44 min., 1997
Written by David Greenwalt
Directed by David Greenwalt
My rating: ★★
More of the same
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Back in the ville known as Buffy we have Xander, Willow and Buffy watching a movie and talking about how nothing has been going on. We then switch to a girl breaking through some glass and jumping off a balcony. She is running away from some “monks” and almost gets away. The next morning at school there is more witty banter between Xander and Cordelia, and more complaining from Buffy. Blah, blah, blah more of the same. Cordelia is dating a college guy and his friend asks Buffy to come with him to a party. She says no thanks, but big surprise she goes any way. Things lead to Cordelia, Buffy and another girl getting chained to a wall and about to be sacrificed to a “snakeman.” They fight…and Buffy wins.
The acting is just the same as every other episode, no real growth and very plain. The extras are actually really bad in this one, with the college guys being barf bag terrible. The only one that was pretty good this time around was Alyson Hannigan. Her quirky character is starting to move forward and her use of hands is nice to see. Most modern actors just have their hands at their sides and move them just a little bit. But Alyson has got it down with little nuances that help to make the character seem real.
The “snakeman” (yes he has a name but I just don’t care), is actually pretty nicely done. The makeup is great, with just enough to look good, but not enough to look silly, but that’s when the acting just turns it silly.
As a whole, this is an okay episode, with everything just being good enough. There are a few standouts, but nothing that really makes this episode stick out. Talk about a letdown after the last episode.Have You Read...?