Late 15th century Italy: The mighty demon Moloch the Corruptor is bound to a
book by some undaunted monks.
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Sunnydale, California 1997: Same book in which Moloch is bound turns up at
the school, & student Willow (Alyson Hannigan) dutifully scans it into the
computer - not realizing that she hereby unleashes the demon onto the internet.
Soon Willow finds a cyberfriend in a chatroom, whom she - rahter the mousey
type - immediately falls in love with, much to the dismay of her friends Xander
(Nicholas Brendon) & Buffy, vampire slayer (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who
smell something fishy ya<bout this relationship.
& really, Willow's newfound cyberfriend is noone else than Moloch the
Corruptor himself, & not only does he court her, he also puts 2 of the
school's biggest computergeeks under his spell, so they can help him become
corporeal again - since this is the 20th century, of course in form of a robot
-, & while they are at it, they might even get rid of nosey student Buffy.
Of course they are not as successful as the occasion would demand, &
when Moloch the robot finally wants to mate with Willow (who has since fallen
out of love with him, rather understandably - these cyberromances are not bound
to last), Buffy & Xander show up to defend their friend.
In the end though, they only win because computerphobe part time exorcist
& school librarian Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) has joined forces with the
school's computer-teacher Miss Calendar (Robia
LaMorte), who turns out to be a technopagan, to
bind the demon again - but not in the book, but his robot body, which is then
put out of action by Buffy, using a handy fusebox to overfeed him with
Very run-of-the-mill computer-horror tale, not at all helped by incoherent
storytelling & the fact that the robot demon at the climax looks ridiculous
rather than scary.