In this episode we discover the Master working towards a new prophecy concerning The Anointed One, in another bid to regain his freedom. Buffy ends up frustrated by Giles, since his desire to prevent said prophecy from coming true causes her dating issues with Owen, a brooding and mysterious guy from school she has a monumental crush on. This episode fits neatly into the Arc of Season 1, by focusing on themes of responsibility and duty.
Some of my thoughts:
- The introduction of the Anointed One (or, as he is dubbed later, the Annoying One): the most boring and underused villain in the history of TV shows. I REALLY didn't like him.
- I loved Giles' faintly accusatory tone when Owen blunders into the library to, y'know, take out a book (not something usually seen!): "What do you want?"
- Owen is such a weird contradiction of a character and I so don't get why Buffy gushes over him so badly. He sounds like a wet blanket when he talks about Emily Dickinson (although kudos for mentioning this poet in a prime time TV show for teens); he then confesses to liking death and being morbid; and then confesses to getting off on the danger of being punched out by a vamp! Get better taste in guys, Buffy!
- The misdirection about the Anointed One was done in an okay fashion, but that scene with the bus and the muttering evil murderer dragged on for far too long, as did the scene in the funeral home with Buffy and Giles looking through the mortuary trays.
- There were some seriously bad outfits going on in this episode! First we have Buffy's crazy fur coat she wears while waiting in the cemetery with Giles, then she compounds the error by wearing a grotty tie-dye top to school. Xander gets in on the act with his heinous spotty shirt - and then Cordelia (who can usually be relied on to get outfits right) rocks a crimped hair look! Icks all round from me!
- Seriously, this guy Owen? How dumb and gullible can you be? How could ANYONE fall for Buffy and Giles' little routine about the librarian coming round to a student's house after hours to chase late library books?
- This episode does have the cutest scene in the Bronze, though: Angel getting all jealous about Buffy being on a date with Owen, followed by Willow and Xander pretending to be a couple. The awkwardness and one liners are great!
Apart from all those to do with Owen, and the fact that the Anointed One just doesn't achieve anything, I have to mention the fact that in the first scene the vamp's clothes dust along with him, yet his ring falls on the floor to give a handy clue about the prophecy! Yeah, yeah, I know - don't analyse too closely.
Quote of the Week:
- Giles: All right, I-I'll just jump in my time machine, go back to the twelfth century and ask the vampires to postpone their ancient prophecy for a few days while you take in dinner and a show.
- Buffy: Okay, at this point you're abusing sarcasm.