Thursday, April 28, 2011

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Passion

Episode 29.
airdate: 24 February 1998.

Oh,'s time for "Passion". I'm not ready!

This is the one where Angel kills Jenny and tortures Buffy by leaving her pictures he's drawn of her and her mother. NOW they think of finding a spell to revoke Angel's invitation into both Buffy's and Willow's house; and Cordelia's car, apparently. Giles sums it up: "since Angel's lost his soul, he's regained his sense of whimsy." Angel kills Willow's fish and puts them in an envelope. He's so obsessed with Buffy. His character evil versus good really makes sense. He's creepy stalker protective guy when he's good and creepy stalker murderer guy when he's evil.

At least Xander's wearing plaid pants...that's one of the only comforting things about this episode of torture and scary Angelness.

So, after killing Jenny he sets the stage for Giles at home. There's champagne and opera music playing and a note luring him upstairs and roses and candles. They've never done it and he's super excited because he was expecting her to come over and they'd just recently made up after everyone found out about Jenny being part of the Gypsy tribe...then he finds Jenny dead in his bed. Heart-wrenching to see Giles' face go from happy and hopeful to total dejection.

The score in this episode is beautiful and haunting. And the shots are gorgeous; there's a breathtaking shot where Buffy and Willow find out about Jenny via a phone call from Giles that's shown from Angel's P.O.V. through the window of Buffy's house. They really put some production value in this episode. And the shot where Angel breaks Jenny's neck in front of a big pretty window is also very sticky-in-your-mind. Even Michael, who hasn't seen Buffy even 1/4 as much as me talked about that shot.

Giles takes some sweet revenge. He burns down Angel/Dru/Spike's lair and bludgeons Angel's face with a flaming torch. It's delicious catharsis. And then Buffy has to save Giles and punch him in the face and then hug him and cry. It's sweet.

This episode is really showing Joss' chops and is probably the most cohesive and beautiful episodes so far. It has made my chest physically hurt. Everything came together in this episode, in other words; shots, music, dialogue, even Angel's silly voiceover about passion in the intro and ending is poignant and moving...

"If we could live without passion, maybe we'd know some kind of peace...but we would be hollow."

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered

Episode 28.
airdate: 10 February 1998.

They are intermittently not playing the little "Chosen One" explanation intro at the beginning of the episodes. They did it with the last one, but not the two before, and not this one.

This is the one where Cordelia dumps Xander and Xander enlists Amy to put a love spell on her, but it backfires and infects every female in the school EXCEPT Cordelia. Needless to say, things get feverish and out of hand as everyone throws themselves at Xander.

Ooh, I forgot the reason Cordelia dumps Xander is because her friends are rejecting and making fun of her because of Xander.

And Angel, being evil and all, is going to torment Buffy especially much. He leaves her flowers with cryptic notes...just a little prelude to the evil that Angel will bring upon Giles in "Passion" which is only a few episodes away.

Xander catches onto the fact that girls are hitting on him, that it's a spell, after only girl #2. Jaunty Xander theme! Slow motion Xander walking down the hallway...I wish he would have been wearing his flannel pants and '70s shirt thing. Oh no, Amy just turned Buffy into a rat! Even Drusilla and Joyce are under the spell. At one point Xander has to save Cordelia from the mob of women attacking her and later Cordelia has to save Xander from the mob of women attacking him...and then they're hiding in Buffy's basement again, where they first kissed.

Buffy acknowledges to Xander that she remembers everything that happened and he didn't take advantage of her, even though he could have.

And then Cordelia tells off her friends by calling them sheep and her and Xander get back together! Yeay!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Phases

Episode 27.
airdate: 27 January 1998

Time for an Oz-centric episode to get the awful taste of Angel out of our mouths. Werewolves! Giles and I are both giddy.

Buffy always looks like such a thug in a black beanie. Best effect on the show so far: watching Oz turn from werewolf to himself again. Sort of uncharacteristic of Buffy to start blaming the werewolf who's a person 28 days out of the month. I wonder if that gay bully on Glee was modeled after the gay bully on Buffy.

Oz is gonna lock himself up when Willow comes over. Apparently, watching this episode has made me as monosyllabic as Oz himself. Weird menstruation parallels...not sure how that makes sense, as it's Oz and he's a boy. Maybe Joss' regular feminization of boys thing.

..."a werewolf in love".

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Surprise and Innocence.

Episodes 25 and 26.
airdates: 19 and 20 January 1998.


I really dislike Angel and Buffy together..have I mentioned that? So, I'm just gonna rip these last two episodes wherein she loses her virginity to him and he turns evil off like a Band-Aid, right now. You ready? I might have to drink heavily during this one, so don't mind my increasing deterioration of vocabulary.

Surprise starts with a Buffy nightmare. She's dreaming about Drusilla killing Angel on her birthday. Willow is speaking French to a monkey, too, just for inexplicable dream-ness.

Angel's topless again. And I'm drinking every time Buffy and Angel kiss in these two episodes. Drink. And again. And again. I'm counting every time they actually stop long enough to stare into one another's eyes (drink again) and talk. OMG, again!

Willow and Buffy talking about whether or not B will lose her V-card. It's a short convo, not super over-the-top like a lot of TV shows deal with the subject, though the fact that Joss turns Angel evil after they do it and makes him the cruelest person ever means that he's making a HUGE deal of it, but at least the deal is metaphorical.

Oz asking Willow out!!! Love it! Ok, I really love Willow as a lesbian and I also loved her with Oz and I am not one of those people that doesn't believe in bisexuals, but I'm just a little put-off by the way they treated the issue. After Tara, Willow is gay. I don't like that after her obvious attraction to both Oz and Xander, she just becomes gay. That's not how that works. It would have been a MUCH better explanation to just say that Willow is attracted to men and women. And they could have done this by simply never calling her a lesbian, or showing her attraction to men occasionally, but they don't. That's just my mini-beef with the series.

Xander calls Giles a "funky party weasel"! Cute.

First sighting of Spike in a wheelchair. Drusilla is getting pieces of a big butch vampire to reassemble for evil Apocalypse-ness, for her birthday.

Oh shit! This is the episode where you find out Jenny is not Jenny. She's part of the Gypsy tribe that cursed Angel.

I love that Oz is immediately, on their first date, introduced to the entire world of demon-ness and is not at all surprised by it. "Actually, it explains a LOT."

Angel just gave Buffy the claddagh ring and Michael just threw up a little bit in his mouth. Drink. Giraffe pants! Oh, man! She's going to lose her virginity shortly after wearing giraffe pants! I love that characters on this show actually rewear outfits.

Perfect Drusilla moment: she's dancing in a red satin dress to "Transylvanian Concubine" by Rasputina. Awesome!

There's a sense of real foreboding for me as Buffy and Angel run through the rain...there's only scant moments before they do it. And it's going to be gross. I hate the way Buffy kisses. She's sooo into it and there's a lot of head bobbing. This is the end of the really-in-love Buffy. It never happens again. Drink. Ohh, Angel's convulsing!


Angel is definitely evil again. He kills a woman, Drusilla can feel it...I'm excited that Buffy will now be the tortured soul she remains throughout the series (just because she acts tortured better than acting in love), but I hate it when Angel's evil. He's just too good at being a total dickface. The claddagh ring on Angel's finger is now pointed away from him as well. That's a nice little detail.

Willow catches Cordelia and Xander kissing. She has to go to the bathroom and cry a little for the final closure before she's ready to move on.

Oh, Angel's a dick. The quintessential asshole after sex. Sarcasm. Insults. It's positively horrific to watch. It's surprising that David Boreanaz hasn't been cast in more asshole roles. He's too good at it. Seething.

Buffy finds out about Jenny. Giles finds out about the sex. Everything is all effed up.

Oz's sweetness almost cancels out Angel's total dickness. Almost. And he's already helpin' out with the Scoobs! I love Oz so much!! More than Xander, really.

There's a lot of water (rain, lakes, sprinklers in malls) in these last two episodes. It must be a rebirth thing. Buffy lost to her virginity, Angel is now Angelus, Jenny is found out, Oz and Willow are starting, Cordelia and Xander were found out...lots of changes.

Commentary (by Joss Whedon) notes added 5.20.13: Joss is talking as if it's his first commentary. Hmm. Interesting. He calls this the most important episode he ever did. It exemplifies the emotional resonance that horror can have. Joss brought emotional resonance to horror for quite possibly the first time ever. The idea of Spike and Drusilla as villains is about two younger (looking) characters that could overlap in the lives of the Scoobies a bit more than the Master did in season 1. 

Joss talking (and I've wanted to hear his explanation on this for awhile) about the fact that he didn't want to kill the girl for having sex, though he punishes "the shit" out of her instead. He believes that Buffy and Angel were very much in love and what they did wasn't wrong, yet in horror you have to make consequences for everything in order to find the horror, find the emotional resonance. 

People didn't love Oz at first? That doesn't make sense to me at all. Something about wanting Willow to be with Xander, but Oz! You have to love Oz. I like the image of Giles and Xander together having to carry the rocket launcher in its box and then Buffy wields it by herself when she uses it. That's hot. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bad Eggs

Episode 24.
airdate: 12 January 1998.

Bad twangy music while Xander and Cordelia makeout. This episode they all have to take care of eggs together as a surrogate for real babies. I had to do this with a bag of sugar. And this being "Buffy", some of the eggs have parasites in them that infiltrate your flesh and control your actions and make you feed a big mother parasite and bla bla. It looks like the face-hugger alien.

I don't have much to say about this episode. I haven't seen it as many times as the others, because, like I say, I usually skip it.

Xander thwarts the whole evil-egg thing by boiling the egg. I wonder how many kids thought of THAT. ;)

That's so crazy to think that this episode was made more than 13 years ago. Wow. I'm old.

Willow's possessed. Cordelia's possessed. I think Giles and Joyce are too, eventually.

Thank gawd it's 2/3 of the way over. Perhaps this will be the last time I watch this episode...for a reallyreally long time. This is such a bad episode. I just hate this hokey possessed by slimy thing, thing. Or at least, if you're going to be possessed, be possessed with a witty and evil demon, not a zombie-makin' one.

Fourth Jonathan sighting.

So, Buffy is fighting all of her friends and family (except Xander) while simultaneously fighting two vampires and a giant slimy squid-thing. Pretty impressive. Xander had to knock out Cordelia, but he seemed genuinely upset about it. This is something about Joss that's pretty admirable, really. Sometimes, when a girl is possessed you CAN hit her, but you still need to be upset about it. Some shows would go out of their way with unrealistic plot twists in order to avoid boys hitting girls.

Oh, totally off-topic, but I decided one-a-day for Buffy-blogging is not even possible as an average. I usually only get around to it once a week and then I watch a whole disc, which is four episodes, and like how you're supposed to put a cat's litter-box where they like to pee, I think my new goal will be 4 per week. That's more doable. Then I don't have to feel guilty that I'm not doing more, which will probably make me watch MORE. Really, I would watch more if I wasn't blogging about it during. It makes me not enjoy the eps as much when I can't just scrunch up on the couch and zone out. I have to be actively thinking...but I am determined to write more, and even if these blogs are total crap and no one's reading them, and both of those things are probably true, I will still trudge on.

Ok, crisis averted. Episode endeth. Merciful ending to my two least favorite Buffy episodes ever. I can now forge onward with the brilliance that awaits me. The non-"Ted" and non-"Bad Eggs" utter brilliance!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ted

Episode 23.
airdate: 8 December 1997.

I hate this episode AND the one immediately following it. I usually skip them. This is the one where John Ritter is Joyce's boyfriend and he's a super-controlling robot. I hate mean mom-boyfriends. Mine's had a few. I especially hate it when they think they can be a dad-type and make rules for you. Lame-os. Let that be a lesson to you boys out there: if you EVER date a mom of a teenage kid, do NOT start makin' rules and takin' names right away. Just be cool for a year or so, and then ease into the dad-role-thing.

I'm so sick of Buffy and Angel. Why doesn't Buffy ever date a boy I like? Except Spike, of course, but that's all dirty and wrong and that's not as exciting for me as it is for some girls.

Ugh, and the whole mom-doesn't-believe-the-daughter when she tells her about the stepdad-type crap?! And girls, if you are EVER a mom of a teenage kid and your daughter tells you your boyfriend threatened/hit/sexually abused her, believe her and do something about it fucking immediately!! She might be lying to get attention, but most likely NOT, and don't take that chance. Believe her!

Debut of the brown stretchpants of season 2! Buffy wears these a lot!

This is the first thing I ever saw John Ritter in, therefore, I have to hate him. Taste aversion. Ted hit Buffy and she beat the crap out of him and he fell down the stairs and seemed dead, but ya know, he's a robot, so he's not really dead. Buffy tells the police the truth and they're very condescending towards her.

No, wait, I was wrong in the last post: Buffy also looks cute in overalls. Xander is very rational and comforting to Buffy, something he is VERY good at.

Cute little 1997 Apple laptop. Ted put tranquilizer in the cookies. Cordelia is full-time with the Scoobies now. Now that she's making out with Xander.

Ted's back! This is like a horror movie that's a little too real. Oh no: Ms. Calendar just shot Giles in the back with a crossbow, accidentally. Ladies, also: if a man you're dating EVER refers to himself as "Daddy", get out now! Now! Do not pass go, do not collect $200...get. out.

Giles and Jenny kissin' at the end. Michael made me blog it, 'cause he thinks it's cute.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: What's My Line Parts 1 & 2

Episodes 21 and 22.
airdates: 17 Nov and 24 November 1997.

Part 1:

This story arc is about your future and careers, etc. Career Week. "It's a whole week of 'What's my line?' only I don't get to play." says Buffy, who is cranky because she will never get to have a big girl career; she will always primarily be the Slayer. Spike is working on ancient translations of gnarly-looking texts in order to find a cure for Drusilla. She's all weak for some reason, I can't remember. Spike is already showing signs of being seriously obsessed with Buffy.

Xander's aptitude test indicates that he should be a prison guard, Cordelia gets motivational speaker or professional shopper, Buffy got police officer, and Willow is sooo special she gets taken into a back room somewhere and the CIA or some shit tries to recruit her. This is where she meets Oz finally, 'cause he's a super smarty pants too.

Spike actually sicks a team of bounty hunters on Buffy, which I think isn't very characteristic of him because he likes to do the killing himself.

Ohh, I am SOOO excited about Oz!!

There's a lot of emphasis on Buffy's ONEness of Slayerdom. Because Kendra's entrance is in this episode, the Slayer that was called when Buffy died for a second in season 1. First time Giles yells at Xander. I hate it when he does that.

At first when you see Kendra you think she's part of the Order of Taraka, the assassins sent to kill Buffy. Buffy is super-scared of these bounty hunters, so she goes to Angel's house and hides out. Kendra's a bad ass mother effing Slayer, bitch! When I first heard Kendra's accent, I thought it sounded really terrible and fake...some kind of weird fake Jamaican thing, but later I read that she was actually coached by a linguist and it's a very specific accent of some kind. Just to give the actress credit for all you folks watching along with me that are thinking her accent is crap. ;)

Oh, no, Cordelia let the worm guy into Buffy's house. Ew. Angel's trapped in a cage with a sun-facing window. First Slayer-to-Slayer fight.

Part 2:

Kendra is so hot. Killer abs, too. Buffy is very jealous and bitchy towards her, of course. Her territory is threatened.

"A very dark power is about to rise in Sunnydale" says Kendra. This "very dark power" is Drusilla, I think. Once her strength is restored, she's pretty scary. But she's so pretttty. Juliet Landau is a ballet dancer in real life, I think. A little skinny, but that's a ballet dancer for ya. I especially love her makeup. She has a very calculated smoky eye. I want to achieve that!

Willow is one of the only people in the universe that looks good in overalls. She looks freakin' cute.

Xander and Cordelia's first kiss! Third Jonathan sighting! Angel's topless again. This only makes twice, shockingly. Don't worry, I'm counting. So far, the best drinking game would be to drink an entire beer every time Giles gets knocked out. Though, you'd have to watch a lot of episodes at once to get drunk. I should start counting things that take place more often.

The complicated restoration of Drusilla involves draining Angel. Willow just staked a vampire...first time?

Oz and Willow are so cute! Slaying is not a job, it's who you are. That's the message.

At the very very end, you see Drusilla rising from the ashes of the burnt-down church and carrying Spike out. She's in vamp-face, which I am not sure if she ever has touted before, since she's been so weak and stuff.

Commentary (by Marti Noxon) notes added 5.21.13: I went back today and made a few of my older Buffy entries more homogenized and uniform to the more recent ones and I noticed that I started this episode guide blog early 2011, had an entry two days before the tornado (after watching Bridesmaids for the first time that night, actually) then the next entry wasn't until 8 months later (!!!!). 8?! And a lot of those entries from pre-tornado didn't have tags or high resolution pictures, etc etc. So, NOW I'll be obsessed with making those entries better. And then I'll become obsessed with making all my previous entries better...oh boy. Hey, perhaps tomorrow on the two year anniversary of the damn tornado I can distract myself with large pots of coffee and lots of blog editing. There's a plan!

Marti is just talking about filming and writing...I'm just not into writing about the minutiae of writing FOR a TV show. I like to write about the themes of the show and insights into metaphor and all that stuff. So these episodes are all about how B doesn't get to choose her profession, her profession was chosen for her. My mom used to tell me to find out what I want to do with my life or it will be chosen for me, but I didn't become a Slayer. And it's not like I didn't choose either. I'm only 30. I fought to get my job at the library and I've learned a lot about life in the 9 years I've been there. I hope to make money as a writer someday when I figure out how to do that. The funny thing is that I knew I wanted to be a writer as a teenager, but I wasn't focused and didn't do anything with it. All I can do is try harder every day...keep writing. Keep being passionate.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Dark Age.

episode 20.
airdate: 10 November 1997. in Giles' Dark Age. This partially explains the sketchy past they hinted at in "Halloween". A demon is possessing some of Giles' old friends because it needs a body to inhabit and they conjured it together a couple of decades ago, or something. At the beginning of the ep you think Giles is gonna get some, 'cause Jenny is being all flirty and talking about making Giles "squirm". But later, Jenny is possessed by the demon and she's way drained at the end and wants some time away from Giles and all the crazy things that happen while being involved with him.

Ew, Buffy is wearing a scrunchie and Giles is drinkin' and gettin' no sleep. First sighting of Giles' apartment. It's so classy. He has an old-fashioned basin-like sink and a tattoo that looks like it's from the Necronomicon. Yes, I know I've mentioned the Necronomicon twice in these entries today, way too many for any normal girl, but I looked through my books today and decided to rid myself of my old copy. It's lame, anyway. Some of the symbols look cool, but that's it. The rest of it is holier-than-thou demon-chanty Aleister Crowley bullshit.

Seeing Jenny possessed is so scary. She's really whiny and pouty too. I can't tell if this is part of her personality or an aspect of the demon within trying to manipulate Giles. Buffy disapproval of Giles. Cold! Don't think we've seen that coldness from her yet. Ok, I have to say it: Ethan giving Buffy the mark of Eyghon tattoo and her immediately getting it removed? How would a teenager have afforded that without asking her mother? Maybe Giles pays for it? Just wish they would have explained it or maybe not let it happen? Just not plausible...perhaps had her get a cover-up later on in the series with something pretty? Sheesh! Angel's here to save the day? Ok, Willow and Xander went to get him...and his undead body houses the demon and vanquishes it. I get it.

I love the zaftig mannequin in the background of the abandoned costume shop! Sexy!

Ohhhh kay. Buffy is using her allowance to get the tattoo removed! Ok, I'll buy that, I suppose. I only got $8 a month when I got allowance, so that would never have covered freaking tattoo removal, but at least they made an attempt to explain it plausibly...

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".

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.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Reptile Boy.

episode 17.
original airdate in the US: 13 October 1997.

The show opens with one of my favorite scenes ever. Buffy, Xander, and Willow are watching a Bollywood film in Hindi and speculating on the meaning, all on Buffy's bed. I love the scenes that emphasize the friendship between the three of them. It reminds me of Kim, Mike, and me in high school, and every time the three of us are together now. Cut to woman running for her life through the cemetery. It looks like monks are chasing her, but then you see it's a posh rich boy of teen-age.

Giraffe pants! Buffy's wearing giraffe pants! They ALMOST cancel out the horrible white see-through lace top she's touting.

Cordelia and Buffy are going to a fraternity party together. And the fraternity are into reptile demon-y stuff, of course. That's the episode premise. There are virgin girl sacrifices involved, of course. Cordelia and Buffy end up being drugged and kidnapped and chained up in the basement. Xander infiltrates the party to "keep an eye on Buffy" and then finds out what's REALLY going on at some point.

Buffy lies to Giles about going to the party--she tells him she's not feeling well and has homework. Have you ever seen someone slow dance at a party? Seriously? Never happens. Buffy has a nice smoky-eye thing going on at the party. Xander gets found out as a party-crasher and the frat boys dress him in a dress and wig and make him pledge.

Willow gives Angel and Giles a cute lecture about how they each treat Buffy (Angel being aloof and Giles overworking Buffy). Xander punches a guy out for the first time (I think)! The Reptile Boy looks like a giant penis, of course.

GIles/Buffy exchange of cuteness:

B: I told one lie. I had one drink.
G:Yes, and you were very nearly devoured by a giant demon snake...the words "Let that be a lesson" are a tad redundant at this juncture.
B: I'm sorry.
G: So am I. I...I drive you too hard because I know what you have to face. From now on, no more pushing. No more prodding...just an inordinate amount of nudging.

Second sighting of Jonathan. This is the episode of see-through shirts on Buffy. There were three.

Commentary (by David Greenwalt) notes added 5.22.13: This episode is supposed to be about Buffy feeling like a kid, like everyone's treating her like a kid so she makes a bad decision in line with that. I apparently have nothing to say about that.

Ugh, as usual I'm getting nowhere with this. Surely the first two episodes, and thus my last two episodes with commentary, will have Joss.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Inca Mummy Girl.

Season 2, ep 4.

At this point, it seems that they're alternating a semi-serious episode with a fluff episode. Here's another fluff ep. Pretty good-lookin' mummy, actually...accurate, I mean. Cordelia's hair is really light. Yuck. It looks much better as dark brown.

So, this one's about a mummy girl that sucks the life/moisture out of people to stay alive. She takes a liking to Xander, but she's really a sweet girl (mostly) and doesn't want to kill him so she kills other people instead of him. She's very pretty, when she's not a mummy.

Ooh ooh, entrance of Oz! Seth Green with facial hair...weird. And much more talkative than usual.

Buffy looks real pretty in purple eyeshadow.

There's a parallel here between the chosen death sacrifice of the Incan Princess and Buffy the Chosen Slayer, obviously.

Oz notices Willow in her Eskimo outfit. Boys never wear black nailpolish anymore! I miss that! To me it seemed so masculine and sexy. First Jonathan appearance! Xander is too skinny right now; I like it when he's a bit pudgy.

I seem to be getting all taciturn like Oz, so I think that means I'll quit for the day. Goodnight!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: School Hard.

Season 2, ep 3.

Spike!! Spike!! Spike!!

Buffy and the other most meddlesome kid in school, a girl named Sheila, have to organize Parent/Teacher Night. Ope, Buffy has camel toe! Why do I keep noticing camel toe?

Hell, yeah! Metal music, Spike running over the Sunnydale sign and smoking a cigarette in his long black leather trenchcoat. I'm headbanging and holding up hardcore hand signals right now...and rewinding, so I can watch that entrance again. Also, combat boots, black nailpolish, a Zippo, and he exhales the smoke through his nostrils. Baaaaaaad boy, Spikey! Yeow!

So far, they haven't showed any vampire except Angel NOT in vamp face...I'm thinking Spike may be the second...oh, nope. The entrance of Drusilla, she was without vamp face and immediately when Spike sees her his goes away revealing his most human trait immediately, as love, of course.

Spike's first interaction with Buffy is a slow clap and a "Niiiice work, love" and then a threat to kill her on Saturday. Cordelia is helping whittle stakes. She's almost fully integrated into the gang these days.

Giles had to do research to find that Spike has fought and killed two Slayers in the last century? Why would he not have already known that? He's a professional Watcher, right? Perhaps Giles doesn't read as much as he says he does, eh?

This is Joyce's first time seeing Buffy in fighting action, I think.

Continuity Issue: Spike calls Angel his "sire" when we all know Spike's sire was Drusilla. But to be fair, they didn't know at this point they would be keeping Spike on for six whole seasons.

Yeah, Joyce hits Spike in the head with a fire ax!! Go Joyce-y!!

The first indication that Principal Snyder and the Chief of Police, later the Mayor, know about vampires is at the end of this ep. Snyder is talking to the Chief of Police and they decide to tell the press the "usual" story; "gang-related, PCP" instead of the truth.

Joyce gives Buffy a little approval and validation, making her into a little more of a sympathetic figure and not just the big scary mom.

Spike: A Slayer with family and friends, that sure as hell wasn't in the brochure!

Spike kills the Anointed One. Yeay for Spike and Drusilla!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Some Assembly Required

Season 2, ep 2.

Cute little Buffy/Angel argument. God help me, I think they're cute these days.

So, in this ep there are high school boys trying to assemble the perfect zombie girlfriend for their dead friend/brother they've already resurrected. They've been doing this task by digging up recently dead girls, but they need a very fresh head, so they start hunting live girls.

And they reveal who the boys are by 8 minutes in.

According to Giles "zombies don't eat the flesh of the living". How come in movies when football stars die, the moms always sit in an armchair in their nighties smoking and watching home videos of the kid's games of yore?

Giles is wearing a pink sweater vest...yum. And I think Buffy's braless, and her boobs are better than mine...damn!

Cordelia has the head they wish to harvest. Cordelia in peril in BOTH of the first two eps of the season. They just like listening to her scream. If I were taking a shot every time Cordelia squeals in this episode, I'd be WASTED by now.

Buffy was almost defeated by an undead jock?! What? Why does she seem weaker when fighting (almost) humans? Lame. This is one of the worst episodes ever. Buffy and Angel are acting like bf/gf...holding hands, fighting as if they have a, and Buffy is walking Angel home. How cute is that? Earlier, Cordelia opened a door for Angel too. I wonder if Joss intentionally does little gender role reversals like that on purpose...wait, of COURSE he does.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: When She Was Bad

episode 13.

First ep of season 2, here we go! This is the one where Buffy comes back from her summer in L.A. and she's like a total biotch, yo! Dealing with that post-death least it doesn't last a whole season...OH! Sarah Michelle Gellar looks instantly older. She's hiding her pain for the first time. Secretive Buffy has arrived. Damn! That season 1 cutesy innocence is over.

Giles' interest in Ms. Calendar is revealed.

Terrible music in the training montage! Ew.

What school has a lounge area with couches? Buffy's crocheted pillowcases make me laugh. Ok, Angel was in her room watching her sleep...again, how creepy is that? Yuck, Buffy's wearing mom pants and an ill-fitting tank top. Only in 1997 could Cibo Matto just happen to be playing in a fictional town called Sunnydale. Color me jealous!

Sexy bitch dance with Xander. Not fair! I wanna dance with Xander like that! He looks totally taken advantage of, like he feels like a whore.

Cordelia speech!!
C: Buffy! You're really campaigning for bitch of the year, aren't you?
B: As defending champion, you nervous?
C: I can hold my own. You know, we've never really been close, which is nice, 'cause I don't really like you that much, but you have on occasion saved the world and stuff, so I'm gonna do you a favor.
B: ...and this great favor is?
C: I'm gonna give you some advice. Get over it! Whatever's causing the Joan Collins 'tude, deal with it. Embrace the pain, spank your inner moppet, whatever, but get over it. Pretty soon you're not even gonna have the loser friends you've got now.

And of course, Buffy's negligence of her friends and INSISTING she can do things alone has immediate consequences. Willow, Giles, Cordelia, and Ms. Calendar have been kidnapped by the Anointed One and friends and need to be bled in order to resurrect the Master.

Cordelia killed her first vampire!

And now she smashes the Master's bones into dust. Work out those issues, Buffy!!

Oh no, Cordelia has camel toe!

All is forgiven and everyone's happy at the end of 43 minutes...

Xander: We Bronzin' it tonight?
Willow: It's Wednesday, kinda beat...
X: Well, we could grind our enemies into talcum powder, but gosh, we did that last night. (cute Xander smile) Bad piano resolution music!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Prophecy Girl

Episode 12 of Season 1.

Things are getting serious now. I totally didn't realize that the last episode of disc 3 is the last episode of the season! This season is probably the only season wherein there's not a big dramatic buildup to the last ep of the season. Really nice slow motion vampire staking scene at the beginning! You can definitely feel the gravity of the season-ender.

Earthquake. As they're showing all the characters experiencing the earthquake, they show Cordelia, so they are definitely gearing up to make her a bigger cast member. And the Master made his first joke...the first indication of the incredible humor Joss usually gives his Big Bads. Yeay!

And double yeay for short blue snakeskin skirt!

Ohhh, I hate the scene where Xander asks Buffy out. Xander rejection makes me sad. I don't like mean Xander sarcasm.

The word Apocalypse has been used! Ooh, I should count Apocalypses!

"I'm just gonna go home, lie down, and listen to country music. The music of pain." -Xander.

Mmm, faucets pouring blood. Giles sharing prophecy with Angel. Prophecy thus: Tomorrow night Buffy will face the Master, and Buffy will die. Oh dear, Buffy is throwing a fit.

Giles is taking his glasses off an awful lot, but not cleaning them. It's a good thing I'm not counting him just taking them off because I'd have already lost count. Giles is knocked out again; this time, by Buffy.

Xander seeks Angel's help, despite his hurt feelings and hating Angel, like he does, all black-and-white-like. No-gray-area Xander is what we call him.

Buffy's first vampire bite. And her first death too. How quaint. And Xander brings her back. He saves the world. I should count that, too. Cordelia is helping avert the Apocalypse! How cute is that?

There's a lot of Willow screaming going on.

Yeay, an Apocalypse averted! Time for season 2!!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Out of Mind, Out of Sight

*I've decided that the "one-Buffy-episode-a-day" thing is more of a suggested average than a strict rule. Right now I am 6 episodes behind. Hopefully I can finish disc 3 tonight and this week is a light work week for me, so I should have plenty of time to catch up...

Episode #11 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: the shownotes of a Fuchsia-haired weird girl:

This is the episode where a terminally-shy-and-unnoticed girl becomes literally invisible. The "anger of the outcast". This is something, as an outcast myself, I never really experienced. I guess maybe I don't count as a real outcast because I CHOSE the lifestyle. I was called a slut and a freak, but it was because of how I dressed. I knew how to act socially to be popular, I just didn't care to play the game, so I didn't. I can't really imagine what it would have felt like to care about popularity. I was always fine on my own and with the approval of my few friends. As my friend Nicole reminded me last week, I was always nice to everyone, so I think I was well-liked, though again, I didn't pay that much attention.

They're still establishing the rules of the show at this point...reinforcing the metaphoric text (girl feels invisible, then becomes invisible). They still haven't started making Cordelia sympathetic...she's just the stereotypical popular bitch still. But it is clear that she is the symbol, at least to Buffy, of the normal girl life she's left behind and can no longer inhabit.

"Reality is shaped, even created by our perception." Once again, Giles nails it.

Ok, maybe they do know where they're taking Cordelia's character. She just showed up in the library and is asking for Buffy's help. This is the beginning of Cordelia being a part of the Gang. Eep!

Cute little popularity speech from Cordelia:

C: So, are you saying she's invisible because she's so unpopular?
B: That about sums it up!
C: Bummer for her. It's awful to feel that lonely.
B: you've read something about the feeling?
C: Hey! You think I'm never lonely because I'm so cute and popular? I can be surrounded by people and be completely alone. It's not like any of them really know me. I don't even know if they like me half the time. People just want to be in the popular zone. Sometimes when I talk, everyone is so busy agreeing with me, they don't hear a word I say...
B: Well, if you feel so alone, then why do you work so hard at being popular?
C: Well, it beats being alone all by yourself.

Just when I realize they're not showing any depth to Cordelia, they pull out her tactless truthfulness, perhaps the best part of her character's personality. This is the first time they've really shown any of her traits beyond ruthless popularity.

Creepy that the invisible girl numbs Cordelia's face in order to carve into it while she's on her May Queen throne. It's the opposite of Carrie. This is a little bit TOO creepy. The kid gets a little too crazy too fast just for being unnoticed in high school. I suppose that's how school shootings happen, though.

Oh, yeah, the FBI comes in and uses Invisible Girl for secret agent stuff.