Quick recap: On Earth That Was, after a tense showdown between the Serenity crew and the plunderers, an unlikely alliance was formed between the crew and the Earthers. The question remains: Is this an actual peace treaty or just a temporary truce while they stand against a common enemy?
Quick recap so far: Emma and Lu ran off with Raz, seeking answers on Uroborus. Meanwhile, Zoë and the rest of the group have ended up in some hot water with Blue Sun. Things appear to be going down the metaphorical head. (That’s “toilet” in ship speak.)
Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Scoobies seemed to be divided in their mission and affiliations. While Buffy and Giles find themselves losing relevance, Faith and Wesley seem to be currying favor of the Watchers’ Council and the Mayor of Sunnydale. Kendra seems to be the Slayer-in-the Middle, but sides haven’t been taken yet. Meanwhile, Willow seems to be dealing with some major consequences of her portal-opening stunt.
At its core, “Tea Time” is a 40-page exploration of an afternoon/evening with the Scoobies at the Sunnydale High library as they research an arcane artifact called the “Vampiric Altar.” As the Scoobs procrastinate, they conjure up what-if stories that feature Giles as a vampire. Cue bad British clichés. The indignities that poor Giles puts up with… But, do the stories get anything right at all?
Quick recap: On Earth That Was, WashBot led the crew to the Midwestern headquarters of Washburne Industries. Unfortunately for them, they’re not the only ones from their side of the ‘Verse that have discovered the Earth That Was. While most of the crew opted to make a run for it, Zoë takes a stand to protect the Washburne legacy.
Quick recap so far: Seeking a reprieve and some medical help, Zoë and her crew arrive at the doorstep of one Simon Tam and Kaylee. (They have kids!) Despite Zoë’s misgivings, Simon’s sleuthing about the mysterious cargo gets them the wrong kind of notice. Meanwhile, Emma and Lu have run off with the Blue Sun contraband.
Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy and the Scoobies dove into a portal after Willow, only to find themselves in a very different universe (They have shrimp!), albeit retro world. While they make it back okay, it would seem that some issues linger longer than a trans-dimensional jaunt can fix.
Quick recap: Trouble seems to hound Mal, and no sooner was he back on Serenity that the crew fell on some bad luck. With no choice left to them, the Serenity plunged into the portal before Jayne blew it up behind them, leaving the rest of the gang behind while the Serenity made an emergency landing on a strangely familiar planet with hostile natives.
Quick recap so far: New day, new troubles. As always, human trafficking never goes well, and Zoë and her crew have picked up a mysterious young woman that Blue Sun wants back desperately, for some reason. Seeking a doctor that might be sympathetic to their cause, they make landfall on the homestead of Simon Tam and Kaylee Frye.
Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in a high school battle for the ages, Faith put an end to Vamp Xander. A grief-stricken Willow used her powers to open a portal into another universe, hoping to find Xander elsewhere, causing everyone but Faith and Robin to follow her into a strange, new(?) world…