Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Maybe it's a vampire bat

Mostly Filler, Installment #11
1:11 Out of Mind, Out of Sight


unseen and crazy
out for popular revenge
flute playing trickster


Funniest Moment:

"Me, me me! It's all about me!" And sure enough, it is.


Favorite Character: Cordelia

I just can't help myself. And instead of trying to explain why, we'll just do the ever-popular Cordy Quote-a-thon.

No, C for Wilma, Little Brain.
I don't think I need the loony fringe vote.
My eyes are Hazel, Helen Keller.
Behold the weirdness.
...with you being so weird and all, hanging out with these total losers.
I was kind of hoping you were in a gang.

The epitome of insensitve. After all, tact is just not saying true stuff. And then her whole "it's so lonely to be me" speech. Too funny. And worrying about her prom pictures when her date's been beaten up? Wow. So she's not my favorite in a let's be best friends sort of way, but she's just so godawful, that you know she's got some growing to do. (Of course, when that happens, many of us realize that the tactless, biotch Cordy was really a lot less pedantic, but that's a musing for another day.)


Best Dressed: Buffy

Behold the cuteness. I'm not normally a fan of pink, but this fabric is just yummy. I love that skirt length - so much better than this season's "is that a skirt or a belt?" thing Buffy has going on. Plain white T-shirt, but very feminine - gotta love that. This outfit is casual in a going to school sort of way, so much more logical than some of the less practical ensembles she sports throughout this season.

Worst Dressed: Cordelia and Harmony

Whoa, this is just too much seafoam green nausea in one place. I love monochrome outfits - but not in pastels. Ugh. And furthermore, why does Harmony have that lime green scarf with those pants? I just don't get it.


Musings, in no particular order:

  • Hmmm, the first invisibility episode. I would have liked to see Marcie come back later. She could have fit into any subsequent season as a black hat or a white hat. Could have been working for the initiative. Could have been a potential. Could have been just incidental somewhere. Darn it.

  • While the "be my deputy" scene was awfully funny, it was painful, too. I mean, who hasn't been there, with that outsider, I am the biggest dork, feeling?

  • And speaking of that feeling, why on earth does our heroine still give two hoots what Cordelia thinks? Has she not yet figured out her extreme coolness factor? Come on, Buffy, pay attention.

  • Snyder. "There are no dead students here...this week." I can't help feeling sorry for the guy.

  • Harmony would not have tumbled the whole way down that flight of stairs. Give me a break.

  • The first (I think) indication that Xander's family is a little dysfunctional: "Do you guys even have a stove?"

  • Giles love! The guy all of a sudden has new respect for Angel when he offers to find him a book. Holy geek. And, "Once again, I teeter at the precipice of the generation gap." Ah, he has such a way with words.

  • I sincerely doubt that the little tape player with the flute tape in it would have sounded the whole way upstairs.

  • So, invisibility. I'll tell you what I wouldn't do, and that's make a little house in the ceiling. Ugh. What would you do? I want to know.


Out of Mind, Out of Sight Icons - Willow and Xander goodness!

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Out of Mind, Out of Sight Drabble

What would you do if you could be invisible? A serious talk between slayer and watcher.

Well, I can’t say as I’ve given the possibility any thought, actually.

Come on, Giles, after the whole Marcie deal? You must have, a little. Xander wanted to sneak into the museum and see if the dinosaurs come alive at night. And our ever-adventurous Willow wanted to get her hands on her mom’s off-limits psychology books.

And you, Buffy? You’d use invisibility to enhance your slaying, no doubt?

Sure! The vampires wouldn’t know what hit ‘em. They’d be like, I smell a slayer, but where? You know, because of how evil things can smell stuff? And then, poof, dusty goodness.


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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Willow, do shut up

Mostly Filler, Installment #10

1:10 Nightmares


astral projection

uncontrolled phobias leak

into Sunnydale


Funniest Moment:

Cordelia swears she's not even in the chess club.


Favorite Character: Giles

1. He's hot. 2. His nightmare is of Buffy dying. That breaks my heart every time. I love the progression of stuffy old Giles becoming "too emotionally involved," as he'll be fired for later, with the slayer. 3. His "aha!" moment is hilarious. 4. He's hot. 5. Giles all confuzzled because he's lost in the stacks and can't read is too adorable for words. 5. He's just really hot.


Best Dressed: Willow

Is is possible to be any cuter?

This outfit ranks high for me. Black and white is always good. Polka-dots are always good. Tights in bright colors are always good. The complementary red/green is very cool without being Christmasy.

Worst Dressed: Xander

Well, we're back to the shirts of weirdness, and not in a good way. And then to add insult to injury, the pants. Dear god, make it stop.


Musings, in no particular order

  • The dream episodes in general, are some of my favorite Joss-verse work. This one is so chock full of character development, and I love to be able to learn about the scooby psyches in a different way.

  • Why are tarantulas/spiders scary? Is that conditioned or genetic?

  • How did Laura (the smoking girl) survive the attack?

  • Any reader opinions on astral projection? I'm fairly sure I don't believe in vampires, but astral projection seems within the realm of possibility to me.

  • Oh, ouch to the scene with Buffy's father. The other nightmares are pretty out there and unlikely; this one is just around the corner. On the bright side, it helps cement the idea of Giles as Buffy's father figure, which is warm and comforting.

  • G: It's Billy. X: Well, that explanation was shorter than usual.

  • OK, so the blood, guts, gore, demons and general grossness of this whole series is somehow fine with me. Yet Xander talking with his mouth full of chocolate completely disgusts me so I have to cover my face with my hands and only look through the cracks. And also, I don't really get the whole chocolate bar deal. I guess maybe they represented the kind of nightmare that starts off as a happy dream and turns bad.

  • Yay for Xander punching the clown. I love the impulsivity and inconsistency of his character. Perhaps because I relate.

  • The swarm of giant bees reminds me of the children's book The Giant Jam Sandwich.

  • Why doesn't Buffy go evil as a vamp? I would have loved for the episode to go differently from that point. What would have happened if she'd popped out of the ground ready to kill the gang?

  • Recurring nightmares. Do you have them? What are they? I finally don't have them anymore, haven't for several years, but I used to. When I was a teenager, the dream was me being swung around in circles over a witch's fire. It was very orange and black, and I was always nauseous (what with the swinging around and all). I also had the archetypal forgetting where class was, realizing I hadn't attended all semester, forgetting my locker combination. Oh wait, that last one happened for real. Pretty regularly.


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Nightmares Drabble

Nightmares – It’s All About the Girl


Mrs. Summers, this is principal Snyder. I’m afraid I have some bad news. Your daughter has picked her last fight and flouted her last school rule. As of this afternoon, she is expelled from Sunnydale High School. I will be making her permanent record available to other schools in the area, should they request a reference. Good day, Mrs. Summers.


You’re getting married? You? And Xander? Now? Before you’ve even finished high school? But I thought … I mean I… and you… well, there’s something…

Sorry, Mr. Vampypants, it’s gonna be me and the Buffster happily ever after.


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Monday, July 9, 2007

...but he was eaten!

Mostly Filler, Installment #9

1:9 Puppet Show


organ harvest ew

inanimate or alive

many wiggins had


Funniest Moment:

I actually found this whole episode pretty hilarious, but the end here is priceless.

"I don't get it."


Favorite Character: Cordelia

Cordy really has her funny on in this one. There's the "something wrong with my hair!" moment. And the, "Ew, even Mrs. Franklin?" And don't forget, "But I didn't do the part with the sparklers."


Best Dressed: Buffy

What can I say? I'm a total sucker for basic black and and updo.

Worst Dressed: Xander/Willow/Buffy

This trio of outfits is just,,,,wow. Poor Xander. Usually he's got the shirts of weirdness, and sometimes I like them, sometimes not. But here the poor guy just has road-sign-looking pajamas. And Willow, it's just too much. I mean, I like fabrics and patterns and sometimes mixing them in an unconventional way. But the fuzzy stripes with whatever those pants are is seriously making me seasick. And as for Buffy, a leopard-print mini-dress is just a bad idea, period. If I had to pick a winner (worst dressed, that is), it'd probably be Willow. But it's the combination of all three together that makes me wonder.


Musings, in no particular order

  • Enter Principal Snyder. Oh, he's fun. You can never really decide how to feel about him, at least I can't. He's obviously somewhat of a jackass who doesn't like kids. (I'm not equating those two traits, by the way - perfectly nice people can be not especially fond of children.) Principal Snyder's funny moment: "...that's the kind of wooly-headed liberal thinking that leads to being eaten." Principal Snyder's what the hey moment: He catches Buffy at the locker, tells her to go home and then walks away. When will these principals learn not to walk away from someone who's up to something? (I guess I'm stifling the plot here, eh?)

  • I laugh every time when Buffy sinks down into the auditorium seat and the tuba simultaneously sounds a low note. Well, right, all tuba notes are low. Still, it's funny.

  • Holy cardigan, batman! Giles is wearing a sweater instead of tweed for once.

  • I love it when Xander saves the day. It happens pretty often, but it's always sort of low-key, not all bravado like when anyone else is the day-saver.

  • Where the frilly heck was everyone during the demon fight scene at the end??

  • So Sid thinks Buffy is the demon. This is a nice bit of groundwork/foreshadow/whatever you want to call it for the eventual revelation of where slayer power comes from.


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Puppet Show Drabble

Morgan finds Sid

After the diagnosis, Morgan’s dad had tried unsuccessfully to cope with the stress of the hospital visits, the failed treatments, and ultimately the idea that his son would probably not live long enough to attend college. Now Morgan and his mom were just trying to enjoy life, before the brain tumor got the best of him. They spent a lot of time together, talking, bird watching, window shopping. Morgan rarely asked for anything on their shopping trips, so when he’d pointed to the wooden dummy on the antique store shelf, she’d laughed. Sure, why not? It’s a little creepy, though.


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