This is as good a place as any to explain my reasoning: In the Holder story, I wasn't comfortable with the level of irresponsibility shown by Nikki in getting pregnant after she was called as a Slayer, nor did I buy that someone with so British a name as Bernard Crowley would actually be an African-American New Yorker, especially since 99% of the Watchers we've seen have been British. As for the Petrie/Colan story, that character didn't even look like Nikki (that hairstyle wouldn't become popular until the decade after Nikki's death), nor did the New York City portrayed therein resemble the New York City of the 1970s (for starters, there were very few Asians on the NYPD force, and none of them were detectives heading up task forces). With the approval of my editor and Fox Licensing, I was given the okay to contradict those stories. I apologize for the problems that might cause some readers, but the stories don't even agree with each other, so I felt fairly comfortable with my approach, which emphasized verisimilitude to the characters as we saw them on screen (in "Fool for Love" and "Lies My Parents Told Me") and to the actual world of New York City in the 1970s.

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GI Joe action figures were immensely popular in the 1970s, as was Star Wars, which was released in May 1977 and had taken the world by storm by summer.

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Nikki's mantra that it's the mission that matters was established in "Lies My Parents Told Me."

Chapter 3:

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"That girl in Poland" refers to Myenka Krustov, a Polish Slayer established in a fanfic story called "Empowered Youth" by Helen J. Haslam.

The notion that the Watchers find potential Slayers and train them from birth was implied in "What's My Line? Part 1," where we learned that Kendra had been trained for years, even though she'd only become a Slayer six months previously, and reinforced in the seventh season, particularly "Bring on the Night" (BTVS), when Giles sought out potential Slayers before the First Evil killed them. The experience of Buffy, who was not approached by a Watcher until after she was called to Slayerhood (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) indicates that the Watchers' ability to find such Slayers is not perfect.

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It should be noted that the similarities between Crowley's bauble that appears to be an Interpol badge and the Doctor's slightly psychic paper in the current Doctor Who series are purely coincidental, as I wrote this scene before seeing any episodes of the new Who.

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New York City's laws against indoor smoking were all passed long after 1977.

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Detective Landesberg is a tribute to actor Steve Landesberg, who played Detective Dietrich on Barney Miller, a show about the NYPD that ran from 1975-1982.

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Hammer Film Productions made many horror movies starting in the 1950s, including Dracula in 1958 starring Christopher Lee as Dracula and Peter Cushing as Van Helsing, the first of several films in which the two starred in those roles.

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This chapter takes place in 1973, during which the city of New York was all but bankrupt. That year, a new mayor, Abe Beame, was elected, and when he appealed to the federal government for aid in 1975, he was denied, prompting a famous Daily News headline: "FORD TO NEW YORK: DROP DEAD."

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The Morvag demon is a creation of the author.

Chapter 4:

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CBGBs, one of the most important and influential concert halls in rock and roll history, a place responsible for exposing such bands as the Ramones, the Dead Boys, Talking Heads, and the Shirts to the world, closed its doors for good in October 2006, after a lengthy fight to keep its lease.

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Spike's love for punk music is pretty self-evident from his appearance and personality, and was cemented in "Lovers Walk" (BTVS), when he listened to the Sex Pistols' version of "My Way" on his way out of Sunnydale. His specific fandom for the Ramones was established in "Crush" (BTVS).

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Hilly Krystal really was the owner and operator of CBGBs, and he really did look and dress like that. The outfit he's wearing can also be seen on him in the DVD Dead Boys at CBGB 1977. Krystal died in August 2007.

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As mentioned in the Historian's Note, the Ramones didn't actually host a punk weekend at CBGBs in July 1977. The Cramps, however, did host one.

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Spike's reference to the best meal of his life being in China is, obviously, a reference to the only Slayer he's killed to date, first mentioned in "School Hard" and seen in "Fool for Love" and "Darla" (ATS).

Chapter 5:

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As noted in Chapter 1, the hippie subculture was still present, but not as prevalent as it had been a decade earlier. Both heroin and cocaine were far more popular recreational drugs in 1977.

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The Gambinos are one of the major crime "families" in the Italian Mafia, or Cosa Nostra, going back to the turn of the 20th century and continuing today.

The characters of Marv and Gene are tributes to Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, the writer and artist of the brilliant Tomb of Dracula comic book published from 1972-1976. That comic book was where the character of Blade, a vampire slayer, was created. It's likely that Blade was a partial influence on Joss Whedon when he created Buffy, and in turn the popularity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer helped in the decision to green-light a movie (the first of three) based on Blade in 1999.

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Shades is named after a recurring villain from the Hero for Hire/Power Man/Power Man & Iron Fist comic book.

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The Slayer who arrived in New York in 1912 is Arabella Gish, mentioned in the prelude to "Welcome to the Hellmouth" (BTVS) as one of the past Slayers. The one from the 1950s that Reet remembers is Zoe Kuryakin from "Undeadsville" by Michael Reaves (Tales of the Slayers Volume 4).

Chapter 6:

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Fyarl demons were established in "A New Man."

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It should be noted that cable television did not reach New York City until the late 1980s; indeed the city was one of the last places in the country to have cable TV be available.

WPIX Channel 11 in New York City really did run that three-hour block of heroic programming in the 1970s, something the author remembers quite fondly from his youth. It was the George Reeves Adventures of Superman (1952-1958), the Adam West Batman (1966-1968), and the Clayton Moore Lone Ranger (1949-1957).

WNET Channel 13 remains New York's Public Broadcasting System station, and still airs Sesame Street, as it has since 1969. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which encouraged kids to use their imaginations, ran from 1968 until host Fred Rogers retired in 2001. The Electric Company, which focused on teaching kids linguistic skills and included Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, Gene Wilder, Tom Lehrer, and Rita Moreno among its regular performers, ran from 1971-1977.

The Defenders was an offbeat Marvel comic published from 1972-1986.

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Mr. Coffee coffeemakers were quite popular in the 1970s; former New York Yankee ballplayer Joe DiMaggio did a popular series of ads for them starting in 1974.

John Astin, best known for playing Gomez Addams in the TV series The Addams Family (1964-1966), played the Riddler in a single two-part episode of Batman ("Batman's Anniversary" and "A Riddling Controversy" in 1967). Frank Gorshin played the role every other time the character of the Riddler appeared, and the general consensus of viewers tracks with Robin's feelings on the subject of their relative performances in the role.

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The Wild Asia monorail ride debuted in 1977 to much fanfare, as a reversal of the traditional zoo setup of people looking in cages at animals. Instead, the animals roamed free while the people were "caged" in the monorail car. This was a fairly radical departure in 1977, abetted by the futuristic monorail. It was a huge hit, and Wild Asia remains one of the most popular attractions in the zoo, despite the fact that the monorail is a bit retro nowadays.

The Carousel remains one of the most popular features in Central Park.

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Nikki's saying "jive mother--" and cutting herself off is a fairly obvious tribute to Isaac Hayes's theme song from Shaft (also referenced in the author's dedication to the late Gordon Parks, director of Shaft).

The Feast of St. Vigeous was first referenced in "School Hard."

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Darla first appeared in "Welcome to the Hellmouth." Her encounter with Nikki has yet to be fully recounted.

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Mayor Beame's work-release program, an attempt to alleviate the overcrowded prisons, not to mention the city's fiscal burden, was very controversial, and that controversy was at its height in the summer of 1977.

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Tab -- which is still being produced, by the way -- was the popular diet soda of the 1970s. It used saccharine as a sugar substitute, the only such substitute available at the time. It remains the only current diet soda to use that rather than NutraSweet or Splenda.

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The NYPD has never been the most ethnically diverse force in the universe, and in 1977 it was still dominated by Irish-Americans and Italian-Americans. They were also in the midst of fierce union negotiations with the city in July 1977.

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Dracula appeared in "Buffy vs. Dracula" (BTVS). The first draft of Blackout had more specifics of Nikki's encounter with the famous vampire, but wiser editorial heads prevailed, and it was cut. That's another story, along with meeting Darla, I wouldn't mind telling someday.

William Marshall played the title role in Blacula in 1972.

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Blind Willie is a double tribute: to another Power Man & Iron Fist character, Blind Toby, who gave them information periodically, and to a great, unheralded Bob Dylan song, "Blind Willie McTell," a personal favorite.

Chapter 7:

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Spike mentioned that he was at Woodstock (which happened in August 1969) in "School Hard." That he grew up in London in the 19th century was established in "Fool for Love."

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Angelus, a.k.a. Angel, first appeared in "Welcome to the Hellmouth." Spike called him his sire in "School Hard," which was clarified as his grandsire in "Fool for Love" and "Darla," with Spike specifically calling Angel his grandsire in "Just Rewards" (ATS).

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Spike and Angelus encountered each other on a German U-boat in "Why We Fight" (ATS).

Although "Fool for Love" and "Darla" weren't specific, "Darla" made it clear that Angel ran away from Darla, Spike, and Drusilla after the Boxer Rebellion, and every reference to Spike and Drusilla that is made after that is just of the two of them, so the assumption that the twosome struck out on their own after that is fairly supportable. "Fool for Love," "Darla," and "School Hard" made it clear that Spike and Dru were unaware of Angel's unwilling acquisition of a soul at the hands of the Romany ("Angel," "Becoming Part 1" [BTVS]).

The specifics of Spike learning about Slayers and killing one in China, as well as the massacre of the Romany tribe, are in "Fool for Love" and "Darla," as well as "Becoming Part 1."

Beijing was generally referred to in the West as "Peking" in 1977.

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Spike and Dru killed several potential Slayers at the behest of a demon in the novel Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row by Christopher Golden.

The massacre of a theatre troupe in Paris is a nod to Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.

Spike knowing Nikki's name was established in "Lies My Parents Told Me."

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That the Chinese Slayer's sword was enchanted is assumed based on the fact that the scar from it didn't heal, even though Spike has healed from many worse injuries (in particular the ones incurred in "What's My Line? Part 2" [BTVS], "Intervention," and "Destiny" [ATS]).

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Muhammad Ali, f.k.a. Cassius Clay and Cassius X, became the heavyweight boxing champion of the world in 1964. He remained an immensely popular and charismatic figure for the next decade and a half, finally retiring from fighting in 1981.

Nikki's trick of killing a vampire by throwing a stake was first seen in "Lies My Parents Told Me."

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Malcolm X, f.k.a. Malcolm Little, was a famous black pride activist, who promoted an aggressive stance on African-American rights. He was assassinated in 1965.

The United States bicentennial was in 1976, and was accompanied by tremendous celebrating all across the country, particularly in New York.

Grand Central Terminal was almost torn down in 1977 but, as stated in the Historian's Note, it was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, not the Slayer, who prevented it.

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"Surprise" (BTVS) made it clear that vampires can't travel by plane for risk of solar exposure, and so have to travel by ship in order to cross an ocean. In addition, Spike said in "A Hole in the World" (ATS) that he'd never flown in a plane before.

Chapter 8:

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The initial information about Spike that Crowley provides is similar to that provided by Giles to Buffy in "School Hard."

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It's impressive that Nikki fought Darla in Studio 54 in 1976 when the club didn't open until the spring of 1977. Whoops.

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Polgara demons were established in "The I in Team." They were named after the user ID of a poster on one of the many Buffy boards. It's possible that that user got the name from the David Eddings character of the same name in his The Belgariad series.

Chapter 9:

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The CC train was simplified to the C train in 1986 when the double-letter lines were discontinued.

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From here to the end of the chapter is a novelization of the opening scene of "Lies My Parents Told Me."

Chapter 10:

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The NCAA joke is a riff on the Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids cartoon (1972-1984), where Russell would constantly make jokes about Rudy having no class.

In 1976, the Yankees won their first American League pennant since 1964. The Orioles had one of the more dominant teams in the interim between those two championships. The 1977 Yanks, led by Reggie Jackson, would go on to win their first World Series since 1962. The O's would wind up tied with the Red Sox for second place, two-and-a-half games behind the Yanks.

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The "good-for-nothing fool" who set a new home-run record in 1961 was Roger Maris, who hit 61, breaking Babe Ruth's record of 60 set in 1927. Josh Gibson reportedly hit 69 home runs in the Negro League in 1934. Those records would be broken by Mark McGwire, who hit 70 in 1998, which would in turn be broken by Barry Bonds, who hit 73 in 2001.

Joe Torre was named the manager of the Mets on 1 June 1977, though he was unable to get them out of the cellar. Torre would go on to have a rather undistinguished managerial career until he took over the Yankees from 1996-2007, where he lead them to twelve straight postseason appearances, including ten first-place finishes, two wild card berths, and four World Championships.

Robert Johnson and Leadbelly, a.k.a. Huddie Ledbetter, are two of the most influential blues musicians of the 20th century.

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When Spike was human, he spoke with an upper-class accent, as seen in "Fool for Love" and "Lies My Parents Told Me." The working-class accent he adapted after becoming a vampire was an affectation.

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Connect Four was an immensely popular game for kids in the 1970s.

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Dorothy L. Sayers was the author of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels, some of the finest mysteries of the first half of the 20th century.

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The massacre at the orphange in Vienna in 1963 that killed two Watchers was first mentioned in "Lineage" (ATS).

Chapter 11:

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Lucas, the operator of the casino, is named after Luke Cage, f.k.a. Carl Lucas, a.k.a. Power Man.

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Kulak demons first appeared in "Homecoming" (BTVS).

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The Master, the head of the Order of Aurelius, first appeared in "Welcome to the Hellmouth," where it was established that he was Darla's sire.

Chapter 12:

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FAO Schwarz, Bloomingdale's, and Alexander's were all in the same general area in Manhattan. The former two are still open for business on E. 57th Street and 5th Avenue and at E. 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, respectively. Alexander's was located at E. 57th Street and Lexington Avenue, but the department store closed in 1992 when they declared bankruptcy.

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Drusilla first appeared in "School Hard."

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Spike coming up with a plan and then jumping the gun on it because he got bored was a hallmark of the character's earliest appearances, notably in "School Hard" and "In the Dark" (ATS).

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At 8.37pm on 13 July 1977, New York suffered a city-wide blackout, that would last for 25 hours. It was the second of three blackouts the city suffered, the previous being in 1965, with another occurring in 2003.

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Monopoly would be beyond most four-year-olds, but the author doesn't feel he's taking too many liberties by postulating that Robin was a particularly bright four-year-old.

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The World Trade Center was constructed in the 1960s, with the first tower opening in 1970 and the second tower in 1972. The towers were destroyed in 2001.

The Empire State Building was constructed in 1931. It was the tallest building in New York until the WTC was constructed, and with the WTC's destruction, it has regained that distinction.

Chapter 13:

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ConEd stands for Consolidated Edison, which provides power for New York City and much of its environs. The blackout occurred, not because of a lack of kickbacks, but rather due to a lightning strike at a ConEd substation on the Hudson River.

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The "Slayer emergency kit" first appeared in "Get It Done" (BTVS), when Robin gave it to Buffy.

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The Watts riots occurred in 1965, following white California Highway Patrol officers pulling over a black man who was driving erratically. A bottle was thrown, and years of racial tension in the black neighborhood toward a mostly white police force boiled over into five days of rioting.

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The incident at Armstrong and Son is based on real incidents that happened during the blackout, although those didn't come to as good an end.

Roosevelt Hospital on 59th Street merged with St. Luke's Hospital uptown in 1979, and now both hospitals are referred to as St. Lukes-Roosevelt.

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Sanford and Son was a show that ran from 1972-1977. Based on a British series called Steptoe and Son, the show was about a junk store.

Chapter 14:

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Pay phone calls were still 10 cents in 1977.

Pumbo demons are a creation of the author.

Chapter 15:

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Of course, daffodils aren't in bloom in July, so obviously Spike and Dru were making love among some other kind of flower.....

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The New York Coliseum was at the heart of Columbus Circle from 1956 until it was demolished in 2000, replaced by the Time Warner Center.

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From here until the end of the chapter is a novelization of the fight between Nikki and Spike shown in flashback form in "Fool for Love." That fight took place on a subway train that couldn't possibly have existed -- the subway shown in the episode was covered in a tiny amount of graffiti, which never happened. Either the trains were covered in it or completely clean. Because the fight was lengthy and took place in an empty car, it had to have been late at night, probably in the last car (which is always emptiest). The stretch between 59th Street and 125th Street on the A and D trains is by far the longest uninterrupted stretch on any New York subway line, so I picked that as the most likely venue for the fight seen in "Fool for Love."

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The Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium (refurbished and renamed the Rose Center for Space in 2000) are still right over the 81st Street station. And the massive blue whale model is still a centerpiece of the aquatic life exhibit (and a favorite of the author).

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Watching "Fool for Love," it's interesting to see that there's no good reason given on screen why Spike should have won the fight. Nikki's got him pinned, after having the upper hand for most of the fight, and then the lights dim, and then the lights go up, and Spike's on top with no explanation. The logical thing would be for the train to lurch, which it would do quite a bit, causing Nikki to lose her balance.

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According to the "channeling" of Nikki done by the psychotic Slayer Dana in "Damage" (ATS), Nikki's last thoughts were the words she thinks right before she dies about having to get home to Robin.

Spike's referring to the killing of a Slayer as having himself a good day echoes his description of killing a Slayer to Buffy in "Fool for Love."

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Spike's saying he'll exaggerate and say Nikki begged for her life while talking about this fight in the future is to reconcile Spike's claim that the last Slayer he killed begged in "School Hard" with the reality of what we saw in "Fool for Love." However, Spike himself said in "Becoming Part 2" (BTVS) that vampires are prone to exaggeration and hyperbole.

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While Spike doesn't care why the subway lines are stacked under the west side of Central Park West, the reader might: Central Park is built on a swamp. The eastern side of the street can't support the subway without risk, so the A, B, C, and D lines run both uptown and downtown one on top of the other on the same side of the street between 59th and 110th, rather than side by side as they do elsewhere.

Chapter 16:

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Roger Wyndham-Pryce first appeared (sort of) in "Lineage," in the form of a robot posing as him.

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The snake demon named Diamondback is a tribute to another Power Man villain.

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In "Get It Done," Robin said he kept the emergency kit, but he was only four years old, and therefore was unlikely to have made that decision himself. Therefore the author postulates that it was Crowley who kept it, as well as a great deal of research material, which is also by way of explaining why Crowley knew so much more about Spike and Dru than Giles would twenty years hence.

Epilogue:

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"Fool for Love" made it clear that Buffy knew some of Spike's history with Slayers, and Spike told her much of the rest of it in that episode.

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Robin said in "Help" (BTVS) that he grew up in Beverley Hills.

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If it was known to the Watchers that Spike killed Nikki, then Crowley had to have known, but Robin didn't know that Spike was his mother's killer until the First Evil told him in "First Date." So Crowley had to have deliberately kept it from him.

Robin's revenge kick in his twenties, and his deliberately scoping out the Slayer were both established in "First Date."

Buffy's presence at Hemery High School, and forced departure, was portrayed in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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The previous two headmasters of Sunnydale High School -- Principal Flutie and Principal Snyder -- were indeed eaten alive, the former by teenagers made into hyena avatars in "The Pack" (BTVS), the latter by the ascended Mayor Wilkins in "Graduation Day Part 2" (BTVS).




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