Buffy The Vampire Slayer still celebrating her seventeenth birthday in this second part of last weeks episode, this one called Innocence. Get ready for another SPOILER filled My Year of Buffy post.
What Buffy Did!
Angel leaves Buffy after having sex. He stumbles outside, in obvious pain, and suddenly pops into Vampire mode. And feeds. Angel goes to join up with Spike and Drusilla and reveals he has no soul anymore. He is Angelus again. The Scoobies are researching in the library and Xander and Cordelia steal a moment to have a human conversation, which ends with them kissing. All seen by Willow. Willow and Xander argue. Buffy wakes up, sees Angel, who tells her off, and she does not realize he is now Angelus. Angelus shows up at Sunnydale High and starts after the Scoobies, till Buffy and Miss Calendar show up and stop him. Buffy figures it out that Angel having sex with her, one moment of true love and happiness, is what broke the curse and made him a true Vampire again. Buffy has another nightmare where she figures out about the Miss Calendar connection. Confronting her in class, Miss Calendar confesses who and what she is. Buffy, Giles and Miss Calendar head to the gypsy uncles place and find out that Angel killed him. Xander breaks into a military base and tells Cordelia he still retains his training from his Halloween possession. Willow and Oz have a heart to heart in the getaway van, er, Mystery Machine. Buffy and Giles are mean and cut off Miss Calendar when she offers to help. The Judge attacks a mall, with Angel and Drusilla by his side. Buffy and the Scoobies show up. And Buffy has a bazooka. Buffy blasts The Judge into a million billion pieces. As the Scoobies pick up all the little Judge bits, Buffy and Angel brutally fight in a mall theatre lobby, with sprinkler water drenching them as well. Buffy decides to not kill Angel, yet. Buffy talks to Giles as she heads home. Buffy’s mom gives her a cupcake and Buffy is to depressed to enjoy the ending of her birthday.
Spike and Drusilla are bored and testy and Drusilla faints with the best of them. Angel is being nasty! Buffy sneaks back home and mommy has no clue. So the Scoobies know where the factory filled with Vampires is? The same one from the season opener? And they don’t attack during the day and do some serious staking? Seriously? Cordelia looks hurt by Xander’s insults. Buffy is really not a good liar. And Xander now looks hurt by Cordelia. Buffy didn’t tell bestie Willow about having sex? Angelus confronts Spike and Drusilla with some dude Vampire swagger. Crap, this is scary with Angelus back. Xander and Cordelia finally have a normal heart to heart. And Willow sees! Saw this coming! Now I am crying over the final ending to my Willow Xander flame. And yes, this is all about me and my Geekboy feelings. But damn this hurt. Willow Hearts Xander Forever RIP. Now back to my regular scheduled ramblings. Angel is a typical teenage dirtbag. Hope Buffy kicks him in the little Vampire. Buffy should figure out something is up. This uncle guy is annoying but at least we know why Angelus is back. Interesting concept, true happiness exorcises the soul from Angel. This is really hurting Buffy alot. And Willow figures out about the sex. Love the look Willow gives Xander when he says his plan requires Cordelia. And the line about Oz’s van is so cute. I wonder if other religious symbols affect Vampires as well. Really should. Just an idle thought. The soft porn dream bits are boring. Buffy figures out Miss Calendar and Giles is so reserved when she cops to it. Gypsy uncle, you have exorcised my soul, prepare to die. Xander’s jokes about army base security is a writers injoke about the ridiculousness of this scene. Xander remembers his soldier stuff from Halloween? That is fascinating. Oz is such a cool gentleman with Willow. Poor Spike, all alone while his Vampire friends go off to cause carnage. Dang, even Giles is cold to Miss Calendar, showing solidarity with Buffy. Vampires! The Judge! The Scoobies! The Mall! Buffy! And most importantly, Buffy with a bazooka! Love The Judge’s famous last words, especially since Angelus and Drusilla know exactly what hell is about to break loose. Buffy versus Angel! Fighting in the sprinklers! And Buffy finally kicks him in the little Angelus! So is Angel now evil forever and ever until his spinoff? I still don’t like Buffy’s mom.
Willow is so honest and earnest and says things like this to the Scoobies, “I am upset and I can’t think of a mean word right now.” Drusilla, on the other hand, is in a world of her own with, “Everything in my head is singing.” Jumping back to Willow, her epic meltdown and fit over the Xander Cordelia nastiness comes out to Xander with this, “I knew it! Well, not knew it in the sense of having the slightest idea but I knew there was something I didn’t know.” This causes Willow’s growing backbone to emerge onto Giles, making this quiet line feel so powerful, “Giles shut up.” And Oz speaks his mind so well to Willow, and speaks truth to power about school, with this, “Sometimes when I am sitting in class, you know I am not thinking about class, cause that would never happen.” The Judge has the funniest last line ever, “What’s that do?” Interestingly, so many of my favourite lines revolve around Willow this week.
This week Joss hits us a massive major plot twist, an explosive final battle, the turmoil and tragedy of a couple in love, Willow being heartbroken, and a million other things to slam our hearts. Damn you, Joss, damn you.
…is currently reading Schultz and Peanuts by David Michaelis