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December 02 2013

11 dated internet-related plots from 90s TV. "I Robot, You Jane" from the first season of "Buffy" makes Mental Floss' list of eleven dated internet-related plots from the 1990s.

To be fair, this actually happened to me two years ago. So I don't think it's that dated.
And yet even an episode as dated and maligned as this one is worth it just for that final scene between Buffy, Xander and Willow.
In 2033 we'll be laughing about the old days when we had to wear those dorky glasses to connect to the "Internet", instead of just getting a genetic modification that allows you to connect to the hivemind.

Either that or we'll be trying to scrounge batteries for our walkie-talkies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
I'm not sure why these plots are considered so "dated". Sure, the technology itself is laughable. And the idea that technology always = badness is naive. But we're still dealing with things like identity theft, hacking, and cyber-bullying. Perhaps even more so since our world is ever progressively digital.
@VisionGirl: Very true. The plot is actually very topical. It's simply the technology that's being depicted is incredibly outdated.
The stuff in that episode is so last millenium. I liked that millenium.
"I'm jacked in. I'm jacked in."

Argh, it really is an awful episode. As said, the story isn't too bad, but the execution is really horrific. I like season 1 Buffy, but this episode is probably one of the worst of any Whedon show (I include notable other lows as Where the Wild Things Are [which I quite like], back half of Angel season 4 and Beer Bad (okay, maybe not Beer Bad.) Of course, with all Whedon shows, there are always bits to like, but there is a lot to cringe at too.

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