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Posted on January 1, 2014
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Listener’s Buffy/Angel Rewatch (B5.19)

Told you I’d be back in the new year!

Buffy 5.19: Tough Love

  • "Tough Love" is the title of Chapter Three of my novel.
  • Buffy looks very pretty today.
  • It’s interesting that Buffy always finds a couple of teachers/professors who really seem to like her and who she respects.
  • Why would a literature instructor have a slide projector with a carousel? What would he need that for?
  • "Like those Japanese ones that sound like a sneeze?"
  • This chief doctor guy looks vaguely familiar.
  • Glory can’t hear you, Ben.
  • One would think Props could find a bathtub long enough to fit Clare Kramer’s entire body.

  • The principal also looks familiar.
  • "I realize there’s been some ball-dropping."
  • The writing is very realistic when it comes to the 21-year-old girl having to take care of her 15-year-old sister.
  • I can’t tell what comic Xander is reading, but the art looks like one of the artists Whedon usually uses.
  • Thank goodness Xander finally got a haircut.
  • Anya is super-pragmatic, isn’t she.
  • My desk is tilting. This does not make me happy.
  • Yes, Anya, French people are unamerican. They’re… y’know… FRENCH.
  • Anya is wearing very sensible shoes. Very clunky ones too.
  • "I’m coming up all bras." SMG’s smile when Xander said that looked totally real, not acted at all. (And that is not sarcasm.)
  • Y’know, Buffy really could’ve made the argument to Giles a lot better in the beginning. It might have worked then.
  • While I don’t mind the Giles/Buffy pairing in theory, I much prefer Giles in the fatherly role.
  • Dawn’s smart enough to know what a triangle is. Seriously.
  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Buffy just get a break to go on a vision quest last episode?
  • Willow is SO cute.
  • Oh, shit. This is THAT episode.
  • "You wouldn’t blow off a class if your head was on fire."
  • Tara’s butt-pockets are on the fronts of her pants. That’s peculiar.
  • "I’m not the expert. I’ve only lost the one."
  • This is a weird conversation that’s gone on uncomfortably long. Not that that’s bad — the writing is great, but it’s weird.
  • "Don’t you trust me?"
  • "With my life."
  • Which of you is the active, and which of you is the handler?
  • First instance of Tara having concerns about Willow’s power.
  • Not a lot of incidental music in this episode. And maybe it’s Netflix or my TV, but the normalization/limiting of the sound is a little weird too.
  • "It’s a chart, not a graph."
  • How many times is Buffy going to fold the same tea towel? There aren’t that many of them.
  • We needed a BIT more between Willow sitting in the cushions and Glory finding Tara.
  • "Everyone wants petrified hamsters and they’re never happy with them."
  • But WHY did he change his mind?
  • If you don’t want her to scream, Glory, then don’t break her hand. Dumbass.
  • That’s a bunch of compound fractures, but they wouldn’t have bled as much as quickly as what we saw.
  • I forget if Glory learns what the people whose brains she sucks actually knows, or if it’s just food — like, we don’t know what day or date our strawberries were picked. That sort of thing.
  • I realize Tara is relatively submissive most of the time, but she could’ve at least TRIED to fight back.
  • Also, if her hand bled that much when Glory crushed it, her pants should be covered in blood where she put her hand down.

  • Keep her for the night? Why? She has people who can watch her, and she’s not incapable of moving and talking and stuff…
  • "She’s my everything."
  • Safe with Spike. Now that’s a phrase one never expected to hear from Buffy.
  • Why did Spike pull his hand away? Dawn is his friend, and she trusts him; she wouldn’t shy away from him or get mad at him trying to comfort her.
  • …in about three episodes.
  • She might not last five minutes, but maybe five minutes is all she needs.
  • There would NOT be a book called Darkest Magick. There just… wouldn’t.
  • Clearly Glory doesn’t learn from the brains she eats.
  • "Did anybody order an apocalypse?"
  • And now Willow is Emperor Palpatine. Right.
  • Marsters’s accent is getting a little loose.
  • As powerful as Glory is, she would’ve knocked Willow’s head off her shoulders.

  • Ew.
  • Again with the cartwheel kick. For no reason.
  • It’s murderous to see Tara peek through every now and then.
  • …aaaaaand you’re all fucked.

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