And now, part 2 of “What’s My Line,” Buffy s02e10, from a person seeing it for the very first time:
- That is a damn clever way to make another Slayer, though I still like my “global coverage” idea.
- Dang, Kendra is all business. As a Slayer probably would be, let’s be honest.
- I want a look at this Slayer Handbook!
- My notes just say “W H A T” at this Xander/Cordelia moment, and that is a 100% literal transcription.
- Oh, the third assassin is this lady cop! She is not fucking around even a little.
- Kendra makes fantastic faces; that is pro-grade eye-roll.
- Buffy’s talking about “Ringwald movies” and just for a split second I wanted to believe the Buffyverse was a place where they made “Ringworld” movies based on the Niven book. Don’t mind me.
- Spike and Drusilla keep making out in front of people like that one ostentatious high school couple nobody liked to be around, except they’re also incredibly creepy, so it’s basically lose-lose all around.
- Seriously, this Order of Turaka lady cop is out for blood.
- Whoa, everybody’s throwing down in this episode! Go everybody!
- I know I’m supposed to like Oz, seeing as how he’s essentially a male Willow and hence better for her, but is he just a little tooooooo cutesy “random” with her? I think I’m just experiencing residual blowback from the Xander/Willow tension collapsing. I’ll be okay. Especially because I cannot wait to see where this Xander/Cordelia thing goes.
- Props to Kendra for surviving this episode, both as a new Slayer and as a black person in a fantasy setting! Nobody tell me if she comes back in another episode and gets killed.
Because I was a fool, and thought as a fool does, I never watched Buffy back in the day, and now that mistake is being corrected. Let’s go now to my impressions of part 1 of “What’s My Line,” s02e09:
- What high school puts the results from their “career day” surveys up on a bulletin board for everyone to see?
- What’s the deal with this Order of Turaka? Come to think of it, if vampires and Slayers have been around for a while, shouldn’t the vampires essentially have an anti-Slayer Delta Force somewhere, ready to call up? Is that what this is? I admit to having been influenced by the notion of the Blood Pack from Blade 2, but come on: it’s a valid concept!
- Props to the show for not dragging out this Oz/Willow thing: they meet at last. Though I’m forced to wonder what Xander’s gonna do from here on out?
- Honestly, Buffy, why so bummed about this cop thing? Being a cop would literally be the perfect cover for a Slayer.
- All right, so now the Order of Turaka is coming to town and they all seem to be human, since they’re walking around in daylight, but this third badass clearly came dressed to party.
- That’s no body double: Sarah Michelle Gellar can really skate, can’t she? What other hidden talents does she have? Can she play the drums? Is she a master high-diver?
- I realize ice skaters are theoretically easy to knock over, but at the same time, it seems like a completely stupid idea to attack a Slayer while she’s wearing knives on her feet.
- You’d think makeouts would snap Angel out of ugly-face battle mode, wouldn’t they?
- Oh, this other guy is made of mealworms? That’s … not good.
- Angel’s place is actually kind of cool in a museum-y way. Though Buffy should have better manners than to sleep in his bed with her boots on like that.
- Party Girl’s got a terrible accent, but her moves prove a baseline human can take on a Slayer with the right training! Damn!
- What’s Drusilla’s deal? Wait, how do vampires get sick? Is this an HIV metaphor?
- Oh shit, Party Girl is a Slayer?!?! Man, this actually makes a lot of sense: there should be global Slayer coverage, nahmean? Each region of the planet gets its own Slayer. Maybe they only thought there was one per generation because the Slayer concept started back in the olden dayes before air travel? This was a really good place to end part one of a two-parter.
I’m watching Buffy for the very first time with my girlfriend, who has all the DVDs; here are my reactions to s02e08, “The Dark Age.”
- Man, I forgot all about step aerobics. Did anyone else?
- Uh, can this guy not just run? From this weird zombie woman? Doesn’t seem like she can move very — oh, never mind.
- I reiterate my previous assumption that Buffy’s microskirts are worn for practicality in combat; it’s probably really hard to kick people in the face wearing a pencil skirt.*
- I like “England” as a nickname for Giles.
- Wait, was that Giles and Miss Callender’s first kiss? I find this hard to believe (I assumed it must’ve happened offscreen) — especially since she seems preeeetty DTF.
- I’m going to leave the Death Eater/Dark Mark joke this episode inspires on the table.
- Is that BASIC on the chalkboards in Miss Callender’s room?
- Note: dabbling in the dark arts will give you dreams that look like an Alice in Chains video, if Giles’s nightmares are to be believed.
- Aside from plot convenience, is there a reason why there’s a cage in the school library?
- Everybody’s getting a task in this plan and even Cordelia wants one, which is sort of touching.
- Buffy’s plan is surprisingly good, people.
- I’m glad to see Miss Callender survived the OH NOOOOOOOOOOOO
- Is she going to get back together with him or not? You can’t blame her if not, but she is a techno-pagan, for fucksake, it’s not like she’s never been exposed to magic. Also, Giles didn’t exactly mean for her to get possessed by a demon. Team Giles, everybody. Team Giles.
* Shout out to a diagram on the wall at the UNIQLO store for teaching me what kinds of skirts are what, though I don’t actually remember any other types now that I think about it.
All the time I get mad that I have this stupid meat sack body that’s not going to live forever. I want to see the future! I want to touch aliens! I want to touch sexy aliens! SPACE ARCHITECTURE. SPACE CLOTHES. Things in space.
This is a feeling I connect with on a deep and personal level. I joke about wanting to haunt my present house for a few centuries to see if they really end up building something like Starfleet headquarters here, but the actual percentage of joke in that statement is very small.