Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 5: Life SerialWritten by David Fury & Jane Espenson; Directed by Nick Marck
It's official: Buffy is now making gay jokes. It's astounding that a show that once prided itself on its witty repartee would stoop this low in order to elicit some laughs. And I'm serious, the Trio have been in the show now for a grand total of two episodes, and already I never want to see them again. The worst offender is Andrew: I assume that the fact that he has a whiny voice, speaks with a lisp and is a dork is meant to be funny. It's not - it just makes him annoying. Sadly, he is around for the rest of the show's duration, becoming a regular in all but name in Season 7 and actually getting more screen time than the likes of Xander and Willow.
Having said that, Life Serial is not without its merits. It consists of three "tests" that the Trio put Buffy against. The one on the construction site, where she has to fight some generic demons, is just lazy writing, but the other two are pretty interesting. Indeed, a case could be made for these being some of the toughest challenges Buffy has ever faced - she certainly never had to deal with time being manipulated before. I also like drunk Buffy. "Bleeeeeeegh!"
Overall rating: 6/10.
Next time: All the Way.