Friday, April 15, 2011

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Halloween.

episode 18.
airdate: 27 October 1997

The first of many good Halloween episodes. This is the one where they become their costumes. Buffy is a helpless southern belle or something, Willow is a ghost, Xander is an army guy (this is where he gets the much-referenced army knowledge), and Cordelia is unaffected because she got her costume somewhere the others did not. It's an enchanted costume shop thing. The proprietor cast a spell on the costumes, etc.

It's supposed to be a slow time for demonfolk on Halloween. It's too "commercial", so they generally stay in.

Buffy's eyebrows are a bit overplucked...but that was a thing, I suppose.

Second episode with Spike. He's gonna try to kill Buffy on Halloween instead of staying in like a good vampire because Drusilla had a vision that Buffy would be rendered helpless somehow. Second ep with Oz too. Cordy looks hot in her cat outfit. Kid demons everywhere and Ethan Rayne worships chaos and sounds like he's reading from the Necronomicon.

Willow: She couldn't have dressed up like Xena?

First instance of Willow taking command when Buffy's absent or disposed. First mention of Giles' dark past and his nickname "Ripper" when he recognizes Ethan. Xander is kicking some ass! Yeah, so is Giles! This is the ep of peeps not usually ass-kickin' ass-kickin'. Nice. mmm, peeps.

Cute little sub-plot of Willow becoming more confident with herself in a skimpy outfit over the course of the episode. She walks confidently by at the end of the ep and Oz sees her and says "Who is that girl?" for the second time. Yeay, it's almost Oz time!! Yuck, I still hate Angel/Buffy kissing.