- Jun 22, 2011
Xander actually said: "You don't have to drive it through my head like a railroad spike." and I'm waaay too amused about it.
This is one of the which dates the show badly.
Joyce doesn't act in the best way in this episode but she has just moved to a new town to a new job and is having to get used to raising a daughter on her own (don't think it was that long before this that Hank left - correct me if I'm wrong) so I think she's basically stressed out of her mind and takes it out on Buffy: still a bad thing to do.
Yes! It speaks to maternal abuse under the guise of witchcraft. I like that we see a lot of real issues being represented in a supernatural nature so early on in the series. In Amy's case, nobody would be that 'ok' with seeing their mother 'die' in a sense after years of being abused by her. It comes back later on in season 6 with Amy's addiction to witchcraft manifesting itself in a similar fashion to her mother's. Often we'll hear of people being raised by parents with addictions and end up forming the same or similar addictions. This is a good representation of that. It makes me wonder what Amy's dad thought when she turned herself into a rat and if he even knew about it or whether he just thought she'd disappeared because she was dabbling in magic.To me the most interesting thing about rewatching it is it helps explain to me why Amy went evil. At the end of the episode we think that Amy is saved, moves in with her dad and comes out of the experience virtually unharmed. Her actions throughout the series, but especially Season 6 and after, prove that wasn't the case.
thinking more about this...
and then, she just gets comfortable in her new life with her dad, she turns herself into a rat to avoid being burned at the stake (probably her dad included in the crowd who wanted her dead) and then, willow turns her back into a human 3 years later...and she sees how powerful willow is but it took her so long...3 years, all that time should could have been with her dad learning to enjoy being a kid again...gone
lots of resentment built up I'd assume.
Willow could've thought less about herself in that scenario, and used her magics to derat Amy. It could've saved her in the long run because Amy would've been less resentful.And when Willow turned her back into a human in Season 4, Episode is 'Something Blue'. She briefly turns back into a human on Willow's bed and Willow reverses it again by saying something else and has no idea lol.
What happened to the cat?