45 min., 1997
Written by Matt Kiene/Joe Reinkemeyer
Directed by Ellen S. Pressman
My rating: ★★★★
Okay episode with Seth Green
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The episode begins with Buffy, Willow and Xander going to the Cultural Exchange for a school field trip. While there they talk about foreign exchange students that are going to be staying with a few of the students. Buffy is having a boy named Ampata Gutierrez stay with her, at which Xander gets upset. After everyone leaves, Rodney (the class dumb ass) tries to take a plate from the Incan mummy. As he tries, the plate breaks and the mummy awakens. The episode moves on and we see that the mummy (Ara Celi) kills Ampata and takes his name, so she can fit in. But as time goes on, her body starts to decompose and she needs to kill and steal their “life essence” to stay alive. Xander falls for her and they go to a dance, where it’s finally revealed what she is. Seth Green makes his first appearance as Oz, the guitarist for a band, who instantly falls for Willow.
Everyone does a good job with the acting and it’s nice to see a good actor come along. Seth Green is always good in any role he plays, and it’s nice to see what seems to be a new regular character appearing in the show. Ara Celi does a great job as the Inca mummy and plays a believable lonely girl who just wants to live.
The overall plot is actually pretty good, with the writing helping to iron out the weak spots. This is an episode with a really great (overall) script, which makes all the characters seem more lifelike and not as annoying as other episodes.
So far this is one of my more favorite episodes that I have seen. If it keeps up with the good scripts and the pretty good plots, I have high hopes for what’s to come.Have You Read...?