Buffy The Vampire Slayer meets a new heroine and cute guy and villain in Faith, Hope, and Trick. All in my exciting SPOILER filled My Year of Buffy craziness!
What Buffy Did!
The Scoobies leave school campus and have lunch with Buffy, where they try to get to date student Scott. At night, Vampires Kakistos and Mr. Trick show up and talk about plans to kill the Slayer. Buffy has a dream about Angel. The next morning Buffy and Joyce see Principal Snyder and demand she return to school, which he only agrees to because the board said so. At the library Giles is working on a spell to keep Acathla away forever, and he questions Buffy about what happened that day, which she gives only limited answers to. At the Bronze, Buffy notices a Vampire while talking to Scott and has to leave him behind. Buffy and the Scoobies find the guy and girl and realize quickly that she is a Slayer as well, Faith. Back at the Bronze, Faith regales the Scoobies with her tales of excitement and mentions that her Watcher is off in England for a retreat. Everyone but Buffy likes Faith right away. Turns out Giles wasn’t invited to the retreat and Buffy is annoyed when Faith flirts with Scott. Faith has dinner with Buffy and Joyce, and after the Slayers head out to do their jobs. But different styles of Slaying cause the two to argue, then almost lose a fight with Vampires. Buffy tells Giles of Faith almost losing control, but he is whatever. She also mentions how the Vampires are with Kakistos, one so old his hands are cloven. Buffy talks to Scott and wants to keep her date, but he hands her a ring like the one Angle gave her, which kind of freaks her. She also finds out Faith’s Watcher is dead. Buffy tells Faith about Kakistos and the new Slayer wants to leave Sunnydale. Kakistos killed her Watcher and Faith wants revenge, but the Vampires are already there. The Slayers escape and go to the Vampire’s headquarters and fight the bad guys. Eventually they get Kakistos, who requires a massive stake. Mr. Trick takes off. Later Giles is made Faith’s temporary Watcher. Buffy tells the Scoobies that Angel was cured of being Angelus when she killed him. After Buffy leaves, Willow finds out from Giles that no binding spell existed, he just wanted Buffy to open up and heal. Buffy and Scott make date plans. Buffy goes back to the mansion where Angel died and says goodbye and leaves her ring. After she leaves, Angel pops up and out of hell.
Buffy is still not back at Sunnydale High? I thought Giles took care of that. Willow is the cutest when cheering Buffy on with Scott. Who is this limo guy and shadow man? Kakistos and Mr. Trick! Kinda saw that coming with them eating the drive through man. Another dream sequence with Angel? Wake me when this is over. Snyder lays out his terms for Buffy’s reentry, and they call his bluff! Yay! She’s back! Giles is so pent up it is kinda off putting. And Giles is really concerned with Willow’s witchcraft work, this feels like foreshadowing. Scoobies all at the Bronze! Faith! My first Faith episode!! Faith replaces Kendra! Watchers Retreat? Every year? And Giles never goes? Suspicious! Giles is right, Faith has zest. Perfect word for it. Giles is really trying to understand how Buffy killed Angel. Now Faith is meeting Scott and I don’t think this is going to go well. Kakistos and Mr. Trick are actually after Faith! Nice swerve. Faith’s zestfullness is something to get used to. Now Buffy tells Joyce that she died once? Great wonderful timing Buffy. Buffy and Faith are about to fight! Vampires! And Faith kinda looses it in battle. Scott wants to go to a Buster Keaton film festival? That’s a random choice. And that ring was creepy. Faith’s Watcher is dead? Did not see that coming. Looks like every Slayer has baggage. That guy in the peephole is so obviously dead. Cloved Vampire Kakistos is scary as hell. And Faith has PTSD as well, which is not a surprise. Love how the other Vampires just skedaddle. Kakistos is dead with one really big stake! So Faith is now assigned to Sunnydale with Buffy, which should be interesting. And Buffy admits the truth finally about Angel. Giles admitting to no spell is a stroke of genius, just getting Buffy to face her guilt. Kinda saw all that happening with Scott. So how long before Scott becomes Vampire bait or is really a demon in disguise? Buffy saving goodbye with the ring is touching. Wait, is Angel back to “life”?? All because of the ring??
Willow lives on the wild side, leaving school grounds for lunch, with this line to Oz, “I’m giddy.” And Oz wants to be sensitive to poor single Buffy, so he is with this line to the Scoobies, “prepare to uncouple. Uncouple.” Willow shows her wonderful naivete to the Scoobies with, “that’s not what making out sounds like. Unless I am doing it wrong.” Giles gets all wistful, talking about kayaking to Buffy, “I used to love a good kayaking.” And Buffy finally admits the truth to Giles, “Angel was cured.”
I like Faith. Strike that, I love Faith! She is a great addition by Joss to the mythos and complicates the story rather well. Scott and Mr. Trick are whatever.
…is currently reading Fables v.8 Wolves and Fables v.9 Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham