Prophecy Girls: A Buffy Rewatch Podcast
S2E22: ”Becoming, Part 2”

S2E22: ”Becoming, Part 2”

September 23, 2021

S2E22: “Becoming, Part 2”

Buffy is at her lowest point with Kendra dead, Willow comatose, Giles missing, and only Xander to lean on! But don’t worry—Spike is here, ready to switch sides, and Joyce is going to take the news that Buffy’s a Vampire Slayer extremely well. So now all Buffy has to worry about is killing her boyfriend before he sucks the world into hell. Even if she wins, she loses.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Why this might be the best episode of the series
  • Buffy’s total acceptance of her Slayer destiny
  • Spike is a vampire of the world
  • Amazing fight sequences and tense dialogue
  • SMG and DB sell the tragic, doomed love so well

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S2E21: ”Becoming, Part 1”

S2E21: ”Becoming, Part 1”

September 16, 2021

Archaeologists unwittingly uncover exactly what Angelus needs to prove he is the Biggest Baddest of all—by sucking the entire world into Hell. Although a chance discovery leads to the recovery of Jenny Calendar’s translated Ritual of Restoration, Willow isn’t sure she can restore Angel’s soul in time. Buffy must make her move—and kill Angel, if necessary, to save the world. Meanwhile, we learn more about how Angel became a vampire and the events that brought him to Sunnydale and Buffy’s life.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Angel’s journey from villain to hero to villain again
  • Surely Willow’s newfound love of black magic is safe
  • Say what you will about Xander: he’s never afraid to be the biggest jerk
  • Always have a spare sword, duh.
  • Kendra’s back, yay—oh. Oh my. Never mind

 

Trigger warnings

Abuse, blood, death

 

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S2E20: ”Go Fish”

S2E20: ”Go Fish”

September 9, 2021

Sunnydale’s swim team—you know, the swim team we’ve heard about all the time—is so close to winning state championships! Then Buffy has to go and dress slutty and tempt one of its members into raping her, naughty Buffy, resulting in a severe case of “broken nose.” Oh, and the rest of the swim team keeps turning into fish monsters. Bummer. Don’t worry though: speedo-clad Xander is on the case!

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Xander … doesn’t suck in this episode?
  • So much unnecessary dark stuff happening
  • Stephanie is very thirsty for all the cute boys and Kara doesn’t know how to deal
  • Cordelia has one of the funniest and most heartwarming scenes of the season
  • Why so little Oz???

 

Trigger warnings

Ableism, body horror, murder, rape, slut-shaming

 

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S2E19: “I Only Have Eyes for You”

S2E19: “I Only Have Eyes for You”

September 2, 2021

Some supernatural force at Sunnydale High is forcing people to re-enact a deadly confrontation between a student and teacher from 1955. Giles is convinced this force is the spirit of dear departed Jenny Calendar. Buffy and the rest of the Scoobies aren’t convinced. Will they be able to put these troubled spirits to rest before any more lives are lost? Or will Angelus take his hands off Drusilla long enough to make good on his promise to get rid of the Slayer once and for all?

 

Hear us discuss…

  • How this episode deals so well with grief
  • Our first example of some group magic!
  • Steph has finally realized Angel and Dru are DOING IT
  • How many people in Sunnydale are in on the secret of the Hellmouth?
  • Spike should no longer be underestimated

 

Trigger warnings

Ableism, child abuse, death, gun violence, suicide, teacher–student relationship

 

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S2E18: “Killed by Death”

S2E18: “Killed by Death”

August 26, 2021

Buffy ends up in hospital, laid low by the flu. She manages to avoid becoming a test subject for an overly confident white male doctor and also beats up the competent Black doctor who’s just doing her job! But Buffy has noticed there’s a supernatural cause to the deaths of several children. To foil the monster responsible, instead of getting healthier, Buffy has to make herself even more ill. But can she really fight death?

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Where’s Billy and that helpful doctor from “Nightmares”??
  • How this episode feels so season 1
  • All the Scoobies try to help in their own way
  • This is actually a really good exploration of mortality
  • You get to choose between penis-stalk eyes and fangs; having both is greedy!

 

Trigger warnings

Child death, neck snapping

 

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S2E17: “Passion”

S2E17: “Passion”

August 19, 2021

With Angelus encroaching more on Buffy, she decides she has to tell Joyce everything. Well, not everything. But Joyce finds out that Buffy had sex with a mysterious and now abusive older guy. That goes about as well as you expect. Meanwhile, Jenny thinks she might have a way to restore Angel’s soul—and regain the Scoobies’ good graces. But no one is prepared for what Angelus has in store for Buffy, and nothing will ever be the same again.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Why did it take this long for them to uninvite Angelus?
  • Angel and Dru are totally doing it.
  • Dogs can be evil too!
  • How this show handles abuse and grief with sensitivity
  • Jenny

 

Trigger warnings

Ableism, abusive relationship, death, grief, neck-snapping

 

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S2E16: “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”

S2E16: “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”

August 12, 2021

Cordelia dumps Xander to get back in with the popular crowd. Xander takes this about as well as you would expect—that is, extremely poorly. So poorly he has Amy cast a love spell that will leave Cordelia craving him for the rest of her days. Of course, no magic in Sunnydale works as intended, and Xander soon finds himself far more desirable than desired.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Cordelia’s hard choices
  • Xander needs to stop giving women jewelry
  • Sweet, precious Willow, no!!
  • Oz acting out of character
  • Let’s stop congratulating Xander for doing the right thing

 

Trigger warnings

Sexual assault and harassment

 

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S2E15: “Phases”

S2E15: “Phases”

August 5, 2021

We all know adolescence brings changes. Body hair, a more acute sense of smell, attraction to the sexual heat of one’s fellow teens—wait, nope, that’s being a werewolf. And there’s one loose in Sunnydale, with predictably chaotic results. The Scoobies need to capture this hapless human before it can kill. But what will happen if the werewolf is someone close to home?

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Oz and Willow are the cutest couple
  • Willow goes from slut-shaming Cordelia to being confidantes?
  • Get in the back seat, Xander!
  • Homophobia isn’t a good look for anyone
  • Poor Theresa, destined merely to be Angel’s messenger

 

Trigger warning

Homophobia

S2E14: “Innocence”

S2E14: “Innocence”

July 29, 2021

Don’t have sex, because your boyfriend WILL turn evil and rejoin his former gang of vampire delinquents bent on destruction. Buffy missed that day in sex ed class though, and now Angel is once again Angelus, the brutal, sadistic killer who cut a bloody swath through Europe. But that’s not all! The Judge is nearly at full strength, and then Spike and Drusilla will unleash him on the Sunnydale Mall. Will Cordelia and Willow stop fighting over Xander long enough to come up with a plan? Or is the mall doomed?

 

Hear us discuss…

  • All the flavours of lost innocence
  • The particular brand of slut-shaming that is ’90s TV
  • Stephanie has to chastise Willow and it breaks her heart
  • We want just want to wrap Buffy in a blanket
  • David Boreanaz is scary good at evil

 

Trigger warnings

Abuse, misogyny, sexuality, slut shaming

 

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S2E13: “Surprise”

S2E13: “Surprise”

July 22, 2021

Buffy has no idea that her friends are planning a surprise party for her 17th birthday. Even Cordelia is in on the fun as chips-and-dip girl! Buffy is too busy obsessing over Angel, Willow might be moving things along with Oz, and Jenny is … not having a good time with her family. Don’t worry, though. Spike and Drusilla have a plan cooked up that involves body parts and a big blue man. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Maximum. Bangel.
  • Willow and Oz might be our everything?
  • Jenny is super sketchy now.
  • Do Buffy and Drusilla share some kind of psychic connection?
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