Tuesday, September 30, 2008

...let me take this opportunity to not care

Mostly Filler, Installment 34
2:22 Becoming, Part 2


angel, true love, meh
the beginning of spuffy
and willow's witching


Funniest Moment:

Well, they're in a band. Duh!


Favorite Character: Spike

He's my favorite in this one, because I love the contrast between the depth of personality seeping through and his total comical evilness. But it was hard to choose - I'm also totally in love with Buffy, Joyce, Giles and Dru in this episode.


Best dressed: Xander

Xander gets the best-dressed title whenever he doesn't wear yellow plaid with stripes. But seriously, I like this one. It's cozy.

Worst Dressed: Angelus

Well, the shirt looks like the pajamas. The pants are goofy. And that belt buckle? I know he's evil, but come on...



  • Where did all the cops come from? Who called them?
  • This episode's great strength is the trademark Buffy drama/comedy mix. It's this serious season finale with the heroine's true love being killed off, and then there are lines like, "...walking around like happy meals with legs," "Have we met?" "You hit me with an axe once..." and, my personal favorite, "I'm a slayer, not a postal worker!"
  • I'm not always a fan of Buffy's monologues (Spike's are better) but her speech to her mom about being the slayer is fabulous. "Do you think I chose this?" How many of us have been through just such a painful conversation?
  • I love how strong of a character Giles is. When he tells Angelus to perform the ritual in a tutu, I stand up and cheer (er, sorry if I woke you).
  • Is Cordelia's admission that running away was "not too brave" the beginning of her growing up? Maybe the scoobies are rubbing off a little.
  • I'm still confused at this point about how much Snyder actually knows. What does he mean when he wants the mayor to know he has good news? Could someone explain that to me?
  • Full of Grace as the music choice at the end really puts the frosting on this brilliant cake.


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Becoming, Part 2 Drabble

As she read the letter, the sadness quickly turned to anger. Not at Buffy, at herself. What kind of mother tells her daughter not to come back? What the hell kind of parenting was that? When did this get so hard? How could she not have known something was wrong, everything was wrong? How was it possible to be so stupid? She sat on the bed, tears rolling, questions filling her head so quickly she could hardly think.

Buffy. Buffy was a capable girl. She’d be OK. She was just angry. She’d be back.

Buffy. Tomorrow. Joyce closed her eyes.


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Monday, September 22, 2008

I'm destiny-free, really.

Mostly Filler, Installment 33
2:21 Becoming, Part 1
lots of back story
about Buffy's slayerness
and Drusilla's past
Funniest Moment:
I want to be like you. But I don't wanna dress like you.
Favorite Character: Drusilla
I love that we get to see back story on this character. She's gorgeous as always. The confession scene is so well done by her. Her relationships with Angelus and Spike are interesting and add a lot of depth to the vampire scene on this show.
Best Dressed: Buffy
Outfit perfection. I love this. It's organic and flowy and looks really comfy without being frumpy.

Worst Dressed: Willow

And speaking of frumpy...

  • The confession scene with Dru and Angelus (after he kills the actual priest) fascinates me. Drusilla's overwhelming need to be "good" and the eventual reply of "Very well, ten Our Fathers" seem all too realistic and creepy to me. People's concept of goodness and the idea that it can be restored by performing some sort of unrelated penance is disturbing to me.
  • I really love the Buffy/Angel theme music. We just got the newest CD of Buffy music, which is music from seasons 2, 3, 4 and 5 by Christophe Beck.
  • If Spike was so keen on saving the world, why didn't he stop Angelus the first time he tried to remove the sword? Did he know it wouldn't work? Hmmm.
  • I love seeing the back story of Buffy being called and Whistler bringing Angel to see her.
  • Immolationogram is a pretty fabulous word. But Angelus was right - Buffy does fall for it every single time. What is up with that?
  • I like Whistler's narration of this episode.


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Becoming, Part 1 Drabble
Spike had known for a while that his strength was returning. Still, there were days when he would have preferred to be a pile of ashes in that old church. The return of Angelus hadn’t exactly turned out to be the undead party they might have expected. Drusilla was taken in by him – it wasn’t her fault. She was crazy and all. But now that his legs were working again, the old feisty Spike was coming back with them. It was all about attitude, right?

Now, he was going to have to do something about this ending the world deal.


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