There’s been a lot of talk about sharkjumping lately. Well… No shark in sight. Not even a wiff of water for the shark to be in.
In short - I think this ep might go down as the best of this season (but I should wait with judgement till May). And it might possibly rank among the best of the whole franchise. Color me surprised and impressed.
Earlier today I wrote in another thread that SMG’s heart wasn’t in it. Well surprise - she’s better than she has been for a long while.
I’ll get more specific in the black box, but let me just say that this is a kind of meta episode. And I really enjoy that type of storytelling. Viewers who don’t like that might not rave with the same strength I do.
There is a lot of fun, wacky, zany stuff. Drama, love, tears, action, betrayal, suspense and inside references to the fans. Immensly enjoyable.
[spoiler] The storyteller of the title is Andrew. And it really is his episode. I’ve enjoyed his quirky, geeky ways, but failed to realize what a great actor Tom Lenk is. He carries the whole episode and does it very well.
The meta part is that we’re constantly going in and out of his fantasy world, sometimes perceiving the Buffyverse the way he sees it, sometimes the way he wants it to be, and sometimes the way it really is.
Andrew really plays a key part, since he opened the seal on the Hellmouth. And it needs to be closed. Now. As Principal Wood said last week, things are getting out of hand - fast.
There is a good ballance of Dawn and SIT’s, staying in the chorus line and not taking up too much space. The people who hate Kennedy will have to suffer her making out with Willow, but there is a fun twist to that scene.
We get reminders of Spike as a tourist attraction, a very good slamming of Buffy’s inspirational speaches. And a good speach by Buffy about good vs. evil.
Interesting things are happening to Xander and Anya.
All in all. Thank you Jane Espenson for writing an episode that brings back my faith in Mutant Enemy.
Oh, during some scenes, you might not want to drink any beverages. There is a risk you’ll spray it on the coffee table.
If rumours are true there are only 7 episodes left of Buffy. Ever. After seeing this week’s ep, I feel sad. And at least three weeks with no new episodes. ::sigh::