The Drudgeon reviews Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Episode 035-038

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Episode 035-038 45 min., 1998
Written by Various
Directed by Various
Language: English
My rating: Various

So I’ve finally decided to jump back into the world of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  Now I’ve been told by many that Buffy really starts getting good during season three (it’s not fact so don’t tell me that you think it started at a different season).  I’ve also heard about the “main” villain of this season (actually all I know is that he is the Mayor and that he’s really polite) and he sounds pretty interesting.  So, with very little hope, I’m expecting some really good episodes this time around.  Lastly, you will notice that I’ve changed from giving each episode its own separate review in favor of grouping four (or less) episodes together.  There are only so many ways that I can bitch, or praise, certain things and after a while the reviews just get too similar.  This way I’ll only have to really complain, or compliment, in one review.

Season 3 episode 1, originally broadcast September 29 1998 (USA)
Written and directed by Joss Whedon
My rating: Zero Stars (The Skull)

The episode begins with a vampire being killed by the slayer…oh wait Buffy is gone and it falls on Willow, Oz and Xander to take on the vampire menace.  For being the chosen one that can never escape her destiny, Buffy has no problem walking away from it for the summer and leaving everyone else to deal with it.  That aside, Buffy has now taken on the name of Anne and is working as a waitress and living in LA.  While working, she bumps into a girl that recognizes her.  It’s Lily (if you don’t remember, she was in the episode Lie To Me) and she is also trying to leave her past behind her with her new boyfriend Rickie.  After some time Rickie goes missing and Lily asks Buffy for some help and like the chosen one should, she says no.  In the end Buffy does try and help but only after she sees Rickie who is now in his eighties.  She ends up meeting a demon named Ken who is taking people and forcing them to work in an alternate world where time flows very differently, years go by in their world but only a day passes in ours.

“Dead Man’s Party”
Season 3 episode 2, originally broadcast October 6 1998 (USA)
Written by Marti Noxon
Directed by James Whitmore, Jr.
My rating: *

Buffy’s back in Sunnydale and everyone is happy to see her, well kinda.  Buffy is getting the feeling that everyone is upset with her instead of being thrilled that she is back.  Even her mom has found a new friend, Pat, and that is making Buffy feel very ignored.  As the episode moves along we find out that everyone is upset with Buffy for running off and leaving them (not the chosen ones) with the responsibilities of saving the town.  Buffy doesn’t feel bad about that because no one can understand what she is going through.  You see no one can understand what she has to do.  Things like fighting monsters, demons and vampires.  She has lost friends and almost died and to top it off she has no escape from doing all of this.  Now let’s think here for a second.  Willow, Xander, Oz, Cordelia and Giles don’t understand fighting monsters, have never lost a loved one and have always been safe?  Wow that is a really shitty friend who is only focused on herself.  It really seems that everyone else are the chosen ones and Buffy is the one with the actual choice.  Moving on, it seems that Buffy’s mom has brought home an ancient mask that brings things (I say things because it affects humans and animals) back to life, hooray zombies.  During a party in Buffy’s honor, with Oz’s band Dingoes Ate My Baby playing, the zombies attack and we find out that if any zombie puts on the mask they will turn into Ovu Mobani, a very powerful zombie demon.  In the middle of all this everyone starts telling Buffy how they feel and instead of realizing that she was selfish, she complains about how everyone is attacking her.

“Faith, Hope And Trick”
Season 3 episode 3, originally broadcast October 13 1998 (USA)
Written by David Greenwalt
Directed by James A. Contner
My rating: *

The episode starts with us learning that the cast is not seniors and they are able to leave campus.  Willow, Xander, Oz and Cordelia meet up with Buffy who is no allowed back in school and Buffy starts saying how she wants to just get back to normal (that does include vampires).  We next see a limo pull up and order from a fast food place.  There are two men talking in the back about the slayer and how she will pay.  One of them turns into a vampire and grabs the window guy.  We next jump to a dream where Buffy is dancing with Angel and he gets mad.  We learn that Willow has been practicing witchcraft and that there is a new slayer in town, named Faith (Eliza Dushku).  It seems that Faith is in town to finally meet Buffy.  As everyone gets to know Faith, Buffy is getting really jealous because all the attention is on Faith.  The episode moves on and we learn that there is a really bad-ass vampire, Kakistos that is so old that he can’t look human, and his helper and in town.  Somehow Faith is connected.  So Buffy confronts Faith and as we have already seen Buffy isn’t really good at taking lumps of advice, but she is really free with handing them out to other people.  We find out that Faith watcher with killed by Kakistos and Faith is on the run.  They end up facing off against him and he is killed.  For another bad-ass and extremely ancient vampire he sure does go out in a really pussy way.  Is this a running theme of the show?  Are the super tough actually that weak?  Wow, what a letdown, again.

“Beauty And The Beasts”
Season 3 episode 4, originally broadcast October 20 1998 (USA)
Written by Marti Noxon
Directed by James Whitmore, Jr.
My rating: *

We begin with Oz being in werewolf form locked in a cage that is in the library.  Willow is just finishing her shift of watching him and Xander is there to take over.  The next morning there is bad news that someone has been killed or more specifically mauled.  It turns out that Xander fell asleep during his watch (which he admits to and is scolded for but when Buffy is caught does the same thing it is completely ignored) and the window was left unlocked, so it could possibly be Oz.  The investigation moves on and Buffy’s new boyfriend Scott is finally introducing her to his friends, Pete and Debbie, who are also a couple.  They seem pretty nice but they also seem to be hiding something.  One night Buffy is attacked by someone who turns out to be Angel, but he looks more animalistic than before.  She knocks him out and keeps him in the basement of the school (really, does no one ever look around that school).  Willow, Cordelia and Xander head to the morgue to see if it was actually a werewolf attack (and Buffy is hoping that it isn’t Angel).  It turns out that it’s neither, so the investigation is back on.  It turns out that Pete has been treating Debbie really poorly and that he is extremely jealous, so when Oz helps her by giving her some notes Pete goes to find him.  They fight and in the end Angel kills Pete and turns back to normal.  Hooray!  Angel’s back!

In the end this is a weak first four episodes but this a pretty good start for the season as compared to the last two.  I hope that it keeps getting better.

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