Prophecy Girls: A Buffy Rewatch Podcast
S2E09: “What’s My Line, Part 1″

S2E09: “What’s My Line, Part 1″

June 24, 2021

It’s Career Week at Sunnydale High, and everyone is excited—except Buffy, because as the Slayer her destiny will forever be unemployment and death. To make things worse, Spike has decided to send the Order of Taraka after Buffy. He wants to keep her out of the picture long enough to finish deciphering a spell that will rejuvenate Drusilla. But nothing goes quite the way anyone expects, and Buffy is left with more questions than answers.

 

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  • Buffy still processing that she died
  • Giles isn’t ready for all these teenage feelings!
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar is only an ok figure skater
  • Willow Rosenberg UBER GENIUS confirmed
  • Wait, 2 slayers??

 

Trigger warnings

Bugs, racism, sexual harassment

 

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S2E08: “The Dark Age”

S2E08: “The Dark Age”

June 17, 2021

Previously, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ethan Rayne revealed that Giles used to be … the Ripper. Well, Ethan is back in town, and so are other entities from Giles’ youth. Ripper’s past is coming back to endanger Giles, Miss. Calendar, and even Buffy. Suddenly the most responsible member of the Buffy gang must rely on his teenage charges to rescue him from his youthful follies.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • More LIES revealed in this episode!
  • Giles and Jenny were going to do it but now things are RUINED
  • Xander’s grossness overshadows his few fun lines
  • Cordelia acting selfless for once?
  • Willow rules AGAIN like she is a queen or something

 

Trigger warnings

Body horror, misogyny, sexual harassment

 

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S2E07: “Lie to Me”

S2E07: “Lie to Me”

June 10, 2021

Angel doesn’t tell Buffy about meeting Drusilla in a creepy playground. Willow doesn’t tell Buffy Angel was in her bedroom, getting her to dig up dirt on Ford, a childhood friend of Buffy’s who has suddenly shown up in Sunnydale. Ford doesn’t tell Buffy why he’s really here. And Giles tells Buffy, and Miss Calendar, that he loves monster trucks. You know it’s a going to be a wild ride when Xander is the only person who tells Buffy the truth.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • This episode is just full of lies!
  • Kara convinces Steph just how significant this episode is
  • Angel and Buffy’s relationship gets emotionally deeper
  • Spike remains such a delicious bad guy
  • At the end of this, does Buffy really know whom she can trust?

 

Trigger warning

Cancer

 

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S2E06: “Halloween”

S2E06: “Halloween”

June 3, 2021

Buffy is looking forward to a night off on Halloween, the one day of the year actual monsters find too cringey to go out. She has a plan: dress as an 18th-century noblewoman, the kind of girl she thinks gets Angel going. But the owner of a new costume shop in Sunnydale has other plans for Halloween, and if he has his way, chaos will reign and Buffy will be too clueless to stop it.

 

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  • Buffy committing the classic dating sin of trying to be someone you’re not
  • More toxic masculinity from Xander
  • Willow takes charge and looks hot too
  • How everything we thought we knew about Giles is wrong
  • Spike is chaos personified and we love it

 

Trigger warnings

Bullying, homophobia, sexual harassment

 

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S2E05: “Reptile Boy”

S2E05: “Reptile Boy”

May 27, 2021

Cordelia has a problem: if she wants to attend a frat party, she needs Buffy to come along. Buffy has a problem: Angel doesn’t want to go on a date with her! Xander has a problem: no one cares about how much he isn’t over Buffy. There’s a lot of problems in this episode, but don’t worry, because you know what solves all problems? Ritual human sacrifice to a lizard lord.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Shut up about how much you hate Angel, Xander
  • This episode’s entirely unsubtle metaphor for date rape
  • Who’s the true reptile boy here?
  • Willow, go off, girl!
  • The swift, unyielding justice that is Sunnydale

 

Trigger warnings

Date rape, drug abuse, kidnapping, sexual assault

 

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S2E04: “Inca Mummy Girl”

S2E04: “Inca Mummy Girl”

May 20, 2021

The reanimated mummy of an Incan princess secretly takes the place of a cultural exchange student staying at Buffy’s house. Xander, of course, is smitten with her. But she has the unfortunate habit of sucking the souls from innocent people. Buffy and the gang race to find the mummy who’s right under their noses. Meanwhile, Willow struggles to set aside her unrequited feelings for Xander even as she attracts the attention of a laid-back musician.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • The least subtle mummy girl ever
  • Xander continues to the worst
  • Willow deserves better
  • Buffy continues to show her newfound acceptance of her Slayer duties
  • Take a drink every time Steph or Kara say “cultural appropriation”

 

Trigger warnings

Cultural appropriation

 

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S2E03: “School Hard”

S2E03: “School Hard”

May 13, 2021

Buffy must plan a successful parents’ night at Sunnydale High or face expulsion because she’s the baddest bitch in school, right up there with Sheila, who stabs teachers and hangs at bars that make the Bronze look like some place kids go after school. But look out, Sheila, because there’s a new badass in town: Spike, a bleach-blonde, leather-wearing vampire out to ruin parents’ night—oh, and also kill the Slayer.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Spike’s incredible entrance
  • How great and significant Spike is in general
  • Drusilla is so creepy!
  • BUFFY’S MOM FINALLY HAS A NAME but might also be high all the time
  • Poor Colin, never got to take his villainous enterprise IPO

 

Trigger warnings

Bloodplay, marijuana use, mental illness, neck snapping

 

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S2E02: “Some Assembly Required”

S2E02: “Some Assembly Required”

May 6, 2021

Someone in Sunnydale is digging up bodies for parts. Bodies of young, attractive girls, to be precise. Buffy is determined to put a stop to it. Meanwhile, Giles and Jenny Calendar go on a date, and Xander continues to be ungracious even to those who are calling him heroic.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Actual development in Buffy and Angel’s relationship!
  • As a filler episode, it’s still better than season 1
  • Stitching girls together is creepy
  • How this episode is very much about rape
  • How did Buffy and team deal with Chris??

 

Trigger warnings

Body horror, kidnapping, rape

 

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S2E01: “When She Was Bad”

S2E01: “When She Was Bad”

April 29, 2021

Buffy is back after a summer in L.A., but there’s something … off about her, and everyone notices. Whether it’s dancing with Xander to make Angel jealous or snapping at her friends for offering to help, Buffy isn’t acting like herself. But there’s no time to sit down and talk it out, because Colin has kidnapped Cordelia, and that’s just the beginning to his reign of terror.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Everyone has new haircuts!
  • Everyone needs therapy!
  • Buffy is being so unfair to everyone but particularly Willow
  • How season 2 is immediately superior to season 1
  • Steph’s 2 degrees of separation from someone who worked on the show!

 

Trigger warnings

Kidnapping

 

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Bonus! Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) Movie Review

Bonus! Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) Movie Review

April 22, 2021

Before we head into season 2 of Buffy, we’re coming at you with a bonus episode with a bite: we review the 1992 movie that started it all!

 

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  • Why this movie never finds its groove
  • Peewee Herman as a vampire is hilarious yet terrifying
  • Differences, for better or worse, between the show and the movie
  • Stephanie’s restraint after Kara dares to suggest Luke Perry and David Boreanaz look alike

 

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