15 November 2012

Bear.

With Thanksgiving fastly approaching I thought it would be appropriate to visit our Sunnydale friends for one of my favorite Thanksgiving episodes--Pangs.


Thanksgiving is summed up nicely by Anya as "a ritual sacrifice, with pie." Pangs is a holiday classic; you have angry Native American spirits let loose seeking revenge, Spike tied to a chair, Xander throwing fruit at a bear, Spike being hit with arrows. Giles, as the shows patriarch, is chosen to host the Thanksgiving dinner and his house becomes the epicenter for--well everything really. We also learn that Riley is from Iowa very boring considering almost everyone who sees Angel in the episode assumes that he's evil again! It's an entertaining episode but the real development is that Spike turns to the Scoobies for help; he chooses to align himself with his would be enemy to face a greater--at least in his mind--evil, the Initiative.

TANGENTS:
  • Foreshadowing: Willow talking about the missing ear a "demon that is building another demon"--hello Initiative Adam.
  • Product Placement: The Village People; Sal's Surf Shop; Grant Wood
  • Whedonism: "horse hooey"; "Yam Sham"; "I like my evil, like I like my men...evil."

06 November 2012

Greatest.

It's Voting Day!

I cast my vote a few days ago, but D is going down to the polling station to cast his vote in his very first Election...unless you count the primary and I'm not! It's an exciting day, a day I've looked forward to for the past 4 years.

Our country is in...a bad place and has been for a while, I hope everyone* takes advantage of the fact that we live in the greatest country on Earth. It is our right, as Americans, to say who we want to run our country and it matters--don't throw away this precious right and privilege we have, go VOTE.

"The American people are the greatest people in the world. What makes America the greatest nation in the world is the hear of the American people: hardworking, innovative, risk-taking, God-loving, family-oriented American people."
*even stupid people should vote!