This Years Girl and Who are You?
This Year’s Girl and Who Are You?
Finally some action after the torpid shows of Goodbye Iowa.and the I in Team. Faith is back. Let me just say, I love Faith. She is just so skanky!
Dream sequence - it’s hard to believe that Faith in that little pea brain of hers thinks she’s the wounded innocent in the whole Buffy/Faith fight. Not that Buffy is miss goody good; in fact she’s a murderer whose victim managed to escape. Lots of fun as Faith runs to escape Buffy and falls into a grave. Buffy jumps after her (foreshadow Buffy’s death) and Faith claws her way out – not just of her coma but eventually of her whole rotten life.
Riley gets out of the hospital/Faith wakes up and gets out of the hospital – guess everybody’s had enough medicine for awhile. Not to mention that Riley spends a hell of a lot of time in the hospital. He gets skewered, he has the too much uber vitamins, he has tachychardia and has some kind of heart surgery, he gets an arrow in his leg, when he comes back from Belize he has a scar on his face. The guy’s a walking casualty.
We find out that the Council has been keeping spies in Sunnydale. Too bad we didn’t see more of this. I really liked the scumballs that the Council sent to capture Faith. Especially Martin “You’re the Package” Collin.
Brain Washy behavior modification – since Buffy brought up the subject, it’s interesting that Spike gets a chip in his brain (his thinking stinks but his heart is full of love) while Riley gets a chip near his heart, so his heart is defective. I don't think his brain is so great either, but hey how many chips can one guy have.
Fun arguing with Riley and Forrest as their army unit falls apart. Riley agrees to be a double agent. Seems a little out of character.
Buffy takes Xander and Willow with her to look for Adam and how nuts is that? X and W have no business chasing after this guy.
Many fun chick fights in these two shows. I love a good chick fight and Buffy and Faith fights are always great. It’s good too that Buffy and Faith are almost evenly matched. At the end of the fight in the church, Faith(as Buffy) is beating her own body and crying out that she’s nothing, she’s disgusting etc., which is similar to Buffy’s beating up Spike in S6 when he tries to prevent her from going to the police after Katrina’s death.
Important secrets that are revealed: Nobody knows what five by five means. Possibly even Faith. Xander is still hallucinating that Faith cared about him.
Important secrets not revealed: Buffy dodges the whole Angel story once again. Willow continues to hide her relationship with Tara.
Faith/Spike – this is a really fun scene with Faith (looking like Buffy) taunting Spike and put her hands on his tight body. One wonders just when exactly Buffy finds out this went down not to mention the fall out from Faith’s other antics at the Bronze. I sure there’s a fan fiction explanation somewhere.
Spike/Riley identification – Spike describes himself as “helpless as a kitten up a tree.” Dawn reveals in another episode that Buffy thinks of Riley as “kittenish.” Buffy corrects that and explains that she said “kitteny.”
Willow’s not driving stick anymore – Spike figures it out, Faith figures it out but none of the people who supposedly know Willow best have a clue. Willow finally tells Buffy about her gay relationship with Tara when Oz comes back, then blurts it out to the rest of the gang in Yoko Factor.
Faith gets thanked – this is a nice turning point for Faith and one that Buffy for all her saving rarely experiences. I can’t remember any occasion when someone thanks her other than the nun who lets Buffy try on her wimple. Faith follows up with possibly her first unselfish act in years when she leaves the airport and goes to fight vampires at a church.
Ending shots – in one of the ending shots, Buffy is talking to Riley after discovering what he’s been up to and her face fades into Faith’s as she rides a train out of town, linking the two slayers together.
If we want her to be exactly she'll never be exactly I know the only really real Buffy is really Buffy and she's gone' who?
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