Character Study: Buffy’s season 7 Big Bad used a fallen preacher for the dirty work

Big Bads: Caleb, The First Evil

Aliases: The First, The Infinite Evil

History: Yes, The First Evil is the actual ultimate Big Bad of Buffy’s final season. But it was an incorporeal plot device—the kind of narrative one-upmanship that’s supposed to give weight to the enormity the gang faces in its final season, but doesn’t, because we’ve only seen glimpses of it before. Plus, it doesn’t do anything other than order minions around and show up as people who have already died to make everyone feel bad. It’s a concept, not an enemy. Buffy may as well have been at war with fear, or civic duty.

It was The First Evil’s champion—the priest Caleb—who did all the legwork. A defrocked priest, Caleb was guilty of murdering at least two girls before he even came in contact with The First Evil …

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