Buffy 5×03&04: The Replacement/Out of My Mind
So men are the worst.
We start with Xander, who is having trouble adulting for the first time. Both in relating to his demon-girlfriend and in, well, getting his shit together. He gets split into adult Xander and manchild Xander. Also they reall should have had a threesome.
Our second dose of toxic masculinity comes from Riley, who is super threatened that Buffy is stronger and faster and better at adulting. Wait, is that a pattern here? Luckily his friend Graham is there for him- if not for Spike making a play to get his chip out. It doesn’t succeed.
Angel 2×01&02: Judgment/Are You Now or Have You Ever Been
So we stop at a Karaoke bar where there’s a maybe-gay lime green demon who is really good at diagnosing feelings. It’s a lot more coherent than Rico’s wife having a prophecy baby. Also Angel deals with his guilt over killing an innocent demon pretty quickly. We never even learn his name. Also horses. Fun but not really giving me enough lore to care about what’s going on. I’ll take more of the pansexual karaoke master, though.
And then we have a flashback episode where Angel stays at a racist hotel with a demon who talks like an extra from the Jefferson. I was so into this episodes until floating tentacle monster opened his mouth. Also there’s a young woman who has been passing as white, and well, everyone in the hotel gets the demon in their head and does horrible things. Angel gets himself lynched, and as a revenge he lets the demon have the hotel. Good episode.
Buffy 5×01&02: Buffy Vs. Dracula/The Real Me
Dracula is about, and he has some special powers, like not dying with a stake to the heart. I didn’t really feel this episode, but the idea of Dracula being some kind of special vampire, and his mythology being based on his eccentricities is intriguing to me. I want to see more.
Also WTF is up with this bitch who claims to be Buffy’s sister? Is Anya up to her old tricks again?
Buffy Season 4 & Angel Season 1