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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Band Candy

At the end of Season Two and the beginning of Season Three, Joyce was the source of at least some of Buffy’s problems. With a more supportive mother, she would not have ended up running away, for a start. Arguably, … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Homecoming

After a run of four high quality episodes to start the season, Homecoming feels like a throwback to Season One. Cordelia is social networking, literally buying votes in an attempt to become Homecoming Queen, Buffy is getting upset about not … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Beauty and the Beasts

So far this season every episode has taken an issue facing Buffy and dealt with it by translating a metaphor into a literal monster to fight. This week it is Faith’s turn to supply the metaphor: “all men are beasts,” … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith, Hope & Trick

Faith, Hope and Trick. Let’s deal with those three in reverse order, as that approach will take us on a journey from least to most interesting. Mr Trick is presumably going to be around for a while, so it’s too … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Dead Man’s Party

For the second episode in a row, the writers of Buffy deal with the metaphorical by translating it into the literal. Last week we had the idea of children being forced to grow up fast, represented by literal accelerated ageing. … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Anne

Like Season Two, we begin the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the world turned upside down for Buffy’s friends, with Willow, Xander and Oz trying to cope with life without her. They are a haphazard substitute for … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Becoming (Parts 1 and 2)

Joyce is a terrible mother, and not for the first time (see also Ted). Buffy quite rightly challenges her for failing to notice what has been going on: “How many times have you washed blood out of my clothing and … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Go Fish

For the second week in a row we’re exploring a classic horror theme, but it’s a very different kind of horror. Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of horror: the creepy kind, and the yucky kind. Last week was the … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I Only Have Eyes for You

To a large extent this episode is 42 minutes of classic horror. We have a haunting that has to be resolved by helping the spirit to achieve forgiveness and move on; we have dancing corpses, Willow eaten by the floor, … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Killed by Death

We all have our own childhood demons to face. They might be memories that haunt us: the trauma of a death in the family; that thing we saw that we should never have had to witness; the person in need … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Passion

Any review of Passion is obviously going to be dominated by one thing, but let’s at least look a the build-up to the shock moment in this episode first. Right from the start, Buffy’s world feels more dangerous than it … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

It would have been all too easy in a series set in a school to have the main characters with no other recurring cast, just writing in new additional supporting characters as per the requirements of each story. Buffy isn’t … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Phases

It’s hard to enjoy this episode in its original context any more. Everyone knows Oz is a werewolf, certainly on repeat viewing. I doubt many people ever approach this episode without that knowledge now. After several repeat viewings of Buffy, … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Innocence

Buffy has been a series about the dangers of physical attraction right from the opening scene of the very first episode, so we have been building up to this moment for a long time, but why is this such a … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Surprise

I’m not a fan of dream sequences in drama because they often seem like a cheat, an excuse for directors, writers and actors to have a bit of fun for the sake of something that ultimately doesn’t count for anything. … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bad Eggs

This is the first episode that has felt disappointing for a long time, and I think that’s because it lacks thematic depth. I have got used to Buffy having some kind of an issue to explore each week, but this … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ted

What an extraordinary episode this is. It’s like the first half was written to make the viewers really, really angry, and boy does it work. Ted is immediately a character we hate. We’re with Buffy every step of the way, … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: What’s My Line (Parts 1 and 2)

Buffy has been complaining about not being able to be a normal girl right from the start, and that is reinforced again here. There is a “career week” at school, but she doesn’t see much of a future for herself. … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Dark Age

Last week Buffy learned a tough lesson in life, summed up by Giles’ ironic speech at the end of the episode: there isn’t always going to be a clear line between the heroes and the villains. Sometimes that line will … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lie to Me

In Lie to Me, Buffy finds out that life is tough. She is betrayed by an old friend, who she discovers is dying, and that has driven him to horrific extremes. He is a member of yet another teenage cult, … Continue reading

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