Buffy The Vampire Slayer – tape 2468

First on this tape, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and Homecoming. Buggy is going out with Scott, who we know is a loser because he’s not Angel. Nobody else knows that Angel is back from the dead except Buffy. Buffy tells Angel she’s seeing Scott “because he’s reliable.” Then Scott dumps her. Meanwhile there’s two buff army types watching Buffy from inside a van, and transmitting her picture to an old guy, who’s working with Mr Trick.

Old Guy and Mr Trick

We’re also introduced to the Mayor for (I presume) the first time. And Faith is around, and training with Buffy.

Mr Trick has assembled a lot of people to take out Buffy and Faith. Slayerfest ’98. But Buffy has a more important mission: Beat Cordelia to Homecoming Queen.

Danny Strong as Jonathan makes another of his guest appearances early in the show. He’s now a screenwriter, who wrote the screenplays for the last two Hunger Games movies.

Buffy and Jonathan

Buffy and Faith are supposed to get the same Limo to the prom, but the gang switch it, so that Buffy and Cordelia can sort out their differences. Unfortunately, that’s when the Slayerfest starts, so Buffy not only has to fight off the bad guys, but has to protect Cordelia. Excapt when Cordelia persuades one fo the bad guys that she’s a slayer, and just makes him run away. Brilliant.

The next episode is Band Candy. Giles and Joyce are pressuring Buffy to study for her SATs. The Principal is getting the kids to sell Band Candy to the neighbourhood. But Buffy is ducking out to be with Angel, which she can’t tell anyone.

But the Band Candy is cursed, by Giles’ old enemy Ethan Raine. And it’s making all the adults behave like kids.

Giles Smoking

Giles and Joyce in particular are great fun, with Giles reverting to his early ‘Ripper’ persona.

But the infantilisation of the adults is not just for fun. It’s to allow collection of a tribute to a big demon – who eats babies.

The Demon, when it appears, it a fairly mediocre CGI snake. Buffy didn’t have the budget or technology to really pull off great CGI characters, so it’s a bit of a disappointment.

Lurconis

But the real job of this episode is to set up the Mayor as the big bad for this series, along with his associate, Mr Trick. Harry Groener really enjoys playing the Mayor, and there’s a good argument to be made that he’s the best season-villain the show ever had.

The Mayor and Mr Trick

The next episode, Revelations, starts off with Willow and Xander still jittery about their recent smooch, and has Buffy and Faith’s training interrupted by the arrival of Gwendoline Post – Faith’s new watcher, played by Serena Scott Thomas – last seen in this blog for her starring role as Diana in Diana: Her True Story.

Gwendoline Post

She spends her first scene belittling Giles, then announces that a Demon called Lagos who is looking for the Glove of Mynhegon. When she leaves, Buffy’s response is “Interesting lady. Can we kill her?”

Xander goes to the place where the glove is supposed to be buried, and sees someone leaving with a package. It’s Angel, who he last saw as a totally evil vampire. He follows him back to the place he’s living, and sees him kissing Buffy. You can see where this might be going.

The Glove of Mynhegon looks a bit scary. “Once you put it on, you can never take it off.”

The Glove of Mynhegon

The gang are mortified that Buffy has been hiding Angel, particularly Giles, given what Angel did to him last season.

Angel isn’t the problem, though. When Giles tells Miss Post about the glove, and suggests a way to destroy it, she clonks him on the head with a big statue. When Faith and Xander find Giles out cold, she assumes Angel is responsible and goes off to sort him out.

There’s some really good stunt work in this episode, culminating in a superb Buffy vs Faith showdown at Angel’s place. The choreography of their fight is fantastic, and the performers sell it magnificently.

But while the slayers are busy fighting, Miss Post grabs the glove and puts it on, charging it up with Lightning an hurling bolts of electricity around.

Buffy knows what to do, though, and chucks a sharp chunk of glass at her to take off her arm, leaving her a bit susceptible to the lightning. More great effects here, too.

Miss Post Gets Zapped

After the last episode, recording switches to the start of an episode of So Graham Norton. But there’s only a few minutes of the opening of one episode before that recording ends and we’re back to Sky One with the start of an episode of Train Wrecks – literally a programme about train crashes.

This recording ends, and underneath there’s an episode of Battle Stripes. Then it’s followed by an episode of Gun Law. The tape ends with the start of an episode of The PJs.

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One comment

  1. Danny Strong’s main credit now in as co-creator of “Empire,” which I can’t imagine you (or I) watching.

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