|I Cry as Willow Cries|
I really like this teaser. It begins with a generic, but good, fight between Buffy and a random vampire. Then we see Spike and naturally assume that this episode will be about Spike’s next attempt at killing Buffy, but then the twist comes as the soldiers take him. That’s when we realize that we might actually be getting some more insight into those soldiers soon. Of course we’re not getting any of that insight in this episode, but that’s not the teaser’s fault. I actually like that we’re left hanging and don’t get to know what happened to him until the next episode.
Here we have another instance of Giles and his current identity issues post being a Watcher’s Council employee.
I love all the nonverbal conversation happening between Buffy and Willow at the Bronze as Oz is mesmerized by Veruca. An excellent example of the solid and consistent acting of both SMG and Alyson Hannigan.
Aww, how cute is Willow in bed with Oz: “All Gemini’s to the raspberry hats”
Wow, the scene with Oz, Willow and Veruca is uncomfortable.
Veruca’s speech about the nature of werewolves and Oz is a bit heavy handed, but I feel like it is saved by Seth Green playing Oz’s reaction perfectly. He does a great job throughout the entire episode; you can feel his frustration and struggle to keep the situation in control.
I really like that Willow goes to Xander for help on understanding what’s going on. There hasn’t been a lot of scenes just between the two of them lately and they are/used to be best friends and stuff.
So Seth Green didn’t feel he served the show best as a regular and wanted to be able to do more movies. So the writers were forced to find a way to break up Oz and Willow in a believable way that hopefully didn’t ruin any of the two characters in the eyes of the fans. I think they mostly succeeded. Having Oz being forced to spend the night with Veruca in order to save the lives of innocents is a reasonable way to go. It’s a combination of Oz wanting to do the right thing and a supernatural attraction that is probably unfathomable to the mere human.
I don’t think any actor or actress can make me feel for them quite as much as Alyson Hannigan. The scene where she finds Oz and Veruca naked in the cage is incredible, seeing Willow crying and being so hurt makes me want to reach into the screen and hug her. This scene also got one of those rare instances of Oz losing his cool that always is so effective. Oh, and I really like the callback to the Willow/Xander thing from last season.
Kinda gutsy to have Oz kill Veruca.
Oh, more crying from Willow and more crying from me.
Bye Oz, see you later on in the season…
Overall a good, but not excellent episode. The writing gets close to heavy handedat times, but the acting is top notch throughout the entire episode.
|Name||Wild at Heart|
|Air Date||Nov. 9, 1999|