Hey! Dear Boy did a lot happen this week! Buffy goes on a vision quest to get to the bottom of Joyce’s illness, only to find out the tragic truth about Dawn. Later, she and we meet the Beast, in all her red satin Glory. In LA, a badly sleep-deprived Angel encounters and confronts a demon from his own past.
Spike gets us talking about that time Allie spoiled Dawson’s Creek for Ginny, and then we chart the natural, nuanced exit for Riley that could have been. Speaking of Riley’s exit, Spike begins to suspect his hatred for Buffy might be turning into…something else. Ship sets sail. On Angel, the team must deal with a telekinetic runaway from Wolfram & Hart, which we don’t have a ton to say about but we like where this season is going. Finally, please enjoy our recommendation for a 90’s Robert Downey Jr. Rom Com marathon!
We get extra chatty this week about adventures in cat sitting before settling in to chat double the Xander and a day in the life of Charles Gunn. On Buffy, Xander finds his life suddenly taken over by a more responsible version, but he turns out to be just another side of the smooshed coin. Meanwhile, we discuss whether Anya or Xander has a healthier approach to villain recovery, but, we’re sorry, we forgot to talk about Buffy’s heinous brown pants. We were just too angry about the onset of Bad Boyfriend Riley. On Angel, we aren’t sure if the Darla stuff works, but we’ll wait and see. We are, however, definitely here for the well-rounded characterization of Gunn and his slow involvement with the team.
We finally meet Dawn this week, and find out all about Buffy’s little sister, who has definitely been here this whole time, totally, don’t you remember? Over in LA, the team confronts a demon from Angel’s past and finds some new digs.
We’re back for Season 5! Aka the start of the era of golden haired, adult Buffy. Dracula is in Sunnydale and everyone is a little too cool with it until they’re not. Meanwhile, over in L.A., Angel and team are racking up victories until Angel makes an oopsie and has to sing some Barry Manilow about it and then joust to fix it. We discuss our meh feelings about these season intros, but we all know the real, big news: Dawn is not coming, Dawn is here. Are we looking forward to next week? Maybe?
OMWC Season 5: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 5 and Angel, Season 2
We continue our Buffy and Angel coverage, with season 5 and 2, respectively. This season, the Scoobies head further into adulthood, with apartment leases, siblings, and family tragedy. Buffy learns the ropes of elder sisterhood and begins to dig more into her slayer heritage, while the gods come to play on the hellmouth. Over in L.A., Angel continues to expand his team and and begins his quest to realize the Shanshu prophecy, as Wolfram & Hart pursue their own agenda.
We talk weird dreams and repeat dreams this week, as the Scoobies find themselves stalked by the first slayer in their sleep. It’s the odd duck of Buffy finales, but also the dividing line between two very different shows with a clear direction for the fears and questions to be faced by the gang as they move into adulthood. Later, Angel’s finale is less successful as a finale, but works well to shut the door on the film noir journey and embrace the antagonists of Wolfram & Hart, and Angel’s journey with the Shanshu prophecy. Also, hey Darla! You look good for a pile of dust!
We talk dated Matrix references this week in both “Primeval” and “Blind Date”, and whether there are any good reasons to keep Spike around, and we strongly disagree on the success of Buffy’s showdown with Adam. But, for “Primeval”, we do agree this pseudo finale was as good as it could be with a glorified demon of the week promoted to Big Bad. Ultimately, can a finale type episode work when the main emotional stakes don’t belong to our heroine? Maybe this is Riley’s story and Buffy is just wandering in. On Angel, it’s a Wolfram & Hart episode and we all know those are the best episodes.
We disagree on “The Yoko Factor” but we do agree that drunk Giles is forever amazing and that the episode undoes last week’s amazing ending of “Sanctuary”. Elsewhere, feminist hero Spike sets the record straight on who broke up the Beatles and in “War Zone”, we get Gunn’s origin story and a promise that he’ll be back. ’Til next time, Ginny would like everyone to watch Bones.
We chat Oz’s return and Faith’s rehabilitation this week. Oz finds things are not just the way he left them and we get treated to the best depiction of a love triangle maybe ever. On Angel, everyone is shocked, shocked to find out Angel is trying to help Faith, while Wesley makes his allegiances clear and Buffy and Angel have their most honest conversation (ok, fight) ever.
Faith surfaces again this week, this time to wreak her violent game on Angel and team, with a little financial incentive from the legal team of Wolfram & Hart. Speaking of, welcome Lindsey and Lila to the actual story! Elsewhere, Buffy and Riley have a lot of sex, the end.
Jonathan is back this week as just the Superstar needed to help Buffy get back to herself in! We also chart the real life superstar career trajectory of Danny Strong, Ginny tells us about the amazing Buffy/Aladdin connection you never knew existed, and on Angel, we grapple with the absolute nonsense of a happy pill turning Angel temporarily evil, but otherwise, a solid outing! Things are looking up for Angel Investigations and we could not be more ready.
Faith’s back again this week to sow her special brand of destruction - or, wait, is that Buffy? It’s a Slayer Freaky Friday as Faith sees a way out of her dead end of consequences, only to learn that maybe there’s a reason not to do things “because it’s wrong!” On Angel, our hero finds himself drafted into an underground demon fight club, Cordelia and Wesley learn to work together, and we finally meet Lila!
This week, we talk dreams and how Buffy just does them so well. Little sis is coming! Faith also wakes up from her coma to meddle in Buffy’s new life, and on Angel, Kate is back and it’s time to admit fetch is never gonna happen, ok? It’s fine, the flashbacks with Darla and Mrs. Reynolds got us through it.
This week, Ginny fills us in on her Phantom of the Opera experience and we discuss the concept of “sweeps” and what it used to mean when Nielsen regularly broke our hearts (pour one out for Enlisted and Trophy Wife). But meanwhile, on the shows we are supposed to be talking about, we need to talk about Adam. On Angel, there’s a demon possession, but we’re living in the alternate reality of Watcher. It’s nice here.
This week, we are talking about two examples of feminism on TV, one successful, one not (guess which). Buffy joins the Initiative and we meet our Big Bad, while Angel finds himself in the middle of a gender war from another dimension. Also, are the Initiative disruptors?
This week, we say "NO" to a Buffy reboot (unless it's Fray) and chat "A New Man" and "Expecting"! There's a lot of demon stuff this week, as Giles gets turned into one by mortal enemy Ethan, and Cordelia faces the prospect of giving birth to seven little ones. There are also some themes about growing apart and growing up and finding your family, blah blah. It's just good character work.
This week, Buffy is at her melodramatic worst, and we are over it. As for the Hellmouth Apocalypse, whatever, the Zeppo did it better. On Angel, Kate is back, which is annoying, but hey! Jeremy Renner is here to work out his daddy issues with his sire! So much 2000s era hair gel and facial hair to enjoy!
Is “Hush” a perfect episode of TV? Does that even exist? That’s right, It’s the “Hush” episode! Also, we watch an episode of Angel, but first the Gentlemen are here to cut our hearts out and clap politely. Buffy and Riley learn they have a lot in common, and the Scoobies learn to stop talking and take some action already. On Angel, Wesley is the best thing to ever happen, and we could watch the gang eat breakfast all day.
This week, Claire’s back! We talk “Something Blue”, “Hero”, and Spike’s favorite show, Passions! On Buffy, Spike and Buffy succumb to Willow’s wicca will and find themselves betrothed (“Wind Beneath My Wings”, yay or nay?). On Angel, we say goodbye to Doyle, and mostly we’re just relieved.
This week, we try to have a thoughtful, respectful conversation about Pangs and we apologize if we failed. Then, on Angel, our hearts get broken by what might have been.