BuffyWatch: Season 3, Episodes 4-6

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 3, Episode 4 “The Beauty and the Beasts”

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Remember when Oz was a werewolf and no one ever talked about it again? It turns out that three nights a month, the gang locks him up in the book cage and Willow reads to him from Call of the Wild (hence the hilariously dramatic voiceovers, a Buffy staple). Willow lets Xander watch him so she can study, but he immediately falls asleep, and Oz gets out of his cage. I blame Xander’s sheer incompetence, but can they also just–stop trapping monsters in the book cage? Has this ever worked for them, even once? Continue reading →

BuffyWatch: Season 2, Episodes 19-20

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 2, Episode 19 “I Only Have Eyes For You”

So, this was a very clever episode. Like, a lot of it didn’t make sense (more on that later) but I really liked how the climax of the episode came together with the overall arc of the season in a nifty way. A+!

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BuffyWatch: Season 2, Episodes 16-18

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 2, Episode 16 “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”

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It’s Valentine’s Day, so everyone is having love trouble. Xander gets dumped by Cordy, who can’t deal with the possibility of getting kicked out of the Plastics. Buffy is dealing with the worst kind of post-breakup Valentine’s, since she has to contend with not just loneliness, but an ex who is known to nail his girlfriends’ puppies to their doors. Even Giles is still giving Ms. Calendar the silent treatment after the Angel debacle. Only Willow and Oz are happy, because Oz is a treasure, and Xander almost f*cks it up! Continue reading →

The Best Books We Read in 2019

There are two things Janes and I agree on about our reading in 2019: how hard it was to pick just a few standouts, and the fact that Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends was a shoo-in.

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Buffy and Angel, with Buffy's shoulders bare, nuzzle their foreheads against each other, looking sad.

BuffyWatch: Season 2, Episodes 13-15

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 2, Episode 13 “Surprise”

It’s Buffy’s seventeenth birthday, and she’s having nightmares that Drusilla is back and trying to kill Angel. Buffy is freaked, but at first Angel (and a little bit Giles) totally doubt her and convince her not to trust her intuition. Why don’t these dudes realize that Buffy is just going to be right most of the time and just stop getting in her way?!

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