45 min., 1997
Written by Joss Whedon
Directed by Joss Whedon
My rating: ★★★
Okay episode with a lot of little complaints.
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Season two picks up at the end of the summer following season one. Buffy has been in LA with her dad and has had pretty much no contact with the rest. The episode begins with Willow and Xander walking and quoting movies. They are about to kiss when a vampire appears!!! Duhn duhn duhn! Along with the vampire, Buffy also appears. She kills him and they go on about business as usual, or is it? Buffy is acting weird and pretty much like a bitch. What is going on, and were have the Master’s bones gone?
All of the actors seem to be getting used to their characters. There is a lot more of a connection between them and even the way they move seems to be more fluid. This is nice, because last season they were all stiff as boards. Now they seem to be an actual group of friends and are able to play off of each other.
Now the story is where some of my problems arise. Really? Do we really need to bring back the Master? He was really one of the worst villains I’ve ever had to watch, much less for one episode or movie, but a whole fucking season. Now they’re trying to bring him back. GOD NOOOOO! He never did anything but bitch and moan, and then he’d turn around and kill those who actually stood a chance. Lamest villain ever! Along the lines of villains, I really hope that the Anointed One starts to do something. Fuck, anything! He is supposed to be so feared, but he does nothing. So far this show has some of the worst villains in TV and movie history. They better step up or I’ll have to quit this shit and go on to something better.
My other complaint about the story is with Buffy. Why is it when a character dies and is brought back, they have to be bitches or dicks? Is that the only emotion that is really going on? I understand that is must suck to die, but your friend brought you back (which, by the way, you never thanked him for) and you should be happy to be alive, instead of treating your best friends like shit. This crap about her being so alone and wanting a normal life had better end as well. I can only hear that for so many episodes before I want to shove a screwdriver in my ears. I understand that it must suck, but shut the hell up, and come up with some better dialogue.
While the episode as a whole is pretty good, it raises a lot of little questions and complaints for me. Feel free to lend me some “good” answers to these questions.
First—What the hell is up with the “stakes” that Buffy uses? Some disappear and some don’t. What is going on here? Stakes disappear from her hand and some don’t. I just don’t get it.
Second—What role does fire play? It looks like a little fire will cause them to burst into flames. If that’s so, then screw the stakes. I’d use a lighter and an aerosol can.
Third—What role do crosses play? It shows that they burn vampires, but at the same time they can be completely ignored. I just don’t get it.
Fourth (and final for now)—Why can’t Angel fight any more? He is supposed to be this badass vampire, but he is consistently being taking down, by low-level vampires. A “new born” vampire takes him down (pretty much) with one hit. What the hell happened?Have You Read...?