Buffy The Vampire Slayer moves into an episode called School Hard. My Year of Buffy vamps on with SPOILERS!
What Buffy Did!
Buffy and a bratty teen named Sheila have a meeting with Principal Snyder, who does not like either of the malcontents. So, he tests them by putting the two on duty for Meet The Teacher night. Meanwhile, two freaky scary weird Vampires show up in Sunnydale, and promptly crash the Anointed One’s little gathering. The pair, known as Spike and Drusilla, kinda take over and Spike promises to kill the Slayer. The Scoobies help Buffy prep for the school event when Giles and Miss Calendar come by and inform them of an upcoming Vampire festival. Later, at the Bronze, Buffy is studying and falls into a trap set by Spike, who warns her he will be her killer. Sheila is also taken by Spike as food for Drusilla. Giles has no idea who Spike is, but Angel walks in, tells them Spike is dangerous, than leaves. Turns out, Spike has killed two Slayers. The Scoobies help make weapons and Buffy tries to keep her mom from Principal Snyder. That mission fails, and just when Buffy is about to be grounded forever, Spike and his lackeys crash through the window. Everyone scatters and hides and Buffy goes off to take the Vampires on. Xander gets out and fetches Angel, who tries to bluff Spike. That doesn’t work and more fights happen. Buffy finally faces Spike and almost loses till her mom saves the day. When the police arrive, Principal Snyder says it was a gang on PCP, which the cop wonders if anyone will believe. Spike heads back to the lair, tells the Vampires off, and kills the Anointed One.
So, is Principal Snyder certifiably insane or what. Xander tempts fate with saying nothing will go wrong. Wait wait wait. Is this my first Spike episode? Spike! Now I finally will get to see what all the hoopla is all about. Woah, mention of Christ, guessing touching on an actual religion must have been a touchy topic. Spike is funny and nasty and vile. Drusilla? I have heard of her. Spike changes to human around her? This is one sick weird couple. Buffy deciding to ditch homework for Angel is not surprising. Snyder is weird and creepy, part seven. And Giles has to really work on his excuses. Studying at the Bronze? Not a bright idea Buffy. Spike is one devious Vampire, even if the trap is obvious. Sheila is gone? Good riddance! Can Cordelia be next? Angel and the Scoobies together still gives me a thrill. Willow looks so wistful when calculating the amount of dates Angel has been on. The Scoobies are so cute with all the Vampire fighting prep. Crap, Buffy’s mom meets Snyder. Buffy is about to be grounded! Spike shows up at the high school! Holy Crud, Spike is attacking the school! Willow saves Cordelia! (don’t do that again!) Spike is psycho! This is so Buffy does Die Hard! And after looking at the episode title, I now realized how freaking obvious that is. Angel and Spike together again! And this one very dangerous plan Angel is enacting, which Spike is not falling for. Called that one. Buffy versus Spike! Angel versus two Vampires! Xander versus Sheila! Yeah, that last one is really farfetched. Mom, proving she is not completely useless, saves Buffy. And I am screaming like an idiot all through this. Snyder is a jerk, part ten. What in the name of Sunnydale is a sire? Wait wait wait! Are they implying that Snyder and the cops know the truth? This. Is. Mind. Blowing. What do they know? Does Giles know they know? Aarrghhh! Okay, calming down. Willow trapped in the closest with Cordelia is cruel and unusual punishment. Okay, Spike just brutally murdered the Anointed One, in a very nasty way. I wonder why Joss got rid of Colin?
Sheila establishes herself as Darla 2.0, especially with line to Principal Snyder, “I didn’t stab anyone with a trowel. They were pruning shears.” Spike comes off as psycho right off the bat with “So, who do you kill for fun around here?” Volumes of anger and sorrow is aired with this line from Buffy’s mom to Buffy, “What I don’t want is to be disappointed in you again.” Miss Calendar has Giles luddite number with this bit, ” You have to read something that was published after 1066.” Willow shows her mean side, part ten, with this to Cordelia, “Cordelia, have some lemonade.” Okay, for that one, you had to be there. And Principal Snyder shows his rational side with “It’s a gang on PCP!”
Once my heart restarted and my breath came back, I wanted to hate Joss for driving me crazy all through this one. Spike is insane and this episode rocked. Whew!
…is currently reading Zen And Now by Mark Richardson