Monday, January 19, 2009

Buffy Retrospective: "The Puppet Show"

Xander, Willow, and Buffy perform a scene from Oedipus Rex"The Puppet Show" is one of my favourite little one-shot episodes with no overarching plot development. This fondness is due in large part to Buffy, Xander, and Willow's performance of a scene from Oedipus Rex during the closing credits. Cordelia also has some funny bits in this episode, not the least of which is her performance of "Greatest Love of All".

Also in this episode, we meet Principal Snyder who has it out for all the students, but focuses particular attention on Buffy, Xander, and Willow. It would be easy to hate Principal Snyder if he weren't so funny. While he attributes Principal Flutie's being eaten to his "wolly-headed, liberal thinking", we all know now that one's approach to education does not determine whether one will be eaten.
Favourite Quote: "I don't get it. What is it, avant-garde?" -Principal Snyder reacting to the scene on stage when the curtain opens at the talent show

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