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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Two: Episode Two: Some Assembly Required
Original Airdate 9/22/97
Special Notes: Giles & Jenny's first date

Andrew Webster

Action: 3.0
Comedy: 3.5
Plot/Story: 3.0

In this episode, we once again see a lack of vampires. Everything here deals with zombies so to say. When a football star dies, his brother aims to revive him, and find him a girlfriend. It’s an admirable thing to do. Then we find out the girlfriend is not being found, she’s being created. And she’s being created from the parts of dead girls. But then, when a head is needed, the creators have to turn to a live victim. Buffy and the gang try to stop this from happening, but now Cordelia is more involved in the group. This is really the first time we see her interacting with everyone in typical Scooby manner. There’s also some nice dark humor and good plays with Cordy and Angel. Still the real highlight here is the interaction between Giles and Ms. Calender. It’s an ok episode, that really only means a lot in the long run of the season.


Scott Tofte

Plot/Story: 2.5
Comedy: 4.25
Action: 3

Ok, now that season two has come, obviously, pretty much everything is better. The framing, the direction, the music, everything. But we haven't yet lost the campyness that plauged season one. Granted, this Frankenstein-gone-football episode has some really important story setups and exposition, but it just lacks in originality. This idea has been done to death, pardon the pun. But the comedy and the last fight scene really save this episode, the comedy in particular. There are some great one-liners in here that are really worth checking out. Overall, this is a mediocre episode, not really a good show of whats soon to come though.


Running Tally's

Cordelia almost dead: 6
Xander bad dates: 1
Apocalypses: 2
Hospital Scenes: 2
Perfect 5 Ratings: 2



Webby2299: Season Two Episode Two. Some Assembly Required. It does a bit to flesh out the characters more, specifically Giles and Ms. Calender, but other than that it didn't do a lot for me, or the story. It didn't focus on vampires, or the annointed one for that matter. It's just an episode for fun. But it wasn't too fun for me. It had inspired moments, and an interesting story, but I think it could've been better.
Eaglefreak2k: it was kind of a season one-ish episode in the plot and the story idea, but its delivery and intricacy was stepped up a notch
Eaglefreak2k: the continuous arc of Giles and Miss Calender is really the best part, and the involvement of Cordelia. It's nice that she's really getting in on the scoobies
Eaglefreak2k: she knows the secrets now
Webby2299: yes, and her group involvement only grows from this point on
Eaglefreak2k: this is all just huge exposition leading up to the big season headrush to come
Webby2299: and it is a very large headrush, very enjoyable though
Eaglefreak2k: yes
Eaglefreak2k: so the story itself
Eaglefreak2k: franken-jock is it, which is a term you coined while watching it yesterday i might add
Webby2299: yes, I have my moments
Eaglefreak2k: but again, for the 5th time i believe, Cordelia is thrown into the middle of it, and there is saving to be done
Eaglefreak2k: so lets hit up comedy
Eaglefreak2k: you take this one tonite
Webby2299: ok. The comedy here againg goes to Giles and Xander. Xander attempting to ask Ms. Calender on a date is priceless, and Xander just barging in on it later on in the episode makes for hilarity
Eaglefreak2k: I think you mean giles asking jenny on a date
Eaglefreak2k: not xander
Webby2299: whoops
Webby2299: my bad
Webby2299: edit that and make me look less stupid
Eaglefreak2k: ill forgive you
Eaglefreak2k: no
Eaglefreak2k: but anyway
Webby2299: yes, continue
Eaglefreak2k: yes, everthing is hilarious. Even the darker more serious lines have humor, ie Angels "we found some of them..." "like, 2 out of the 3?" "No some of them. Parts."
Webby2299: yes, morbid humor shows up often throughout the seasons, and is always welcome
Eaglefreak2k: its great
Eaglefreak2k: and Cordelia all over angel is great too
Eaglefreak2k: funny stuff
Webby2299: yes, it is, so what about the action then?
Eaglefreak2k: action is great
Eaglefreak2k: we really only get one big scene that i can recall, at the end, but having it in a flaming building is awesome. And by flaming i don't mean gay.
Eaglefreak2k: the choreography is intense
Webby2299: that's like...4 gay puns now
Eaglefreak2k: much better than last year
Eaglefreak2k: and the whole episode just is so suspenseful and tense, that the action is like a big bursting karate-gasm
Webby2299: eh, I think you're drawing it out a bit too much
Webby2299: there were some tense scenes, but nothing I found to be overwhelming. Sure the warehouse and fire was good, but it was predictable. I mean, come on, the second you saw the gasoline container you knew what was going to happen
Eaglefreak2k: well duh
Eaglefreak2k: but still, its the first time a fight like that has happened
Eaglefreak2k: and the emotion in the scene from frankenjock really adds to the power of the fight in my mind
Eaglefreak2k: he was fighting for a last chance at love
Eaglefreak2k: however twisted it may be
Webby2299: adding sympathy to the villain is good, and yes, it did contribute to the fight scene
Eaglefreak2k: ok
Eaglefreak2k: so
Eaglefreak2k: overall rating?
Webby2299: mind if I go first?
Eaglefreak2k: go for it
Webby2299: I give it a 3. It wasn't as good as the first episode of this season in any category. Though it was still enjoyable, I just didn't find it too specatcular. The addition of Cordy into the Scoobies is a welcome touch though, and helps add to future episodes.
Eaglefreak2k: i agree
Eaglefreak2k: three is suiting, great comedy, decent fight scene, season one leftover for a script though i think
Eaglefreak2k: so 3 it is
Webby2299: was that math too difficult?
Eaglefreak2k: yeah
Eaglefreak2k: it hurt my ever so fragile cranial region
Webby2299: it'll heal
Eaglefreak2k: so thats that
Webby2299: yup, another one down
Eaglefreak2k: can't wait till we do episode 3, "School Hard", one of my absolute favorites!!!!