3×09 The Wish
Wanting to be rid of Xander for good, Cordelia comes to the conclusion that Buffy is the cause of all her problems and makes a wish that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale.Â But, shouldn’t she know such simple words are not so simple in Sunnydale. Her new friend, Anya, grants the wish and Cordelia’s world gets turned upside down and inside out.
The Master: Hungry? I’ve lost my appetite for this one. She keeps looking at me, I’m trying to eat and she looks at me!
Apparently, if Buffy were to have never come to Sunnydale, the Master actually succeeded in escaping his prison. In the course of that going down, Xander and Willow must have died. As in, the undead. Cuz now they are vampires that are really creepy and bloodthirsty. Willow makes for an interesting vamp, but I don’t like her clothes so much. Actually, come to think about it, the vamp couple that was Xander and Willow came across as a weak version of Spike and Dru.
In this alternate non-Buffy-verse, Buffy is a bit more like Faith — a loner with a bad attitude with a questionable fashion sense. She also sports a scar across her lips. Good episode simply because it shows things so different from the norm, much like that Halloween episode in the 2nd season. I like seeing the actors getting a chance to stretch their acting muscles like this.
While the gang prepares for their Christmas vacation, Angel is haunted by visions of his violent past. The ghost of Jenny Calendar appears to him and reminds him in great detail of the evil deeds he has performed. At first she almost seems to be taking pity on him, but gradually her counsel grows more sinister. Buffy and the Gang’s research into why Angel has been sent back to Earth leads them to “The First Evil”. Meanwhile, Willow and Oz decide to give their relationship another shot.Â Sunnydale also sees it’s first snow following a heat wave.
Buffy: Angel, you have the power to do real good, to make amends. But if you die now, then all that you ever were was a monster.
This episode was really good. It made me get weepy even. Angel has an internal battle with his personal demons, even if they are being stirred up by some wiggy spirit. In the end, he decides he should sacrifice himself than risk hurting Buffy and those she loves.Â The whole episode for me is simply the build-up to the great scene at the end between Buffy and Angel. In Buffy’s attempt to save Angel from the sunrise, she breaks down and tells him all the things she’s been hiding, even from herself. She loves him, more than should be possible, but it tears her apart. She says she wishes she could wish him dead, but she can’t. Oddly romantic. The snow then mysteriously starts to fall and our Romeo & Juliet walk the snow covered streets of Sunnydale hand-in-hand.
Picking the wrong night for mother-daughter bonding, Joyce discovers the bodies of two children in the park, apparently sacrificed in an occult ritual. Deeply disturbed by what she has seen, Joyce rallies the adults of Sunnydale, convincing them to rid the town of all magical and occult influences. When witch paraphernalia is found in Willow’s locker, no one believes it was for a special birthday present she was preparing for Buffy. So, Buffy, Willow, and Amy are considered a part of the occult threat to Sunnydale.
Buffy: (to Joyce) Maybe next time that the world is getting sucked into hell, I won’t be able to stop it because the anti-hell-sucking book isn’t on the approved reading list.
I always love when people become really passionate about something, but I guess this shows you can go overboard. It probably doesn’t help if some weird evil Hansel & Gretel spirits are whispering in your ear making you all kinds of paranoid. So paranoid in fact, you’d be willing to burn your daughter at the Stake.Â Joyce just seems like a mush-brain at this point to me. Surely your will has to be pretty weak if you keep getting possessed or otherwise manipulated.
In the end, Hansel & Gretel turn into this one big weird troll looking thing, and Buffy and Gang destroy it. Amy turns herself into a mouse to get away and Willow can’t quite get her back to form. Didn’t love, didn’t hate.