Why Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Sixth-Season Premiere was (Mostly) Nifty-Keen

What I liked:

Willow as J'onn J'onzz (comic book reference -- trust me, it makes sense).

Some phenomenal lines, from "I tried patience, but I got tired of waiting" to "did your life flash before your eyes? Cuppa tea, cuppa tea, cuppa tea, almost got shagged, cuppa tea" to "demons; there's something you don't see every day -- unless you're us!"

It never occurred to them to take her out of the coffin first -- that's exactly the kind of detail one would forget when being too busy getting hearts of deer and eyes of newts together.

The way everyone was sort of drifting aimlessly trying to pretend like nothing had changed and failing miserably.

Lots of questions about what happens next -- and, for that matter, what's happened before, since we don't know what Buffy went through. (Of course, four years later, we still don't know what Angel went through between the second and third seasons....)

Willow never really accepted the fact that Buffy was dead until after she thought the spell failed. She was obviously starting the grieving process in the woods with Xander, a process everyone else had already gone through.

What I didn't like:

This was a one-hour story that should never have been stretched to two hours.

Why do you make a headstone for someone you're trying to convince the world is still alive? (Of course, there are so many graves in Sunnydale, it was probably lost in the shuffle.....)

Too many unnecessary scenes, and too many scenes that took too long, mostly related to demons looting and characters saying things they said already. Also establishing stuff with the Buffy-bot that was pointless, since we all knew that the real Buffy would be back by 10pm. Anya and Xander having the same argument three times. And so on. This should've been one hour.

Giles' departure. Out of the box, yes, I know that Tony Head wants to actually watch his kids grow up, and he never imagined when he took the role of Giles that he'd continue to play it for 5+ years, but I like Giles, dammit, and didn't want to see him go. (Loved his goodbye scene, though.)

[First posted on sff.people.krad at SFF.net on 3 October 2001.]

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