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.
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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.
It’s a long one this week, but it’s “The Gift” so we know you’ll forgive us! It’s a treasure trove of metaphors as Buffy makes the ultimate sacrifice and the show grows up. We also chat about getting in the holiday spirit and “There’s No Place Like Plrtz Glrb,” and it actually has some cool parallels to “The Gift!”
The places are getting set for the finale, but we have timeline questions about Buffy, and Buffy’s reactions and fear in the face of Glory feel a little forced to us, but we are ready to see what it all leads up to, especially after noticing all the ground work being laid for Season 6! On Angel, we love the symbolism of the title for once, as everyone finds out the dark reflection of the Pylea sunshine and princess-making.
This week, we chat the joys of plane travel and Waco, TX, before getting into “Spiral” and “Over the Rainbow”. First up, we seriously question the Knights of Byzantium and whether they detract from the success of Glory as a villain, and discuss Ben’s hard choices and bad decisions. On Angel, we are enjoying watching the gang in the daylight after they all travel to Pylea, though this trip is just getting started.
A lot happens on both shows this week! On Buffy, how much of a father figure is Giles supposed to be? Willow learns the wrong lessons from a fight, and then, Glory finds the wrong key, with bad consequences for Tara. On Angel, as portals open across LA, the gang is struggling to find happiness with their current lots in life, and the Host comes to Angel for help tracking down a demon.
This week, what we did on our Buffy breaks and proper sun care! Meanwhile, Buffy deals with the question of whether she can be the slayer and still love, and we think the show is trying to retcon some questionable writing around Riley’s exit, but overall it opens some questions and themes that will take us into the next season as well. Spike proves his loyalty to Buffy and Dawn, and Glory starts her hunt for a human key. The Buffybot is still gross, but we like her fashion choices! On Angel, we say goodbye to Lindsey for now, and we can start to ship Cordial and Angel.
This week, we’re so thrilled we loved Angel again! But first, Buffy and Dawn have to bury their mother and deal with the aftermath of Joyce’s death. We argue about whether Dawn is reacting like a girl whose mother just died or if the writer’s continue to write her too young, but ultimately we appreciate the fantastic melding of horror and emotion in this episode, as well as some pretty significance foreshadowing with Willow. On Angel, Harmony travels to LA for some girl time with Cordelia, and what can we say? Hilarity ensues. Here’s to Harmony and Vampire pyramid schemes!
Ok it’s that episode. We spend 50 minutes watching our favorite characters deal with a death they couldn’t prevent or stop from happening. We’re wrecked but also really admiring a great episode of television. And then, we finally like Angel again! This week’s course correction is welcome and maybe a little meta about the nosedive the show has been taking these last few weeks with the spiraling Angel arc. But we’re here for the rebound!
It’s the “boy builds sex robot” episode of Buffy that takes a bit of a different turn. Buffy learns to be ok with being single. And then there’s the ending we all knew was coming. Oof. On Angel, what even was that? We attempt to parse the hot mess that was “Reprise” but we just don’t know. What was reprised?
We mostly like this episode of Buffy this week, but we agree some of the plot points feel a little forced, especially when you tie in what’s been going on over in LA. That said, Drusilla and Spike in the same room again is a treat. And we aren’t sure if we know where the shows land on the capability of vampires to love, as Angel and Spike seem to have different ideas about that. On Angel, we finally focus more on the former Angel Investigations team, which is all we’ve been asking for. Unfortunately, they are dealing with zombie cops this week in Gunn’s old neighborhood, Wesley gets shot, and we’re not sure that poor girl ever got her eye fixed. Also, Kate is back and is almost fine. Almost.
We’re fighting this week about acting choices but we do agree this is a huge episode for Dawn and Buffy and for us. Identity, relationships and reality are all on the table. Angel continues to disappoint us on a massive scale. We like the show where the rest of the gang solve mysteries in mansions, Clue-style. Let’s watch that one!
Glory is a great villain, but did she have to be a god? Is that at impactful as it was supposed to be? We judge the council for their methods and cheer Buff’s “I have the power” speech. On Angel this week, we see a familiar face, Chanterelle/Lily/Anne, aka the Kate we deserve! But really, we are mostly just pissed at Angel, his biased moral code, and his tendency to take agency away from female characters.
This week, we get a lighthearted breather on Buffy as Willow and Anya’s bickering sets a troll loose in Sunnydale. Elsewhere, Giles heads to England to consult the council about Glory and Buffy processes her breakup, while we argue over the cost of salamander eyes. Over in LA, everything with Angel is terrible, but his friends and enemies are saving the show this week.
We’ve been clear about the treatment of Riley’s character this season, but it all comes to a head this week, and we…have thoughts. But even if Buffy and Riley are making us angry, Anya and Xander are here to make it better. And Willow is in that one scene too (where is Willow this season?) Don’t miss the Team Xander shoutout! It’s gonna be the last for a while. On Angel, a lot of things are happening and we get a little confused, but it’s the Druscilla show, get ready.
We have a lot to say this week about heroes and responsibility, as Buffy and Angel demonstrate the dos and don’ts of sacrifice. Buffy is starting to realize the reality of being Dawn’s sister as Joyce realizes the truth about her youngest daughter, in between surgery and fighting off an extraterrestrial demon summoned by Ben(!) to clean up Glory’s mess. In LA, Angel is generally insufferable in his quest to help Darla.
This week, Buffy learns that her life can be turned upside down by non-supernatural forces, as she struggles to cope with her mother's illness. She shuts Riley out in the process and his reaction is ludicrous, so we try to hash out the timeline of his emotional spiral. Elsewhere, Glory makes a giant Cobra! On Angel, he and Gunn find themselves in the middle of a demonic Ocean's 5 plot to steal a mystical shroud, which drives everyone around it insane. We get back to the show's early Noir roots and Kate makes another (we hope final) appearance.