(title and inspiration from Bozarth)
DEAD LETTER OFFICE
A small post office gets a small package to be delivered to a suburban development that was build in the 50’s but abandoned shortly thereafter. No one appears to be a living there but there is also no return address. As the package rests in the post office, the postal workers begin to experience things… horrific things.
Taking a longer look, I realize that Wormy wears a shoe. One shoe. That is just weird.
Signed up for Groupon yesterday.
Today I got my first offer of a deal.
58% off airbrush tanning.
Again, I am pushing this because… well, no one else is gonna.
Tonight at The Creek in Long Island City. 8pm.
Farold-form Improv from host teams The Fritz and Froduce.
A chance to be on the Fottery team (FRINK OR FAROLD!).
And me doing a one man farold as the ‘team’ Fuck You, Robots.
I loved 95% of this episode.
I would typically be frustrated by a MOW (and that’s kind of what this was) episode this far into the season and this far into a plot but it felt like a nice break after the intensity of the last episode.
This episode also felt like Buffy’s Zeppo.
I loved what was going on in everyone’s head. Loved Buffy’s transformation in dealing with it. Loved Oz. I love all Oz.
Okay. Here are problems I had:
Why did Jonathan bring THAT giant, complicated, hunting gun to shoot himself in the head? Really?
And I do think the end was a copout. I get it, it’s probably the kind of episode where you’d rather undercut some of the heaviness but it was too much switcheroo for my liking. Maybe. I actually don’t know if I agree with what I just wrote.
Minor thing I loved: When Xander was distracting himself with multiplication, his math was very wrong.
This episode of course has the insane distinction that it was supposed to air a week after Columbine. When it was shot, it didn’t have that event hanging over it so the undercutting probably didn’t seem as large.
We’re talking about Jonathan. 1) Probably the only gun available to him. 2) Not the brightest bulb on the proverbial tree.
The Bufffy Zeppo thing is accurate. But that is a theme of the whole season (well, the whole series): Who am I? Where do I fit in? (Season 3 being specifically: Why am I stuck in these roles that I don’t like). Xander never being taken seriously. Willow standing up for herself. Cordelia struggling with the snob-bitch role. Buffy with… everything. Giles and The Watcher Council. And then Faith’s “My life has sucked so I might as well be bad because that is what everyone expects.”
There are a handful of episodes that I feel SMK gets a chance to really show us Buffy and what she stuggles with… and we get to see a larger personal/emotional strength that actually makes her a hero. It is not her whining or martyr complex moments. Or her too-cool-for-school-badass slayer moments. It’s that honest drive to make the world better.
(Man, I have spent a lot oftime thinking about these things.)