May 22nd, 2013

Buffy - Season 2

And, So Starts Season 2

... Yes, I have now started season 2 in my BtVS re-watch .... and will admit, I can't wait for Spike to arrive.  However I have 2 episodes before his entry ... and the first is -

When She Was Bad

I love the fact that the opening scene is that of a cemetery, cutting to Xander and Willow playing a film quiz.  It reminds me of how much Sunnydale is "normal" ... but at the same time "spooky".

However I wish Willow would see the truth - Xander is still into Buffy, however much he may flirt with her, he still looks for the un-reachable.  However later when she is "teasing" him on the dance-floor, I don't think he could handle her (even though he always hopes for it to come to reality!!)  I love Giles look at him when Willow is talking in the canteen about the fact that there is something wrong with Buffy because he came onto Xander, and Xander asking why that has to be something wrong!!

It is good to see Buffy's parents relating to each other and their worries about their teenage daughter.  So many families split, but it's nice to know that some families can put their differences behind them to focus on the kids.

Isn't Snyder a great principal ... as Giles said to him, maybe he should have chosen a different profession!  However I suppose it is good to know that there are some "monsters" you can't fight ... and school is one of them.

The first sight we get of Angel this season is more the stalker than the mysterious stranger ... to actually be in Buff's bedroom as she slept ... I wonder how long he had been there?

One thing I am enjoying about this re-watch is seeing the Giles who loved Buffy.  He knows something is wrong with her, even though he is clueless as to what it is, or maybe just how to help her.  This comes to a head when Buffy is given Cordy's bracelet ... and she reminds the others that she "alone" must fight the baddies.  Even as she realises how many others were already involved she tortures a vampire for information (I think the only time you see her do this???)

Buffy does have a hard life, she was chosen for this task, but in having family and friends she does have love and support.  As she finally destroys the Master once and for all she learns that it's OK to accept support and turns into Angel's arms crying.  However at school the next day she wonders how Willow and Xander will feel, but Giles is there to give her support, even if he does finish with the great comment that it's likely she will make even greater mistakes in the future!

However, the final line of the episode is really the winner ... The Annointed One standing in an empty room, with the crushed skeletong states (as all vampires would agree) - "I hate that girl"

Capt John - pattern in corner

How To Keep Your Hard Earned Money In Your Own Country!

Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the U.K. Economy:

* If you spend the money at Asda or Tesco, the money will go to China , Taiwan or Sri Lanka

* If you spend it on petrol your money will go to the Arabs

* If you purchase a computer it will go to India , Taiwan or China

* If you purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico , Honduras and Guatemala
* If you buy an efficient car it will go to Japan or Korea

* If you purchase useless stuff it will go to Taiwan

* If you pay off your credit cards or buy shares, it will go to management bonuses and they will hide it offshore.

Instead, keep the money in the UK by:

1. Spending it at car boot sales
2. Going to night clubs
3. Spending it on prostitutes
4. Buying beer or whisky
5. Getting yourself a Tattoo
6. Visiting a bookie
(These are the only UK businesses still operating in the U.K. )

Conclusion: Be patriotic - go to a night club with a tattooed prostitute that you met at a car boot sale and drink beer day and night !

No need to thank me...just glad I could be of help.

Buffy - with sword

100 Meme - Film # 44

What Danny Kaye collection would be complete without The Court Jester. For those who don't know this great historical romp, the main story s -

The throne of rightful king of England, the small babe with the purple pimpernel birthmark, has been usurped by the evil King Roderick. Only the Black Fox can restore the true king to the throne--and all he needs is the king's key to a secret tunnel. And while he's trying to steal it, someone has to change the king's diapers. The task falls to Hawkins, the gentlest member of the Fox's band. The Fox's lieutenant, Maid Jean, guards Hawkins and the babe while they travel, but when they meet the King's new jester on the road, they decide to initiate a daring plan for Hawkins to replace him, become an intimate at the court, and steal the key. So, humble Hawkins becomes Giacomo: the king of jesters and jester to the king. But things begin to get zany when the King's daughter falls for Giacomo, the King falls for Jean, people randomly sing what are supposed to be recognition codes, and a witch with very effective spells (and poison pellets) begins to interfere.

Most of you have seen the Poison Pellet links ... but another great scene is where the witch be-spells Giacomo/Hawkins to think he is a great fencer ... but at a click of the finger the spell is lost -

Poor Basil Rathbone!
James - Discovery Channel

Historical Exeter

Well I have had my knee x-rayed today, and the mammogram yesterday - so I shall probably glow in the dark (saves money fro electricity!)

When I went for the mammothingy I went to the edge of the city ... and while there took the oppertunity for a bit of a wander and an explore.

Exeter is a modern city, we have just had John Lewis build a new shop in the centre ... yet, we still have sections of Roman Wall  and some Medieval buildings ....

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