The Drudgeon reviews Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Episode 015 – School Hard

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Episode 015 - School Hard 45 min., 1997
Written by Joss Whedon/David Greenwalt
Directed by John T. Kretchmer
Language: English
My rating: ★★★

About time there’s a good villain

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So this episode starts with Buffy and a girl named Sheila in Principal Snyder’s office. He is talking about who is the worst student and decides that both of them have to work on the parent teacher night decorations and arrangements. After that we are introduced to a couple of new vampires. First we have Spike (James Marsters), who is a tough talking and completely full of himself type. Second we have Drusilla (Juliet Landau), who is…well, just crazy and really fucking annoying (big surprise in the world of Buffy, an annoying character). Blah, blah, blah…Spike says he is going to take out Buffy, he tries and fails, but in turn he kills the Anointed One (about fucking time) and life returns to normal.

It’s about time that we get an actual asshole villain in this series. Most of the bad guys are really just bland, but Spike is a total dick. He’s full of himself, treats everyone else like crap and he even takes out another “major” villain. Truly a villain and not a lame attempt at one. But at the same time we get Drusilla, who is starting off as a really terrible and lame villain. So far it seems that the team of writers can’t write a female villain to save their lives, but here’s to hoping (as I down a shot of Wild Turkey).

The story is a little dry, with more emphasis being placed on how much Buffy looks bad in Snyder’s eyes, which is okay, but I really hope for some better writing and plots to come creeping by, because stories revolving around how Buffy is sad and alone are really getting old.

Questions

  1. What was the point of the Anointed One?  I get that he played a minor role at the end of season one, but the past few episodes have still placed an emphasis on him.  My guess is that they couldn’t find any good ideas for him and took the easy way out.
  2. Why is Drusilla so lame?
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5 Responses to The Drudgeon reviews Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Episode 015 – School Hard

  1. Amber says:

    1. I think that the sole purpose of the Anointed One was for the “surprise” when Buffy kills the big scary looking guy & it isn’t him. I imagine the writers were enamoured of a bad guy who looks like a child, but then could not do much with him, though I thought the character was a vessel & could not actually do much himself on purpose to make the master appear stronger.

    2. Drusilla is bat shit crazy & clairvoyant. She is crazy for a very plot-specific reason, and a lot of that has to do with showing how cruel/evil Angel used to be and showing what a romantic & caring lover Spike is. So, really, she is mostly around to add depth to the guys. 😉

  2. John Bruni says:

    That better have been Wild Turkey 101, and not that 80 proof slop . . . .

  3. Douche McDouche says:

    School ain’t the only thing that’s hard around here. Oh yeah.

  4. Lackey says:

    School Hard II: School Harder, School Hard with a Vengeance, Live Free or School Hard, etc.

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