S03E02 - Dead Man’s Party
Oh heeeeey! It’s been a while. A real while, but I’m back and I’m ready to fill your lives with some Buffster reviews.
So this episode starts on yet another sombre note. Our lovely heroine is home from her jaunt to L.A. and we have to watch as she attempts to re-establish her relationships with her mother, he watcher and her friends.
I have a problem with this. No-one seems to understand where Buffy is coming from, ALRIGHT they don’t know Angel got his soul back before she killed him, but still, he WAS the love of her life before he lost it. Empathy is for the lame.
So yeah alienated Buffy goes searching for her friends and it couldn’t be more awkward. Bless.
The real theme of this episode is resuscitation. Yes there are zombies so I’m kind of being a smart-ass BUT honestly Buffy has to properly get to grips with life in Sunnydale again, and the obstacles are her alienation from everyone, which is fair cos you know, they all seem too stable without the Slayer.
Giles appears to take Buffy back without much hesitation.
Isn’t it amazing how much Snyder relishes in his expulsion of Buffy. He’s a right twat isn’t he? Seriously that man should not be running a Highschool. Then again this IS Sunnydale…
So yeah last episode and this episode connect on the level that Buffy is still rediscovering herself. Joyce’s annoying friend is annoying and as you have probably already guessed, what with having a line, dead later on. HUZZAH!
The gang organise a party to celebrate Buffy’s return to the Hellmouth, which is normal and then Ooooooo creepy mask in Joyce’s room has to start doing weird supernatural stuff cos, you know, this is Buffy and we’ve only had one staking so far. Icky dead cat comes back to life. YAAAAY!
I really like the writing this episode. I might be all “Ugh! everyone sucks” but it’s solid. Everyone is so passive aggressive. And they treat Buffy with such didain, it’s just quite funny really…. funny sad„„ not uhh, not funny funny.
It’s also funny that this season Cordelia is a proper scoobie, she’s involved with everyone and interested in getting involved with them. We like Cordelia now, like actually enjoy her company…
I’m a big old fan of Xander at the best of times. Hell I’ll back him up even when he’s wrong, but he does irk me with his whole “She ruined our lives for the past three months” schtick. SHE JUST SAVED THE DAMN WORLD YOU UNGRATEFUL PILLOCK!
So uhh yeah uncomfortable scenes at the party, but now we get to include zombies, cos you know…? Zombies are important! Poor Buffy is all alone at her party.
Joyce and Pat in the kitchen having a heart to heart only makes me want Pat dead even more.
Willow and Buffy have a bit of a moment. Some honesty from Willow, some strength too. Actual strength, this is the first time they’ve ever come into conflict. Willow grows up a lot from here, from here to College… They miss each other. Thank you for being willing to actually approach it with some sense.
Things are about to get heavy. Now, one of my favourite scenes of the season is the next bit, why? Because it reminds us that Buffy is actually good at the drama too. Joyce, Xander, Willow and Cordelia properly on her case and Buffy still hides the secret that she killed an Angel with a soul. You don’t side with anyone but Buffy here, whether this was intetional or not isn’t important, what brings the gang back together?ZOMBIES! HOORAY!!!
- This is the first episode where we see downtown Sunnydale, a street with several shops, most notably the Espresso Pump. In Season 5 it’s revealed that the name of the street is Maple Court.
- The concept of reanimated people being controlled by magic is revisited in the Angel episode “The Thin Dead Line” where zombified policemen are controlled by an idol. Both episodes feature a zombie assault on the stronghold of the heroes. Unlike this episode, however, the zombies in a “The Thin Dead Line” are capable of speech and their bodies’ decay has been undone.
- This is the first time zombies appear like monsters-of-day in the Buffyverse. Zombies appears also in Nightmares only in background at the hospital just before the Scooby-Gang eliminates the Ugly Man and wake Billy Palmer.
- Four Star Mary - “Never Mind” (Played at Buffy’s party.)
- Four Star Mary - “Pain” (Played at Buffy’s party.) (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album)
- Four Star Mary - “Sway” (Played at Buffy’s party.)
- Christophe Beck - “The Mask Theme”
- Christophe Beck - original score