2x05 Reptile Girl
Giles is pushing Buffy in her Slayer training, her motherâ€™s rules are becoming more and more strict, and Angel is growing more over-protective. Buffy is feeling pulled apart. When Cordeliaâ€™s college crush shows up on campus with a friend who has eyes for Buffy, Cordelia convinces Buffy to come with her to the frat party. But the party soon turns sinister, and Buffy learns the connection between the fraternity and the local girls who have recently gone missing. Xander, Giles, Angel and Willow must crash the party before all Hell breaks loose.
Cordelia: Buffy! Did you lose weight? And your hair... Alright, I respect you too much to be dishonest. The hair's a little... Well, that really isn't the point here, is it?
This was weird. I recognized a number of faces in this episode, so I went and looked 'em up. We have Coby Bell, who was once on Third Watch. Jordana Spiro, who is currently in My Boys. Greg Vaughan, from General Hospital. Just a random bit of info for you there.
Cordelia and Buffy get wonky after one drink, and I guess it was suppose to be drugged, but I don't remember them really saying that it was. So, I guess it's just suppose to be really evil to drink. So evil in face that you're gonna get eaten by a snake monster. Other than the obvious phallic nature of a lizard man that comes up from a huge hole underneath a frat house, there wasn't too much entertaining here.
On Halloween Buffy, Willow and Xander are "volunteered" by Principal Snyder to take groups of kids trick-or-treating. Buffy seizes the opportunity to impress Angel by dressing as a woman from the time when he was human. When most of the kids in Sunnydale magically (or is it magickally? so hard to tell) become whatever they were dressed as, it is up to soldier-Xander and ghost-Willow to find a way to break the spell and defend Buffy, who is now a weak and frail 18th century noblewoman.
Drusilla: Do you love my insides? The parts you can't see?
Spike: Eyeballs to entrails, my sweet.
This was kind of fun. Our gang gets to be completely different people thanks to a pleasant spell from an old friend of Giles'. Xander goes all commando as a rough-and-tough soldier. Poor Willow could have been a hottie slayer-type chica, but at the last minute throws a sheet on over her revealing clothing, so she just gets to walk through walls and whatnot. And Buffy gets to be the damsel in distress. Who faints at everything. If the timing were right, I would have almost expected her to claim she was gonna have the "vapors". No such luck.
This episode marks the second time that Oz has seen our Willow, and says "Who is that girl?"again. He also sees her looking like quite the hottie in her original revealing costume. I like the build-up of this inevitable relationship.
2x07 Lie to Me
Ford, an old friend of Buffyâ€™s from L.A., shows up unexpectedly in Sunnydale, and seems to know that she is the Slayer. When Xander, Willow, and Angel discover that he is involved with a cultish group of disillusioned teens who idolize vampires, they must find out Fordâ€™s true agenda before itâ€™s too late. In the meantime, current flame Angel admits his past relationship with Drusilla.
Xander: That's Angel. He's Buffy's special friend.
Ford: He's not in school right? He looks older than her.
Xander: You're not wrong.
Jason Behr, who eventually gets his own show -- Roswell, shows up mysteriously. Wow, he has some ears, huh? He's still cute. Loved him more in Roswell. He ends up having tumors all up in his head, so he wants to become a vampire so he doesn't die. Understandable. But you don't go through the slayer to get to the vampires to bite you. Uncool. In the end, he learns a very valuable lesson. Vampires aren't trustworthy. I think Buffy could have told him that if he wasn't busy trying to use her as a bargaining tool.
Buffy appears to be blonder too. I don't remember if I missed the exact moment it happened, but she looks more like the teeny-bopper type chic that is into shopping and shoes. The Buffy we kind of truly expect, I think.
2x08 The Dark Age
The secrets of Giles's dark past come back to haunt him when an old friend turns up dead in Sunnydale. As a troubled youth, Giles (known then as "Ripper") and his friends summoned a demon called Eyghon, The Sleepwalker. Now, Eyghon has returned and is hunting down the people who used to raise him for their amusement. And the only two left are Ethan Rayne... and Rupert Giles.
Xander: Oh, gang, didja hear that? A bonus day of class plus Cordelia! Mix in a little rectal surgery and it's my best day ever!
Giles was a rebel in his youth. Getting his "high" from summoning a demon dude. Not just your average librarian, I suppose. I like this, cuz we start to really get some depth for Giles as a character. He's not as one-dimensional as originally thought.
However, why must the monster/demon of the week just be this blue goop that gets absorbed by dead or unconscious people? It was like they were low on the costume or special effects budget that week, and just got lazy. In the end, Angel takes the hit for the team and absorbs it. This could have been a really good episode, but it just seemed to fall flat.