1×09 The Puppet Show
The new principal forces Giles to run Sunnydale High’s annual talent show, and Buffy, Willow and Xander have to perform against their will. As if this isn’t bad enough, things go further awry when one of the talent show participants is found with her heart removed. Buffy and the gang race against the clock to find the killer, and all the clues point to Morgan and his ventriloquist dummy, Sid.
Principal Snyder: My predecessor, Mr. Flutie, may have gone in for all that touchy-feely relating nonsense, but he was eaten. Your in my world now and Sunnydale has touched and felt for the last time.
Who doesn’t like a foul-mouthed flirty lap dummy? That’s all I got folks. Nothing here to motivate the wit and sarcasm.
When strange things start happening to the students at Sunnydale High, well, MORE strange things, it seems that everyone is living their worst nightmares. Buffy has to draw on her mental strength, ha! I made a funny,Â to stop the phenomena before reality and the nightmare world become one.
Xander: I’m not worried. If there’s something bad out there we’ll find, you’ll slay, we’ll party!
Look, it’s like a string of boring episodes or something. They aren’t awful, by any means, but I just found myself thinking “NEXT!”
1×11 Out of Mind, Out of Sight
You ever feel like everyone ignores you, and you wish you could just disappear? Yah, this is about that, but with a vengeance. If you could walk around invisible, wouldn’t you go after all the bitches that made you feel invisible before you actually were? Natch. When Cordelia campaigns for the May Queen Crown, the supernatural force of said unpopular girl conspires to make Miss Cordy suffer like she has.
Xander: I’d give anything to be able to turn invisible! Well, I wouldn’t use my power to beat people up, but I’d use my power to protect the girls’ locker room.
This one was weird. I totally understood how this girl felt. Not that people have treated me quite as bad as her, but man, I certainly have felt invisible in a crowd of people. But I think it would really suck for that to actually happen. But then again, I’d never have to worry about my weight anymore. Well, I would, but I wouldn’t worry about people staring at me cuz I’m a fattie. How nice would that be? But, that would of course be the time when I dropped all my weight, and no one would be able to see it and appreciate all that hard work. Ok, yah, my imagination was more interesting than the episode it would appear.
1×12 Prophecy Girl
Buffy’s future looks bleak when Giles discovers an ancient prophecy that foretells her death by the Master and the end of the world. She breaks down, who wouldn’t?, and thinks she can just quit being the slayer. But when the Master’s vampire flunkies massacre a group of students on campus, she becomes determined to survive and party at the spring fling. Save the world, then boogie!
The Master: Ah, the feeble banter portion of the fight.
This is our first real “dark Buffy” episode. She’s usually so light and witty and kickass-y. But, deep down, she has emotions and shit. So, when Giles accidentally tells her she’s going to die and there’s nothing they can do, she gets very emo-teenage girl-like. But this was kinda pre-emo. So, it just looks hormonal. Once she gets over that, and realizes who she is… Duh, Chosen ONE. Not like there is someone waiting in the wings with superhuman strength and vampire killing skills. She takes her destiny like a champ. Then, Angel finds dead Buffy, Xander does the breathing in her mouth thing (Angel=Dead=No Breath), and Voila! Not dead anymore. Guess the prophecy was cut short.
I like this episode. It seems like it’s the true start of some of the more darker stuff we see in Season 2. Death will do that to a girl.