Retro Recap: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S5.E3 — “The Replacement”

On my seventh birthday… I wanted a toy fire truck, and I didn’t get it, and you were real nice about it, and then the house next door burnt down, and then real fire trucks came, and for years I thought you set the fire for me. And if you did, you can tell me. For a while last year, I thought I was lactose-intolerant, but it was just some bad Brie. Oh! Every Christmas, we watch Charlie Brown together, and I do the Snoopy dance. Read More Retro Recap: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S5.E3 — “The Replacement”

Retro Recap: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 3.13, “The Zeppo”

“But… It’s just that it’s buggin’ me, this ‘cool’ thing. I mean, what is it? How do you get it? Who doesn’t have it? And who decides who doesn’t have it? What is the essence of cool?”

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Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 2.20, “Go Fish”

I want you to know that I still care about you, no matter what you look like. And-and we can still date. Or-or not. I mean, I understand if you wanna see other fish. I’ll do everything I can to make your quality of life better, whether that means little bath toys or whatever.

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Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 2.17, “Passion”

Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping… waiting…  And though unwanted, unbidden… it will stir, open its jaws, and howl. It speaks to us, guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d be truly dead. Read More Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 2.17, “Passion”

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S2, E16, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”

I wish dating was like slaying. You know, simple, direct, stake to the heart, no muss, no fuss.

Last week we checked in on Willow’s love life and the week before we visited the horrorshow of Buffy’s relationship, so of course it’s time to check in on our other Scooby couple, Cordelia and Xander. There’s a lot to love in this episode and a surprising amount of foreshadowing that’s hidden in the small print ““ Spike’s human past as an unsuccessful poet (“It doesn’t have to be. What rhymes with lungs?”), Willow’s streak of hidden aggression (axe!), Amy’s rat transformation spell, and Xander’s mucking around with magic, causing chaos (“Once More with Feeling”). This is also the episode that introduces the phrase “The Big Bad.” Read More Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S2, E16, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S2, E14 “Innocence”

She made me feel like a human being. That’s not the kind of thing you just forgive. Read More Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S2, E14 “Innocence”

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S2, E7, “Lie To Me”

Yes, it’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after. Read More Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S2, E7, “Lie To Me”