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monday, october 28
Yes, finally caught up on Buffy.
SPOILERIES FOR BUFFY 7.03: SAME TIME, SAME PLACE
Um, okay, I saw the preview for this and UPN's marketing scheme for Buffy is a tad ridiculous. The promo made this episode seem like it was going to be an all out comedy or something. Realistically, it was quiet disturbing and the quaint ew factor was more like a gut-wrenching nausea ew factor. Who's head of promotions? They need to be fired.
Awww, Xander made a sign with yellow crayon! And bitchy Buffy. Okay, I understand that Willow was very crazed and tried to destroy the world, but come on. Cut the poor girl some slack. It's not like you've never gone nuts and tried to kill people. Sheesh.
Good lord, this creepy skin eating demon Gnarl is freaky. It's just.. ew. I think it's mostly the voice that skeeves me.
Okay, at first, I didn't really get what was going on. First thought - Langoliers-type time delay or parallel universe. But.. Willow sees other people, so no Langoliers and then the chat with Anya, so probably not an alt-universe. Little clues, like she can hear the door close, but doesn't see anyone and they can hear Will clomping down the stairs, but they don't see her. The weird thing - wasn't Willow on the couch? Aren't they sitting on her? (Which, no they aren't, they just go through her.) I really wasn't expecting the spell to have been cast by Willow - sort of an opposite "Invisible Girl" thing. And if Willow can subconsciously cast spells, isn't that bad?
Willow and Anya. Very cute. Especially with her sitting and chatting with Willow about where everyone is. And then when Willow goes to Anya for help, they both accuse each other of skinning the boy. LOL And then when they are about to do the spell, Anya goes, "This isn't gonna get all sexy is it?" Very cute when she waved at her own blinking light.
Okay, so, flayed guy - Buffy automatically think that Willow did it. I mean, I guess, but let's keep in mind that Willow didn't skin Warren for shits and giggles - she did it because he killed Tara.
Spike & Willow - fun scene. He's talking to Willow, but he's also talking to Buffy and Xander. Nice Dru-like ramble: "Everyone's talking to me; no one's talking to each other. Someone's not here. Button, button, who's got the button? My money's on the witch. Red's a bad girl."
Aww.. poor Anya. Can't teleport anymore unless it's official business and she has to file paperwork and a flight plan and stuff.
Side note: Willow is a much better dresser this season. Looks like control wasn't all she was learning in England.
Dawn is all research-girl now -- she finds Gnarl. And still, Buffy blames Willow. Ugh, does she even want to help Willow or believe that she could be helped? Hm. Back to Research Girl - it's a little too spunky, but I'm glad someone knows how to read and surf the web.
I thought they were going to stop making Xander the butt-monkey? Why was he the butt-monkey idiot who didn't know the plan? ::frowns::
Gnarl is scary (and a Golem rip-off). Did enjoy the whole paralyzing of Dawn bit. Especially when Xander goes, "Oh, you're poseable!" Heh. That whole sequence with Gnarl feeding on Willow was just really gross and unnecessary. The taunting bit was good, though. Interesting way to reinforce Willow's doubt about her friends and if they would accept her back into the group.
More Willow/Anya cuteness. And how quickly Buffy turns face to "aw, poor Willow!" Pfft. And the guilt-free "I miss you?" Yeah, right. But, it was good of her to confess it and really nice that Willow understood why she thought that way. So.. pax all around, I guess. And I think people gave Buffy some grief over the final scene, like she was trying to force herself to help Willow. But.. I thought it was appropriate of her to at least offer to help Willow heal. It was sort of a needed return to old-school friendship.
Overheard in Chat:
*note: The weirdness about this chat was that someone with the screenname Adam929 came in and no one knew who this person was and the never said anything. It was weird.
EyE2eYe18: must have been the langoliers!!!
Brak45: extra security
Brak45: they make everyone go through a time dimension thingy
SciFi 1701D: heh
Brak45: to preview if they have a bomb
Proto Nuke: Why would anyone want an Xbox? It couldn't fit in anyone's room.
EyE2eYe18: you know what i need...one of those um...EXPLANATIONS
Proto Nuke: Am I bad person for wanting to tie up Dawnie in my closet?
SciFi 1701D: yes
SciFi 1701D: For what purpose?
Proto Nuke: You know, this and that.
EyE2eYe18: welll...no...just a little creepy
OzW 703: like a puppy :-)
EyE2eYe18: they got laws in this country...
EyE2eYe18: ...just don't get caught
Proto Nuke: Squeezing in his eyes killed it?
"I saved the world with talking - from my mouth. My mouth saved the world!" - Xander
"She didn't finish? She didn't finish being not evil?" - Dawn, re: Willow
"I gotta get a job where I don't get called right away for this stuff." - Buffy
"This is my place! You need permission to be here. You need a special slip with a stamp!" - Spike
Spike: [to Willow] They think you did it - the Slayer and her boy.
Xander: Her boy? I'm her boy?
Anya: Well, causing pain sounds really cool, I know, but it turns out it's really upsetting. Didn't used to be. But Now it is.
Willow: Is it like you're scared of losing that feeling again, and it - having it be okay to hurt people and then you're not in charge of the power anymore, because it's in charge of you?
Anya: Wow. That was really over-dramatically stated, but yeah.
Willow: I get it. Believe me
Anya: I'm sorry Willow, I wish it were better for you.
Willow: You, too.
Anya: It did get a little sexy, didn't it?
"William's a good boy. Carries the water. Carries the sin. It's supposed to get easier, isn't it? It's supposed to help to help, but it doesn't. It's still so heavy." - Spike
Xander: We should've put a leash on him.
Buffy: Yes, let's tie ourselves to the crazy vampire.
"I'm insane. What's his excuse?" - Spike, re: Xander
END SPOILERIES FOR BUFFY 7.03: SAME TIME, SAME PLACE
posted on 10/28/2002 12:13:41 AM
SPOILERIES FOR BUFFY 7.04: HELP
Okay, I know the gang regularly did funeral parlour patrol, but hiding in coffins? *sigh* The thing with Dawn constantly picking on Buffy's hieght? It was amusing the first few times, but can we move on now? Or at least spread it out over the season.
The montage with the students talking to Buffy. Very funny. The Hispanic kid was the only slightly normal kid who came inwith him being a guy not being able to express his fear and emotions about his brother joining the Marines. Bwahahaha! Fantastic Buffy/Dawn sequence! Great guest-spots from Zachery Bryan (Home Improvement) and Azura Skye (Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane).
Xander with the appropriate analogy. Thank you for not bringing back butt-monkey Harris.
It's about damn time someone remembered Tara. And remembering that Willow's Jewish (with the placing of the stones).
A girl named Cassie (Cassandra) who can see the future. Har. Har. ::rolls eyes::
Principal Wood is talking about his high school days and Buffy automatically assumes he's from "the 'hood"? *sigh* Whatever.
Interesting tie with Cassie's dad being a violent drunk and Xander's own family problems. I'm sorry, Xander has a spiffy car. It's coooooool.
Cassie's speech, though moving, was a bit drawn out, I think. After the first bit, I think we got the point. This paralleled Buffy's speech in "Prophecy Girl" about not wanting to die at such a young age.
I know Buffy hates Spike and I know he was really horrid, but I don't like the way she treats him. Why deal with him if you don't want to? Either stop dealing with him or be a tiny bit more considerate. The guy is insane because he has a soul.
Um, these high school kids with their Get Rich Quick scheme - so very "Reptile Boy." And Avilas looks a tiny bit like Skip.
Of course Spike saves her. He's always talking about "no hurting the girl," but I think he's talking about Buffy. Er, I know he's talking about Buffy, even though Buffy seems to be ignoring that fact.
Cassie's message to Spike was.. interesting. I dunno if I want to know. And as much as I liked Cassie, I think her death was the right move. It would have been a cop-out if Cassie lived, only because it would be cheating fate and the message that we got was so much better. What do you do when you know that sometimes you can't help? You try anyway.
Trivia: Tara was born October 16, 1980.
Overheard in Chat:
SciFi 1701D: Spike.. is all zoned
Sharvan17: spikes STONED!
EyE2eYe18: too many shrooms
OzW 703: thats IT?!
SciFi 1701D: what the hell
OzW 703: she just DROPS dead?!
Sharvan17: uhhh what
SciFi 1701D: the hell was that
OzW 703: what the FUCK was all of that for?! lol!
EyE2eYe18: the sad thing is...i'm not even sad for her
EyE2eYe18: SHE WAS NOT YOUR FRIEND!
SciFi 1701D: she was your friend for 3 days!
OzW 703: oh my GOD
EyE2eYe18: she knew her for a day and a half
OzW 703: they're acting like nobody ever died before
"I think you underestimate your familiarity with the world of weird and tricky." - Xander
Willow: Have you Googled her yet?
Xander: Willow, she's 17!
Willow: It's a search engine.
Willow: A lot of teens post some pretty angsty poetry on the web. I even posted a melodramatic love poem or two back in the day.
Xander: Love poems?
Willow: I'm over you now, sweetie.
Xander: Love poems.
"This is normal teen stuff. You join chat rooms, you write poetry, you post Doogie Howser fanfic. It's all normal, right -- let's see what other sites there are." - Willow
"I want to be here... do things. I want to graduate from high school and I want to go to the stupid Winter Formal. I have this friend, and it would be fun to go with him. Just to dance and hear lame music. To wear a silly dress and laugh and stuff. I'd like to go. There's a lot of stuff I'd like to do. I'd love to ice skate at Rockefeller center and I'd love to see my cousins grow up and see how they turn out 'cause they're really mean and I think they're going to be fat. I'd love to backpack across the country or.. I dunno, fall in love. But I won't. I just never will." - Cassie Newton
"I hurt you Buffy and I will pay. I will pay because I hurt the girl." - Spike
"She's a girl, right? Making boys crazy is like your job description." - Mike
"You're asking my sister the dance? And she's your second choice?!" - Buffy to Mike
"She'll tell you. Someday she'll tell you." - Cassie to Spike
END SPOILERIES FOR BUFFY 7.04: HELP
posted on 10/28/2002 12:14:00 AM
SPOILERIES FOR BUFFY 7.05: SELFLESS
Yay! An all about Anya episode! And Willow goes back to school. Fun! Oh, creepy scene with a room full of bodies and a blood-covered Anya regretting her actions.
I dunno if I like the Olaf/Aud flashbacks. The film style and the Swedish and I dunno. It's weird. But It's nice to know that in the beginning, Anya was kind and was willing to give out her excess bunnies away in goodwill. Aww. I wonder when the bunny fear came into play.
Poor Spike, hallucinating that Buffy actually caring about him and wanting to help him. Even listening to his rambles about Drusilla. That is, until the real Buffy shows up and demands that Spike get out of the school's basement. "I don't have anywhere else to go."
Hmm.. Anya missed a spot of blood on her wrist (how the hell did she manage that?) and Willow suspects something's up. Ugh, man that frat house looks like.. I dunno. Then Willow find the girl who made the wish whimpering in a closet. Dark!Willow comes out for a moment as Willow fends off the giant spider and the girl in the closet won't stop whining.
So.. Anya's always had that rambling problem. Interesting.
Anya's really not into the whole vengeance thing, especially after her stint as a human for the last four years. And Halfrek is annoying. I dislike her and was not at all sad when D'Hoffryn wiped her out.
Xander's all mad at Willow for not telling him, but it was a good move, because now Buffy has to go kill Anya. Buffy is apparently all about killing her friends when they go nuts. First of all, yes, Anya's a demon, but can we cut her a little slack? Geez. See quotage below. Yay for continuity!
Victorian flashback: Anya started the Russian revolution war thingy? Um. All while she spews revolutionary theory and not caring much about the world around her.
Mmkay, so Willow won't go with Buffy, but she will do a spell to call D'Hoffryn. The guy is like a bad car salesman. But maybe sneaky, tricky Willow will work out a nice deal with him.
We never did get much of a chance to see Anya fight in the past, but yeah, she can definitely hold her own. And how stupid are they? Did that little lock-in with Halfrek last season not teach Buffy anything? You can't just stab one of D'Hoffryn's girls. You have to break their power center. Although, I was afraid for a second that maybe the sword hit her pendant... there were no magic sparklies, though so I guess it's okay.
The "Once More With Feeling" flashback was kinda nice. Except Anya's hair was way too blonde and way too long. Really, way too blonde. Anya Christina Emanuella Jenkins Harris? o_O Anya Lame-Ass-Made-Up-Maiden-Name Harris. LOL I really wish this song were on the soundtrack.
Anya is all noble and ready to die to bring back the 12 lives she took. However, D'Hoffryn is a sick twisted punk and takes Halfrek's life & soul instead of hers. "Who did you think you were dealing with? Did you think it would be that easy to get away?" D'Hoffryn sneers. Xander goes after Anya, probably trying to get her back, but he just lets her go.
Overheard in Chat:
SciFi 1701D: No, you don't have to kill Anya!!
EyE2eYe18: well just the demon part
OzW 703: you don't have to kill anyone you stupid whore! gahhh
OzW 703: slutty the vampire layer
EyE2eYe18: she can't die like that right?
OzW 703: ANYAKINS!!!!
EyE2eYe18: by mortal means?
OzW 703: she CANT die!
SciFi 1701D: No WAY
SciFi 1701D: o_O
EyE2eYe18: it can't be that easy
OzW 703: if she dies....who will i watch the show for? neutered spike?
Xander: I love being single. I'm a strong, successful male who's giddy at the thought of all the women I will no doubt be dating in the near future.
Buffy: Strong, successful males say giddy?
"Vengeance is what I do, Halfrek. Vengeance is what I am." - Anyanka
Buffy: Xander, I know this is hard for you to hear, but it's what I have to do.
Xander: Hard for me to hear? Buffy, you want to kill Anya.
Buffy: I don't want to.
Xander: Then don't! This isn't new ground for us. When our friends go all crazy and start killing people, we help them!
Willow: Sitting right here.
Xander: I'm sorry, but it's true.
Buffy: It's different.
Xander: Because you don't care about her the same way I do. Buffy, I still love her.
Buffy: I know. And that's why you can't see this for what it really is. Willow was different. She's a human. Anya's a demon.
Xander: And you're the Slayer. I see now how it's all very simple.
Buffy: It is never simple.
Xander: No, of course not. You know, if there's a mass-murdering demon that you're oh, say, boning, then it's all gray areas.
Buffy: Spike was harmless. He was helping us.
Xander: He had no choice!
Buffy: And Anya did. She chose to become a demon. Twice!
Xander: You have no idea what she's going through.
Buffy: I don't care what she's going through!
Xander: No, of course not. You think we haven't all seen this before? The part where you just cut us all out? Just step away from everything human and act like you're the law? If you knew what I felt--
Buffy: I killed Angel. Do you even remember that? I would have given up everything I had to be with-- I loved him more than I will ever love anything in this life and I put a swrod through his heart because I had to.
Willow: [meekly] And that all worked out okay.
Buffy: Do you remember cheering me on? Both of you. Do you remember giving me Willow's message? "Kick his ass."
Willow: I never said that.
Xander: This is different.
Buffy: It is always different! It's always complicated. And at some poinht someone has to draw the line, and that is always going to be me. You get down on me for cutting myself off, but in the end, the Slayer is always cut off. There's no mystical guidebook, no all-knowing Council. Human rules don't apply. There's only me. I am the law.
"Did everybody have their crazy flakes today? You guys are friends. How can you talk like this?" - Xander to Anya
"This is getting to be a pattern with you, Buffy. Are there any friends of yours left you haven't tried to kill?" - Anya
"It's like somebody slaughtered an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog." - D'Hoffryn
"Isn't that just like a Slayer? Solving all of her problems by sticking things with sharp objects." - D'Hoffryn
"From beneath you, it devours." - D'Hoffryn
Anya: Xander, what if I'm really nobody.
Xander: Don't be a dope.
Anya: I'm a dope?
Anya: That's a start.
END SPOILERIES FOR BUFFY 7.05: SELFLESS
posted on 10/28/2002 12:14:12 AM
saturday, october 26
Going on a reviewing spree. Up first, Angel. Posting as seperate entries for linkage purposes.
SPOILERIES FOR ANGEL 4.01: DEEP DOWN
Still watching "Last Season on Angel..." and Fred/Gunn are already making me sick. And dreading the return of Saint!Cordy.
Cute opening sequence with the gang feast and... erm.. Cody/Angel smooshiness. Connor make a nice remark about Angel's hair, to which Angel responds, "You should be so lucky." Heh. But, of course, it's all a horrid nightmare poor, submerged Angel is having.
Aww, poor Gunn's truck that he sold his soul for. Hahaha, Spanish gang of vampires. It's just.. funny. Fred needs to get a weapon better than a crossbow-- oh, wait, that sleeve thing is cool. Ugh, Fred/Gunn is just not right, especially with Gunn all whipped puppy and Fred trying to be all thug. Goddamn, stop trying to be cool!
Connor.. has been working with them all summer? Don't they know that he drowned Angel? *sigh* These people are idiots. Connor is real good at pretending to be concerned. And Gunn is seriously being a jerk about Wesley.
Oh my god, I'm blind! x_X Wes/Lilah! Arrrgh! This is a very far cry from Queen Margart of seaosn 3 Buffy. He keeps Justine in a closet for frell's sake! Although, after her participation in last season's fiasco, I might be tempted to keep her in a closet, too. Oh, but before you think he's gone totally dark, it's a fair sized closet, apparently with its own light and bars and he's only keeping her so he can drag her out to search for Angel.
Cordy/Angel was amusing for a little bit, but really, must they? What happened to him being Buffy's one true love? Or vice versa, since Spike now also has a soul.
Wesley and Justine have a pretty interesting dynamic. She's about to wack him with a wrench and all he has to do to stop her is tell her he'll take away her bucket. And here's a good bit of consistency: Wesley has a scar on his neck.
Connor's a sneaky bastard. And Gunn's a prejudiced bitch... but it's justified.
That casket Angel's been stuck in.. Connor took the time to make it water proof? o_O
Man, Angel looks like crap. Good thing Wes is slashy enough to let him have a taste.
Lilah has a fresh new job. How.. spiffy. And Connor likes to play Game Boy and eat balogna sandwiches with no tomatoes. Heh.
Ummm... Fred just tazered Connor. Go her...? Nice that Wesley called them to let them know about Angel. Yeah. Someone needs to take the stun gun away from Fred.
Angel's surprisingly spry for a guy who's been under the ocean for three months. And "I need Cordy. Now." Ermm.. right. That was a nice little show, though. Very, "Boy, sit down before Ah beat yo ass!"
Fred: He's lost the mission, bro.
Gunn: Well, we're about to lose this whole place, and you know you can't say bro.
"We all get what we deserve." - Wesley
Fred: And who's Fluffy? Are you fluffy?
Gunn: He called me Fluffy?
Fred: He said make sure-- wait, you don't think he's referring to anything of mine that's fluffy, do you? 'Cause that would just be inappropriate.
Connor: He got what he deserved.
Fred: And how soon until we deserved it?
"So, how was your summer? Mine was fun. Saw some fish. Went mad with hungery. Hallucinated a whole bunch." - Angel to Connor
"What I deserve is open to debate. But understand that there's a difference between wishing vengeance on someone and taking it. So now the question becomes: What do you deserve?" - Angel
"Truth has a better sound to it. Less nasal, you know." - Angel
"What you did to me is unbelievable, Connor. But then, I got stuck in a hell dimension by my girlfriend one time for a hundred years, so three months under the ocean actually gave me perspective. Kind of a M.C. Escher perspective, but I did get time to think... about us, about the world. Nothing in the world is the way it ought to be. It's harsh and cruel. That's why there's us - the champions. Doesn't matter where we come from, what we've done or suffered, or even if we make a difference. We live as though the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be. You're not a part of that yet. I hope you will be. I love you, Connor. Now get out of my house." - Angel
"God, I am so bored." - Cordelia
END SPOILERIES FOR ANGEL 4.01: DEEP DOWN
posted on 10/26/2002 11:14:52 PM
SPOILERIES FOR ANGEL 4.02: GROUND STATE
Not excited about this week's Slut!Bomb from Wisconsin. Gwen Raiden? *sigh* This is all very Rogue-esque. She can't talk to people, she can't touch people, and she has to stay covered up. Hmm.. her power is super-strong static shock. Heh.
"We're okay again?" You try to smother Wesley with a pillow and now you say everything okay because you had time to think? Come on, buddy. Um, but good of Wesley to put together a rag-tag bunch of commandos to fight the good fight. And big yay for pulling the Angel standard disappearing act.
Dinza looks like a gargoyle that's had too much crack. Hmm.. but at least if they ever did a live-action Gargoyles movie, these make-up people would get together with the make-up people who did the "Fallen Angel" episode of Xena.
Axis of Pythia.. very boring. Blah blah blah. Don't care. And hey - Angel showcasing his ridiculous drawing ability.
Dear god please stop talking about Cordy! Leave her in the other dimension. Ugh. So not interested. And, holy crap. As interesting as the idea of Wes/Lilah is.. I've been blinded! Again! Eww... Angel can smell Wes and Lilah all over each other. The Gunn/Fred crap is making me ill.
Yay, Gunn's dead! I mean.. er.. boohoo Gunn's dead. Oh wait, Gwen has a heart and helps save Gunn. How oddly nice of criminal her.
Umm.. much lameness with the ripping open of Angel's shirt, the electro-shock of his heart and the "flashy" CG animation that shows his heart er.. filling I guess and starting to pump. And a kiss! Sheesh.
Did Angel ever love Buffy this much? I don't recall that being the case. Maybe they've all just matured or something. I can't remember who said this, but I read a post saying Buffy/Angel was like the high school couple - not really a permanent, mature relationship. But Angel/Cordy is like the mature adult relationship that people have. *shrug* Maybe.
Mmkay, so I'm wondering if Gwen will be back because Angel just let her go, without so much as a real reprimand. He's getting soft. Erm.. speaking of.. when are we going to address this beating heart issue? It's beating, he's got a soul.. isn't he now just a human with super powers and bad sun allergy?
Cordelia the Higher Being is amusing. For now. The episode's final line: "What are you? Deficient? Get me out of here!"
Angel: Who are you?
Gwen: Who are you?
Angel: I asked you first.
Gwen: What are you, seven?
Angel: You're lying.
Gwen: I'm fibbing. That's lying. Only classier.
"Look, Angel, I know you've been out of the loop for a while, but I'm still evil. I don't do errands unless they're... evil errands." - Lilah
END SPOILERIES FOR ANGEL 4.02: GROUND STATE
posted on 10/26/2002 11:16:10 PM
SPOILERIES FOR ANGEL 4.03: THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS
Angel.. being all stalker-like with his son. Heh. And yeah, I do feel for Cordy, with her misty hell and stuff. Doesn't she have powers or something? I'm sorry. This is all very cheesy and gimmicky and Las Vegas?
Okay, please stop butchering the continuity. Angel haning out with Bugsy? Drinks with the Rat Pack and Sammy Davis? Elvis and Priscilla's wedding? The hell... was this during his stint as Dumpster Guy or did Angel decide to take a break from that and hang in Vegas? Um.. not so much.
Yay! Lorne! Singing "It's Not Easy Bing Green!" Whee! Andy Hallet rocks!! Hahahaha! Can I be a Lornette? Hell yes, I would definitely pay to see him sing "Lady Marmalade" live. hehehe
Lorne dissing Angel and Co.? What a dick. Oh, wait, no, I lied. They keep Lorne in a cage so he can predict rich people? Ugh, poor Lorne!
Er.. goddamn Wesley is a kinky, freaky boy. *shudder* Theirs is a strangely functional dysfunctional relationship.
St. Cordy with her powers of observation and desire to help Angel - what the hell were you doing when he was under water for three months?? Argh. Whatever. So.. Cordy's back and she has no memory. Great. Now we get more mopey Angel.
If I hear "theirs is a love of destiny" thrown around one more time, I'm gonna hurl.
Gunn: No one seems to be bothered by the fact that he's a demon.
Fred: They must think it's all makeup - like the blue man group. [to Angel] You don't think the blue man group...
Angel: Only two of them.
"So that's got me wondering: where is that keen sense of perception as far as I'm concerned, huh? What, am I out of the range of your super vampire senses? Angel!" - Cordelia
"This place was so much friendlier when the mob ran it." - Angel
Fred: Frankly, Lorne, we weren't aware you needed rescuing.
Lorne: Weren't aware? I told you!
Lorne: Why, every time you called, I kept asking about Fluffy!
Fred: Oh. I just thought you were using some show business catch phrase I wasn't hip enough to get. Who's Fluffy?
Lorne: Fluffy! Fluffy, the dog? The dog you don't have? The universally recognized code for 'I'm being held prisoner. Send help.'
"Ah, listen, I have a lot more insightful bon-mots like that, but I've been stuck in the car for five and a half hours and I got to pee. Excuse me." - Lorne
END SPOILERIES FOR ANGEL 4.03: THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS
posted on 10/26/2002 11:16:21 PM
friday, october 11
I know, I know. I'm slacking off. But these things do happen. At least I am remembering to do this at all. And, look, just in time for the repeat airing tonight on Fox Family (9pm, I think..).
SPOILERS FOR ALIAS 2.02: TRUST ME
The new intro, while big "yay" for Greg being the voice over, is really long. I mean, unnecessarily long. Like, Tolstoy long. Heh.
The episode opens with the heavily secured transportation of Irina Derevko into a CIA complex. Er.. I mean a joint task force facility. Downtown. Right then. And when they later route Sydney to the compound, there is just an unbelievable amount of surveillance in that town.
LOL! The scene with Francie asking Jack about the color of the walls was great. He was all nervous then comes out with, "to the Vietnamese and the Chinese, white represents death. Try red." Yep, only Jack would come up with that one ^_~
Arvin, that slimy weasel, killed his wife to become a full partner in the Alliance. I still don't know what the initiation was. Or maybe it's yet to come? I hope it's painful. That sneaky bastard. Ew.
Wheee! Weiss is okay. He's in the hospital, but he's okay. And Vaughn has to feed his fish. *g* Damn Kendall for interrupting Agent-Handler time and endangering her cover by just showing up. Should he be getting on Sydney's bad side? Hmm.. and trying to use Vaughn to get his way. Jerk. Poor Vaughn actually does ask her, but only half-heartedly. Though the speech about shutting down her emotions was a little overly.
Okay, see this is where I think Kendall is stupid. He's almost making it sound like that Irina being there is some big victory, but i>she turned herself it. It could all be part of some huge massive plan. But no, they don't want to think that. Why would the CIA be wrong and why would someone trick them?
Yep, overstatement of the obvious "thing" Sydney does - tucking her hair behind her ear. They did hint about this at the end of "Enemy Walks In," but to state it so blatantly kind of takes away the fun of the viewers figuring it out themselves. Bah.
Ugh, poor Vaughn talking to Irina. He can't look her in the eye. And when he slips and refers to Syd as "Sydney", Irina makes an interesting observation. Heh. But, wow, what a bitch: "You look just like him."
Kendall is such an ass. If there was any chance of Sydney actually pulling the failsafe, it wasn't with Kendall telling her to pull it. Vaughn could probably have sugar-coated it or something. She was about to do it, but Kendall's extra "Agent Bristow, pull that alarm," probably helped change her mind, along with all her other doubt about her mother. And, argh! Because the alarm went off, she couldn't pass the disk to Schmidt.
Heavily skeeved when Arvin got all personal with Sydney talking about her mother and trying to comfort her or some crap and he was holding her hand. Ugh, got a huge queasy feeling when he kissed her hand... "I wanted to cut off my hand." Yeah, Syd, let me help you with that.
Okay, wait a minute. Will has a problem? Francie has a little set back with the restaurant and she turns to the mafia? Erm.. yes, I think someone needs to stop her before Sydney has to deal with SD-6. the CIA, and the Mafia.
Sydney's first visitation with mom - not so good. She looks like a little girl about to be scolded by a parent and breaks down as soon as she leaves the holding area. The second visit, though - marked difference. She has more of a "you mess with me and I'll kill you" attitude.
The joint task force compound looks similar to the SD-6 facility under Credit Dauphine. I wonder if these means they're getting rid of the warehouse rendezvous. Nooo! Oh, and after Kendall's very direct order of "you're going to Helsinki," I immediately thought, "Whenever Vaughn sends me on a mission, he always says 'please'. And afterwards I get a cookie." Ah, yes, Buffy is still invading my brain.
Big yay to Vaughn on another mission with Sydney! And the black pinstripe suit. *swoon* I wonder how many waiters Vaughn is willing to trip for Sydney? *g* Gah, Sydney has one of those stupid hard-shelled tech packs that look like sleds.
The sly little smile Irina has on her face at the end - very creepy. What could she be thinking? Maybe she's happy to see Sydney standing up to her. Or, maybe she's glad that Sydney can be as cold-blooded as she is. Could be a lot of things. We shall see.
"You know what I want to do to the guy who introduced Will to heroin? I want to kill him... with my hands. I just want to kill him." - Francie
"I don't support the death penalty, but I hope she dies for all that she's done." - Sydney
Vaughn: It's Kendall.
Sydney: What does he want?
Vaughn: I don't know.
Sydney: I don't trust him.
Vaughn: We have to hear him out.
Sydney: Hear him out? He arrested me.
Vaughn: He's in control of operations.
Sydney: He thought I was the devil!
"When she got done with my father, he could only be identified by dental records." - Vaughn
"I've given you a gift and all you get from me is one." - Irina Derevko
Vaughn: I know I'm the one who tried to convince you to see your mother, to be unemotional with her. I though I could do it, see her, and be as cold blooded as her. It's hard to explain what it feels like sitting across from her -- what she did to my family, to my father. But she's your mother, Sydney. With all she's done, she is your mother.
Sydney: Vaughn, if you're worried about me, you don't need to be.
"Sydney, you're smarter than this. Your mother wants you to think she's your ally, that she can help you get what you want. Her intel may even be accurate once, twice. But the minute you start to depend on her, she will gut you." - Jack
Will: So, you're hanging out with the Gambino crime family and you're giving me grief about doing drugs?
Francie: Oh, it's so not the same thing.
Will: No, you're involved with organized crime. It's totally different.
Sydney: I need to know why.
Irina: No, you want to know why. There's a difference.
Sydney: Go after Fordson. Trust me.
Irina: Why should I do that?
Sydney: Because I'm your mother.
"We're on the same side. It's time you started acting like it." - Sydney to Kendall
Sydney: Let's get something clear. You are not my mother. My mother was Laura Bristow. Laura Bristow died in a car accident twenty-one years ago. You are a traitor and a prisoner of the United States government. Look at me. We will interact only when necessary. You will address me as Agent Bristow and answer only the questions I ask. There will be no personal anecdotes, no comments about my job performance, no condolences or congratulations. Do you understand me? Do you understand?
Irina: Yes... Agent Bristow.
"One double agent facing two crossroads in her life as the two men in her heart meet for the first time."
END SPOILERS FOR ALIAS 2.02: TRUST ME
posted on 10/11/2002 11:36:08 AM
sunday, october 6
Yes, I know this is really, really late. Oh well.. what're you gonna do. Beware, I did lots of transcribing.
SPOILERS FOR BUFFY 7.02: "BENEATH YOU"
The Slayer murder this week... so very Alias. The music, the pink hair, the outfit, some of the moves. Very Sydney-esque. Or,okay, it could be "Run Lola Run." I want that music, by the way. "From beneath you, it devours." Prophetic dreams about Slayers being killed. Funny thing is, they all seem the same age. What happened to "In each generation"? Even if they are a year apart, I figure there are only 3 or 4 more they can kill before it starts to get silly and these cloaked guys are killing little girls.
I am quite in love with Mad!Spike. The hair is my favorite part *hee* His behaviour is so very Dru and while I couldn't stand much of it from her, Mad!Spike every week wouldn't be bad. Damn them for rebleaching the hair and making him wear that.. that.. ewww blue shirt. And very, very lucid. The voices in his head whipped him into shape pretty good.
So.. apparently, Spike actually did want his soul back. I dunno. I just thought he wanted the chip out, because, well, that made sense to me. But like always, I have assumed wrong.
Carpooling with Xander! Wheee! I'm still reeling from the fact that Buffy has a job. As a counselor. Oh and Prinicipal Wood is a vegetarian. That makes him inherently evil, right? *g*
Mmm... more scenes from England. Would it be wrong to say that I was at one point a Willow/Giles 'shipper and this scene gave me a happy? Yes, I am weird. Willow and Giles back to Sunnydale! Nice and refreshed from Old World England. I'm looking forward to see how Will deals with everything back in creepy, scary Sunnydale.
I don't like Nancy. She's annoying. She best not be Xander's new girlfriend because... ugh. She reminds me too much of Anya, so he might as well get back together with Anya. I can't believe they killed her dog, though. Poor puppy... Ugh, make her go away! She is so season 3 Anya!
Dawn with a backbone. Very nice. I like it. Dawn and Xander are united in the "Spike is an ass and needs to be beat" front. Erm.. I guess that's a good thing. How sad the Scoobies are now reduced to three. *sigh* At least Dawn doesn't whine about being left home.
*teehee* Xander trying to hit on a girl. Comical. "Xander, little bit of drool." Actually, they are both really awkward flirters. And of course, it's the new girl's fault that the worm is.. well, the worm is her ex-boyfriend and that's technically Anya's fault, but she wished it!
Poor Anya, just trying to do her job.. without hurting anyone. I feel bad for her. And I am still of the stance that it was Xander's fault because he left her at the altar. I don't care if it's common or not. It's not right. He could have talked to her. And now she's a vengeance demon again. Good job, Xander.
Loved the fact that Anya picked up that Spike has a soul. "I can see you. How did you do it? How did you get it?" Of course, then Spike backhands her and she comes back all pissed-off and veiny (more purple than last time I think). "I am so gonna kick your ass." Then of course Buffy jumps in and takes over to "work out some personal issues," with Spike egging her on. Man, he is truly frelled in the head. Strangely, people in the Bronze were very, very calm.
I feel really bad for Spike when he was trying to be Big Bad again and stabbed Roonie in the shoulder with the pipe. I guess he has that chip still in his head afterall. I love how he reverted back to babbling Spike. "Right. Wrong. Wrong maneuver. Not hardly helpful." And with the yelling at the people in his head. "What the hell are you screaming about? I can hear you. No need to SHOUT!" I hope this goes on for most of the season. Heh.
Anya's ominous "Oh, it will be." Yeah. freaky.
The last scene was just WOW. It's transcribed below, but it definitely needs to be seen. There are no words. I'm really glad it was James because he acted it perfectly. He's really getting to stretch his acting muscles this season with multi-dimensional insane Spike.
Buffy: That's not something you just bounce right back from.
Xander: Sure it is. She bounced back to being a vengeance demon and I bounced back to being a dateless nerd.
"Can I give detention?" - Buffy
Principal Wood: Just remember that while you are here to help, you're not here to be their friend. Trust me, you open that door and these students will eat you alive.
Buffy: You heard about Principal Flutie, right?
Principal Wood: There's only three things these kids understand: the boot, the bat, and the bastinada. It's the... it's a.. It's a bad joke. It's the bastinada. No one ever knows what that thing is.
Buffy: Wooden rod used to slap the souls of the feet in Turkish prisons. But, if made with the right wood, makes an awesome billy club.
Giles: That's your fear talking.
Willow: Yes, and my fear's a big obnoxious blabbermouth.
"Trust yourself and the others might follow." - Giles
Dawn: Should we round up the gang?
Xander: Good thinking! Unfortunately, this is the gang.
"Right, 'cause that seems to be the only time you let us in, Buffy. Whenever you want." - Dawn
Dawn: Spike. You sleep, right? You--vampires--you sleep?
Spike: Yeah, what's your point, niblet?
Dawn: Well, I can't take you in a fight or anything, even with a chip in your head, but you do sleep. If you hurt my sister at all, touch her, you're gonna wake up on fire.
"And when exactly did your sister get unbelievably scary?" - Spike
Spike: Look, I can't blame you for being all skittish.
Buffy: Skittish? That's not a word I would use for it. You tried to rape me. I don't have the words...
Spike: Neither do I. Can't say "sorry". Can't use "forgive me". All I can say is, Buffy, I've changed.
Buffy: I believe you.
Spike: Well, that's something
Buffy: I just don't know what you've changed into.
Nancy: You know the feeling that you get when your ex is constantly ruining every part of your life and it just doesn't stop? And you get so tired of feeling helpless that all you can do is wish it would stop?
"Oh, penis." - Anya, upon seeing Xander
"Wait, that gets the sad noise? People's lives are in danger and you give it up for the yorkie?" - Xander
Nancy: I thought you were Xander's ex-girlfriend?
Anya: I am.
Nancy: But you and Spike--
Anya: Had a thing.
Spike: Didn't last.
Nancy: But you're Buffy's..
Buffy: Never serious.
Nancy: Is there anyone here who hasn't slept together?
[Spike and Xander exchange that look. Yeah, you know the look.]
Anya: At least we're all bipeds, which is more than I can say for Ronnie the worm boy.
"Bite me, Harris! I have rules to work with. Vengeance demon codes of conduct. But you'll never understand 'cause you're all still so... human." - Anya
Xander: Nice friends you got.
Anya: Nice friends I had. Chums, coworkers, bridesmaids. Oh, I had the whole package, until something fell apart. What could that be, Xander?
Xander: You saying this is my fault?
Anya: All I'm saying is none of this happened until you dumped me at the altar.
Xander: And sooner or later, Anya, that excuse just stops working.
"Just the beginning, love. A warm up act. The real headliner's coming and when that band hits the stage, all of this... all this... will come tumbling in death and screaming, horror and bloodshed. From beneath you it devours. From beneath..." - Spike
Spike: Didn't work.
Buffy: What the hell are you--
Spike: It didn't work. The costume. It didn't help. Couldn't hide.
Buffy: No more mind games, Spike.
Spike: No more mind games. No more mind.
Buffy: Tell me what happened to you. [reaches for him]
Spike: Hey! Hey, hey! No touching! Am I flesh? Am I flesh to you? Feed on flesh. My flesh. Nothing else, not a spark. Fine, flesh then. Solid through. Get it hard, service the girl. [unfastens his pants]
Buffy: Stop it! You-- [stops him, he grabs her throat, and she throws him]
Spike: Right. Girl doesn't want to be serviced. Because there's no spark. Ain't we in a soddin' engine?
Buffy: Spike, have you completely lost your mind?
Spike: [lucid] Well, yes. Where have you been all night?
Buffy: You thought you could just come back here and... be with me?
Spike: There's time enough for everything.
Buffy: This is all you get. I'm listening. Tell me what happened.
Spike: I tried to find it.
Buffy: Find what?
Spike: The spark. The missing... the piece.. that fit. That would make me fit. Because you didn't want... God, I can't... not with you looking. I dreamed of killing you. I think they were dreams. So weak. Did you make me weak? Thinking of you, holding myself, and spilling useless buckets of salt over your... ending. Angel-- he should have warned me. He makes a good show of forgetting, but it's here... in me. All the time. The spark. I wanted to give you what you deserve. And I got it. They put the spark in me and now all it does is burn.
Buffy: Your soul.
Spike: A bit worse for lack of use.
Buffy: You got your soul back. How?
Spike: It's what you wanted, right? It's what you wanted, right? And--and now everybody's in here, talking. Everything I did. Everyone I... and him... and it... the other... the thing... beneath--beneath you... it's here, too. Everybody, they all just tell me go. Go... to hell.
Buffy: Why? Why would you do that?
Spike: You were ashamed, weren't you... Why does a man do what he musn't? For her. To be hers. To be the kind of man who would nev-- To be a kind of man. And she shall look on him with forgiveness and everybody will forgive and love. He will be loved. So everything's okay, right? [drapes himself over a large cross] Can--can we rest now? Buffy... can we rest?
END SPOILERS BUFFY 7.02: "BENEATH YOU"
posted on 10/6/2002 05:49:47 PM
wednesday, october 2
Yeah, this was on Sunday. Gimme a break. Buffy review will be up tomorrow.
SPOILERS FOR ALIAS PREMIERE 2.01: THE ENEMY WALKS IN
First thing: the new intro. Not too crazy about it, but it's Eric, which some people are really hating (saw on one board that people hated the new voice over and wished it were Eric. LOL) I can live with it.. especially if Weiss is dead!! o_O (see below) *ahem* But this was a good premiere, sort of recapping all of last year and presenting all the characters for people who hadn't seen it.
I think the episode started back a bit too far, but that could just be because I spent all day watching the Alias marathon. Heh. But it was so creepy... Irina standing there telling Sydney that she could have prevented this by killing her when she was a baby. Obviously Syd didn't think her mother was going to hurt her because she make a snide remark about grounding that resulted in Irina shooting her in the shoulder. Escaping? Damn, she pulled quite a few MacGuyvers.
Ah, Will. Gotta love him. "Who's Vaughn?" Nosey even in his beat-up, confused state. And Will's reaction when Sydney told him all about SD-6: "Seriously?" *teehee*
Poor Dixon. He's so misguided. I wish someone would just fill him in.
I'm glad Daddy Bristow had a plan in regards to Will. This is why I like him - always thinking. *g* It's a damn good plan, too. Well... maybe not because Will has to be revealed as a heroine user. That was not fun.
The scenes with Sydney and Weiss were good. I liked that they could both express their frustration about how neither of them could find Vaughn. Plus, the fact they could even talk about their feelings.
Barnett's annoying. I really don't like her for some reason.
Holy frell, Khasinau's lab is gross! And Vaughn was transported to France, I see. Which.. er, okay, I guess. One thing about the Cap Ferrat mission.. how does the bullet wound not show in that dress?
Adrenaline!Vaughn! Action!Vaughn! That is all. *g*
Marshall! I love Marshall :) He's so fun and ranty. I always feel bad when Sloane yells at him.
Dumb luck. That's the only way I can explain how Sydney never (okay, seldom) gets caught and how she happens to see the guy from Taipei and how Vaughn is somehow coincidentally in Cap Ferrat in the basement of the place she is bugging.
Khasinau kicks her ass. Twice.
Hehehe. Delerious!Vaughn - sporting a nice tattoo. Very much melted when he said "Syd?" Oh shut up. It was cute. "Uh.. don't do that," he says groggily when she is about to jam the huge syringe of adrenaline into his chest. And of course, there is the Moment as they are fleeing.
Sydney is now automatically defending her concern for Vaughn. *hee* But poor Will. I really did feel bad for him, especially the part where he tells Jack that he's scared. I was actually afraid they were going to rough him up when they busted into the drug house. And it sucks that Francie thinks Will really is a druggie. *sigh* And, ew, Sloane. "I did it for you -- spared Will's life." Shut up, you slimy bastard. Sydney looked like she wanted to rip his arm right off.
I don't know much about heroine withdrawl.. but should he really be throwing up that much after one hit?
In regards to that bug killer in the lamp: wouldn't SD-6 try to figure out why their bugs weren't working? And if so, wouldn't they wonder why their agent was trying to kill their bugs? Hmm.. yeah.
Aww... moment in the warehouse with Vaughn as he tells Sydney how he escaped the flooded chamber. Interrupted by Jack and Weiss. *ahem*
Pier 347. 'Nother 47 thingy.
Awww... cute scene at the stakeout. I'm surprised Vaughn was that open with it. But, hey, good for us 'shippers. If Weiss dies, I will be pissed. Very, very pissed.
I'll say this again: Irina scares me to no end. If she were my mother, I'd piss myself everytime she came into the room. I don't trust her at all. And yes, she uses the incredible screwdriver to trick the trained CIA agents. I give her no points for shooting Khasinau and sparing Sydney. That just shows she's a conniving bitch.
I think Syd was.. well, at first I thought she was overly harsh to her father during the eulogy, but I guess it was fair. The last bit about her mother and what she would be like. Ugh, if Irinia turns out to also be a double agent, I might watch Angel on Sundays and tape Alias.
Geeky thing to note: Irina does the same hair tucking thing that Sydney does.
Barnett: And you did all this with a bullet in your shoulder?
Sydney: Do you not believe me?
Barnett: It's impressive.
Sydney: Not really. One thing I've learned doing this: there's no drug like adrenaline.
Will: Um, excuse me, did you just say you were shot by your mother?
Jack: Sit down!
Jack: You and I need to assume Dixon's reported you. The best move for us is for me to take full responsibilty.
Sydney: What about Will?
Jack: [to Will] You're going to have a hard time.
"There are times in life when we don't listen to our heart - to what we know to be true. In those moments, we've lost who we are, we've betrayed ourselves. Questioning your loyalty, your virtue, was one of those lost times for me." - Dixon
Vaughn: Ow. That hurt.
Sydney: I'm sorry.
Vaughn: Don't be. ... Where are we?
Vaughn: France? [dopey look] Really? [dopey smile] France!
Sydney: There's too much to explain. I have to get back before Dixon comes after me. You can get back to Los Angeles, right?
Vaughn: [big dopey grin]
Vaughn: You saved my life.
Sydney: See you in LA.
[Huge pause where they should have kissed but didn't. *grr*]
Jack: I can think of number of other ways, but they all involve your burial.
Will: Is that your idea of a joke? You're morbid, Jack.
"Of course, I loose my health insurance the same day I need a root canal." - Will Tippin
Will: Who is it? Just say good guys or bad guys, I'll understand.
Sydney: Good guys.
"When I was a kid, I was a swimmer. I could swim the 100 meter in 68 seconds. I can't tell you how irrelevant that was that night we were in Taipei. There have been some pretty incredible inventions over the last 2000 years, but none more incredible than the screwdriver. None." - Vaughn
Vaughn: So, hey, you know there's some really good restaurants in Barcelona.
Sydney: Yeah, I know.
Vaughn: Do you know what I was thinking?
Sydney: I think I do.
Vaughn: If we could actually be seen in public together, we could get the Bible and get a bite.
Weiss: Could the whole team come, 'cause we're starving.
"Truth takes time." - Irina
Will: You're eulogizing the bastard's wife?
Will: The Devil's wife? The wife of the guy who had Danny killed. The guy who wanted to kill me.
Sydney: Despite being married to a truly horrible man, Emily was a good person. And if the people who cared about her don't speak at her funeral because of him, there's no justice in that. It just makes him stronger.
END SPOILERS FOR ALIAS PREMIERE 2.01: THE ENEMY WALKS IN
posted on 10/2/2002 12:01:42 AM
I love Buffy. I think the show rocks. But sometimes people are a little too overly about it. Oh, plus Joss is an atheist.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Theologian of the Year (from the Door)
Biological Warfare and the "Buffy Paradigm" (PDF file, from CISI.org)
The first article makes some interesting points, but like all art, I think this person is projecting his own ideals into the show. I don't recall hearing that SMG read the Bible for the 1999 season, but I do see the heavy Christian parallels from season 6.
Hmm.. oh well.
posted on 10/2/2002 10:46:59 AM
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