Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5, Episode 11: TriangleWritten by Jane Espenson; Directed by Christopher Hibler
This is a fairly silly, insignificant episode, but it comes as a welcome break after the portentous doom of the last few episodes, and it puts a smile on my face, because it's so completely ridiculous and doesn't take itself at all seriously. I mean, come on: you've got a giant troll with red hair and a hammer the size of his body running around town looking for ale and virgin wenches with whom to make merry. What's not to like?
The episode is also unusual in that it mixes up the characters a little and puts them in combinations we don't normally get to see. Very rarely do we get Willow and Anya alone together, so it's funny to see the two of them snarking and bickering with each other. Ditto with Xander and Spike, and with Buffy and Tara, although the latter two do more talking about Greek Art and the "beautiful love" that Xander and Anya share than snarking and bickering. As I said, funny, entertaining episode, more along the lines of the stand-alone episodes of the earlier seasons - and yet one that still has enough ties to the main storylines that it can't just be thrown away.
Overall rating: 8/10.
Next time: Checkpoint.