Season 2, Episode 4: Inca Mummy Girl

In this episode!

  • We think the writers have an awesome ear for teen romance angst, and do a great job showing the awkwardness of it.
  • We love Willow’s dorkiness.
  • Mark reveals something shocking, and it has to do with The Brady Bunch. Mark says, run out and watch the Tiki episode.
  • Katherine wonders if there needs to be a Brady Bunch podcast (OK, that’s a joke).
  • Katherine likes the complexity of Xander—that he has a crush on Buffy, and at the same time thinks of her as his best friend, and at the same time, is her right hand man. What is wrong with that? So many other Buffy fans hate this about Xander.
  • The world isn’t black and white; we love that Buffy sees the gray.
  • Mark loves the guy who wonders about the girl in the Eskimo outfit.
  • Is Joyce being mean to Buffy in terms of the “not fitting in” comment? We think so.
  • What do you make of Buffy not seizing the leadership role? Katherine thinks she is the emotionally torn teenage girl, whereas Mark thinks Buffy should be pushing herself forward. Where do you stand?
  • We meet Jonathan (Danny Strong). Katherine says it is a great way to meet him.

Shout out to Warren Shaver!

2 wonderful comments

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  1. David Ipromisetousearealnameeventually said...

    on 29 October 2016 @ 4:51 am

    I don’t really have much to add on this one, but I think you guys missed one of the biggest points of similarity, which is that they both have to kill regularly as a result of their being the chosen one. I mean sure, we’re conditioned to support Buffy’s killing, but it has to take a toll.

    —No Marks allowed, spoilerish territory ahead—
    I think the good doctor may have gone a bit too far into spoiler territory by explicitly drawing attention to Jonathan. I think his big turning point scene in season 3 works best if he’s thought of as a minor comic relief character. It gives you the opportunity to consider the similarities between an audience laughing at a background character and bystanders in a bullying situation. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but that arc strikes me as one of the most powerful and subtly built up in the series and I would hate to see it lose some of that punch.

  2. katherine said...

    on 29 October 2016 @ 10:29 pm

    Sigh. David with the long name is probably right. I get excited about certain characters or events and probably shouldn’t have drawn attention. ON the other hand, I know Mark, and I think it will probably be OK. I have a seeming fetish for drawing attention to minor or seemingly minor things, so I’m hoping he won’t notice. Plus, he forgets a lot. Fingers crossed.

    I also really like your comment about how Inca Mummy Girl and Buffy both have to kill a lot, and seriously, this didn’t occur to me, which is why I didn’t mention it. I guess my reasoning is thus: they both need to kill to stay alive (I feel like I might have mentioned that on Inca Mummy Girl’s part?) but, Buffy doesn’t kill the innocent, and Inca Mummy Girl does. This is significant, of course, because IMG could have killed Xander initially, and doesn’t, foregoing her usual MO. IMG can’t help this–she has to kill to stay alive–but it goes against Buffy’s code. I feel like I could go on and on with this, but I’ll stop here. 😉


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