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Tonight's Buffy Episode: "Him"

I was really disappointed in tonight's Buffy episode. I'll put my thoughts in a cut, just in case anyone who hasn't seen the episode is reading this.

I thought this episode mostly played out like a bad fanfic of the "Uh-oh! A spell goes wrong and wreaks waaaaaacky havoc among the Scoobies!" genre. Some of the scenes seemed to go on about 10 times longer than they needed to, and I found myself make the same face I sometimes make when I'm on the phone with my mom ... the "Come on, come on, wrap it up, I can see where you're going, so we don't need to belabor it" face.

One thing I did appreciate was how the four women involved -- Buffy, Willow, Anya, and Dawn -- all morphed into their cliched personas on the series when they were trying to get RJ's attention. Buffy went to kill something. Willow went to cast a spell. Anya went to get money. And Dawn went to be a victim.

I mean ... it sort of turns them into caricatures instead of fully developed, complex characters, but I still thought it was mildly clever.

I also kind of enjoyed seeing Buffy acting like the chipper Bot. She even straddled RJ in the classroom. Too bad she never told Dawn, "You should see him naked!"

It was rather disconcerting to see Spike acting as Xander's mild-mannered, obedient side-kick. Spike is Xander's side-kick now? XANDER'S side-kick? Lo, how the mighty have fallen! How badly I wanted him to say something snarky! I miss the old Spike. Watching him meekly and silently follow Xander around while Nerdboy barked orders at him just felt ... wrong.

And I felt like a heck of a lot of the dialogue throughout the episode (about denying other people's feelings, for example) was All. About. Spike.

But then I always think that.

Maybe if I rewatch the episode when I'm less delirious from lack of sleep, I'll have more cogent thoughts with which I'll amaze and enlighten you. *shrug* I doubt it. But, for now, that's all I've got. Forgive me if it doesn't make sense. I'm zombified.

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foo_faedra
Nov. 5th, 2002 11:48 pm (UTC)
Couldn't agree more.

I was mostly irritated with this ep 'cause I felt like it wasn't going anywhere. No movement of the season's arc, no character development, nada. It had its moments but it wasn't enough. ME better get its shit together. Soon.

Didn't like Spike tagging along everywhere with Xander WITHOUT ANY SNARK. That won't do at all. Apparently, what little snarkage the s/x scenes had, was cut. Bleh.

But next week's promo looks interesting. Finally.
kimberly_a
Nov. 6th, 2002 12:35 pm (UTC)
I hadn't really noticed the lack of plot momentum in this episode until you mentioned it, but you're right. There was some subtle referencing to plot stuff, but no actual movement (except for Spike's literal moving in with Xander).
soulstar
Nov. 6th, 2002 09:17 am (UTC)
I actually rather enjoyed the ep, except for Dawn's painful efforts to get RJ to notice her. Ouch. *winces* I mean, no, it didn't go anywhere as such, except for establishing that Anya and Spike are now part of "the gang", but I generally enjoy the lighter, stand-alone eps, so maybe that's just me.

And I have to say, the scene where Buffy goes to kill the Principal (eee, she kept the bazooka from S2! And still has ammo!!) completely cracked me up. I loved the way they did that, with Mr Wood in the foreground, and the Spike-Buffy tussle out of focus in the background. Heheheh.

It was rather disconcerting to see Spike acting as Xander's mild-mannered, obedient side-kick. Spike is Xander's side-kick now? XANDER'S side-kick?

Yes, it was. And it wasn't *my* Spike either. But.... I can see why he's acting that way. In fact, I have a damn long essay about it that I should really get typed up and put on S&S. *g* With all he's been through, it's not at all surprising to me that he's subdued right now. I just hope he'll continue recovering, and well, if not get back to his old self, at least develop new strength. And snark. ;-)

I was also relieved to see that Buffy is finally showing at least a bit of consistancy in her views towards souled/non-souled vamps. And from what she said to Dawn, about Spike having gone away because he knew that attacking her had been wrong, they've had a talk and hashed things through a bit. Which gives me real hope for the rest of the season.
kimberly_a
Nov. 6th, 2002 12:33 pm (UTC)
Got to agree with you about the bazooka scene. I laughed the entire time Spike and Buffy were running around outside Wood's window.

I'll also agree with you that Spike's subdued behavior made sense for where his character is emotionally right now ... but I still found it disconcerting. Not wrong ... just disconcerting. :-)
vrya
Nov. 7th, 2002 05:04 am (UTC)

And I felt like a heck of a lot of the dialogue throughout the episode (about denying other people's feelings, for example) was All. About. Spike.

Well, it wasn't just you. Now whether that means we're *both* crazy is open to debate ;-)

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