|Trading Places - the Buffy Edition|
This review is written after having seen the entire series, and will allude to and/or outright spoil events of the later seasons.
This is one of those episodes that really shows off how talented SMG actually is as an actress. Here she consistently nails Faith’s body language and speech patterns to a degree that’s almost unsettling.
Eliza Dushku is pretty solid here as well. I especially like the scene where Buffy’s trying to convince Giles and Willow who she is.
I love that the credits say: “Eliza Dushku as Buffy” Such a nice touch.
“I am you know... yours.” – Aww, this is basically Tara telling Willow that she loves her too.
Hee: Faith doesn’t who Anya is.
So here we have the first meeting between Spike and Faith. This scene really shows how thin the line is between Spike wanting to kill Buffy and being sexually attracted to her.
The Adam and the vampires’ scenes are easily the least interesting scenes to me in this one.
Seeing Faith do her best to ridicule and hurt Tara is actually really painful to watch.
So I’m totally gonna count that magic spell as Willow and Tara having sex. We all know magic is liberally used as a metaphor on this show.
“Who are you? What do you want from her?” – that whole scene is chilling to watch.
“Who’s president?” – hee, “What’s a stevedore?” – love the delivery of that line.
The repetition of “Because it’s wrong” throughout the episode is great, and seeing Faith say it in the church and actually mean it is a fantastic moment.
Faith pummeling her own body is very fascinating. She has really come to the realization of who she is and she hates herself for it. Interesting how the first step towards Faith’s redemption happens in a church by the way. Maybe not particularly subtle, but it works.
I love that final shot with both Buffy and Faith in the same frame.
Overall it’s really a fantastic piece of television.
|Name||Who Are You?|
|Air Date||Feb. 29, 2000|