Buffy: "I may be dead, but I'm still pretty. Which is more than I can say for you."
Buffy won a place in my heart by facing certain death at sixteen, and going out to meet it in a white prom dress, Angel's leather jacket, and a crossbow. This episode was a little like the final scenes of the original movie, but much, much better; definitely heavy on the melodrama, but also great with the humor. One of my favorite moments is when Buffy breaks the tension and solidifies her character by telling the Master, "You have fruit punch mouth."
Xander and Cordelia show great heroism, too. After striking out with Buffy and moping to Patsy Cline, Xander boldly recruits Angel and shows up in time to revive Buffy with CPR. And Cordelia saves Jenny and Willow by driving her car right through the high school. We can finally like Cordelia.
Jenny Calendar becomes a full-fledged Slayerette and learns all about Buffy -- and now Giles has another adult to talk to, as well as a possible girlfriend that he doesn't have to Bruce Wayne with.
How like Giles to try to kill the Master to avert Buffy's fate; and how like Buffy to knock him out in order to prevent it. This is probably the first episode that shows how much these two are beginning to care for each other.
Bits and pieces:
-- Buffy dies for the first time. She is also bitten by a vampire for the first time. And she averts her second Apocalypse.
-- The Hellmouth is directly under the library. If the Hellmouth opens and the demons get out, the world ends. I'm just saying.
-- Angel has a phone? How did Giles get the number? Is Angel in the book? Under what?
-- Joyce met Hank at the Homecoming dance her freshman year at college.
-- As the earth is quaking, the Master says to the Anointed, "My time is come! Glory, glory! ... (pause) What do you think? 5.1?" This is my favorite line by the Master.
-- This is the only episode in which the show's theme is played during the episode.
-- Cordelia actually bites a vampire in the library. But that's okay, because she doesn't inhale.
-- There is a reference to Locutus of Borg, which is Jean-Luc Picard's Borg alter ego in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
-- The creatures coming from the Hellmouth are reminiscent of both Aliens and Little Shop of Horrors.
Willow: "How'd it go?"
Xander: "On a scale of one to ten, it sucked."
Xander: "That's okay. I don't wanna go. I'm just gonna go home, lie down and listen to country music. The music of pain."
Jenny: "The part that gets me, though, is where Buffy is the vampire slayer. She's so little."
Buffy: "When he wakes up, tell him... I don't know. Think of something cool, tell him I said it."
Master: "You were destined to die. It was written."
Buffy: "What can I say? I flunked the written."
Master: "Did you really think you could best me here when you couldn't below?"
Buffy: "You have fruit punch mouth."
Buffy: "It's just been a really weird day."
Xander: "Yeah. Buffy died and everything."
Willow: "Wow. Harsh."
Angel: "By the way, I really like your dress."
Buffy: "Yeah, yeah. Big hit with everyone."
Four out of four stakes,
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