This week, we are talking about “Smashed” on Buffy, a.k.a. the one where Buffy and Spike smash a house. But we don’t have to talk about that. We can talk instead about how cartoonish the Trio seem with their freeze-ray, or the messed up dynamic between Spike and Buffy, or Amy the rat leading Willow even further down her dark path to villainy. And then we can talk about the smashing. On Angel, we have a slight uptick in quality as Darla finally gives birth, and all the different interested parties close in on the gang. Holtz allows Angel a brief respite from the chase and Darla makes the ultimate sacrifice. We disagree on how affecting it is.
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We start to confront the idea of Willow as villain this week, as she takes her use of magic to reckless levels in her attempts to keep Tara happy. Hilarity ensues, but also a reckoning for Tara on Willow’s treatment of her. On Angel, we are getting a little tired of the flashbacks, as we know by now that Angel and Darla used to be bad, and unfortunately this episode spends a little too much time making that point yet again. But in the present day, Darla goes into labour and all the demons and lawyers in L.A. are trying to get their hands on the child and find out what his purpose is.
We’re a little out of order this week, talking first about “Offspring” on Angel. Darla finally arrives in L.A. and tells Angel he’s going to be a father, and Holtz arrives in the 21st Century. And that’s enough of that! Because! This week we also FINALLY made it to “Once More With Feeling” so let’s sing about it! There are trash fires in Sunnydale so you know it’s basically one of the best episodes of TV ever? YES. Go forth and enjoy.
This week, we have to talk about Willow. But first, it’s Halloween in Sunnydale! Dawn proves why you should always just stay home and watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Anya is thrilled when Xander finally announces their engagement. And then Willow heads to the dark side. Blerg. On Angel, as usual, the social message is a little hit or miss, but it’s a great Cordelia episode and we feel for Wesley. Poor man just has some bad breaks coming to him.
Ginny’s finally excited to talk about both episodes this week! Is “Life Serial” a nuanced take on toxic masculinity? We think it’s accidental, but it works super well 18 years later! Also, Buffy’s friends should definitely be paying rent, right? On Angel, Fred makes a decision to stay in LA and be part of the team, and we meet her charming parents.
This week on Buffy, Giles puts Willow in her place, Buffy must confront adult responsibilities, and we meet a trio of nerds up to no good. Basically no one seems to be thinking things through very well. On Angel, the gang runs up against an old man eager to relive his younger days, and Angel’s cockiness lands him in an ineffectual position.
This week, we ask the important question for this season: “Am I going to hate Willow?” What we really mean is that, though this Buffy season as a whole tends to get a less than enthusiastic response, man are they really laying some good groundwork here from the very start. On Angel, it’s a real one for the Angel universe as the team must confront their own relationships with each other, and Gunn seems to finally have to choose between his old life and his new one.
This week, Buffy’s friends realize their spell worked, and Buffy has a rough transition from the grave back to life. In LA, Angel and his team must find out what is causing Cordelia’s visions to manifest physically before one kills her.
We talk about the premieres of Season 6 of Buffy and Season 3 of Angel. On both shows, our heroes are dealing with the death of Buffy. The Scoobies go in to dark magics in order to bring back their friend, and Giles makes a choice about where he needs to be. Angel faces down a former friend and wrestles with knowing he survived Buffy’s death, and Fred struggles to venture out of her room. To be fair, she has taco delivery so, why leave?
Buffy, The Vampire Slayer Season 6 & Angel Season 3
This season, Buffy and her friends continue to find that growing up isn’t all that easy, and grapple with the aftermath of Buffy’s death and resurrection, Willow’s increasing reliance on and exploration of magic, and shifting relationships. A trio of evil nerds also show up to really show that slayer who the power is in Sunnydale. On Angel, Cordelia wrestles with her increasingly painful visions, Angel deals with surviving Buffy’s death and impending fatherhood, and a vampire hunter from Angel’s past arrives to LA, with dire consequences for the entire Angel Investigations team.