43 min., 1997
Written by Marti Noxon
Directed by David Semel
My rating: ★
Blah, blah, blah, same episode different title.
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So there’s a new slayer in town and her name is Kendra. I guess that when a slayer dies, the next one in line is tapped and begins their training. Kendra is a slayer that follows the rules and does what she is told. So naturally Buffy and her clash in ways of dealing with pretty much everything. While they are squabbling, Drusilla is torturing Angel, but he isn’t going to be killed because he is what’s needed to cure Drusilla. Spike gets pissed off, Giles talks smart, Xander makes witty comments, Cordelia bitches, Angel broods, Buffy bitches and Willow just acts lost. Look at that nothing is different from most episodes. And again the final fight is just bad kindergarten stage play choreography with a bit of flash. In the end Buffy and friends win, hooray! (I guess.)
One of my main problems with this episode (like most movies or TV shows that tackle this same idea) is how the structured and well-trained character can’t stand toe to toe with the essential drop out character. The one that doesn’t follow the rules always tends to be the “better” character and everyone should learn from them. Cause, yeah, you know you shouldn’t follow the rules and just do what ever you want to, because that’s the best way to do it, and damn the consequences.
One final thing (or question), why the hell didn’t they just stake Drusilla and Spike while they were both unconscious on the ground? Their excuse is that there is a fire and that they need to get out, but come on it would take about five seconds to stake both of them and move on. Lame!!!!!Have You Read...?