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21 May 2006 @ 08:18 pm
2.2: Some Assembly Required  
Cordelia: Darn, I have cheerleader practice tonight. Boy, I wish I knew we were gonna be digging up dead people sooner. I would've canceled.

Prompts and questions are there to spark discussion. If they're useful or interesting to you, go ahead and respond to any aspect of them. But please feel free to bring up anything else that interests you, as long as it somehow relates to the episode under discussion.

2.2 Some Assembly Required
Writer: Ty King
Director: Bruce Seth Green
U.S. Airdate: September 22, 1997

1. Cordelia as Victim
Cordelia: It was horrible. Angel saved me from an arm. God, there were so many parts, they were everywhere. Why are these terrible things always happening to me?
Xander: (*coughs*) Karma!

Why are terrible things always happening to Cordelia? What's Cordelia's role within the Scooby group as she begins to become more of a member? How does that work out in terms of characterization? Narrative structure?

2. New and Interesting
Giles: Grave robbing? That's new. Interesting.
Buffy: I *know* you meant to say gross and disturbing.
Giles: Yes, yes, yes of course. Uh, terrible thing. Must, must put a stop to it. Damn it.

How well does the introduction of horror plots work in the series? Do we wait for favorite themes to be introduced -- finally, witches, or yay, zombies! Or does it seem arbitrary, having to come up with a horror angle to satisfy that part of the show? How well do the one-shot episodes (random problem or horror plot in place for a single episode) fit into the narrative arc in s1 and s2?

3. Love and Death
Xander: (as he sees Giles approaching) And speaking of love...
Willow: We were talking about the re-animation of dead tissue.
Xander: Do I deconstruct your segues?

How well do genre plot and romantic plot fit together in the show? Is the joining particularly successful or unsuccessful in this episode? Is the overall goal to marry the two together, or is it just to create parallel storylines that don't intrude on one another too much? How much do the scary moments need to feed into lessons or illuminations about the characters' lives?

4. Technical Side of the Supernatural
Buffy: Okay, Giles, just remember, 'I feel a thing, you feel a thing...' But personalize it.
Giles: Personalize it?
Buffy: She's a technopagan, right? Ask her to bless your laptop.

This season sees more of a development for the Jenny Calendar character. In what ways does she fill a needed function within the group of the Scoobies? How well does her expertise as a techno-pagan play out? What other plot lines does Jenny influence besides Giles's? Does the show take some good opportunities with the advent of technology combined with the interest in supernatural?

Other Potential Topics: Translating Frankenstein into a high-school context; Willow's disappearing "competition" in the form of smart kids who get involved with the bad side of the Hellmouth; how well extras or one-shot characters are integrated into the series as a whole at this point; hints of the Xander/Cordelia storyline
zandra_x on May 22nd, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
I thought that was an excellent observation about the theme being the unattainability/attractiveness connection. I hadn't seen the parallels.

I do think that Cordy serves as the anti-Buffy, but I think we get a glimpse of her deeper character, too, in the moment after she's been rescued from a kidnapping, she shakes herself off and goes out to cheerlead. In most shows, the rescued girl would be shown crying and afraid, but Cordy (whether or not the viewer values cheerleading) is shown as fulfilling her obligation to what she sees as her duty.
lizzygir3lizzygir3 on May 22nd, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
I didn't actually mean anti-Buffy so much as just Buffy the way she would have been without her powers. The show actually draws quite a few parallels like in Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight, or Homecoming, just that where Buffy uses physical strength, Cordy's weapon is her mouth.