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[#182 on my Buffy/Angel ranking
of all 254 episodes from both series]

Sasha's recreation of Sean's post-conversion swim past Cordelia.

Sasha’s recreation of Sean’s post-conversion swim past Cordelia.

An extremely silly monster-of-the-week episode sadly sandwiched between the masterful I Only Have Eyes for You and the two-part s2 finale, disrupting the flow and tension of the Angelus storyline. I didn’t hate it as a stand-alone, Read the rest of this entry »

Oz is a werewolf. That's far more manageable than a soulless vampire. Lucky Willow. Unlucky Buffy.

Oz is a werewolf. That’s far more manageable than a soulless vampire. Lucky Willow. Unlucky Buffy.

After the sturm und drang of Innocence, Whedon grants us a bit of levity with Phases. I hadn’t remembered taking this brief semi-break from tragedy, but it’s well timed. The show must go on, even though Buffy’s heart has been broken, Angelus is unleashed on Sunnydale, and pervasive doom hangs overhead. We’ve got Oz in the gang now, in a Read the rest of this entry »

[#204 on my Buffy/Angel ranking
of all 254 episodes from both series]

In which the gang races to stop a pair of novice mad scientists from using Cordelia’s head as the lid for a Bride of Frankenstein project.

Buffy faces down another pair of geek threats along the lines of Fritz and Dave from s1’s I, Robot… You, Jane. This time, instead of tech nerds, we’re up against geeks from the yearbook and the science fair: the evil, nebbishy Eric (Fritz’s counterpart) and the remorseful, faintly bashful Chris (analogous to Dave).

Chris and Eric hatch a plot to create their own Bride of Frankenstein.

Nice Chris and nefarious Eric hatch a plot to create their own Bride of Frankenstein.

This is also our second episode in the series to address the phenomenon of cutting up teenagers for body parts, following s1’s The Puppet Show. Rather than a demon using them to achieve human form, however, this plan Read the rest of this entry »

Vampire supreme Luke and Buffy.

Vampire supreme Luke and Buffy.

I re-re-watched this one following some strict stipulations set by Mr. Lousy. I’d actually seen it last winter, but true to form, my memory failed me and I actually needed to go back to zero, or one, as the case may be.

(Zero would be the unaired pilot, which I have seen and may watch again – if I am so moved or required to do.)

This time I watched (and listened) more for mechanics – how Whedon introduces his characters and marks Read the rest of this entry »

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I delighted in the surprise of The Puppet Show, even if the trap set for the viewer wasn’t entirely fair.

Once again our expectations and identifications have been subverted! Darla first set this stage in the opening scene of Welcome to the Hellmouth by turning out to be the vampire rather than the simpering blonde victim, and in Witch the pattern continued when episode’s the Read the rest of this entry »

Fritz in I Love You Robot

Fritz, like Warren, has a rotten heart. Dare to look into his techno-fascist eyes and try to deny it.

Dave in I Love You Robot

Dave, like Jonathan, has a good heart, but his weaknesses and susceptibility to bad influence doom him.

Fritz and Dave! This tech-geek duo foreshadows The Trio from season six: Warren, Jonathan, and Andrew. These five outcasts provide a peek at another faction of high school: smart but socially inept boys whose underlying, untapped core may be rotten and hateful (Fritz and Warren), somewhat neutral and quite pliable (Andrew), or weakly benevolent and remorseful (Dave and Jonathan). As if Buffy doesn’t have enough on her plate with a hunky bad-boy vampire, she also has to contend with his near opposite: pasty-faced computer nerds. Unfortunately, Read the rest of this entry »