Rewatching Buffy – Episodes 25, 26, & 27

buffy-titleWelcome to Rewatching Buffy, the part of the blog where I rewatch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Each Tuesday evening, you’re invited to join me as I attempt to rediscover what made me love this show 20 years ago.

Surprise

  • What’s Drusilla doing in Buffy’s house? And why is The Bronze inside Buffy’s bathroom? And why is Willow speaking French to a monkey? Oh, right… dream.
  • Dream goes from weird to tragic as Buffy sees Angel staked by Drusilla, who then wishes her a happy birthday.
  • That’s kinda sweet.
  • They’ve been ramping up the sappy romance between Buffy and Angel throughout the second season.
  • To quote the great philosopher, Han Solo, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”
  • There’s a lot of talk about sex without actually talking about sex.
  • “I’m gonna ask you to go out with me tomorrow night and I’m kind of nervous about it, actually. It’s interesting.” – Oz asking Willow out. What do we think? Good line to use in the real world?
  • The gang is planning a surprise party for Buffy’s birthday.
  • That’s kinda sweet.
  • Meanwhile, Spike and Drusilla are planning a party. Which probably spells certain doom for everyone.
  • Oh, and Spike’s in a wheelchair after the events of What’s My Line, Part 2…
  • Ms. Calendar is visited by a mysterious stranger. Turns out it’s her uncle.
  • Oh, and she’s a member of the Romany tribe that cursed Angel with his soul. She’s in Sunnydale to keep an eye on him and make sure he remains cursed, that he remains in torment for his past transgressions.
  • Giles says precisely a lot. I don’t think I say that word enough.
  • On the way to Buffy’s surprise party, Buffy comes across a few hench-vampires collecting another package for Dru’s big party. She stakes two of the three and manages to get her hands on the box they were trying to steal.
  • And she literally crashes her own surprise party. And the box contains an arm that tries to strangle Buffy when it’s opened. So what’s in the other boxes?
  • Angel recognizes the arm. He talks about a demon called the Judge who was once called forth to separate the righteous from the wicked and burn the righteous down.
  • The Judge couldn’t be killed, so he was disassembled and buried throughout the far reaches of the earth.
  • Jenny has a great idea: Angel should take this arm far away from Sunnydale to prevent Drusilla from reassembling the Judge. She’s desperate to separate him from Buffy. She eases his suffering.
  • At the docks, as Angel’s about to board a cargo ship bound for someplace far away, he and Buffy are ambushed. Hench-vampires get the arm back.
  • And the Judge is reassembled. Kinda looks like a big, evil Smurf. He demonstrates his power by zapping one of the hench-vampires.
  • Buffy and Angel head to the factory, assuming that’s where they’ll find Spike, Dru, and the Judge. The Judge senses them and they’re captured.
  • They manage to get away before getting zapped and hide out at Angel’s place.
  • Uh… all that tension… it’s been building up… yep, they’re gonna do it.
  • In the middle of the night, Angel wakes up in pain. He runs outside screaming Buffy’s name.
  • To be continued…
  • Body count: Vampires – 3

Innocence

  • A random woman is smoking in the alley and goes to check on Angel.
  • He’s feeling better. Then he feeds on her. And exhales the smoke from her cigarette.
  • Uh, I don’t think that’s how that works.
  • Oh, and Angel is apparently evil again. That can’t be good.
  • Typical… a girl sleeps with a dreamy guy. Now that he’s gotten what he wanted from the relationship he turns into a jerk.
  • Buffy’s worried because she hasn’t heard from Angel since he disappeared.
  • Angel’s busy showing up at the factory again. But this time when the Judge tries to kill him, there’s no humanity to burn out of him.
  • I gotta tell ya, I think I like Angelus a lot more than Angel. This evil Angel is a lot funnier.
  • “It made me sick to my stomach seeing you being the Slayer’s lap dog.” – Spike… Just wait, dude. Three years or so, you’ll be her lap dog, too.
  • Oh… that was a spoiler. My bad.
  • Willow catches Xander and Cordelia kissing. That can’t be good.
  • Buffy goes back to Angel’s place trying to find him.
  • She finds him.He’s not acting like himself. Very nonchalant about the whole “we had sex for the first time” thing.
  • Nonchalant isn’t the right word. He’s down right mean to her. And he’s clearly enjoying it.
  • Jenny’s uncle lets her know that Angel’s soul is removed if he experiences one moment of true happiness.
  • Well, that’s information that would have been helpful yesterday.
  • Angelus shows up at the school and tricks Willow into getting a little too close. Buffy arrives in time to stop him from killing her.
  • In discussing what could have caused the Angelus transformation, Buffy realizes that she caused it.
  • In slightly better news, Xander has a plan to deal with the Judge.
  • In her grief, Buffy has a cryptic dream that leads her to understand that Jenny knows more about Angel’s lost soul than she’s been letting on.
  • She confronts her and demands that Angel be cursed again.
  • Before Jenny can take Buffy to her uncle, Angelus kills him. Brutally.
  • Back to Xander’s plan… He and Cordelia break into a local army base and steal something. He reveals that he still has all the memories from Halloween when he turned into a soldier.
  • When the bad guys aren’t at the factory, the good guys figure out that they’re probably going to cause a massacre at the mall.
  • The Judge zaps one old dude before Angelus tells the hench-vamps to block the exits.
  • The Judge starts zapping everyone at once. But Buffy stops him with a crossbow. But it’s just to distract him.
  • Then she pulls out the rocket launcher. Pieces of Judge all over the Food Court.
  • Angelus and Drusilla split up. Buffy goes after Angelus. Epic fight ensues.
  • She can’t bring herself to kill him. Yet. Instead she kicks him in the balls.
  • So, just when you thought Spike & Dru were the big bads of the season, we get Angelus.
  • Body count: Humans – 3
  • I’m not counting the Judge in the body count. He could only be dismembered, not killed.

Phases

  • Oz notices the cheerleading trophy from The Witch episode. “It’s like its eyes follow you wherever you go.”
  • ‘Cause they do.
  • Willow worries that things aren’t moving quickly enough with Oz.
  • Meanwhile, Xander and Cordelia are making out in her car under a beautiful full moon.
  • While some hairy creature watches from the bushes and growls. Hmm…
  • And then it attacks. Definitely a werewolf.
  • Full moon gave it away.
  • They’re teaching self-defense in gym. Because a full moon could bring out the crazies.
  • Also because you live on the Hellmouth.
  • A large misogynist makes a big deal about how he was bitten by a large dog last week.
  • Oz makes a small deal about how he was bitten by his little cousin.
  • One of them is clearly the werewolf.
  • Giles discovers that werewolves can appear for three nights: the night of the full moon and the two nights surrounding it.
  • On the actual full moon night, Buffy is on patrol and gets netted by a hunter named Cain. He hunts werewolves. For sport.
  • Apparently, werewolf pelts go for top dollar in Sri Lanka.
  • Cain doesn’t seem to care that werewolves are human beings the other 28 days of the month.
  • Which begs the question: do werewolf pelts just turn into human skin when there’s not a full moon out?
  • A girl from self defense class is walking at night and runs from probably the werewolf. Then she runs into Angelus, who offers to walk her home. And since he knows Buffy, he must be safe.
  • Frying pan… fire…
  • Cut to The Bronze where Cordelia and Willow are complaining about their fellas.
  • Suddenly, there’s a werewolf. Not very stealthy.
  • Buffy confronts the Wolfman on stage, but it gets away through the window.
  • That window breaks a lot.
  • Angelus confronts the Wolfman after feeding on the girl from school. But Angelus is smart enough not to pick a fight, slinking away.
  • So… no more mystery… we see the werewolf turn back into Oz after the sunrises.
  • He calls his aunt to ask if his cousin is a werewolf. I could see why that’s something you don’t just bring up at the family reunion.
  • Xander assumes the wolf is the bully guy and interrogates him. Turns out he’s not a wolf. He’s just gay.
  • Buffy discovers that the girl from self defense class was killed by a vampire. Also, she turned into one. “Angel sends his love,” she says before Xander stakes her.
  • Willow shows up at Oz’s house to confront him about the stagnation of their relationship.
  • He’s desperately trying to get rid of her… because there’s a bad moon on the rise.
  • See what I did there?
  • Oz transforms. Willow screams. It’s a whole thing.
  • This would be easier to deal with today, in the age of cellphones. “Siri, call Buffy! Buffy, Oz is the werewolf! Come quick!”
  • Willow is able to get to the library to let Giles and Buffy know.
  • They get to Oz with a tranq gun before Cain can kill him with the rifle.
  • Body count: Humans – 1; Vampires – 1… self defense girl died twice…
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