The introduction of Spike and Drusilla essentially changes Buffy as a series for the better. They command the screen almost instantly: James and Juliet have sizzling chemistry and you instantly get that vibe theyâ€™ve been together for a very long time. Whatâ€™s more is that they actually come across as a serious threat. Spike locates his prey, stalks it, tests it, tricks it and then tries to kill it. All within one episode. You can see why they keep him around, heâ€™s bad news, and Buffy knows this.
The hour has quite a few neat surprises as well. The fact Spike crashes earlier than expected was a welcomed change of pace. Sheila being vampirised (itâ€™s a word!) while signposted a mile away made for a great a few tense moments. The best, by far, has to be Joyce coming to Buffyâ€™s aid â€˜no-one touches my daughter!â€™ you tell â€˜em Joyce. Although now Spike knows what Buffyâ€™s mother looks like, which canâ€™t be good (edit: actually, it makes for some laugh-out-loud funnies later on in the season/series).
As well as all of the supernatural bits and pieces, what appeals to me about season 2 is the regular stuff Buffy has to deal with as a teen. Her attempts at hiding her mother away from Principal Snyder are brilliant, especially as her options run out and so sheâ€™s forced to suggest the boiler room as a class. And the way Kristine Sutherland scolds Buffy, I feel as though Iâ€™m being chastised too. Overall, itâ€™s the first really good â€˜normalâ€™ episode of Buffy. From the sharp dialogue (â€˜Je Stinkâ€™) to Spikeâ€™s badass entrance, this is one action packed episode with SO many good one-liners.