Post by ag25 on Nov 2, 2018 16:07:27 GMT
Hi guys! I am sorry I am behind. I have been watching the episodes, just not posting about them. I have been very busy at work. We had a big event at the end of October so the lead up was so hectic. Anyway, it's over so I can get back into this. And yay, I will tell you now, season 3 is my favorite season of Buffy so I will probably gush about it a lot...you have been warned, lol.
9-29-1998/2018 - Anne
First of all, oddly enough I am usually not a huge fan of premier episodes of Buffy. I don't know why, they are not bad episodes, they just never make it into my top episodes of each season. That being said, Anne is pretty good. I think it is an odd/different premier because Buffy is separated from the group. Of course that is the point, and I am so glad that the episode deals with that, Buffy's depression (is that the right word?) and the effects of what happened in season 2.
I love that the Scoobies were patrolling. It was humorous, but I liked that they took on the responsibility and contrasted it with Buffy running away from that responsibility. I liked how they sort of had a system down and tried their best but things still went wrong....and their success rate is not high, lol.
I liked the one long shot in the school, the "oner" (spelling?). I remember Joss saying in commentary/interviews that he loved doing those when he directs, so here it is, and I love it is not just Willow, Xander, Cordelia and Oz, but Larry is included as well. It was done very well, timing was great, and I still love the exchange between Willow and Oz about him not graduating and she thinks it's weird, and he says that he is prepared for her to "think it is eccentric with an option on cool" lol. Willow & Oz and Xander & Cordy are so cute in this episode!
I loved the scene between Joyce and Giles, where Joyce tells him that she blames him for the situation. She has a point, and we get to see her point of view of all that has happened. We as the audience know that Giles is not at fault, but it is nice to see Joyce express her opinion and feelings on the matter.
I felt that this episode reminded me very much of an Angel episode, mainly from it's first season. Not because Buffy was in LA, but because she was isolated and the reluctant hero being pulled in to help the helpless in Anne/Lily and the others. She learns her own lessons while helping Anne , and ends up putting Anne on a better path, which we see later when Angel himself (and Gunn) helps Anne. I think this is brilliant, and is not only a great prelude to Angel, but, to a larger extent, a way to tie both the characters of Buffy and Angel, as well as the shows, together. This is why we love Buffy and Angel as heroes. They have faults, but are good people who do the right thing and rise to the occasion when they need to.
I love the end with Buffy coming home and her and Joyce hugging. It is so emotional and sweet, and even powerful in an understated way.
I do have a question/wondering thought, since Buffy is still working for the Watcher's Council at this point, if she went MIA, wouldn't they try and find her? She is "their" Slayer and their "tool" to fight evil so wouldn't they find her, tell her to get over it, and to do her job? This would obviously not be good for her, and I am guessing this is most likely why Giles didn't tell the Council about what happened for fear of what they would do to her, and potentially driving her away or damaging her emotionally further.
Overall, I think Anne is a really good premier that takes the time to deal with the consequences and effects of last season. It is almost like a coda to the season 2 finale; providing a conclusion/resolution to it, and then gears the audience up for what will happen in season 3.