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30 September 2003 @ 09:57 pm
inca mummy girl  
I suppose you could call this one of the show's less-good episodes, but there's still much fun. Xander really gets to be TheWB Boy in this one--the dancing montage is kind of out of tone for the show, or at least for Xander's character; it's really one of the few times he gets to be romantic leading guy material. Likewise when he comforts the mummy girl after she tries to kill Jonathan; he's so sweet and funny and cool there. We get very little of that with later girlfriends; with Cordy and Anya, he's much edgier. (Plus it's very neat the way that scene is shot, by the way; the lighting and shadows. I think it's supposed to be under the stairs?)

Other fun stuff--Willow in her Eskimo outfit, Oz seeing her and being dazzled, Jonathan's and Devon's cameos, the running joke of Cordelia & Sven, references with continuity back to "Prophecy Girl" to close out the ep.

Also, Buffy was at her S2 yummiest in this episode; so very ripe and pretty you can see why Spike's going to get all obsesso about her.
This is the way I pray: You want me so badzyre on September 30th, 2003 10:14 pm (UTC)
I like that we get Jonathan legs in it. Also Jonathan about to score. Yes, all of the good. :)
Jimmy Petstore: thoughtfulsnoopypez on September 30th, 2003 10:27 pm (UTC)
The difference between earlier seasons to later ones, for me, is that even the early "not as good" eps were brilliant. To me, anyway. Inca Mummy Girl, Reptile Boy, Go Fish. Those are all said to be really bad, but I absolutely love each and every episode from the first seasons.

Whereas with later seasons, I tend to dislike an episode, with the exception of certain scenes or lines. I'm all about characterization, as well, so when people complain about the lame plots in these episodes, I'm just gushing with love over the rest. The characters. What is not to love? :D

The twinkie talk! And Willow - "You're my *best* friend." "I know." Such amazing depth in those two words. And the costumes are just adorable, and OZOZOZOZOZ!!

Dancing montage is so not about Xander for me.. I mean, it is, 'cause I adore him so, and he's greatness, but.. it's not. To me, it's Fate playing, and Oz noticing Willow in her bulky cute eskimo suit, and Devon - of course - misunderstands and assumes Oz would ask about the glamourous princess on the floor. It's one of the best moments ever on the show. It just.. is. ::sigh::

Sorry. Didn't mean to take over your comments with my W/O love. ^.^
Bright!  And shiny!: Floppy!Xander by Gortheadcalendae on September 30th, 2003 10:29 pm (UTC)
Can I just say? That kiss was hot. I can't help it. I like to see Xander getting the girl, even if she does turn out to be the demon. And you're right about the sweetness. I like to imagine that he was that guy during private moments with both Cordelia and, especially, Anya. *cough* and Spike *cough*.
master betarenenet on October 1st, 2003 04:45 am (UTC)
he's so sweet and funny and cool there. We get very little of that with later girlfriends; with Cordy and Anya, he's much edgier.

Yes, with Cordy and Anya the energy comes out of the bickering, bantering place, but with the Inca Mummy Girl we get to see Xander's crush self requited, for once. For a few moments.
Anna S.eliade on October 1st, 2003 09:28 am (UTC)
but with the Inca Mummy Girl we get to see Xander's crush self requited, for once.

You know, you're right. I hadn't thought of it like that, but neither Cordy nor Anya was ever gushy or girlish over Xander--Cordy was deeply ambivalent and insulting and Anya was...well, just Anya. Opportunistic, really, grafting onto Xander as the first thing in her line of sight and then never letting him go. But she's not swoony about him--no one ever is, really. That's so sad! Aghhhh! And now the show's over and we'll never get to see some sweet girl go all melty and breathless over the Xan man. Damn it. I sulk on his behalf.
(Anonymous) on October 1st, 2003 01:04 pm (UTC)
The thing with Cordelia was a hidden thing, even more 'under the stairs' than the kiss with Ampada, with her publically deriding him and being ashamed of him in public (all of Xanders relationships seem to be 'under the stairs,' 'in the basement' or 'in the closet,' sort of parallelling how so many important points in Spikes life happen in alleys or other transitional places). The thing with Anya was part of her Barbie DreamLife, where she had to have a house, a job, 2.5 kids, a white picket fence and one of those husband things, 'cause it said so in her 'how to be a mortal' handbook. He certainly didn't choose to be with Faith, and when he did, she didn't choose him. Similarly with Buffy and Willow, both of whom ended up shooting him down.

Ampada is the first, and indeed only, woman he has *chosen* to be with, who has chosen to be with him. Naturally it lasted about five minutes...

Meanwhile, Buffy and Willow have each chosen to be in the majority of their relationships, with Oz, Riley, Angel and Tara. Only Kennedy, Parker and Spike fall into the 'sorta happened one episode' relationships that Xander has been limited to. Kinda creepy that the boy has never had a real relationship, where he has chosen to be with someone, and they have chosen to be with him.

Spike has the same problem. He had the big, big love for his mother, who broke his little demon heart. He then had the big, big love for Drusilla, who broke his little demon heart as soon as she was strong enough to walk away. Then the big, big love for Buffy, who treated him like something foul stuck to her shiny boot for the longest time. The women who have pursued or befriended him, such as Harmony, Dawn and later Anya, he has shunned and pushed aside. He's missed the boat bigtime, chasing the women he can't have.

Typical gay denial behavior. Be seen chasing the unattainable women, so that no one questions your not having one... :)