Friday, June 19, 2009

DVD review - Buffy season 5/Angel season 2 episodes 14

Continuing my viewing and reviewing of Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 5 and Angel season 2...

*** SPOILERS ***

B5-14: Crush (written by David Fury, airdate 2/13/01)

Once again we get an episode centered around Spike - this time about his love for Buffy. He convinces Harmony to play "Slayer" to get him in the mood after Buffy blows him off at the newly opened Bronze. That's kind of twisted right there. Then Dawn comes to visit after school because she finds Spike interesting; Buffy tells her it is a crush but Dawn is smart enough to see Spike only has eyes for one Summers girl. Xander finds this very hilarious until he realizes that Dawn's crush on Spike means she doesn't have a crush on him any more. Poor Xander. Then, poor Spike tries to get Buffy alone on a fake vamp hunting trip so he can profess his love and she wants nothing to hear of it. He needs a woman who understands and wants him - so enter Dru, back from Los Angeles in order to get him to come help her and Darla against Angel. Spike will have none of it but Dru shows him he can beat his chip if he wants. He tries, but when Buffy comes to call he decides to chain up both Dru and Buffy. He's even willing to kill Dru to prove his love for Buffy - what a guy. And she won't accept it (women, who can figure them out? Certainly not Spike.). Of course, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, or in this case Harmony with a crossbow. We get a double fight - Spike vs. Harmony and Buffy vs. Dru, but when Spike hits Dru to save Buffy he shows where his heart lies. Dru bolts quietly. Harmony bolts with lots of words. Then Buffy trashes Spike good. He can't win for lose, can he? And when he tries to follow Buffy home he finds an unwelcome spell thoroughly in place. The Summers house is off limits. Ain't love grand?

A2-14: The Thin Dead Line (written by Kouf and Ryan, airdate 2/13/01)

When zombie cops hit the streets and start to brutalize everyone for no reason, the gang and Angel each work two different sides of the case. Unfortunately, Gunn's brilliant plan puts Wesley in critical condition. The whole cop thing attacking on the shelter was straight out of night of the living dead. Though the police captain behind it was trying to do the right thing, dabbling with the dark arts always leads to trouble. Luckily Angel was able to save the day at the last minute by destroying the idol. Some good character moments through out: Angel and Kate in the cemetery when she is worried about her father having been raised, Cordelia seeing one of the shelter girls in her blouse (which Angel gave to Anne two episodes back), Gunn and Wesley bonding over the unfortunate accident, and Cordelia telling Angel off in the hospital (he walked away so he should just stay away from them). While I like that she stood up to him, I do hope that the band gets back together soon. I like it when they all work together as one. Oh, and the gang's other case - the girl with the eyeball in the back of her head - creepy! Hopefully that will get resolved later on too, just because I am really curious there.

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