Friday, April 15, 2011

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lie to Me.

episode 19.
US airdate: 3 November 1997

Who's the Big Bad of this season? Spike and Drusilla? Does Angel go bad in this season? Probably. Buffy's sans bra again. I'm conflicted on the whole bra-foregoing thing. For one thing, it's hot and empowering; I applaude all girls who have the guts to let their breasts breathe, but it's also very distracting. Actually I want to try it now. Perhaps I'll let my boobs roam free this Sunday. A day of mammary-rest. Refreshing. I'm a B-cup and still relatively perky...could be fun!

So, summary-time: this episode deals with a group of goth wanna-be vampires who want to be undead, including this boy Buffy used to go to high school with who has cancer and thinks if he does the vampires' bidding, they'll make him one of them...when really he's naive and they will eat him.

Buffy's throwing around the L-word to Angel. No, not Lesbian! Love, silly! This is where we get the story of Angel's torment of Drusilla before he made her a vampire.

So, this episode is all about lies...most often, the lies we tell ourselves about who we are and what we want; and gross justifications we make to accomplish what we want. How sometimes you don't want to know what's really going on with someone. Humans lying to themselves about vampires, Angel attempting to protect Buffy from his past, Ford lying to himself about his dealings with the undead. Moral: lies are bad, mostly. Omissions can sometimes be ok, though. Buffy starts off the episode not wanting ANY lies ever. At the end, she asks Giles to lie to her.

Buffy: Life...does it ever get easy?
Giles: What do you want me to say?
B: Lie to me.
G: Yes, it's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguishable by their pointy horns or black hats, and we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies and everyone lives happily ever after.
B: Liar!

Reminds me of Depeche Mode's "policy of truth".