ridicule. (_cynical_beauty) wrote in thebuffyreview,

Season Two

Episode Thirteen
When She Was Bad
Written by Joss Whedon
Directed by Joss Whedon
Air Date: 9-15-97

Buffy returns from summer vacation in L.A. with her father with a bad attitude and nightmares about The Master.  The anointed one and his minions begin plotting to raise The Master from the dead and to do so, must kidnap those that were the closest to him at his death.  They capture Jenny Calender, Willow, Cordelia and Giles, leaving Buffy with Xander and Angel to rescue them.


As I have said before, Whedon is the best writer on this show.  This is yet another episode that reminds us of this.
Not only is the plot creative and original, but the script is campy and loveable.

Everyone in this episode does a fantastic job.  Even Charisma, who I normally find forced and over-dramatic, comes out on top.  Her speech in the beginning to Buffy about "getting over it" is both moving and humorous, and she performs it with such ease...  But of course, I can't forget to mention that  Nicholas's delivery is what MAKES the episode.  He, by far, has the best dialogue in the episode and doesn't slip up for a moment.  Between "If she dies, I'll kill you" and his telling Willow that it's not over, both simple but beautiful lines, I don't know why I never gave him any more credit in the past...

I also adore the scene at the end, when Buffy smashes The Master's bones and cries.
It's just so beautiful.

Another thing that I loved about this episode is that it really starts Season Two off with a bang.  Fans know that the season won't be just any old Buffy, but rather something all together new and original.  This is a real turning point for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Joss Whedon.
True Perfection.

And the grade is...B+.

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