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Buffy Season 1 Finale 
2nd-May-2013 08:34 pm
Buffy - season 1
I watched "Prophesy Girl" this evening.

As a season finale it is great - as it ties up a lot of the story lines, but leaves a few unanswered questions, and as we find next season a few stories that continue on.

A few points I do love ....

Firstly I love the colour effects that were used for the Master's cave ... as Buffy walks through, it is really well done. The Master himself is a great "traditional" baddie ... ugly, evil, puffed up on his own importance.

In my meme I did yesterday I said I would slap Xander ... well in this episode I have to actually give him points in a couple of places.  He pushes Angel into helping him find Buffy ... and then does the CPR (with or without arguments about Angel being able to breath), Angel could have done the heart massage, while Xander did the breaths .... that's once Angel was persuaded to try to save Buffy's life!!!

Buffy was great as she rose up and fought the Master - was a true slayer.

Giles was someone I grew to dislike, yet in this episode he shows his love and respect for the daughter-of-his heart.  He is someone to be proud of.

As was Joyce, who tried to support Buffy's high-school life.  She is a great mum here.

Sadly there are some downsides ....

Angel is not a favourite of mine, and this episode shows one of his many problems.  He loves Buffy, yet is willing to let her die because it is prophesied ... we see this in other episodes ... he watches from the shadows, or even hides away ... why doesn't he fight with his girl ... even if it meant he died, it would mean he would go down for the best of reasons.

The creepy hellmouth monster ... and all the wandering vampires ... what happens to them?  It's only as I type this it occurred to me that they just disappeared at the end of the story ... great for a 45 minute film, but where did they all go?  *g*

So, all in all ...

I enjoyed re-watching this episode.  It is a great episode, with some real action, yet some thought-provoking moments ... Buffy saying that she was only 16 and didn't want to die brought home to me her calling.  She has had a hard year or so ... and more to come.

One girl in all the world ... yet soon to find out that she isn't as alone as she thought!

4th-May-2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
I do like this episode. As you say it brings home the sacrifices required of a Slayer in a way few other episodes do (Inca Mummy Girl was good for that too, I thought). It also gives Xander a chance to shine, and I am a sucker for self-fulfilling prophecy subplots.

The scene that really sticks with me, though, is the one where Buffy and Willow are sitting on Willow's bed, Buffy in her pretty white dress, determined not to face the Master and her prophesied death, Willow crying...and the moment when Buffy realises she has to fight, even if she dies for it.

I have a possible explanation for the disappearance of the creepy hellmouth monster. The major bads of season two are Spike and Angelus and Acathla. Although Acathla opens a portal/thing to a hell dimension, I am fairly sure that the hellmouth itself doesn't open again until season 3, in The Zeppo. Since the episode focuses on Xander, we don't see very much at all of the hellmouth itself. It seems to me that the Prophecy Girl monster could well have re-appeared and been dispatched by Buffy or Faith or Angel or any of them, really, and given the other circumstances they may well not have made a big deal of it.
6th-May-2013 09:08 am (UTC)
The episode was a great one on so many levels, wasn't it? It even made me like Xander for a time!

Buffy and Willow's friendship really shines in that scene .. but also shows up that, as Robin would later say, the mission must come first for a Slayer.

it was just weird how I noticed all the vampires and the creepy monster ... yet suddenly noticed they had gone ... maybe sucked back to Hell, before the next Big Bad could come along.
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