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Faith, Hope, & Trick (BTVS 3.03)

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.

For me, Faith, Hope, and Trick marks the first really good episode of the season. That’s probably because there are a lot of character moments.

Our first was a scene with Willow, Oz, Xander, and Cordelia. Willow is hesitant to go the few feet off campus for lunch even though, as a senior, she is allowed. So Xander and Oz pull her off the curb. Once she’s okay Xander returns to putting his arm around Cordelia. It must have really stung when Xander and Willow cheated. Cordelia and Oz must have felt like they’d missed something right in front of them.

Willow: Maybe we shouldn’t be too couply around Buffy.

Cordelia: Oh, you mean cause of how the only guy that ever liked her turned into a vicious killer and had to be put down like a dog?

Xander: Can she cram complex issues into a nutshell or what?

Oz: Prepare to uncouple…uncouple.

Despite the apparent conclusion of Dead Man’s Party, Buffy remains apart from her friends in a way she didn’t used to be. They are all romantically involved and grew as a group while she was off in LA. This situation informs her impression of Faith as a threat. Buffy has brought them an impressively prepared lunch because she’s still not back at school. Scott Hope is interested in her, but she’s still having trouble with the concept of dating. Willow is, as always, enthusiastically supportive. She really pushes Buffy to date; perhaps a bit because she’s tired of feeling guilty for being with Oz and wants Buffy to be as happy as she is. 

Buffy: Date. Shop. Go to school, hang out, save the world from unspeakable demons…I wanna do all that girl stuff.

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Beauty and the Beasts (BTVS 3.04)

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.

Beauty and the Beasts is sort of problematic to enjoy. It was entertaining and I enjoyed the three boyfriends/beasts colliding, but the portrayal of abuse was pretty bad. On another note, who’s excited for live action Beauty and the Beast? ME. Anyway, let’s get to it. 

Buffy: One night, after supper, the lead dog turned up a snowshoe rabbit. The dog lay down low to the race, his body flashing forward, leap by leap… he was sounding the deeps of his nature, and the parts of his nature that were deeper than he - going back into the wombs of time….

This was a Full Moon episode, so we got scenes of everyone looking after Oz in his cage. Xander is still every bit the screw up and he deliberately goes to sleep on his shift. Giles is furious, yet isn’t bothered at all when he finds Buffy asleep the following night. What is Giles’ Xander issue? Is it because he’s male? Is it more about favoritism for Buffy than dislike of Xander? Let me know what you think! Anyway a student is mauled that night and the group is concerned it was Oz when they find a window open in his cage. The foundations for the later tension in Willow and Oz’s relationship is there. He tells her to get away from him when he’s getting ready to change.

Oz: Senior Bio? I sort of aced that final.

Willow: And how did you do that? Oh right, you showed up.

This could be read as Willow teasing Oz for being super smart…or it could be her teasingly digging him for not normally showing up to class. The original script had a really cute scene with Oz and Willow kissing I wish we’d gotten to see. 

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