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Smile Time

See, Kita? I'm learning how to call them by their titles! I didn't call this



Or "the one wherein I realize that the Mayor was a Fury-Stu". Somebody point me to where I can see the trailer for next week, cause stupid local station didn't run it.

First, let's get this out of the way (y'all had to know this was coming): Squeee! Fred/Wesley! Yes, my heart going to break into a thousand tiny pieces when he loses her, too. I guess I've got a thing for slightly stuffy but also dangerous men with slightly dippy but brainy women.

I lurve Joss and I lurve this arc.

*sticks tongue out at wiser heads who have explained to me that this is all way too cliched and not of the worky*.

Requite that love, and then *whammo*. Dear god, poor Wesley.

I can't help thinking that pissing Knox off is a bad idea, though. The vibe is creeping me out entirely. Almost stalkerish. Like he's going to go after Fred in that whole 'if I can't have her, no one can' kind of way. *shivers*

Then there's Angel. Everything I like about Angel in this episode. Yeah, he was a caricature of himself, but he was a caricature of *himself*, not some kind of stiff pretender to something he's not. Oh -- and I like werewolf girl. She'd be good for Angel ;-)

And "wee little puppet"? Rolling around in the floor wrestling with each other? Okay, I *thoroughly* enjoyed that. Much more than the snarking that has become kinda old hat. I miss seeing a fuller-featured Spike on my screen, but it's really been almost two full seasons of missing him, so I'm maybe a little immune to the problems.

Gunn? Well, I guess that's how he becomes the cat, eh? When do we get to see Eve again? And how will she figure into the picture -- good, evil, or neutral? I reckon they're setting Gunn up to be the little bad here, but I haven't really got a handle on who the big bad is yet. Mebbe we're not done with Lindsy? What's that anvil over there say? Angel? Yeah, maybe. He won't go through with it, whatever it is. I hope.

Cool powershot. It reminded me so completely of the shot from Primeval with Buffy at the forefront and her scoobs behind her. Interesting layout on that trio, too. No Gunn, right? I haven't managed to get the download finished, so can't rewatch yet (the VCR is still broken)... somebody remind me?

*This* is how a standalone-but-not-really episode ought to be done. Wish whoever wrote this one would give lessons to a few of the others! The underlying thematics (as opposed to the episodic ones) are the same as they've been all season, but I didn't feel beat about the head and shoulders with them. And they made me *laugh*. Really, really laugh.

Only one complaint: I miss the scruff. If my gut is leading me right, it'll be back soon, but I do miss it. And awwwww. It's really like the Willow and Xander that never happened, don't you think? I hope they enjoy whatever happiness that bastard Joss will let them have before it all falls apart.

Great episode. Thanks ME.

*scurries off to write more postcards to UPN and SciFi*

Comments

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mommanerd
Feb. 18th, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Smile Time
Thanks for the comments, Chris. Mostly in agreement! Totally fun episode and some very nice story developments.

The credits said "Story by Joss Whedon and Ben Edlund.... Written by Ben Edlund". I saw Joss all over this one. It was great.

The only thing I don't agree with? I love cleaned up Wesley. Scruff just makes me want to give a guy a bath. Hmm. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, is it?
chrisjournal
Feb. 18th, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Smile Time
Awww. Only a little bit of scruff -- he never got dirty looking, like say, Holtz. And scruffy Wesley had the hottest scenes ever on a Joss show, imho, in that ep with the phone sex and then the making Lilah dress up as Fred. ::puddles of goo:: I think that has a lot to do with my desire to see more scruffy Wesley.

I'm really enjoying the whole inversion of last season's reality warping when I watch eps as good as this one. There have definitely been others, and they're on a fab run. Last week's was the only one I was iffy on, since...the Wesley one with his roboDad. The whole thing with how nothing was 'real' that led up to Jasmine because it was all a manipulation to get her here is all reversed this year, with the 'nothing is real that led up to whatever's coming' because it was all a manipulation to get rid of Connor. And Wesley and Gunn have reversed roles *entirely* as of this episode. I was thinking about Angel and whose role he's got -- the triangle for him last year was Connor/Cordelia. And Connor so clearly anchors the triangle this year as he did last year, so I'm thinking Angel is Cordelia. Unwitting unleasher of doom on the world? Yes, Joss can go lots of funfunfun places next. I cannot *wait* -- and UPN to the rescue.
perletwo
Feb. 18th, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC)
I didn't tape it, but I thought I saw a flash of Eve in the trailer you didn't get. Also, that *whammo*? ::ahem:: Assume crash position *now*.

Knox bothers me also. W&H is a place of intrigues at all levels, witness the Steno Pool Drama of Harms Way. And Knox has access to the really *good* toys.

So Knox is screwing up, the cat is gone, and Gunn's imprint is temporary. Does it seem to anyone but me that the Seniors are slowly withdrawing their backing of Team Angel? Oh, and I believe Gunn was busy getting his Gunn v. 2.5 upgrade patch during the powershot.

Were!Nina - yeah, OK, she's nice. But erm...CordySweetieBabyTwueWuv, don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out, 'k? For a guy with all eternity to brood, he sure got over that one fast, didn't he?

Oh, and that's Wee Little Puppet-MAN to you. Thankyew.Thankyewvurrymuch. :-)
chrisjournal
Feb. 19th, 2004 05:42 am (UTC)
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::dances with P2::

I love it when Joss tortures me!

And *snorfle*, yeah, Angel does have a tendency to move right on, doesn't he?

/wanders away muttering about needing a wee little puppet man
kita0610
Feb. 18th, 2004 10:22 pm (UTC)
Aww! Yay team you! *G*

I'm made of felt. TEE!!!!!!!
chrisjournal
Feb. 19th, 2004 05:43 am (UTC)
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*makeup*

He called it makeup and talked about getting better about paying attention while she was getting ready to *eat* him!

::happy chris::
cindergal
Feb. 18th, 2004 10:22 pm (UTC)
I hope they enjoy whatever happiness that bastard Joss will let them have before it all falls apart.

Ah, you mentioned you didn't see the promo yet, didn't you? ;-) If I find a place to dl, I'll let you know.

I don't mind F/W, and I thought I would, but I wish we would have seen more of the F/Knox stuff happen rather than just hear about it. It all seems sort of rushed to me. Still, next week looks intense.

This episode was lots of fun. I loved Angel's little fangs! And the Fury! Hee.

chrisjournal
Feb. 19th, 2004 05:45 am (UTC)
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See, I'm just not a Knox fan. And I never felt the chemistry with Gunn (treacle doesn't sit well with me for long). Wesley/Fred could go the same way, but it doesn't sound like there'll be long for it to get annoying...

There was so *much* to love about this episode.
cindergal
Feb. 19th, 2004 09:19 am (UTC)
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Oh, I'm right there with you on Knox - I can't stand him (and I loved Holden, go figure). It's just that all of a sudden we find out they've been dating and then broke up, all offscreen - they could have given a few hints along the way. Eh, whatever - minor quibble. :-) It's nice to see Wes happy - for however long that lasts.

oneechan19
Feb. 19th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
Only one complaint: I miss the scruff. If my gut is leading me right, it'll be back soon, but I do miss it.

I was totally thinking the same thing! The scruff was sooo sexy... *misses scruff*
shadowlass
Feb. 19th, 2004 03:36 pm (UTC)
I can't help thinking that pissing Knox off is a bad idea, though. The vibe is creeping me out entirely. Almost stalkerish. Like he's going to go after Fred in that whole 'if I can't have her, no one can' kind of way.

Yeah...you know, last night I had the sudden feeling that Knox might turn out to be the Big Bad this season, or a minion to the Big Bad. Otherwise, they've sure wasted a talented actor for the entire season. *sniffle*
soundingsea
Feb. 20th, 2004 09:39 am (UTC)
The Mayor as a Fury-Stu? Intriguing, but I don't know that I see it. (Cheery attitude aside.)

Interesting thoughts about possible big bads, too. I can't help but think that Lindsey will be back, since I'm not convinced we saw his endgame.
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