Further adventures of elephantine proportions.
The thing is that I think I’m falling in love with you.
Is it bad to have a crush on someone based on their stance on religious phrasing in the pledge of allegiance?
So I’m just going to put this here since it’s my littlest corner of the internet… I asked somebody out today. And this somebody said yes. And it’s making me happy. (Cue overly giddy grin.) That is all.
That moment where you feel like you were totally unproductive today and then you remember that besides going to class, working out, and not wiping out in the snow, you also read four books for grad school.
I’m not certain that the best first episode for Season Two is an episode that calls so clearly back to the end of Season One. In one sense, it seems like backtracking. Admittedly, being killed is a big deal for cute little Season One Buffy, so the emotional arc rings true.
Xander and Willow are so cute at the beginning of the episode too! As with most of the audience, I so wish that Buffy hadn’t interrupted.
Also, the Anointed One is an annoying namby-pamby. Can’t wait for him to catch some sunlight.
Several people I know have said that people fall for Buffy, really fall, in the second season. Much as I hate to point out any flaws in such a perfect, perfect show, I have to agree. Season One does a lot of things really well, but overall it’s a little bit of an up and down season. Less than half of the first season makes it onto my (highly unscientific) MEMORABLE list.
On the other hand, the first season does serve to introduce strong characters with even stronger witty banter (always a plus), as well as provide a stable season arc. We’re introduced to a vampire slayer who is firmly retired—by the end of the season, not only is she unretired, but she is ready to die to stop an apocalypse (something of a recurring theme later in the series). If we’re talking classical hero’s journey, Season One is both a full hero’s journey in its own right (including the literal death of the hero), AND just the first portion of the hero’s journey that extends throughout the entire series. In other words, it’s a strongly plotted show, and satisfying because of that stability.
Next up, Season Two. I’ve been struggling with how to do the recaps for the first eight episodes because I watched them out of order (with a friend who’d never seen Buffy before) before backtracking to my previous spot in Season One—so there are things I don’t remember quite as well. Those recaps might be on the shorter side…