Sunday, July 5, 2009

DVD review - Angel season 3 / Buffy season 6 episode 11

Continuing my viewing and reviewing of Angel season 3 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 6...

*** SPOILERS ***

A3-11: Birthday (written by Mere Smith, airdate 1/19/02)

I always enjoy Cordy-centric episodes, and this one was no different. I love how, though the return of Skip, that we're shown how Cordy's life would have changed had she not run into Angel at that party back in season 1, episode 1. I love how we're shown how much Angel cares for her, with his actions and his challenging the Powers That Be. And I most of all love how Cordy realizes what her true purpose is and what she is willing to do to make that happen. It is a testament to her character. Oh, and that birthday cake - awesome indeed. All around great episode - and they were smart to cut the sitcom-within-the-show portion (Charisma could no doubt do comedy, but they didn't get that writing down enough for it).

B6-11: Gone (written by David Fury, airdate 1/8/02)

The Trio is back and with it the campiness of the season. Sure we have heavy things like the harsh recovery of Willow from her addiction to magic and Buffy having to face the possibility of losing Dawn since she appears to be an unfit guardian, but then we get the silliness. Like immature invisible Buffy pulling pranks, playing with objects and seducing Spike (okay, Xander catching them in bed and Spike pretending to be doing exercises naked was kind of novel - is this like the third time this season James has been nude?). The invisible fight was kind of weak too. Just came across as sort of "let's save a little on the budget" here. I just wasn't very wowed by this one. Sorry, David.

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