Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 13: The Killer in Me
Written by Drew Z. Greenberg; Directed by David Solomon
In this episode, Willow turns into Warren after kissing Kennedy, because… I don’t know, something about her feeling guilty about flaying him. Oh no, wait, Amy did it because… I don’t know, I stopped caring when Willow started getting it on with the first lesbian who crossed her path. Have these writers got no respect for the integrity of their characters?
Normally I quite like these body-switch episodes. Who Are You?, for example, was brilliant, with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Eliza Dushku playing each other with considerable accuracy. This time round, though, it doesn’t work, because Adam Busch makes no attempt to adopt any of Alyson Hannigan’s mannerisms. He simply plays it as Warren, and as a result it just seems incredibly hokey.
Additionally, Spike’s chip stops working and Buffy has to seek out the Initiative to sort things out. I’m not sure why it begins malfunctioning - presumably so Buffy can ask for it to be removed and further drive a wedge between her and Giles, because the plot requires that he disapprove. Again, not sure why. Oh, and we also get a thoroughly anticlimactic end to the “Is Giles the First?” puzzle. Turns out that he isn’t - he just wasn’t touching anything or anyone because… sorry, again, can’t answer that.
Overall rating: 2/10.
Next time: First Date.