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Review Flashback: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Out of Mind, Out of Sight”, “Prophecy Girl” and “When She Was Bad”

I continued my viewing of Buffy episodes. I tend not to watch in one go but I prefer to post a flashback summary.

1×11 “Out of Mind, Out of Sight”buffy-season1

An ok episode about an invisible girl who tries to kill Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) and her friends. Not vampire related. Could have been more interesting as I’m not sure why she wanted to take revenge. It wasn’t their fault she became invisible in the first place.

 

1×12 “Prophecy Girl” is the final episode of year one. It shows the trio – Buffy, Willow and Xander – starting to unravel, the way I see it. SPOILERS for this part: Continue reading Review Flashback: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Out of Mind, Out of Sight”, “Prophecy Girl” and “When She Was Bad”

Review Flashback: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “I Robot You Jane”, “The Puppet Show” and “Nightmares”

So I watched another block of 3 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not all in one go actually.

1×8 “I Robot You, Jane”buffy-season1

This was not scary. It was however an exaggerated tale of a demon trapped in antiquity inside an old book, which gets scanned by Willow releasing the demon into the Internet where he can leave a trail of evil, controlling geeks in Summerdale.

I did think it was ok but it’s really too exaggerated compared to the rest. You have to keep in mind the time when it was produced, though.

1×9 “The Puppet Show” is not bad at all, unlike what most people think! I enjoyed this tale of a demon hunter becoming trapped in this puppet. We get to see the new headmaster, Principal Synder played by Armin Shimerman (known for playing Quark on Star Trek Deep Space 9). I actually thought he would turn out to be the demon, but this was not the case. I really thought Giles would end up dead, too. Worth watching.

1×10 “Nightmares” is a scary episode if you can say that. Everyone’s nightmares come real in daytime. Xander ends up naked in class. Willow has to sing in the Opera – in italian – but cannot.  There’s a big bad vampire too. It’s all connected to Lucky 19, who is a hospitalised kid in a coma. The girl who goes for a smoke in the school basement but gets attacked by the vampire is reminiscent of one of the Smallville meteor freak of the week episodes. Buffy’s nightmare is of becoming a Vampire and buried alive. I enjoyed this too.

Review Flashback: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Never Kill a Boy on the First Date”, “The Pack” and “Angel”

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I’ve been going back to Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer lately! I’ve never watched it more than a few episodes in Season 1, so I thought I would watch some more.

1×5 “Never Kill a Boy on the First Date” isn’t bad at all. It’s good, really, we see Buffy meet Owen and they end up having a date. Almost. Because Vampires abound and a Slayer, well has to slay them. Giles wants Buffy to step up with her patrols whereas she wants to have a date. She tells Giles “Clark Kent has a job, I just want to go on a date.”

This really makes her seem like a real person and a likeable one.

Finally they break up because poor Owen is too addicted to danger.

1×6 “Pack”

There is this school outing at the nearby zoo (not sure why a school outing in america would just go to a very nearby zoo where you can walk to the school from the zoo in a few minutes). Some school bullies enter a section with some hyenas which is off-limits. Xander follows them and they all end up possessed by the Hyenas’ spirits or something.

It’s fun to see such a different Xander. Behind the possession, was the zookeeper who wished to be the one getting possessed.

Principal Flutie ends up dead, killed by the students (except Xander). I didn’t expect that to happen.

The school itself is vague in these episodes, there are few regulars except for Giles the school librarian. Smallville had a much better representation of a school.

1×7 “Angel” is a good introduction to this character which I wasn’t familiar with. He was, or rather is, a vampire, however he has suppressed his vampire longings by getting back his soul. There’s the vampire trio of the Master (no not the one from Doctor Who), young boy Colin and sexy Dara who longs to entire Angel back to vampirism. The way she plans on this is fascinating: she pretends to be a friend from Buffy’s school, bites Buffy’s mum Joyce and she practically throws Buffy’s mum into Angel’s arms in the moment Buffy is returning home. This way she hopes that Buffy will end up fighting Angel.

There are some smart character moments in this episode.

FANFIC: TrekWho #1 – ODO’S TARDIS

This is the first crossover fanfic in my fan-series which features an amalgam Star Trek / Doctor Who universe. as it would occur in Universe-777 (the Stargate & Doctor Who universe).

Story (C) 2002-2017 Mr SciRev

SPOILER: none
NOTE: Takes place straight after Doctor Who: The Kobali Warning

What you need to know:
The Doctor’s Universe-777 and the prime Star Trek Universe-881 have been merged into an amalgam universe. It is the 23rd Century and the half-Gallifreyan First Doctor is the first officer on Captain Jonathan Archer’s Enterprise Starship. The renegade Odo arrives in his damaged TARDIS on the Enterprise. Vulcans had originally settled on Gallifrey after their homeworld had been rendered uninhabitable in the Emotion War. There was much mistrust and hatred between the Vulcan and the other Native Gallifreyans.

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FANFIC: Doctor Who: The Kobali Warning

FANFIC STORY NOTES

Takes place straight after Doctor Who and the X-Men II The Sequel


The Doctor worked the controls and read some particularly disturbing readings. A microtransporter device was emitting quantum signals. Such a device was certainly dangerous. It was forbidden, for good reason. What was to stop some random assassin from beaming sulphuric acid into an ambassador for instance? The technology should not exist.
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FANFIC: A Doll’s Memories Part 1

DOCTOR WHO / DOLLHOUSE CROSSOVER

-Note: I have only watched 3 episodes of Dollhouse so far. For Doctor Who it happens after the Christmas 2015 special.doctor13

The Twelfth Doctor was travelling solo in the TARDIS. He was trying to remember her. Clara. That was not easy. He tried to go to some places he had been with her, to jog his memory. Continue reading FANFIC: A Doll’s Memories Part 1

Review Flashback: Sliders 2×02 “Love Gods”

While here in Malta we have been hearing a lot about Panama papers and even political “gods”, in this episode we see our heroes (except Wade Wells) being seen as sex “gods” ! This world’s men almost all died out to a viral infection leaving this world with a huge crisis of having many women but almost no surviving men at all.

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