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Inca Mummy Girl (BTVS 2.04)

This is part of my ongoing Buffy Project, where I write notes/meta for every episode in an attempt to better understand the characters and themes of the show. You can find the full list here. Gifs are not mine.

Sunnydale’s latest adventure: exchange students! Is it really any surprise one of them won’t be making it back home? The ones who left Sunnydale should probably just stay gone. It’s interesting how contained these episodes are. If Buffy’s exchange student went missing she was questioned during an investigation. How did they explain a male student going missing and being replaced by a female student who is also now missing? Maybe our evil Mayor is protecting the students from all that. 

The Point this episode is to compare Buffy’s life with that of an ancient girl sacrificed by her tribe at just sixteen. The girl responds by rejecting her duty and is willing to kill to live a normal life. Buffy chose the right path. Also Ampata’s body guard is Billy Black from Twilight. Just saying.

Despite being rejected in Prophecy Girl, Xander’s feelings for Buffy clearly haven’t gone away. He’s still jealous over every guy she looks at twice. But there’s nothing wrong with unrequited love unless you’re putting the pressure on someone. Buffy, for her part, either enjoys the attention or has gone back to playing dumb. Willow is hurt when she overhears Xander saying he doesn’t think of her That Way and decides it’s time to move on. Easier said than done.

Xander falls for an ill advised person for the second time in Ampata, the ancient mummy. He falls for her seemingly simply because she’s pretty and likes him. Not the most mature, but pretty standard for teenage boys. He also says, “Man I love you!” when she says she doesn’t deserve him. Her admiration of him is the attraction, not her self. Ampata does seem to care for him and at first refuses to kill him to live, but when desperation truly hits she tries to do it anyway. Buffy is there to stop her.

Oz has arrived! He’s apparently not interested in Normal Girls and notices Willow because she dresses up as an Eskimo. Xander seems weirded out by the outfit choice and doesn’t really try to hide it.

I enjoyed Sven pretending he didn’t speak English because he hated Cordelia. It was good to see the episode didn’t end with HAHA foreigners. 

Character Notes:

  • Jonathan Levinson: The continuity in Buffy never ceases to amaze me. We see a shot of Jonathan sitting alone in the background at the Bronze, stirring his drink and looking lonely. 

Honestly? This episode didn’t do a lot for me. Not one of the best.