44 min., 1997
Written by Carl Ellsworth
Directed by Bruce Seth Green
My rating: ★★★★★
Fun episode with a little background hint tossed in
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It’s almost Halloween in Sunnydale and the gang wants nothing to do with it, but for some reason the principal is able to control what the students do outside of school and force them to partake in a program where each one takes some kids trick or treating. They go to find costumes at a store called Ethan’s and get ready to go trick or treating. While with the kids, something strange happens; almost everyone starts to turn into what they are dressed as. Buffy turns helpless, Xander into a military man, and Willow into a ghost. After some figuring out, Willow and Giles go to Ethan’s to confront him, when they get there Giles tells Willow to leave and then he begins to kick the shit out of Ethan. During this Ethan calls Giles “The Ripper.” Everything is turned back to normal and life goes on.
So the story in this one is pretty fun. Taking one of the best holidays and making it even more fun, it’s just great. Also toss in that we get a sliver of Giles’ background and it just pushes it even farther. Making this a great episode.
Everyone does his or her best with the acting and having Willow take over for once was a nice change. I tend to like the episodes where the main focus isn’t on Buffy and I learn more about the other characters. The character of Buffy is pretty straightforward; she likes to complain, isn’t grateful and likes to complain. Wait didn’t I say that already? Oh, that’s right, cause that’s all she does. The other characters seem to be more interesting and I would like them to delve deeper into them.
All in all this was a pretty good episode. Some fun one liners, a good plot and a bit more on someone else other than Buffy so far makes this my favorite episode.Have You Read...?