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Posted on August 14, 2013
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Listener’s Buffy/Angel Rewatch (B5.03)

Buffy 5.03: The Replacement

  • On the season finale of Warehouse 13, the doctor in San Fran was named “Dr. Trachtenberg”. Thank you, Drew Z. Greenberg.
  • What cat, Anya?
  • Clearly no one is happy to hang out at Xander’s. So why do they?
  • "I’m trying to concentrate on the kicking movie."
  • Apparently THIS GUY.
  • Why does everyone want to kill the Slayer, exactly? Yeah, she’s a nuisance, but she’s one girl in one town. Just, like, go to Dallas or something and be done with it.
  • Wouldn’t it have been great if they’d included the “Miss Kitty Fantastico bops Willow in the face” scene in the credits?

  • Anya, you have a job, don’t you? Money? Can’t you contribute to Xander’s rent if you’re going to be, y’know, LIVING THERE?
  • Lot of questions.
  • Hmm… furnished… that’s nice.
  • Xander is 20. Odds are good he has no credit and no references. We forget that the main characters are all the same age.
  • I feel like I’ve seen this apartment set before. And perhaps the exterior as well.
  • Not to say that it doesn’t help that Anya gets a job at the Magic Box, but Xander could conceivably work there too.
  • And Giles is down. Again.
  • It’s nice that this evil dude doesn’t want to kill random people, just Buffy.
  • "That’s Oofdar, goddess of childbirth."
  • So, okay, there’s another Xander in the exact same spot. Which does make perfect sense. Thing is, though, how did they not SEE him there when they helped up Confident Xander? (Because I’ve seen this episode, I know how to refer to each of them.)
  • It would make a lot more sense for Xander just to walk to Buffy’s house. Just saying.
  • Nicholas Brendon’s twin brother was in this episode, and sometimes you can really tell, like in the Xander walks down the street and passes Xander scene.

  • "From axe to… ze other axe."
  • First instance of Joyce having brain pain.
  • "It’s so nice you’ve learned to share."
  • Now, Dawn, that was your own fault for having part of your body in the way of the door.
  • I’m not really sure I understood the point of Spike designing a Buffy mannequin. Okay, sure, he’s obsessed, and he wants to kill her, but this is just the wrong way to go about it.
  • Xander is dressed awfully nice for a construction site.
  • Even Other Xander would know how to properly put the piece of wood on the two barricades.
  • Seriously? A little confidence and the realtor is hitting on him? That… that makes no sense.
  • Let’s say it’s about eight right now. Maybe a little later. And Anya’s already in her pajamas?
  • Once again it’s raining in southern California. There’s a famous song about this.
  • I remember seeing this episode the first time and being pretty upset on Xander’s behalf.
  • It’s hilarious that Willow is going along with this so easily.
  • Xander’s Snoopy dance. That’s just ridiculous.

  • Willow’s dressed quite nicely this evening. I wonder if she’s got a date with Tara later.
  • By now Xander would’ve caught his breath.
  • Xander’s sad moment is a little too overwritten. I can see the writer is trying to make us see that it’s a "The Enemy Within" situation and not Toth masquerading as Xander, but it’s too much.
  • "I handled it fine."
  • It’s odd to me that the nickname for Anya is “Ahn”, spelled that way. And Anya is a nickname in and of itself.
  • How convenient that the machine was at the exact right time to tell Xander where Confident Xander was going.
  • Confident Xander got a LOT done in about an hour. I’m kind of impressed.
  • The longer this goes on, the more you see that Confident Xander isn’t Toth, or evil.
  • No she isn’t…
  • "I said, ‘oh dear Lord’."
  • "Is one of them a robot?"
  • Sunnydale isn’t a big enough town for them to be going 70 and not be there already.
  • I think Brendon’s brother plays Confident Xander. when both are on the screen together.
  • So much for Xander’s security deposit.
  • I don’t care if you are a demon; headbutting some random dude is gonna hurt your head even if it does knock the dude out.
  • "Doesn’t it make everyone wanna lock them in separate rooms and do experiments on ‘em?"
  • I’d forgotten that Anya actually comes out and says that she wants to have a three-way with the Xanders.
  • "Kill us both, Spock!"
  • Nice way to save a few bucks on special effects.
  • You’d think Buffy would help. She does have super-strength.
  • Babylon 5 commemorative plates. Because that was a good use of Xander’s money.
  • Marc Blucas looks less buff this season. Which is okay, I guess.
  • "But she doesn’t love me." Dude, Blucas delivered that speech PERFECTLY.

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