Posted Jan 3, 2004 @ 1:29 PM
Okay, some notes for the four episodes I missed:
1. The Initiative has somewhat grown on me, though I still wish it was more "fly-by-night" and less "government-sponsored." I'm glad Buffy's "I want to join them, whee, yay for my pager!" phase was only one episode long.
2. What's with Tara hiding that sparkly stuff Willow wanted to blow? Is she somewhat demonic and not wanting to let on? I didn't get that. Other than that, I'm enjoying her character. Not entirely sure why Willow is wanting to keep her very existence secret from the rest of the Scoobs, though.
3. Poor Riley. So in tune with black & white, and now suddenly everything's gray. Also, poor Giles, especially in "A New Man" where he was all stomped on by Buffy (both figuratively, and later literally, as a demon). They really need to find him something to do... and how much savings does he have anyway, to live without income for almost a year?
4. I'm concerned about their Spike-treatment too. I mean, yeah he can't hurt anyone, but he's evil, hates them, and even though he can't do the evil deeds directly, he can easily organize others to do the deed (which I noticed long before the Faith episode). Yet they'll still pull tracers out of him, shelter him, treat him as an ally, etc. Xander was right when he said: "We're dumb."
5. Wow. Riley's taken out a whole 17 hostiles, including captures! I'm impressed. Wasn't that the body count by episode four? At least Buffy's still keeping her track record of picking boyfriends who don't really have much in the way of facial expressions, except when they're out of their heads.
6. What's with the initiative guys all calling Maggie "Professor Walsh." Certainly if she's in charge of even Riley (who assumed control after her timely demise) then she's got some sort of official military rank. But using the title EVERY TIME THEY SPEAK HER NAME? Doesn't ring true.
7. How good is the rent on Xander's basement that it's better than moving out? And why the hell can't he hold down the same job for more than a single episode? He's a hard worker, as far as I can tell - pizza delivery, construction, selling energy bars... why won't they let him stabilize?
8. "Oh bugger, I thought you'd gone!" Ethan Rayne is now in the hands of the government, and I'm not entirely sure whether this is entirely a good thing. Watching Giles turn into a demon is interesting, but I'm surprised he didn't at least TRY writing stuff down for the purposes of communicating. I still think of him as Derek Rayne's less accomplished cousin.
9. If Spike has "no electricity" in his crypt (one of his reasons for not accepting Anya's gift of Xander's lamp) then why does he have a TV there in a later episode?
10. So I'm not sure if Maggie Walsh was just interested in Riley 'cause he was her experiment, or if she had some sort of weird attraction to him going on that made her incredibly jealous. Probably both. Either way, I can't believe she was going to lie about Buffy's death when she didn't confirm it. That's sloppy thinking. Too bad Adam killed her - to have her AND Adam as potential threats in the latter half of the season would've been more interesting than JUST Adam.
11. One thing I never got about tracking devices - even if you're being jammed NOW, you still have a fix on their LAST known position, no? On the other hand, their blasters are cool. By the way, who DIDN'T immediately guess that the vitamins were the reason behind Riley's physical condition?
12. Why the hell would the initiative possibly know the "demonic" name for a demon? "Polgara demon" my ass. They've shown an inability to even term a vampire a vampire, so why would they call the Polgara a Polgara?
13. I love Faith's dreams, especially the opening sequence one. The later ones weren't quite as interesting, but the one with Buffy and Faith in the Metaphor Apartment was wonderful.
14. Who the hell did that nurse call when Faith woke up? I saw the helicopter, but nothing more. No "team" in particular. Did FX cut out something that would prove to be rather interesting? Apparently so, since the "recap" points out that the people in Giles' home at the end of the episode exited the helicopter, which answers me "who the hell are they?" question. I guess it's something Watcher-related.
15. I'm willing to forgive any lack of muscle deterioration, etc., in Faith 'cause of the whole "supernatural" part of being a Slayer. But I'm not willing to forgive the notion that the hospital didn't have some sort of sensor hooked up to Faith's medical monitoring devices, and when she took them off the no-more-heartbeats alert wouldn't have gone off.
16. And finally, yay for body switching! I'll see how that actually works out on Monday.
(Btw, I am never, ever using bestbuy.com again. But this is not the appropriate place to tell that story.)