Saturday, June 20, 2009

DVD review - Buffy season 5/Angel season 2 episodes 19

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

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B5-19: Tough Love (written by Rebecca Rand Kirshner, airdate 5/1/01)

It is time for Buffy and Willow to really grow up and be responsible. Buffy has to be more firm and structured with Dawn, so social services don't come and take her away fromher. Willow, meanwhile, has a fight with Tara causing the later to go off alone - making her the perfect target for Glory (since Tara is the newest one to the group). Glory shows her truly twisted evil by crushing Tara's hand, but Tara won't betray Dawn. When Glory concludes that Tara is not the key, she scrambles her mind before Willow can arrive. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, though! And Willow goes to the darkest of magiks to get some payback. But it looks like Glory has the last laugh - finding Willow, Tara, Dawn and Buffy and raining on their picnic lunch. Befuddled Tara, who can now see the truth, tips off to Glory (unintentionally) Dawn's true nature. Uh oh! This doesn't bode well at all.

A2-19: Belonging (written by Shawn Ryan, airdate 5/1/01)

This episodes finds all of the gang a bit out of sorts. Wesley can't seem to impress his father despite the fact that he is in charge of the agency. Cordelia gets a national commerical only to realize that garbage she has to put up with from the director. Angel tries to defend Cordy's honor and only causes more problems. Gunn is not there for his friends in the 'hood, and he loses another one to the vampires. Then, there is Lorne, the karoake host. His past comes showing up from his home realm when portals open up, the first unleashing a demon and the second bringing along his clan-cousin. Even as they track down the beast, Angel finds he is best served as the warrior while Wes finds himself questioning his position. In the end, they defeat the beast and plan to send the cousin home - but something goes awry. In the words of Cordelia, now on Lorne's home turf - "oh crap". Indeed. Looks like this is a nice set up for another episode to follow.

Between both these endings, it might be time to finish off a season on one and then the other. Ladies first...

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