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It's that time again boys and girls. Buffy the Vampire Slayer reviews have returned! And as an added bonus, I'm trying to start the Sunnydale Live Podcast back up as well! So that is exciting!!! Today on Buffy we are talking about the season 2 episode Lie to Me. It's a personally favorite for the simple fact that it brings in Max Evens. Who is Max Evens you ask? Oh and it was written and directed by Joss Whedon, always a plus!!
But, alas, we are not here to talk about Roswell. We are here to talk about the episode Lie to Me, Buffy remember people? She's the Slayer!
There she is! Ok, so this episode starts out at a park late at night, where a little boy is waiting bored for his mother to come pick him up. Why his mother leaves him alone at a park late at night is anyone's guess. I'm just going to throw out that she most likely isn't a good mother. I mean when i was that age I would play at the park by myself too but I had to be home by street lights, not waiting at a creepy park where anyone could just come and take me, or suck my blood as Dru wanted to do when she came across him. Lucky for the kid and his bad mother Angel shows up and stops her. We start to see for the first time that these two know each other, we could kind of figured it out by him knowing Spike but this confirms it.
In true Dru fashion her crazy side just makes us love her even more. It really is the best part about her. It's so off putting but interesting at the same time. You just can't look away. While Angel warns Dru to leave Buffy spots them talking from afar and it clearly gets to her. We feel her pain.
The next day at school we spy Giles and Jenny talking. She is teasing him about their next date, of which she will tell him nothing. He tries to get it out of her but she won't budge. Buffy reports to Giles about it being dead on the slaying front and he offers her a night off to hang out with Angel, she doesn't seem thrilled with the idea.
Buffy confides in Willow about Angel and the mystery girl, who Buffy doesn't yet know to be Dru, the girlfriend of Spike. Xander is excited by this! Enter Billy Ford, also known to us as Max Evens! Turns out that Buffy and him are old friends and she had a big crush on him back in the day!
Ford comes out to the Bronze and starts to hit it off with the Scoobies when Angel shows up. He lies to Buffy about what he was doing the night before and Buffy blows him off to hang out with Ford. Angel is even more jealous than Xander was. Ford starts asking her about Angel and she tries to avoid the answer. While they are walking Buffy hears an attack and sends Ford on a wild goose chase while she goes to fight. Ford only goes a few feet before turning back and going to see what Buffy was doing. He comes just as the Buffy dusts the vamp. He asks her what is happening and she makes up some lie about cats fighting when Ford tells her he knows she is the vampire slayer.
As Buffy tells Willow the good news we jump over to see Ford enter a weird building, a building where they are welding on a steel door and everyone is dressed up like Vampires from old movies. A guy in a blue cape named Marvin but going by Diego starts asking when everything will happen, Ford tells him he just needs a few more days. Then they will all die young and stay pretty. Pretty sure they want to be vampires. And who else do we meet here? None other than Chanterelle, wait I mean Lilly, or is it Anne? It's the name changing girl! I really like her character, for a bit character that is only in a handful of episodes she sure grows a lot!
Angel shows up at Willow's house and after she invites him in he asks her to help him find out information about Billy Ford. Willow points out he is jealous and Angel admits it. He loves her and is jealous but his gut still tells him that Ford is a bad guy. Willow soon finds out that Ford isn't in the school records. She tells Angel to come back the next night and she will tell him what she finds. He asks her to lie to Buffy, she doesn't want to but agrees.
She is a really bad lair and Buffy calls her out on it but Willow just runs off. Giles gives Buffy Jenny's pager number in case he needs her and Buffy tells him that Ford knows. He is worried she told him but she assures him that Ford found out on his own back in LA.
While hanging out Buffy and Ford spot a few vampires running around. She gives Ford a stake and they go off in search. Buffy gets knocked down and Ford spares a vampire in exchange for information, than lies to Buffy about it.
Xander, Willow and Dead boy, Xander's new nickname for Angel, head to the night club that Ford hangs out. Right away they feel out of place but they look around anyways, it doesn't take them long to see the pro-vampire atmosphere of the room. Chanterelle tells them that they love the lonely ones, aka vampires. Angel insults her and she runs off. Keep in mind, they met, just right now! Angel has a photographic memory and she met Angel on one of the worst days of her life. Why don't they remember each other when they meet again? I don't know, that's something for another day.
Buffy brings Giles and Jenny up to speed, turns out the mystery date was a monster truck show. Not really a Giles type date. Buffy shes a picture of Dru and learns that she is a vampire and lover to Spike, that brings up questions in her mind about Angel. Moments later the vampire Ford lied about killing knocks them over as she runs out with a stolen book. Damn, in two minutes Buffy learns that two guys she likes is lying to her about vampires. Poor girl.
Spike confronts Dru about her talking to Angel. He is clearly jealous of him. They start to have a tender moment when Ford enters the room. Spike starts talking about eating him. Ford says he has something to offer him but Spike doesn't seem to care. It's a game to Ford and Spike could care less but pays along because Dru asks him to. He asks Spike to make him a vampire but Spike says no. This is when Ford offers to give him the slayer in exchange for making him a vampire. What an asshole!
Angel shows up at Buffy's house and asks to talk, he wants to talk about Ford, he admits that he has been working with Willow and Xander to find out about Ford, Buffy isn't happy about it and demands to know about Dru. He tells her the truth is hard to hear and asks if she loves him. She says yes but she doesn't know if she trust him. He starts to tell her that Dru was the worst thing he has ever done. She was sweet and innocent and he drove her insane and mentally tortured her until she fled to become a nun. On the day she was to become one he turned her into a vampire. Buffy seems sickened by it, Angel then tells her about Ford.
The next day at school Ford asks Buffy out and she says yes. He has a surprise for her and she says she likes surprises. Things are getting intense. Willow and Xander try to talk to Buffy but she is kind of short with them, not rude but not friendly. Rightfully so she is a bit annoyed. Diego and Chanterelle ask Ford if everything is ready. He tells them everything will be fine and that is when he finds out that Angel and co showed up there. Ford is worried but before he could think Buffy shows up early.
It doesn't take long for Buffy to figure out that Ford offered her up as a trade to become a vampire. He starts laughing as Diego locks the door. He tells her the trap has already been set. Buffy is worried about everyone there but they don't see what her problem is. They want to be vampires and refuse to listen to her. The sun sets and any hope of escape is gone. Spike and Dru get their men ready to head off to collect the slayer.
Ford admits to Buffy that the rest of them will die, he is the only one who will be changed. She tells him that when he becomes a vampire it won't be him anymore. He says it's better than nothing. He only has 6 months left before he dies. He has tumors that are killing him. She feels bad for him but stands by that it doesn't justify what he is doing. He tells her he has no idea what it feels like to be him. He has no choice. She points out he has a choice, it is a shitty choice but still a choice. She threatens to kill him herself and he tells her that he really did miss her just as Spike and co pull up.
Ford knocks her down the stairs as Spike and his men enter the room. Spike starts to feed on Chanterelle as Buffy fights Ford. She forgets all about him when she spots Dru. She jumps up there and puts a stake to Dru's heart. She tells Spike to let everyone go or she will kill Dru. Spike listens. Chanterelle and the others flee. Buffy throws Dru down the stairs and takes off, closing the door behind her, locking spike and the others behind. Buffy tells them they can come back later for the body. Turns out that Ford is the only one left in there with the vampires. He points out to Spike that he held up his end and still wants his reward.
Buffy retrieves the body and visits the grave the next day with Giles. She tells Giles that she wants to hate him but can't bring herself to. Life is too complicated, Giles points out that is what growing up is all about. Ford comes back as a vampire and Buffy slays him, not even interrupting their conversation. Buffy asks Giles to lie to her about life and he tells her things are simple and life gets better.
It is a great episode written by the man himself, but don't take my word for it. Go watch it!
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Welcome back to Slider's reviews. You know there is most likely a world out there where I did this every day like I was supposed to and have already finished Sliders. Oh to meet my double on that world. Workaholic asshole haha.
This episode is written by Steve Brown and was aired last on Fox because well as always they air everything out of order. Now for some reason ITunes doesn't have links for season 1 and 2 of Sliders, weird right? But you can check out season 3 here.
We start off in a San Francisco that is still apart of Mexico where the sliders are standing on a corner and trying to get work. Kind of like how illegals do in America. It is social commentary on how we treat people who are just trying to make a living in a place that doesn't accept them. Remy even has a line that is a bit heavy handed about it, "I hate being an illegal alien in a land that use to be mine." It drives home the point they were trying to make with the scene.
The military shows up and tries to round them up but everyone takes off running. Quinn ends up alone and separated from the others with only one day left on this world. He hops over a gate to hide and hits his head hard, before he could try and escape he is cornered by dogs and saved by a pretty maid.
She brings him inside and takes care of him. She tells him to keep his voice down so that her boss doesn't hear him. She is hiding him as he recovers. Nice lady. Quinn seems to know her. They grew up together on Earth Prime. It turns out that back as a kid Quinn was in love with her. We also learn that her current boyfriend was the Canadian man who was captured at the round up in the start of the episode.
The other sliders are in court being tried for sneaking into the country. A lawyer is getting flustered trying to defend them. They don't even get a real trial and are ordered deported. Quinn tells his ex's double about the timer and sliding and offers to take her to another world. She asks about her boyfriend. She loves him and it hurts Quinn but he promises to help him as well.
Quinn meets the girl's brother, played by his real life brother who will go on to play his character's brother in a few seasons. Very cool. With two hours to go before the slide, Quinn and his new friends help break the others out of the prison bus, including the girls boyfriend.
The cops show up and arrest everyone, we learn that her boyfriend set them all up to get a pardon. Quinn tries to get her to come with him but her brother is shot so she stays and he slides with the others.
The new world they land on is once again back to having English as the natural language. We also learn that they are not home and only have 7 hours left. Quinn is still shaken up by meeting his ex and goes out drinking with Remy to talk it over. Sometimes it really does help just to sit back and have a few beers with your friends as you talk about the past and girls and your problems. It is one of the simple truths of the world.
Remy talks Quinn into trying to find the girl on this world. He finds her house and just shows up. She recognizes him. She had been crying when he showed up but invites him in anyway. On this world Quinn moved away in 10th grade instead of her. She had been missing him since as he had on his world. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't he dating Wade at this point? If so, why did he invite her to come sliding with him? But it doesn't matter, she is dating the same asshole on this world as she was on the last. They have a kid and he is an abusive asshole, oh and they are married. How much fun this must be for everyone.
The guy tries to fight Quinn but he knocks him out cold. She then asks Quinn if he could take her with him. He says he can't take the baby with them, it wouldn't be safe. Her husband then kicks her out. he made everything worse for her. Great guy. Well maybe he is, he calls this world's Quinn and sends her to go find him. He is setting himself up with his dream girl, just another version of himself. She kisses him goodbye, how sweet, unless he is dating Wade, than just not cool.
We land on a third world where Quinn, Remy and Arturo are locked in a cell in prison clothes. They are in prison and the timer is acting up. Instead of counting down it is counting up. They have the same lawyer and we hear that there is nothing to be done. The verdict is final. Arturo gets a copy of the transcript of the trial. It seems that they were arrested for the murder of Quinn's ex double. They are sent to the court for arraignment. It is the first sign that on this world is going backward in time. They even have the same judge that deported them and Wade is there with them.
Quinn notices that the clock is going backward. He puts it altogether and pleads guilty so that everything jumps backward in time again. Wade and Remy aren't sure what is going on but go along with it. Quinn tells them someone should let them out of their handcuffs and he is proven correct.
Arturo explains that there is no reason time goes the way it does. On this world it goes the other way for everyone but them and it's jarring because it doesn't fit. Remy and the others want to lay low but Quinn wants to save his ex and drags his friends along with him. The cops find them and they split up, but not before Arturo tells them that he thinks they will slide just after the murder. Another time jumps saves Quinn and Remy from being caught.
I love how they keep dealing with the same people on each world, it is a cool idea, and well done but this last part should have been a whole episode on its own. It's such a cool idea. Playing around with time like this. Quinn spots her husbands double with a rifle and starts yelling at him, but then figures out he isn't the killer. He is protecting her. Quinn spots her real killer and tries to warn her but it's too late. She is still shot and her partner kills her attacker. They blame Quinn for messing everything up and getting her shot, but what they don't know is that Quinn saved her life. Oh and once again she is dating this asshole. Quinn walks away defeated.
Arturo tells them to look up at the sky as a hole rips through the fabric of time itself. Quinn fucked up time itself. The ground itself starts shaking as the timer opens up. They go backward into the vortex leaving this world to an uncertain future. Who knows what happens next, if there is even a next on this world now.
They arrive on a fourth world and have over 3 days here. Remy tells Quinn he can call her again but he decides not to. It's a great episode about letting go and learning that you can't always fix everything, and sometimes even when you can, you shouldn't.
Welcome back to the Buffy reviews! And what an episode to kick it off with, the first of the Halloween episodes. This episode sets up the Buffyverse mythos that Halloween is a dead night in the supernatural world and that sometimes people ignore that rule. This episode is written by Carl Ellsworth.
It starts off with our hero, Buffy getting knocked on her ass by a lone vampire while someone films the battle from nearby. He isn't too good with cameras but he gets the job done.
After the fight Buffy heads to the Bronze only to find Cordelia and Angel getting along great, which is a sign of things to come. I know this is probably an unpopular opinion but I love Angel and Cordy together.
At school the next day Buffy, Willow and Xander get blind sided by Snyder who makes them take kids out trick or treating. That man doesn't have near as much power as he thinks he does but for some reason people just let him get away with whatever he wants to. Maybe it is the antiauthority in me but I wouldn't put up with that shit.
A little later Xander gets pushed around by the school bully Larry and is saved at the last minute by Buffy. Something that bothers him a great deal, and earns her a nifty free coke from the machine after she slams him into it. People seem to get pissed off at Xander for this but I don't think that is fair. When you get picked on and someone else helps you it tends to make it worse. You can't protect someone all the time and when they are alone they get punished for having help. I've been there and can relate to him on that front. Besides, Buffy hurt his pride, she didn't mean to but he is a guy and guys are sensitive, no matter how hard we try to act like we aren't.
Buffy can't stop thinking about what kind of girls Angel use to date and Willow suggest that they look at the old watcher diaries. Giles is in the library but Buffy distracts him by telling him that Jenny Calendar was talking about how hot he was. Giles's face turned bright red as Willow stole the book they needed.
In a nearby restroom Buffy and Willow started looking at the girls in Angel's life. They all looks like fancy ladies, something that Buffy wasn't. It made her feel even worse, something that wasn't helped with Cordy walked in talking about how Angel and her hit it off the night before. Buffy and Willow let it slip that Angel is a vampire but Cordy doesn't believe them.
At the new costume shop Buffy and Xander patch things up and Buffy forces Willow to buy a slutty costume instead of a lame ghost one. Spoiler alert, she gets both. We finally meet Ethan Rayne, a character I've always liked a great deal, who gives Buffy a deal on a fancy dress like the ones the women in Angel's life.
At the Summer's home Buffy looks every bit the Lady in her fancy dress and Willow looks sexy in her outfit. Xander shows up looking like a solider. When Willow comes downstairs she is wearing the lame ghost outfit. If she really wanted Xander's attention, she should have stayed in the first outfit.
As the Scoobies pick up their kids Xander gets punked around again by Larry. Poor guy. Cordy is wearing a cat costume that she didn't buy at the same place as the others and demands to know if Oz and his band are playing because she wants to see her boyfriend. Oz runs into Willow, not knowing it is her in that sheet. They keep circling each other.
Ethan starts chanting a spell as the night goes on. Turning everyone into whatever their costumes were. Thus breaking the no supernatural stuff on Halloween rule. Willow dies and becomes a ghost, Buffy becomes a lady and Xander a solider. Willow is stuck in the slutty outfit now that she is a ghost and tracks down a Xander that can't remember her. He and everyone else is stuck in their new personalities while Willow is the only one who seems to recall who she is. Buffy faints at the sight of demons, this Lady is no slayer. Welcome to Willow's episode of self-empowerment.
Willow leads them to Buffy's house, lucky Joyce isn't home. Buffy sees pictures of herself and freaks out. Willow makes a Xena refrence which is really cool and fun. Meanwhile Xander goes out and saves Cordy, who is still Cordy. You have to love the writing in Buffy, everything is so witty and insightful. The writing on this show is artful and I wish I was half as good as these people.
Angel shows up at the house just after Willow went to track down Giles. This new Buffy sees Angel's vampire face and freaks out, running out of the house. Willow and Giles put together that only people who got their costumes at a place called Ethan's changed. Giles's face tells you that he knows something is up. They go to the place to check it out.
Spike finds out that Buffy isn't herself and goes out to try and kill her. Two Halloween episodes later he gets mad at Vampires who go out on Halloween as breaking tradition, something he is doing right now. Damn Spike, you are better than that.
Giles and Ethan come face to face and Giles makes Willow leave as we hear the name Ripper for the first time. Goodbye stuffy bookworm and hello badass. This is the Giles we all know and love.
Buffy tells Cordy that Angel is a vampire and she still doesn't believe it. You would think that it not really being Buffy and her still saying it would mean something to her but I guess not. Xander beats up Larry, though neither one is really themselves at the moment. The victory is short lived as Spike and his men come for them and force them to run.
As Ethan and Giles face off we learn about Giles back story and how he use to be a bad man. We even see him beat the shit out of Ethan, very cool to see. Xander and the others are stuck as Spike leads an army of demons after them. It is not looking good for them as Giles beats a counter spell out of Ethan. Spike starts slapping Buffy around, getting ready to go for a kill when Ethan finally cracks and tells Giles to break the statue. He does it and the spell breaks, turning the demons into little kids and Buffy back to the slayer. The fight quickly turns bad for Spike who is forced to cut and run. Ethan is gone and Giles finds no trace of him.
Angel and Buffy walk off and Cordy is annoyed, Xander tells her to give it up. She has no chance. How wrong he is. Willow wakes up back in her body and throws away the ghost costume. She has her confidence back. Oz drives by just then and can't help but notice her. How could he not?
Angel tells Buffy that he loves her for her. She doesn't need to try and be something else. He never liked those types of girls anyway. Giles goes to the shop and finds nothing but a note for him telling him that Ethan will be back. The bastard.
This is a great fun episode, setting up a lot of what is to come and a great example of what makes this show so great. The wit, the characters, the growth. I mean, just look at how Willow and Buffy felt so insecure at the start and feel more at ease in their own skin at the end. It's that type of stuff that make this one of the greatest shows ever made.
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