DON'T trust anyone who laughs at The Family Circus.
For my money, the depths of The Mayor's demonic evil are truly revealed through his affection for this comic strip. The scrumptious Timothy Olyphant characterized it best as Todd in Go, pointing at the comic in disgust and complaining "It's always there, in the lower right hand corner, just waiting to suck."
|He's not in the Whedonverse. But he should be.|
|This is what a rogue demon looks like, Wesley.|
DO be wary of following the lead of someone with impulse control problems and a "might makes right" moral compass.
"Bad Girls" is a turning point in the Buffy/Faith relationship. Faith is all id--encouraging and indulging in any desire, "Consequences" (foreshadowing) be damned. And Buffy kind of takes to the lifestyle, ducking out of chemistry tests, engaging in a little B&E, and, most disturbingly, shafting the loyal and true Willow.
|Do they cover the hair-flip dance in The Watcher Handbook?|
The distinction between ensouled and soulless beings is something I'm going to revisit A LOT during this re-watch, particularly when Spike comes back. But for now, it's enough to mention that when humans die in the Buffyverse, it's a big old deal. The moral quandary marked by Buffy's guilt over thinking she killed Ted in season 2 comes back with a vengeance when Faith instinctively plants a stake in random Sunnydale red-shirt, um, I mean Deputy Mayor Allan.
|RIP, bureaucratic bottom-feeder.|
DO give the bossy, twee, and craven new Watcher a chance.
Welcome to the party, Wesley! I'd forgotten how much of an insufferable prig Mr. Wyndam-Price can be in his first scenes in Sunnydale, and how tempting it is to align yourself with Team Giles.
|Though the distinction is subtle.|
|Plus, it made this possible!|