Saturday, March 23, 2013

Buffy Season 1: I Robot, You Jane

     2 posts in one week, I'm pretty much a blogging rock star. I've got a whole day free, which for me is extra rare, so maybe I'll even make it through another episode!

     Ok, I, Robot, You, Jane. Very Willow-centered episode, and also the introduction of everyone's favorite techno-pagan, Miss Calendar. Also notable in that there is no appearance by Master Kool-Aid Mouth. Good. I can't look at that Kool-Aid mouth for one more minute. Gross.

     Anyway, so the demon Moloch gets trapped in a book by some monks back in the day (why is it always monks trapping demons in shit? I want to see some badass nuns trapping demons. Get on that, Joss. Please go back & rewrite the Buffy series to reflect my suggestions. Thanks!)
     Than we flash-forward to Sunnydale circa 1997 (holy crap that's a long time ago!), where Miss Calendar is using free student labor to basically scan the entire library onto the internet. Moloch gets scanned into the computer and havoc ensues. Hooray! 

1.    Miss Calendar. She is amazing. Perfectly disheveled at all times. There is also a scene where her hair is crimped. 1997.

2.     There is some amazing bad hair in this episode. Between Miss Calendar's crimped 'do and Buffy's too high ponytail, I don't even know what to do with myself. 

I remember being in like 5th grade and desperately wanting to be able to wear my hair like that. Yikes.

3.     Guest star for this episode: Chad Lindberg, who I loved as O'Dell in October Sky. Did anyone else just LOVE that movie? He was in a great episode of Law & Order: SVU about a trans woman. Because EVERYONE is on SVU.

4.      I think we need to have a talk about the Sunnydale High dress code. This episode is rife with clothes that would have gotten you sent home from my high school, or at least you'd have to go change into your gym clothes for the rest of the day. Crazy short skirts, you can see Buffy's bra through nearly every shirt she wears in this episode, and WTF Xander is wearing a shirt that says Porn Star on it. 

Seriously. If your bare ass is touching the chair when you sit down, your skirt's too short.

5.     The computers in this episode. I love how they're talking about how serious and awesome all the technology is and then they show this guy on this amazing laptop. I need to know where I can get one. 

6.     There is so much great Miss Calendar/Giles bickering. So much, and then what up, she's a technopagan- Supernatural Love Connection!

7.     Moloch has Willow kidnapped & is going to give her "everything", whatever that means. He made a robot body, which of course Buffy defeats by making him 'splode himself. Willow gets in some good hits with a fire extinguisher too. Way to stand up for yourself Willow. 

What did I take away from this episode? Moloch is a robot demon & Buffy wears the raddest leopard trench. Adorable.
8.     The end of this episode makes me extra happy. Giles is super dashing and wonderful, as you can see in this Youtube video (I don't know why it won't let me embed the video. Weird. Interwebs!). Also a great exchange between Buffy/Willow/Xander

Willow: "Malcolm. Moloch. Whatever he's called. The one boy that's really liked
me and he's a demon robot. What does that say about me?" 
Buffy: "Doesn't say anything about you." 
Willow: "I mean, I thought I was really falling..." 
Buffy: "Hey, did you forget? The one boy I've had the hots for since I moved
here? Turned out to be a vampire." 
Xander: "Right, and the teacher I had a crush on? Giant preying mantis." 
Willow: "That's true." 
Xander: "That's life on the Hellmouth." 
Buffy: "Let's face it. None of us are ever gonna' have a happy, normal
Xander: "We're doomed!" 

     THE END! 

I love how 90's this episode was, and also how rad and wonderful Miss Calendar is. Next episode is the ventriloquist dummy episode. Hooray! 

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