Being a Better Geek: Buffy Week 3

Posted on 04 May 2012 by VinnieAve

So another series has come and gone.

Vinnie’s Take

The Puppet Show
This was seemed to be just another crappy episode than something happened. It turns out the dummy isn’t the villain. We get to see more of Giles in danger, which gives me some great pleasure for some reason. I think this might have been the turning point in the show for me.

Nightmares
I know this trope has been done but I think the Nightmares coming to life thing was done well. It did a good job of building the characters a little more. I think it could have been a better tie to the overall plot but that’s just my desire.

Out of Mind, Out of Sight
This was a cool one, this is episode I think that won me over to saying that I would be willing to watch more of this show. I liked the way we brought in characters who haven’t been part of the main cast (although Cordelia has been in the opening credits.)

Prophecy Girl
Okay the wrapping up the Master storyline could have been done better but it still had good feel of closure overall. I can say I am happy with this show in the end.

DM’s Take

The Puppet Show
Hands down in my top 10 episodes of Buffy. I really hope Vincenzo likes this one. Was it predictable? Absolutely. That said the actors hit it spot on and I really enjoyed Sid. This is one of the reasons that I wanted Vincenzo to see the first season.

Nightmares

A solid follow up to “the Puppet Show”, Nightmares gives us a classic trope in sci-fi/fantasy of dream exploration. I thought they handled how they did this well and some of the nightmares, stereotyped as they were, were downright fantastic. Excellent acting on this episode and well written I thought. Only downside: We have begun the slippery slope of saying, “Well it’s the Hellmouth, stuff like that just happens here”.

Out of Mind, Out of Sight
Is having Clea DuVall on your show a trope? I think it has to be. Well she is here, she is crazy and invisible, get used to her. An ok episode that went a little too far into mushy for my taste. And at this point I am ready for that first season synthesizer music to stop fucking playing. I want something else; I don’t care what it is.

Prophecy Girl
A solid season ender in my opinion. It could have been anticlimactic but for the acting. It has some horridly hokey one-liners but I am still majorly happy with it. Finally, Joss gets the award for not dragging stuff out by resolving Buffy-Xander, Xander-Willow, and the Master all by seasons end. Rock on Joss, enjoy your booby prize.

With any luck, though it doesn’t seem like he truly enjoyed the show, I hope that Vincenzo may see why a good chunk of my generation latched onto this show and rode it out to the end. Maybe someday he may even be willing to go into the second or third seasons where the show takes off nicely.

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