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2003-02-12 02:42:47+00:00 - This is more like it (spoilers for "First Date") - (unboundi@aol.com)


After the very pedestrian "The Killer In Me," things got back on track in a much stronger way with "First Date." We learn how Giles escaped the Bringer's ax (how nice of the Bringer to wear a pair of squeeky shoes), we see Xander continue to be a demon babe magnet, Andrew shun The First's attempt to have him kill the Slayerettes and best of all, we learn what's what with Principal Wood. Turns out that he's not just a rogue demon and vampire killer (hmmm that sounds familiar), but his mother also happened to have been a slayer who was killed by a vampire. And for those who remember "Fool For Love," you only get one guess as to which vampire killed Wood's mom. Once again, ME does a superb job of weaving past plotlines into the current storyline. So now we have a Buffy-Spike-Wood triangle that isn't so much about love or sex, but about trust (how much trust can Buffy put in the chip-less Spike) and vengence (Wood's possible attempt to avenge the death of his mother). And just as important, Buffy needs all of the allies she can muster at this point in time and Wood may certainly be helpful. He clearly wasn't intimidated by The First when it appeared to him in the guise of his mother. This wasn't a perfect episode by any means. I would like someone to explain how exactly Xander sent Willow the text message notifying her he was in trouble. And each time Buffy and Willow have a scene together, it reminds me how far removed they are from the early seasons of the series when they worked magic (no pun intended) together. Perhaps it's intentional because the two characters have grown far apart in recent seasons. But it's impossible to watch them without feeling a sense of sadness at a friendship that isn't quite what it once was. "It's time to get serious." Indeed it is and only Giles seems to be aware of the gravity of the situation for the bulk of the episode. In their own ways, Buffy and Xander try for a moment of normalcy, an escape from the horror that is confronting them. But normalcy is no longer in the cards. The First has returned and a date can never be just a date. Instead, it produces a chain of events which could ultimately lead to Spike confronting the son of one of the two slayers he has killed. Once again ME dips into the show's past as it unfolds its present and it does so in fascinating and powerful detail. Unbound I Check out my book about The X-Files at http://www.trafford.com/robots/02-0625.html

2003-02-12 02:42:47+00:00 - This is more like it (spoilers for "First Date") - (unboundi@aol.com)


After the very pedestrian "The Killer In Me," things got back on track in a much stronger way with "First Date." We learn how Giles escaped the Bringer's ax (how nice of the Bringer to wear a pair of squeeky shoes), we see Xander continue to be a demon babe magnet, Andrew shun The First's attempt to have him kill the Slayerettes and best of all, we learn what's what with Principal Wood. Turns out that he's not just a rogue demon and vampire killer (hmmm that sounds familiar), but his mother also happened to have been a slayer who was killed by a vampire. And for those who remember "Fool For Love," you only get one guess as to which vampire killed Wood's mom. Once again, ME does a superb job of weaving past plotlines into the current storyline. So now we have a Buffy-Spike-Wood triangle that isn't so much about love or sex, but about trust (how much trust can Buffy put in the chip-less Spike) and vengence (Wood's possible attempt to avenge the death of his mother). And just as important, Buffy needs all of the allies she can muster at this point in time and Wood may certainly be helpful. He clearly wasn't intimidated by The First when it appeared to him in the guise of his mother. This wasn't a perfect episode by any means. I would like someone to explain how exactly Xander sent Willow the text message notifying her he was in trouble. And each time Buffy and Willow have a scene together, it reminds me how far removed they are from the early seasons of the series when they worked magic (no pun intended) together. Perhaps it's intentional because the two characters have grown far apart in recent seasons. But it's impossible to watch them without feeling a sense of sadness at a friendship that isn't quite what it once was. "It's time to get serious." Indeed it is and only Giles seems to be aware of the gravity of the situation for the bulk of the episode. In their own ways, Buffy and Xander try for a moment of normalcy, an escape from the horror that is confronting them. But normalcy is no longer in the cards. The First has returned and a date can never be just a date. Instead, it produces a chain of events which could ultimately lead to Spike confronting the son of one of the two slayers he has killed. Once again ME dips into the show's past as it unfolds its present and it does so in fascinating and powerful detail. Unbound I Check out my book about The X-Files at http://www.trafford.com/robots/02-0625.html