Today we talk through some of the stuff we love, like anything The Mayor does, including his interactions with Mr. Trick and Alan. And Slayerfest ’98. And then of course there’s the stuff we hate, like pretty much anything Buffy and Cordelia say to each other. Regardless, we really hope you enjoy this one, and we’d love to hear your thoughts too!
Thanks for joining us as we discuss Season 3, Episode 5: Beauty and the Beasts.
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One thought on “Episode 44: Homecoming”
Hey there – I’m finally catching up on the episodes I missed. Moving during a pandemic is… not the most fun I’ve ever had. I just started listening to Band Candy, and just had a couple of quick thoughts I wanted to share:
Re: Scott hatred – I know the big reason I was never a fan of Scott is that I just never saw a reason for him, as a character. I feel like it’s a thing in TV where characters are always expected to be dating, and if they’re not dating, after a few episodes, their friends start bugging them about it. So Buffy was surrounded by the couples of Willow/Oz and Xander/Cordelia, and Willow started kind of pushing her to date again. Enter Scott. He was interested in Buffy because of what he saw/knew of her from afar (and is disappointed to learn that Buffy, like the rest of humanity, is actually pretty complicated). I don’t hate him for that. He’s young, and he didn’t really see Buffy for who she was, and the relationship, as far as it went, just was never going to work out. But I don’t understand why Buffy ever dated him other than feeling like she had to in order to move on. It doesn’t make sense to me when people date on TV without at all actually seeming into each other, and it bothers me more when it’s at least partly because of peer pressure (even if that pressure is well-meaning). I never got the sense that she was at all even attracted to him. The whole thing was just depressing to watch. And maybe it was supposed to be. I’m not saying it was bad writing, but just really, really not my cup of tea. So yeah, my hatred was never of Scott himself but more for the idea that he HAD to be there. (I felt a similar anger at the fourth season episode ‘Doomed,’ where Buffy gives in to dating Riley after spending the entire episode saying no and having him pretend to be accepting and then berate her for it in ruder and ruder ways – was that behavior supposed to be attractive?)
Secondly (and this is much shorter) I just want to say that the Mayor is absolutely my favorite Buffy villain, 100%. I love certain other ones too, but something about the entire concept of the character combined with the way the actor plays him, makes him so effective and compelling as a villain for me. And the dynamic he has with Faith just kicks it up a notch.
Hope you’re both doing well, and over the next week or so I should be able to catch up fully.