Buffy - 2.1 - "When She Was Bad"
--- 30 - June - 2001 ---
Summary: Buffy comes back from her
summer hols in LA with a new attitude - namely, she's a bitch. Meanwhile
The Anointed One is planning on raising The Master and needs to sacrifice
Buffys pals. Buffy soon cames to her senses when her friends are about to
be killed and gains some closure on The Master by smashing his skeleton
with a large hammer.
Best Scenes: There was a lot
of good stuff this episode. Willow and Xander realising they might become
more than friends. Buffy being an uber-bitch. Cordelia actually giving
advice and helping out. Giles and Ms Calendar are always good. I love
Principal Snyder. Xander facing off with Buffy and threatening to kill
Worst Scenes: I would have liked a bit more
of Buffy trying to make up to the scooby gang. I mean she was a real bitch
this episode. It would have been nice to see The Anointed One do something
powerful that indicates why so many vampires fall over themselves to serve
Best Character: Buffy when she was in The
Bronze dancing with Xander. That was her at her worst, hurting all those
around her and also the moment when she stole the show.
Most Underused Character: Quite a good balance
this episode. Everybody had at least one line or one scene to claim as
their own. I'll say Giles, but it was very evenly divided this episode.
Funniest Scene: When Giles was walking with
Principal Snyder and they were talking about students. Very amusing.
Laugh Line Of The Week: "Yo! G-man! What's up?" -
Xander, being a tad over familiar with Giles.
The Villain: There wasn't really an out and out villain this
week. Buffy was fighting her own personal demons and trying to lay the
spectre of The Master to rest. I suppose The Anointed One was the real
monster, since he ws trying to raise The Master in the first place and
that pushed Buffy over the edge.
Things That Make You
Ponder: The Vamps not killing Xander was a bit strange. I suppose
they were in a rush though. Who actually owns The Bronze? The owner must
be in serious denial with the amount of dodgy stuff that goes in there.
Final Verdict: I've seen some bad reviews of this
episode and I can't disagree more. I thought this was great! Everybody had
something to do, that's incredibly rare with such a large cast. "Evil"
Buffy was fun to watch, plus the foreshadowing of what was to come, namely
Buffy and Angel talking about fighting each other, shows amazing writing
skill. This is a winner. 5/5
Buffy - 2.2 - "Some Assembly Required"
--- 30 - June - 2001 ---
Summary: After finding out that dead
bodies are being dug up for sinister purposes, Buffy and the scoobys go to
work to try and sort it out. It turns out two science students, Chris and
Eric are trying to create a frankenstein type woman for Chris's undead
brother, who has recently been brought back to life. Cordelia is the final
victim and is kidnapped from a football game where coincidently Giles and
Jenny are on their first date. Buffy and the scoobys manage to save the
day, thanks partially to Chris who has had a change of heart, and the
undead brother chooses to die in a fire with his unfinished 'Bride'.
Best Scenes: I liked the referring to the
previous episode and how odd Buffy was acting. Specifically, the rather
sultry dance with Xander. Good to see Cordelia become more involved with
the gang, albeit by accident. Giles and Jenny on their first date was
Worst Scenes: Where was Angel for most
of this episode? He just vanished. And where was his cool black leather
jacket? Although it was good to see Cordelia playing a big part, how many
times was she kidnapped or in a situation where she thought she was going
to be? The actor playing the undead brother, Daryl, looked well older than
his characters age.
Best Character: Buffy was in
most of the scenes, but she didn't really do anything standout. Giles is
my pick, if only for his scenes of trying to build up his courage to talk
Most Underused Character: Angel, who
just vanished from the story after escorting Cordelia home. Did he lose
his way? Maybe he was still dazed from getting a shovel to the face?
Funniest Scene: Giles being caught practicing his
chat-up lines on a chair.
Laugh Line Of The Week:
"Sorry, but I'm an old fashioned girl. I was raised to believe that men
dig up the corpses and the women have the babies." - Buffy, revealing she
was raised as a child using methods circa 1800.
The Villain: The creepy guy Eric was the only character you
couldn't feel sympathy for. He looked far too eager to start knocking off
bodies. Chris was just trying to help his big brother, who he clearly
adored and missed so bad he resurrected him. Daryl probably wasn't a
maniac when he was alive, and in all honesty the frankenstein type monster
was not really Daryl at all, just a confused creature who looked like him.
Things That Make You Ponder: The show never 100%
showed you how Chris & Eric resurrected Daryl. This is surely some
powerful knowledge. If they were that way inclined they could probably
make a fortune from it. I thought Angel was a bit dopey tonight. He didn't
see or sense a vamp coming straight towards him over Buffy shoulder, took
a whack in the face with a shovel, then seemed to have lost his cool Fonz
jacket and had to make do with a white one. And then he disappeared for
most of the episode. Very strange. Cordelia must be a very tough girl if
she can go on to a field and perform a cheerleading routine after an
attempted kidnapping. In fact she was held hostage so many times, it's a
wonder the poor girl isn't traumatised.
Verdict: Clearly a frankenstein inspired episode, this was okay,
but a bit of a disappointment after the last episodes greatness. It's
redeeming quality is Giles and Jenny though. They're great together.
Buffy - 2.3 - "School Hard"
--- 30 - June - 2001 ---
Summary: In school Buffy and another
'trouble' student, Sheila, have to organise a successful Parents Night for
Principal Snyder otherwise one or both will be expelled. Also, a pair of
new vampires called Spike & Dru are in town and decide to knock off
the slayer. Spike attacks on parents night and forces Buffy, the scoobys
and the teachers to hide in the school from the pack of vampires until
help can arrive. Buffy confronts Spike and struggles to beat him until her
family helps. The Anointed One is not best pleased with Spikes failure,
but soon has no more worries when Spike cheerfully sets him on fire with
Best Scenes: Spike & Dru are great
characters. A real Johnny Rotten feel to him, plus he doesn't care about
anything. Except Dru, his deranged lover who seemingly has psychic powers.
The attack on the school was well orchestrated, managing to shut Buffy and
Co. down in a remarkably short time. The relationship between Buffy and
her mom was well explored. Angel trying to bluff Spike, then Xander
thinking he had been bluffed was great too. And finally, the killing of
The Anointed One, the most annoying brat of the vampire world.. Thank you
Spike, the viewers of Buffy are forever in your gratitude.
Worst Scenes: When Spike morphed back into his
human face, it was quite bad blue screens in the background. Some of the
vampires went down shockingly easy. Being hit by a chair topples somebody
with superhuman strength? It would have been nice to see Willow be a
little more resourceful. We all know she's an intelligent girl
Best Character: it's got to be Spike. His cruel
sense of humour was infectious and the simple fact he killed the annoying
one makes him the star of the show.
Character: Willow and Cordelia didn't do much really. Being
locked in a cupboard isn't very conductive to having an important part in
the outcome of the plot. But Cordy had funnier lines, so Willow takes it
Funniest Scene: Cordelia when she was
saying her prayer to God and started straying off track. Plus Willows
deadpan face was great.
Laugh Line Of The Week:
"Okay, that's it. I'm putting a collar with a little bell on that guy!" -
Xander, coming up with new methods of keeping track of sneaky vampires.
Quality Of The Villain: How could anybody not
like Spike. He's witty, sharp, opinionated, genuinely threatening, doesn't
follow anyone and has killed two slayers. He's certainly a lot more
dangerous than The Anointed One.
Things That Make You
Ponder: I'm not sure why Shelia wasn't simply killed by Dru. What
was the point of Vamping her? Spike seemed to think she was just food. A
lot of the vampires seemed to go down awfully easy. It might not have been
St. Vigeous day, but they still have super strength. While i'm glad the
Anointed one is gone, what was the point of him anyway? Was he just a
plotline that ended up running into a deadend? Who cares anyway, he's
gone. Hurrah for Spike!
Final Verdict: Great new
characters in the form of Spike & Dru. They really did steal the show
from Buffy in what was a cracking intelligent action episode (if that
isn't an oxymoron). 5/5
Buffy - 2.4 - "Inca Mummy Girl"
--- 30 - June - 2001 ---
Summary: A mummy awakens from the dead
after a rather careless student tries to steal a plate from it's grasp and
breaks it. It turns out the plate was a seal and The Mummy can suck the
life out of others. She then proceeds to kill the student and an
unfortunate young man stepping off a bus. It turns out this was in fact
Buffys exchange student and the Mummy, now an attractive young woman
calling herself Ampata decides to take his place. Xander and Ampata soon
fall in love but she has to keep feeding to live. Unfotrunately she picks
Willow, who is unaware of the attention she is receiving from Oz, a lead
guitarist in a band. The Scooby gang work it out and Xander challenges
Ampata to kill him if she has too take a life. She crumble's to dust
before his eyes, either because she didn't have time to feed of him or
because she loved him too much and sacrificed herself instead of kiling
Best Scenes: Xander and Ampta's
doomed relationship was good. I really liked the lighting when she was
kissing him. A vivid orange behind the pair turned them into silhouettes
and looked very dramatic. Giles and his crap car was funny. Good to see
somebody notice that Willow is an attractive girl. Nice one Oz. Quite good
special effects when a persons 'life force' was being sucked out of them.
Also nice to see a reference to "Teachers Pet" and the Mantis.
Worst Scenes: The actual notion that a centuries
old egyptian Mummy could suddenly speak english and understand most
culture references was pushing it a bit. The Bodyguard was pretty
pointless as well, being sent to an early grave early on. Willow in the
eskimo suit looked stupid, and though I know that was the point, she was
clearly meant to look cute as well and didn't.
Character: Xander had a strong showing this episode, especially
the scenes with Ampata.
Most Underused Character:
Angel technically wasn't in this episode, so he doesn't really count.
Cordelia had a few funny lines, but her impact on the plot was nil.
Funniest Scene: When Xander was getting jealous
of the exchange student when he thought it would be a guy sleeping in
Laugh Lines Of The Week: Willow:
"So, Ampata. You're a girl." Ampata: "Yes. For many years now." - Willow,
redefining the use of small talk.
Quality Of The
Villain: Ampata wasn't really a villain. She was a young girl who
had been forced into these unpleasant circumstances. Buffy could clearly
emphasise with her on being the chosen one and having duties.
Things That Make You Ponder: Ampata seemed to fit
in rather too well for an ancient old mummy. She didn't seem remotely
suprised to see cars and electricity. It also must be said that Ampata
looked a lot older than her apparent age as a young girl. Xander said it
himself, but he really does have a terrible track record with girls. If
Willow was an evil witch, he'd fall for her in a second. Where was Angel?
Final Verdict: Not a bad Xander episode, but
nothing really made me sit up and get excited. Great directing &
lighting in the Xander/Ampata kiss though. 3/5
Buffy - 2.5 - "Reptile Boy"
--- 30 - June - 2001 ---
Summary: Buffy is getting sick of all
work and no play, plus Angel is being difficult. So when Cordy invites her
to a frat party, she unwisely accepts. Xander gatecrashes it as well to
look out for Buffy, but is soon caught up in the party mood. it all goes
pearshaped when Buffys drink is spiked and she falls unconcious. Her,
Cordy & a girl who has been missing for a while are to be sacrificed
to a snake demon that grants good fortune. Xander, after being humiliated
when he is caught out at the party, meets the Scooby gang by accident and
they help Buffy kill the Snake Demon.
Scenes: When the gang are watching the Indian film and offering
comments. Willow finally losing her temper with Giles and Angel was great.
Cordelia advising Buffy on how she should behave at the party and the
weird thing with her hair. Willow asking Angel how he shaves.
Worst Scenes: Cordelia seemed to have regressed
in this episode into total vain brainless bitch of the week. And her
screaming in the cave was really annoying. The humiliation of Xander was
really dark and not nice. The same goes for spiking the drinks. Very nasty
subject matter being dealt with here and arguably trivialising it.
Best Character: It's got to be said, no one
behaved like there usual selves this episode. Buffy was stupid in lying to
Giles and going to the party. Cordy was back in season 1 mode and Xander
seemed more interested in when the orgy was going to start. Plus what was
Angel all about, half threatening Buffy in the cemetary? Willow was the
only real good characterisation, especially when she was shouting at Giles
Most Underused Character: Giles wasn't
really in the story much. He didn't really know what was going on until
the last 3 minutes.
Funniest Scene: Giles and
Angels' faces after Willow had a good shout at them.
Line Of The Week: "Angel, Angel, Angel. Does every conversation
we have have to come around to that freak? Hey, man, how you doing?" -
Xander, putting his foot in it, yet keeping his cool at the same time.
Quality Of The Villain: Shite, quite frankly. The
Snake Demon never appeared until the end and didn't look very threatening.
The Frat guys were far scarier, simply because they exist in real life.
Hazing is nasty and when a girls drink is spiked, it's not usually to
sacrifice them to a demon.
Things That Make You
Ponder: The timescale of this episode was strange. First you had
Buffy and Cordy drugged and out for the count. Then they were bright and
bushy tailed not 2 hours later. What is the deal with Buffys slayer
strength? It seemd to me that she should be able to expel any narcotic
through her system in 10 seconds flat. Kind of like Wolverines healing
power. But I digress. At the end of the show, presumably the next night,
Xander reads that the Frat Boys were tried and convicted. What, in the
space of 15 hours? That's some trial system they've got in Sunnydale.
Final Verdict: This was a strange episode.
Everybody, with the exception of Willow, seemed to have fallen into a
timewarp and ended up in their season 1 personalitys. Plus the subject
matter, drugging girls drinks and hazing, seemed a tad dark for a show
like Buffy. 2/5
Buffy - 2.6 - "Halloween"
--- 3 - July- 2001 ---
Summary: As Halloween approaches,
ironically the quietest day of the year for Vamps and Demons, Buffy,
Xander & Willow are pressganged by Principal Snyder into escorting
children trick or treating. The fun ensues when the costume seller, Ethan
Rayne, casts a spell on everyone who bought a costume from his shop,
apparently out of malicious fun. Buffy turns into a helpless 18th century
girl, Willow is a ghost cum hooker and Xander is a soldier. Giles comes to
the rescue by facing off Ethan, who he knows from his past, and forcing
him (i.e. beating the crap) to reverse the spell.
Scenes: Giles was great. He's definitely got a side we (or Buffy)
don't see very often. Who'd have thought his nickname would be the
'Ripper'. Willow looked suitably tarted up and it would have been
interesting to see her play a Cordelia type character. How cool is Oz with
his "Who is that girl?" line. Very funny. Spike as always provides good
Worst Scenes: Buffy as the 18th
century girl was a bit over the top. Quite annoying too. It's quite
convenient that Spike managed to rustle up a pack of demons that contained
the best and most expensive make up jobs. Might as well get good value out
Best Character: Giles wasn't in this
episode much but he stole the show. Quite a bruiser. It makes ne wonder if
he went over on his arse so many times on purpose. Perhaps he was just
faking all this time too see if Buffy could fight her own way out of a
Most Underused Character: Probably
Buffy, mainly because her 18th century alter ego was rubbish at
everything. Cordelia runs a close second, but she was in a cat suit and
had some great lines (as usual) so Buff takes the wooden spoon.
Funniest Scene: Xander as macho soldier guy was
Laugh Line Of The Week: "Private Harris
reporting for... Buffy! Lady of Buffdom, Duchess of Buffonia, I am in awe!
I completely renounce spandex." - Xander, calling Buffy by her official
Quality Of The Villain: Ethan Rayne was a
rather nasty individual. But what made him stand out was his past with
Giles. How many skeletons in the closet does 'Ripper' have? More than
Angel? And will Ethan be back to blab about them? We can only hope so.
Things That Make You Ponder: The whole costumes
turning you into your character you're pretending to be thing was quite
cool. I'm not sure why Willow didn't simply become a white sheet though.
What if Cordelia dressed as Buffy? Would she become a slayer? Why Cordy
would be dressed as Buffy is another matter, but it would have been cool.
Final Verdict: Interesting idea this episode, but
I thought it could have been taken further. Imagine Willow as Cordy, Buffy
as Willow, Xander as Angel! Well, I think it would have been interesting.
Of course, the best thing about this episode was Giles. He is a dark horse
and no mistake. 4/5
Buffy - 2.7 - "Lie To Me"
--- 3 - July - 2001 ---
Summary: Buffys old pal Ford comes into
town and hooks up with the gang. Xander and Angel are far from impressed,
so they decide to do a little research. It turns out Ford is in fact very
eager to become a vampire, because of a tumour that is killing him. He is
willing to sacrifice Buffy to Spike, along with a crowd of misinformed
vampire worshippers, but she gains the upper hand when she takes Dru
hostage. Spike is forced to let Buffy and the others escape, but he sticks
by his deal and turns Ford into a vampire, but he is staked 2 seconds
after he rises by a confused Buffy, who realises life is not always black
Best Scenes: Ford seemed a really cool
guy and could easily have been part of the Scooby gang, so it was a
shocker to see him betray Buffy. Angel telling Buffy his dark secret about
Dru was great. Angel and Willow working together was really novel.
Worst Scenes: Where was Cordelia at? The lady
vanishes. Thats about it really.
Buffy, when she realises that Ford might actually have different reasons
for becoming a vampire than she had thought of before. Good acting from
Most Underused Character: Sing it with me:
Cordeeeliaaa. Where did you goooo, my lovellllly! (paraphrased from old
90's Backstreet Boys song. No link being provided, because they aren't
Funniest Scene: Xander and Angel being
oh so jealous of Ford.
Laugh Lines Of The Week:
Xander:- "Yeah, I'm goin' to have to go with Dead Boy on this one."
Angel:-"Could you not call me that?" - Xander trying out a new handle for
Quality Of The Villain: Ah, now this is a
great foe. An old friend of Buffy, who has remarkably good reasons to
become a vampire. It asks what we would do if we were in such a situation.
Dying of cancer, in pain 24/7, wasting away until you're a living
skeleton, a freak of nature. And you have the option of being young,
immortal, superstrong, and propably better looking than you ever have been
before. Wouldn't you be tempted? Would you ignore the people who would
have to die for you? It's a situation nobody would like to be challenged
Things That Make You Ponder: Although it's
common knowledge that if you become a vampire, you really have died, a
demon has taken over your body, there are always the exceptions that tempt
people. Angel, with his soul and Spike with his chip. And I can't belive
these are the only ones. These are good guys, who are vampires. If the
exceptions to the rules didn't exist, perhaps there wouldn't be such an
Final Verdict: This is dynamite
stuff. An answer that throws up far too many questions that can't be
properly answered, if at all. If there was the slightest chance that we
could save a loved one, have them become a vampire yet not demonic, would
we take it? Would we thinkthat we could find the equivalent of a gypsy
curse and make them good again? This show continually strives to ask the
big questions. 5/5
Buffy - 2.8 - "The Dark Age"
--- 8 - July - 2001 ---
Summary: The past comes back to haunt
Giles as a demon called Eyghon, who he invoked with his friends when he
was young, starts to hunt them down and kill each of them one by one.
Buffy finds Ethan Rayne and he explains about the tattoo that each of them
have, enabling the demon to track them down. After the scooby gang
captures the demon, it jumps into Jenny, who sets about trying to kill
Giles. Angel saves the day by letting the demon jump into him and he
destroys it using will power and the fact he is half demon himself. It's
not all happy endings though as Jenny does not feel safe round Giles and
Ethan Rayne escapes again.
Best Scenes: Giles
slowly descending into a total different character was great. It was such
a shock too see him unravel. Ethan is a good foe as well, a mirror version
of Giles who uses his knowledge for his own gains. Willow taking charge in
the library was fun and Angel saving the day was a nice touch. Good
special effects too. Jenny giving Giles the cold shoulder was realistic
for once. All the cast seem to have a fast mental recovery period,
whatever they face, so it was nice to see someone unnerved for once.
Worst Scenes: Buffys reaction to having her body
defaced with a tattoo was remarkably uncaring. I thought she might feel a
tad violated. Then, when Ethan escapes, she makes a joke. This guy has
tried to kill her twice now and caused her friends no end of pain. The
least she could have done is show some concern. No Spike? Not even a one
Best Character: This is the first
real Giles episode and it was a good stage for him. I'd love to have saw
him totally fall from grace and be a complete bastard. A bit like Buffy in
"When she was bad". Strong performance by Tony Head.
Underused Character: Although Angel saved the day, he was AWOL
for most of the episode. What gives?
Scene: Not many laugh out loud moments, but Xander and Cordelia
arguing was fun.
Laugh Line Of The Week: "Giles
lived for school. He's actually still bitter that there are only twelve
grades." - Xander, reading Giles like a book.
The Villain: The Demon was quite boring really. it didn't want to
do anything beyond kill some people and move on. The real joy was in
seeing Giles self destruct as the sins of youth caught up with him. He
must have felt like the villain as he helped invoke it, plus his actions
have indirectly mentally scarred Jenny and physically scarred Buffy (not
that she seemed that bothered).
Things That Make You
Ponder: It took the Demon long enough to get around to killing
the rest of the group. Where has it been all these years, pulling a gig on
Xena? I'm suprised Ethan didn't try to get rid of the tattoo long ago. If
it was the equivalent of a tracking device and knowing the coward that he
is, it's a bit odd. Giles would probably keep it on to remind him of the
tragedy he helped bring about. Unless, of course you can't remove the
tattoo. Xander and Cordelia are becoming a real comedy act.
Final Verdict: I didn't think we would see Ethan
again for another season, so it's nice to be wrong for once. Good stuff
with Giles coming apart at the seams and showing the Scoobys that he was
quite a bad boy when he was younger. I would have prefered a bigger
skeleton in his closet, but this was a good episode. 3/5
Buffy - 2.9 - "Whats My Line, Part I"
--- 8 - July - 2001 ---
Summary: Buffy and gang face the trial
that is Career Week, though Buffy can't see the point as she is locked
into her slayer destiny. Angel, sensing her mood, suggests they go ice
skating to cheer themselves up. Meanwhile, Spike had taken a contract out
on Buffy, and various assassins try to wipe her out. One woman captures
Angel and locks him in a cage where the sunlight will fry him. She attacks
Buffy, but has a suprise in store when she reveals she is Kendra, the
Best Scenes: Angel trying to
cheer up Buffy was good. The small moments in the episode, between Willow
& Oz, as well as Xander & Cordy were nicely played. Spike as
always is good. The money shot with Kendra revealing herself as the Slayer
instead of an assassin was a good cliff hanger.
Scenes: Dunno about Kendras accent. Maybe it's authentic, but
it's quite annoying. Angels inability to open a cage door with a padlock
on it seems strange. What is the powerlevel of these vampires?
Best Character: Buffy, feeling blue and just
wanting the ability to run her own life was another good acting turn by
Most Underused Character: Giles did
participate this episode, but on the whole he didn't have that much too
Funniest Scene: The gang filling in the
career applications at the start.
Laugh Lines Of The
Week: Buffy:- "Do I like shrubs?" Xander:- "That's between you
and your God." - The Xan man getting metaphysical towards plants.
Quality Of The Villain(s): The Assassins didn't
really have much to do this episode. The guy who attacked Buffy in the ice
rink looked like a poor mans wrestler. The creepy door to door salesman
was much better. Very spooky guy. And of course Kendra wasn't an assassin
at all, not that you'd know since she was a tad over indulgent in trying
to kill Buffy & Angel.
Things That Make You
Ponder: It's quite a cool idea, having two Slayers wandering
around at the same time. It's still a bit of a mystery how Buffy came back
to life though. If you're dead, even for a second, then that is kind of
the point of no return. Mouth to mouth isn't gonna save you. Still, she
does have Slayer powers, so it might be a different set of circumstances
for her. How can vampires go toe to toe with a Slayer, yet not be able to
pull a padlock off a metal door. I'd love to see a geeky power rating for
everybody in the series, like superhero trumps.
Verdict: Very much a setup episode, with the promise of answers
in part 2. Aside from her accent, Kendra looks a good addition to the
Buffy family. 4/5
Buffy - 2.10 - "Whats My Line, Part II"
--- 8 - July - 2001 ---
Summary: Buffy & Kendra call a
truce, until Giles can work out what is going on. It transpires that
Kendra was called when Buffy died, albeit only for a minute. Spike has
captured Angel and is going to use him in a ritual that will kill him, but
reinvigorate Dru. Xander & Cordy manage to escape from the maggoty
assassin, but not before some serious snogging. Buffy & Kendra team up
with the scoobys and rescue Angel, but Dru is brought back to full
strength even without the ritual being completed.
Scenes: The all out action finale was good fun. Two slayers are
better than one it seems. Giles bonding with Kendra, while Buffy looked on
jealously was funny. Xander and Cordelia kissing seems like it could lead
somewhere. The maggot assassin was very creepy. Nice to see Oz &
Willow finally having a conversation. The final scene, with Dru carrying
Spike out the church was a great shot.
Scenes: Kendras accent is out of order. That could get seriously
annoying. Buffy made hard work of the fake police woman. I take it she
wasn't simply a human then? Purely personal thoughts here and you may want
too skip them since they don't relate to Buffy, but two quotes really
irritated me. Xander with his "Who sponsored career day today? The British
Soccer Fan Association?" Soccer (or football as it's known outside of
America) did have a bad reputation in the 80's and very early 90's. But
that was 5 years ago, and the UK have cleaned up their act big time. At
the time the episode was filmed (1997), British football was a very safe
and respectable place again, namely due to money from Sky and the efforts
of the FA. To make a throw away joke about it seems to piss on the efforts
of a lot of people, including fans who don't wish to be associated with
the actions of a minority group. This is a touchy subject for me and i'm
probably over reacting, but I felt it had to be said. On a lighter note,
the other thing was Buffy telling Kendra not to watch a Chevy Chase film
on the plane. I like Chevy Chase! I'll admit he's had a few (alright more
than a few) dodgy movies, but he's made some very funny films. In no
particular order: "Caddyshack", "National lampoons Vacation", "European
Vacation", "Fletch", and some early Neil Simon stuff. I'm telling you, it
Tarintino had cast him in Pulp Fiction, Chevy would be a star again!
*ahem* Anyway, back to the review.
Character: I really liked Angel this episode. When he was being
tortured by Dru, you felt sympathy, but he did create her, Dru was the
real victim. Then when he was riding Spike, teling him about his sexual
prowess with Dru, you could tell Spike was seriously pissed off. Good
Most Underused Character: I'll have to say
Giles again. He did have a few scenes, but everybody had more standout
moments. It was a packed episode to be fair.
Scene: Buffy feeling disgruntled when Kendra and Giles talk about
reading Watchers volumes and she looks like an unwanted child.
Laugh Line Of The Week: "Angel's our friend!
Except I don't like him!" - Xander, undermining his own argument.
Quality Of The Villain: The assassins sort of
fell by the wayside this episode. The Maggot guy was cool, but the more I
think about it, it was quite a daft power. Beyond the actual revulsion of
maggots, it wasn't really much use, as witnessed by the fact he got killed
so easily (and in a rather funny manner). Spike trying to kill Angel too
help Dru was the real villain of the piece, though if he hadn't ordered
the hit on Buffy, Willy would never have taken her to him, so he kind of
set up his own downfall.
Things That Make You
Ponder: I wonder if the cop shooting at Buffy in school and
injuring some kids would make the show these days in light of various real
life events that need no retelling. Xander and Willow seem to be getting
split up recently, with Cordy and Oz entering the picture. It's a shame,
but inevitable if the charcters aren't to stagnate, Cordelia especially
since the writers seemed to find it hard in the past to think of reasons
for her to be with the Scoobys.
Quite a nice wee episode, but not as good as I thought it was going to be.
The Kendra thing never really came to anything and I was quite gutted that
she left at the end. The pivotal scene for me was Angel, Dru & Spike.
Really excellent stuff from the Vamp trio. 3/5
Buffy - 2.11 - "Ted"
--- 14 - July- 2001 ---
Summary: Buffys mom, Joyce, had been
stepping out with a new guy, Ted. Buffy doesn't like him though. Not
because he's nasty or not nice. But because he's too nice and everybody
loves him apart from her. She does some investigating, but Ted finds out
and confronts her which eventually leads into a fight. Buffy unwittingly
kills Ted and has to go to the police. While Buffy tries to cope with the
fact she killed a human being, Giles goes on patrol and manages to make up
with Jenny. Ted comes back from the dead though and is eventually revealed
to be a Robot. Buffy shuts him down, with the aid of a frying
Best Scenes: Buffy reacting to the thought
that she might have taken a human life, albeit unintentionally, was great.
Superb acting by SMG as she starts too emotionally shut down. Good
detective work by the Scoobys. Xander really wanting to play minature golf
was funny. Nice to see good continuity with Angel still nursing his hand.
John Ritter was good as Ted. Good to see Giles and Jenny back.
Worst Scenes: I didn't like the whole concept of
Ted being a robot. In such a serious episode, it seemed a daft 50's B
movie concept. Let's not forget that Joyce thought her daughter had killed
her perfect boyfriend, simply out of jealousy or confusing feelings. Plus,
is Joyce in denial? She didn't notice that Ted was acting robot like at
the end. Is she permanently drunk? Stay of the drink love. Shame there
wasn't any more Spike or Dru.
Buffy all the way. As I said earlier, she really carrys the episode and
seems genuinely traumatised that she killed Ted, even if he was an abusive
father figure who pushed her to the edge.
Character: Angel was still licking his wounds and it was nice to
see the hand still wrapped up. But he was fairly absent.
Funniest Scene: Any scene with Xander going on
about how much he loved Ted.
Laugh Line Of The
Week: "How is Angel? Pretend I care." - Xander, wanting to sound
like a good friend, but not quite making it yet.
Of The Villain: Ted wasn't really a villain, just a screwed up
robot. But he did make life very difficult for Buffy. He drove a wedge
between her and Joyce, one that I can't believe was simply repaired over
one night. Buffy killed the man she loved and just because he was a serial
killer robot, she still must have thought dark things about her daughter
in the period just after his 'death'.
Things That Make You
Ponder: I wonder if Ted really didn't know he was a robot. Could
he have the skill to manufacture more of himself, perfect copies all with
the same flaw? Is there lots of Teds running around America as we speak?
Maybe the maker, the original Ted was a bit of a psycho himself. Perhaps
the robot Ted is really an accurate copy of his personality.
was ready to lie to save Buffy from jail time, but there must be some
strained feelings between them. Will Joyce feel that any possible man she
brings home could be in danger from Buffy? Would Buffy be hesitant on
using her strength in the future?
The idea of Buffy killing an innocent human being was great. The idea of
him being a robot was stupid. For me, it ruined an episode that could have
been a 5/5. As it stands…3/5
Buffy - 2.12 - "Bad Eggs"
--- 14 - July- 2001 ---
Summary: As an experiment, Buffy and her
class are given eggs to look after, the idea being that this will show
them how difficult it is too care for a child. However, the eggs turn out
to be parasites that take control of humans, spawned form a demon that
lies under the school. Meanwhile, two old cowboy vampires are in town,
looking for trouble. Soon everyone is taken over apart from Buffy and
Xander and they manage to beat the demon and free everyone who was
enslaved, though one of the cowboy vamps loses his life and the other
scarpers when he realises he is no match for the
Best Scenes: Xander and Cordelia arguing
is fun to watch. The cowboys were interesting, if slightly wasted. The
actual facehugger/parasite type things looked suitably creepy and spider
Worst Scenes: The demon, Bezoar, was not
very impressive. A giant jelly fish with an eyeball. Great. This was
clearly a filler episode, a tribute to the Puppet Masters, but it wasn't
all that good. I really am starting to hate the fact that Joyce doesn't
know Buffy's the Slayer. And her constant refusal to see that strange
things are going on in Sunnydale. I'd like to know where she hides the
booze. And how come Buffy hasn't noticed her moms a raging alcoholic with
constant memory losses? Also, where was Angel for most of the
Best Character: No one really shone in
this. I'll go with Xander though, because he had the common sense to boil
Most Underused Character: Angels
spidersense sure wasn't tingling this episode. He was probably fast
asleep, dreaming about Buffy and brooding in corners.
Funniest Scene: The scoobys talking about Buffy
and Angel smooching.
Laugh Line Of The Week: "It's
an egg Buffy. It doesn't emote." - Cordelia, explaining to Buffy about the
lack of feelings that certain food groups have.
The Villain: Awful. Truly awful. It reminded me vaguely of red
jello. And what was that eye about? Where did it's eggs come from? How the
hell did it get under the school in the first place? The parasites were
quite cool, if shamelessly lifted from Alien. The two cowboy vamps were
actually quite funny, but I don't think we'll see them back (well, surely
not one of them since he got eaten/dissolved/slurped too death).
Things That Make You Ponder: The whole idea that
Joyce doesn't know about Buffy or that she doesn't notice strange things
is getting beyond the joke. I mean, a gas leak to explain the searing pain
as a parasite attaches itself to your back, digging in a basement for
weird eggs, being a slave and seeing your daughter killing a giant
jellyfish, trying to kill her yourself. And you buy the story that it's a
gas leak? What is she, nuts?! Wake up Joyce, smell the f--king coffee!
Final Verdict: Probably the worst episode
I've seen on Buffy. A lot of people slag of Teachers Pet, and while that
was ridiculous, it was good fun. This was just filler space and it showed.
Buffy - 2.13 - "Surprise (Part I)"
--- 14 - July- 2001 ---
Summary: As Buffy prepares for her
birthday, Spike, who is now crippled and in a wheelchair, and Dru are
planning to resurrect a demon called the Judge by joining his various body
parts together. Angel, who is being watched by Jenny, really a gypsy from
the family that cursed him, suggests he takes one of the demons arms and
go into hiding with it. Buffy is far from happy with the plan, but they
are intercepted By Spikes goons and barely escape from the now risen Judge
with their lives. Sheltering in Angels home, they end up making love, but
Angel awakens in the night, clutching his chest in pain and running out
into the night screaming Buffys name.
The dream at the start was suitably Twin Peaksy. There were also a lot of
relationships going on; Willow & Oz, Xander & Cordy, Giles &
Jenny and of course, Buffy & Angel. All the scenes were excellent,
especially Buffy & Angel when she thought he was going to leave. The
Judge seems a cool enough villain, if slightly too blue looking. Good too
see Spike & Dru back as well. And Spike in a wheelchair? Interesting
stuff. Good twist with Jenny as well. It makes sense that the gypsies
would keep tabs on Angel. Great cliff hanger, with Buffy and Angel finally
committing to each other, but Angel knowing that it's all gone very
Worst Scenes: The idea of Angel going away
too look after an arm that is alive is very strange sounding. Only in the
Buffyverse. I hope Spike doesn't fade into the background. Dru can
be…shrill at times.
Best Character: Buffy, who
had a lot of great emotional scenes, namely with
Most Underused Character: Cordelia wasn't
used much this episode, despite some funny one liners.
Funniest Scene: The reaction from Oz when he
discovers Vampires are real.
Laugh Line Of The
Week: "Buffy, I feel a pre-birthday spanking coming on!" -
Xander, always willing to lend a hand.
Quality Of The
Villain: The Judge was quite cool looking. He didn't really show
up until the very end, so there wasn't much threat from him. I still can't
get my head round the fact that all his limbs are alive. If the Scoobys
had found his leg, would it have tried to kick Buffy in the arse? It would
probably be a first on television if a demonic leg tried to kill someone.
Things That Make You Ponder: If Buffy hadn't got
shoved in the water, there is a good chance that they might have
recaptured the arm. Why did Angel jump in anyway? There's a good chance
Buffy could swim and she does have Slayer strength. Is it possible on a
subconscious level that they purposely sabotaged their own attempts to
recapture the arm? I don't doubt Angel would have gone through with it,
but they must have been praying that Spike would send a pack of Vamps to
retrieve it. How come the rest of the Scoobys didn't help bodyguard the
arm as well? They could have turned their backs while Buffy & Angel
said their goodbyes.
Final Verdict: Part one of a
two part story usually sets the scene and this was no different. But it
was good. Lots of shocking twists (Jenny being one) and nice developments
in all the characters. Plus Buffy & Angel finally slept with each
other, so it's a bit of a landmark episode. 4/5
Buffy - 2.14 - "Innocence (Part II)"
--- 15 - July - 2001 ---
Summary: While Buffy sleeps in bliss,
Angel is having his worst nightmare come true as he loses his soul and
becomes a demon again. He starts out by reuniting with Spike & Dru and
tormenting Buffy by trying to break her emotionally and kill all her
friends. Jenny stops him by revealing he is evil again, but also
unwittingly reveals who she really is, a gypsy keeping an eye on Angel.
The Judge is at full strength and sets out to massacre a mall, but Buffy
kills him with some good old 2oth century technology; namely, a bazooka
that Xander acquired using his soldier information that he learned in
Best Scenes: Angel as ultimate evil
guy is a great idea. The way he goes about breaking Buffy down, especially
the way he treats her after they have had sex was brutally entertaining.
He truly is the guy we will love to hate. Willow finding out about Xander
and Cordy was dramatic too. How will Giles react to Jenny now she's
revealed to be a watcher of her own kind? Nice to see continuity as Xander
remembers being Soldier guy. The end climax with Buffy and the bazooka was
great! And the final showdown with Angel and Buffy in the rain topped it
Worst Scenes: There were very few flaws
this episode. The only thing I could find fault with was the way the Judge
was killed off so quickly. I guess he was just a plot device to confirm to
Spike & Dru that Angel was really evil again.
Character: How good was Angel? He stole the show with his evil
antics. It's ironic that Angel smiled more in this episode than the rest
of the season. You just know how much he is enjoying causing mayhem and
Most Underused Character: Giles took a
back seat this episode, though there was so much going on, it's not
surprising somebody had to be sacrificed.
Scene: He was truly evil, but every line that Angel said made me
smile or laugh in a 'I can't believe he just said that!' way. The part
where he compared Buffy to a 'Pro' was brutally funny
Line Of The Week: "I'm seventeen! Looking at linoleum makes me
want to have sex." - Xander, saying what every teenager is thinking across
Quality Of The Villain: The Judge was
killed off pretty easily. Bazooka to the body? No problem for the
Buffster. The real monster was Angel, minus his soul. This guy is evil, in
the worst possible way. His capacity for hurting his loved ones is truly
frightening and reveals a very fertile mind when it comes to new ways of
tearing a person apart emotionally. Buffy might face more powerful demons
or monsters, but none that could tear her heart apart.
Things That Make You Ponder: The Judge was really
quite stupid. He might never have seen a bazooka before, but the fact it's
gun like and Buffys facing it at him, plus the way that Angel & Dru
are scampering away from him might make him think that he should possibly
duck. The vamp trio would be well advised to never resurrect him again.
Let a dog run of with his limbs or something. Jenny did a really crap job
of watching Angel. If her whole aim was to make Angel unhappy, why not
simply tell Buffy they could never have sex, in case he achieved bliss?
She could even have wangled it so Giles found a book in his study that
told of the curse if she didn't want to reveal to the gang who she was.
Hell, just confront Angel with it and tell him to move on. He's hardly in
a position to argue if he's supposed to be repenting for decades.
Final Verdict: Very good episode. It takes real
balls to turn one of your most attractive lead characters into an evil
bastard, but it totally works. Evil angel is actually a lot more
entertaining than good Angel, so long may he continue to be villainous
Buffy - 2.15 - "Phases"
--- 15 - July - 2001 ---
Summary: A Werewolf is terrorising the
good people of Sunnydale, specifically the ones who are creating a sexual
tension i.e. teenagers. A hunter is tracking it down and things become
more complicated when Oz finds out it is him. He chases Willow down but
before the hunter can shoot him, Buffy stops him and Willow tranquillises
the werewolf. Later, Oz says he'll understand if Willow doesn't like him
anymore and she answers by kissing him.
Scenes: Good too see Angel still tormenting Buffy and facing off
with the werewolf. The hunter's comments to Buffy & Giles were really
sleazy. Nice to see Oz get slightly worried about his situation. I thought
the guy was a robot for a while (a cool robot I hasten to add). Gay Larry
was brilliant. Loved the continuity in this episode. Oz looking at the
cheerleader statuette (from "The Witch") was great! And the references to
"The Pack" and "I robot-you Jane" were welcome as
Worst Scenes: The werewolf costume looked a
bit dodgy at times. Also, where the hell did those shackles come from? Are
Oz's parents into kinky stuff? And does any kid in Sunnydale High apart
from Buffy have parents?
Best Character: Good turn
for Willow. She really seemed frustrated and confused with Oz, but it
worked out all right in the end.
Character: Hate to say it, but Cordy again. She still doesn't
seem to be 100% part of the gang yet and as a consequence is excluded some
Funniest Scene: Larry coming out to Xander
was hilarious. The whole misunderstanding thing and Xanders typical
reaction to Buffy later on was great fun.
Laugh Line Of The
Week: "On behalf of my gender, hey!" - Xander, using lawyer type
skill too defend the human male.
Quality Of The
Villain: The werewolf was, of course, Oz and though he was wild,
he wasn't actually evil. It might have been wise for him to ignore the
front door when Willow came round though, since he was only seconds from
changing. What if it had been a door to door salesman? No great loss I
guess, but Oz would be advised that sometimes you simply don't have to be
polite, especially if you're probably going to eat your visitor.
Things That Make You Ponder: The hunter, Cain,
must have great news sources if he heard of a wild animal in a small town
and instantly knew it was a werewolf. Also, his claims that he had killed
11 werewolves previously. They looked more like sharks teeth I thought.
And he wasn't really successful killing Oz. Sounds like a bullshit artist
to me. Even if he was telling the truth, 11 werewolves? Over how many
years? Decades? I hope he really does make some good money, otherwise he's
in the wrong business.
Final Verdict: Nice to see
Oz and Willow finally get together. The werewolf thing was interesting,
but it should be easy enough to keep under wraps. Really loved his
reaction to finding out what he was - "Huh". Somebody get that boy in the
main credits. 3/5
Buffy Season 2: 2.16 - 2.22
2.16: "Bewitched, Bothered, and
Bewildered": Xander casts a love spell on Cordy. But something
goes wrong…quite a nice little episode this. Having the spotlight on
Xander is always welcome and mixing Cordelia in practically guarantees fun
times. The idea, everybody loves Xander apart from Cordy is well
executed. The Buffy, eh, in the buff scene is very sexy, but also with a
feeling that Xander knows it is pointless. The BG music is very cool as
well, especially when Xander is walking down the hall. Good stuff. - 3/5
2.17: "Passion": Angel starts to make his move.
Great, great, great episode! With a voice over by angel and excellent
music throughout, this is brilliant. The death of Jenny just as she finds
the cure is superb (if very heart breaking) and Giles reaction suitably
furious. Again, brilliant. - 5/5
2.18: "Killed by
Death"Buffy is hospitalised and starts seeing an invisible
monster that can only be seen by the sick or very young. An unwelcome
diversion from the main storyline concerning Angel to be frank. The
monster looks cool and quite creepy, but it's still filler. 2/5
2.19: "I Only Have Eyes For You" A couple of
ghosts force students to act out their death scene over and over. I
thought this was going to be a poor episode and even though the whole
situation is contrived, it's worth it to see Buffy and Angel together,
especially the role reversal of Angel being the woman and Buffy the guy.
Watch it for the second half. - 3/5
Fish" Incredibly stupid, but strangely watchable episode. The
Sunnydale team turns into fish men and Buffy investigates. Very daft and
certainly not the episode to show friends if you want to convince them of
the quality of the show, but it passes the time. - 2/5
2.21 & 2.22: "Becoming, Part I & II"
Angel is getting ready to send the World to Hell. What can you say about
the best 90 minutes of Buffy ever produced? It rocks, quite
frankly. Angel fighting Buffy at the end is superb and the final scene,
where Buffy has to send him to hell, even though he has his soul
back…well, it's gut wrenching stuff. Everything sings in these episodes.
From seeing Angels past, too Spikes alliance with Buffy, too the Scoobys,
to Willow wanting Oz before Xander, everything. For Christ's sake, if you
only watch 2 Buffy episodes in your entire life, watch these. And if
you're still not impressed, then beat it, you're not worthy. - 6/5
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