Back again for another shot of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, this time with The Harvest, part of my 500 hundred posts or so comprising My Year of Buffy. SPOILERS AWAY!
What Buffy Did!
When last we left our fearless Slayer, she was about to become Vampire food while her new friends/allies/sidekicks were surrounded in the cemetery. They escape, but Xander’s idiot friend Jesse goes all redshirt gets captured. The Vampire Master, who is trapped under the town by magic, is still planning to escape. Buffy introduces Willow and Xander to the wonderful world of Slaying, and with their help realizes how the Vampires got away. Angel gives another small cryptic appearance, helping Buffy and Xander find Jesse, and the two narrowly escape his new Vampireness. Giles gives some plot exposition, Buffy gathers some weapons and gets grounded. Cue giant fight sequence at the local nightclub The Bronze with plenty of staking going on.
First off, Buffy’s escape at the start was slightly lame and disappointed me. But right after, seeing the first Scooby Gang gathering in the cemetery gave me quite a thrill. I am thoroughly enjoying Giles and Willow forming this weird Wonder Twins type of nerd relationship. Meanwhile, the Principal still must die and Buffy’s mom still really needs a clue. And I just love Buffy’s Slayer workday stories. And after knowing Buffy for like one day, Willow is starting to grow a backbone already, making Cordelia look stupid. That is not difficult true, but still.
The Principal made me laugh this time, with the “Sensible girl with her feet on the ground” line. And Buffy gives the best explanation for being late to a Vampire Slaying “I didn’t know I was going to get grounded!” You just know Joss loves playing with the whole teenage Vampire Slaying concept.
Despite an only okay opening, the middle was pretty cool, and the ending a slambang of staking. And the creepiest Vampire of them all is Darla.
…is currently reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.