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Posted on September 18, 2013
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Listener’s Buffy/Angel Rewatch (B5.09)

Buffy 5.09: Listening to Fear

  • "You’re the one who insisted on teaching her to talk."
  • I realize this is TV and they have to move the plot, but no doctor would leave THAT quickly.
  • Any time a Whedon show says “everything is under control” or similar, you know we’re about to go into a fight scene that’s not going well. And, lo and behold…
  • They’re in a cemetery. With trees. Trees are deadly weapons to vampires. Could we maybe have thrown a vamp into a tree with spiky branches? Or prepare some branches to be spiky beforehand?
  • Why didn’t Willow do any magic?
  • I have yet to see Marc Blucas truly act like getting sucked (by a vampire, pervs) is a turn-on. We’ve seen him act turned on while having sex with Buffy. I suppose, though, self-hating sex is different.
  • Nick Chinlund… from The Chronicles of Riddick… because of course it is.
  • Audio hiccup when Buffy was bitching about the book of spells.
  • "I don’t believe in tiny Jewish Santa anymore."
  • Okay, I get it, Buffy’s mom has a brain tumor. But I think the verbal tic didn’t work.
  • If I remember correctly, Buffy was in the room right after Glory ate that guy’s brain. Shouldn’t she recognize him?
  • First instance of Buffy calling Dawn “honey”, I think.
  • Yay Tara! And the rooftop scene!
  • Willow, this is not a romantic chat. ‘A’ for science, though.
  • Smooth move, Tara.
  • I kind of do see the Big Pineapple.
  • I know Sunnydale is a small town, but there should still be too much light pollution to see that many stars.

  • If you’ve never been to a place with no light pollution — I was up on top of a mountain some weeks ago — you need to go. The sky has SO MANY STARS. I could see the Milky Way and everything.
  • "Short man looking uncomfortable."
  • "Moose getting a sponge bath."
  • "Little pile o’ crackers."
  • Oh yeah, was this the one where they thought an alien landed?
  • No, Buffy, they’re really NOT hooked up to anything.
  • If Joyce has insurance maybe they could at least get a home health aide to help while she’s home? At least a few hours a day?
  • Medications are easy. Vitals are easy. But it’s the mood swings I’d worry about.
  • Laurell Hamilton has a good point about humanity not looking up, but NO ONE saw that thing on the ceiling? Really?
  • It’s been so long since I’ve heard Giles speak that I’d forgotten what he sounds like.
  • It’s the central coast of California. It can’t possibly be cold enough to need the wrapping-up that everyone is wearing — Willow’s gloves, Anya’s jacket, etc.
  • Riley at least has a BS because he was a grad student in psychology. He’s not stupid. He can research. Plus when you’re in the military you learn lots of stuff.
  • "Don’t you be that kind of barn owl!"
  • I wonder how the writers came up with some of the stuff they had the brain-suck victims say. Some of it is obvious, but other times…
  • Evil monster barf. Awesome.
  • No doctor would give out a home phone number. Pager yes, phone no. Perhaps an on-call answering service.
  • How are they going to get home? Buffy is a TERRIBLE driver.
  • See? I mean, not a TON of light pollution, but there was some.
  • Michelle Trachtenberg has grown a few inches since the season started, I think.
  • I guess they aren’t going to put Spike in this one.
  • Pretty sure that chopper is a miniature.
  • Buffy should not have been that affected by that insult.
  • It’s 2002. Joyce should have more stylish nightgowns. I’m not saying sexy, just… stylish.
  • That expression Buffy just gave while Dawn was talking about who said she was a thing/not real was SUPER subtle. Amazing face acting.
  • So they went to the UNIVERSITY library?
  • "Because it’s a killer snot monster from outer space."

  • "I did not say that."
  • It may be late at night but you still have to keep your voice down.
  • That computer doesn’t fit. In a university library, the computers would be in one place, not random ones on random tables exactly where you need them. Think about the kind of electrical and telephonic stuff you’d need and where you would need to wire them up, and how.
  • Everyone remember Ben?
  • The salsa dishwashing scene. Such a beautiful and heart-wrenching scene, such beautiful acting by SMG… and all I can do is wonder who usually listens to salsa while working in the kitchen (it doesn’t strike me as a Joyce thing), what station she left the radio on, and how Buffy got lucky enough not to turn on a commercial.

  • Wouldn’t it have been interesting if the thing that kills the demon is eating someone who SEEMS insane but really isn’t?
  • I love that Dawn had agency — that she went after the monster instead of calling for Buffy first-off.
  • Oh, yeah, I forgot about the upstairs bathroom being quasi-jack-and-jill.
  • This episode may have given us the first best map-wise look at the upstairs of the house.
  • I seem to remember the denatured alien demon barf smelling pretty rancid early on. I would think that Joyce and Dawn would be reacting to that, at least a LITTLE. People use humor in times of crisis.
  • Oh, I guess Spike IS in this one.
  • The evolution of this Queller thing makes no sense. What creature would evolve to move like that? Under what circumstances?
  • Now that, Spike (and choreographers), was the CORRECT way to throw a knife to someone. The heavy part — the blade — should be pointed down, and it should be tossed vertically so that someone can easily catch it by the handle.
  • Well, no, everything is NOT all right. But at least no one’s in imminent danger at the moment, except from the usual Sunnydale stuff.
  • At this point I don’t think anyone knew that Glory and Ben were the same person. So the fact that Ben summoned the Queller (Ben Kweller… go figure…) makes him seem substantially more evil than he really is, even if he had good motives.
  • In some shots, such as the one in the hospital room, SMG’s nose looks rounder than it should. I don’t know why that is. She usually has a very nice nose, though.
  • And because I know that Joyce doesn’t survive for many more episodes, when she says “if I don’t come through this,” I get a little something in both my eyes.
  • I wonder when Whedon told the actors that Joyce was going to die. I wonder if he told Kristine Sutherland first so she could inject a certain something into her acting.

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