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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Buffy 1.3 - Witch, 1.4 - Teacher's Pet

Wow. I did *not* remember that this witch thing started so early. But, the witch excitement is not the only thing that starts early.
Joyce: "I don't get it."
Buffy: "I'm inscrutable, huh?"
Joyce: "You're 16."
I always had trouble with how not awesome Joyce was as a mom. Now, that seems to be a necessary part of having a superhero child - how else could you spend most of your evening out slaying if your mom were really on top of it? (There's a fantastic moment some time way later where Buffy asks just that, but in a much more dramatic way.) But it was also always clear that she's distracted for very understandable reasons, especially at the beginning. Single mom, working hard to start over, and there is that whole "if you don't know about the slaying you just think Buffy is hardcore teenage drama and a pretty serious discipline case to boot." And, of course, with the other stuff going on in the episode, there's a little perspective to be had.

And then there's the dad stuff with Giles. Seriously, who doesn't want a dad who will cast out evil forces and take on a crazy witch to save your life? Or, you know, just be there and not suck. That relationship is, of course, one of the best parts about the show.

Favorite lines:
Xander:- What do you mean - we're a team! Aren't we a team?
Willow: Yeah. You're the Slayer, and we're like, the Slayerettes.

Xander: For I am Xander - king of cretins. May all lesser cretins bow before me.

Amy's mom: I shall look upon my enemy and the dark place shall have her soul.

Teacher's Pet
I take back what I said about not spoiling. These entries will be spoilery, though I will spoilery tag huge things. 

It bugs me that the stake in Xander's dream went into the wrong side of the vampire's chest.

OMG. The lead singer of the band at The Bronze is wearing a ginormous shiny silver shirt. OMG.

It's interesting watching from the beginning - I forget what a really bad slayer she was at the start.

Excellent lines
Principle Flutie: HEAL!

Buffy: Giles, while we're young.

Buffy, as Angel walks away: Oh, boy.

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