|"Guarded, Part Two"|
|Publication date||August 8, 2012|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine #|
"Guarded, Part One"
"Guarded, Part Three"
|Published by||Dark Horse Comics|
|Cover artist(s)|| Phil Noto|
|Letterer(s)||Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt|
"Guarded, Part Two" was the twelfth issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine comic book series.
The owner of the TinCan social network, Theo Daniels, was in a car with two slayer bodyguard (Buffy and Kennedy) who he had hired from DeepScan. He showed them messages two demons sent each other on his network about assassinating Theo. He believed Wolfram & Hart were behind it. Buffy mentioned how the Senior Partners had escaped the Earth dimension and after the End of Magic it would not be possible for them to return. Theo however revealed that the TinCan network itself was operated from several hell dimensions.
Theo further explained that his network did not rely on magic, but on demon technology. The connection had already been established when the Seed was broken, which was why it was left unaffected. If the connection would be severed now, there would no way to reconnect. Theo explained that the only way to sever the connection would be to destroy the data centre running the website, which would result in the deletion of user data for millions of people. Moreover, advertisers would lose billions and so would investors.
He lamented that TinCan was his life, but that he thought it was the right thing to do anyway, which was why he hired DeepScan. Kennedy complained that DeepScan could not involve itself in corporate terrorism, but she would be willing to keep it off the books.
While scouting out the data centre, Buffy recognised that a Teuth demon had infiltrated the building and killed a security guard. She said she would have to get help and visited Eldre Koh to ask him to join her. He initially declined, but she called on the debt that he owed her.
After she returned with Eldre Koh, Kennedy expressed her doubts if severing the connection was the right thing to do. She figured that Willow might be able to restore her magic using the connection. Buffy convinced her to go through with it. They split up. At the front door Kennedy and Eldre Koh provided distraction by fighting off many of the Teuth demon's tentacles, while Buffy and Theo snuck into the server room. However, the Teuth demon had spotted them using CCTV and some of its tentacles also protected the server room. It surprised Buffy and Theo, grabbing them. Kennedy and Eldre hacked their way through the demon and tried to find the root of the tentacles which held Buffy and Theo.
Through an audio connection one of the Senior Partners commented during the fight that they would not win. However, Kennedy killed the Teuth Demon by throwing a handgrenade at the centre of it. At the server room Theo had second thoughts, he felt sad about having to destroy something he though would better the world, especially because he knew that nobody would understand why it would be for the best. Buffy, of course, could relate to this.
Just when Theo was about to pull the plug, Eldre Koh stopped him and put one of his blades to Theo's throat. He spoke to Wolfram & Hart, asking them to identify the demon which had imprisoned him, in return he would kill Theo and keep Tin Can safe. Buffy protested that he was breaking the code, but Eldre Koh insisted that honor was more important than the code and he could not have that without having vengeance.
The story was set after "Apart (of Me)", but before "Billy the Vampire Slayer". Buffy specifically mentioned the Senior Partner's escape from the Earth dimension as seen in Spike; this was one of the few references to the continuity established by IDW Publishing.
- When asked by Kennedy of Spike's whereabouts, Buffy sarcastically replies "Spike's boldly going where no vampire has gone before." This can be interpreted as a reference to Angel, who also left her in "Graduation Day, Part Two". It is also more obviously an allusion to Star Trek, as Buffy believes Spike is travelling space in his ship.
- Theo Daniels
- Savit Mukherjee (Only mentioned)
- Dan Thomsen (Only mentioned)
- Lillian Parker (Only mentioned)
- Unidentified online demon
- Buffy Summers
- Angel (Only mentioned)
- Spike (Only mentioned)
- Fredo (Only mentioned)
- Taramind (Only mentioned)
- The Destroyer (Only mentioned)
- Eldre Koh
- The Wolf
- The Ram
- The Hart
- Willow (Only mentioned)
Organizations and TitlesEdit
- End of Magic (Only mentioned)
Weapons and ObjectsEdit
- a security guard, killed by a [[Teuth demon]
- teuth demon, killed by Buffy, Kennedy and Eldre Koh
Behind the ScenesEdit
- The pictures of Theo Daniel's friends on his TinCan profile include pictures of Joss Whedon (third from the top), Scott Allie (fourth from the top), and Georges Jeanty (sixth picture from the top, the man on the right).
Pop Culture ReferencesEdit
- Buffy told Kennedy that Spike had boldly gone where no vampire had gone before, this is a play on a famous line from Star Trek.
|Eldre Koh - "You mistake the code. Honor ranks above all else. And I cannot have honor without vengeance"|
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