Buffy The Vampire Slayer today features Never Kill A Boy On The First Date. My Year of Buffy marches forward! SPOILERS!
What Buffy Did!
The Vampire The Master has a prophecy involving The Anointed One, an evil warrior who will kill the Slayer. Meanwhile, Buffy gets a date, much to Giles chagrin, since this all interferes with the business of Slaying. A bus crash that night brings a creepy person to town, whom we are lead to believe is the Anointed One. When Buffy tries for a make up date, Xander gets all jerk like, and everything is interrupted by Giles who has a new lead. Buffy tells them off and goes on her date. Giles tries to solve the problem himself, and is quickly in trouble, requiring Buffy to come save him. Oh, and her date tags along, not quite realizing the gravity of the situation. At the end, The Master reveals who is really the Anointed One, the little boy from the bus.
My new nickname for Giles is Hindsight Man. Also, a shocker, someone comes into the library! They talk about a Slayer button, and now I want one. Flashbacks to the 1990’s, with Buffy sporting a pager. Cordelia please die, part twenty-seven. Everyone bothering/badgering Buffy on her date at The Bronze was lame and went on abit. I mean really, how long was Giles trapped? The villain’s death was so obvious, it felt like season one Smallville. And Buffy’s date Owen has the personality of paint. The shocker of the Anointed One really took me by surprise, and this kid feels like he sends people to the cornfield. Now time for my unpopular opinion: Angel showing up and giving dire warnings than popping off has gotten really old really fast. Hoping that when they kill Cordelia, they make Angel a regular and just let him be a Scooby.
Giles wins the day here with “Buffy, while the mere fact of you wanting to check out a book would be grounds for a national holiday, we should focus on the task at hand.” Buffy’s reply “Okay, at this point you are abusing sarcasm,” was also well played. These two have excellent interplay.
Joss more fully fleshes out the theme of work life balance that would hinder a Slayers life. While this episode was not perfect, it is a good start in that direction.
…is currently reading by Fables volume 3 and 4 by Bill Willingham.