“Fine. I invite you in. Nimrod” – Xander
There is kind of a feeling of Deja Vu here as Dawn and soon Buffy, Anya and even Willow find themselves falling for a handsome quarterback R.J. at Sunnydale High which might have a lot more to do with his personality. So yes here we basically get a rehash of “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” were Xander’s attempts to use a love spell caused him to suddenly become irresistible to every woman (bar Cordelia) in Sunnydale.
So it would seem that either the writing pool was getting a little dry at this point or perhaps there was just the belief that no one would remember the original episode. Still to cover for things it is hidden initially under the geise of a growing pains episode for Dawn, whose clumsy attempts to attract his attention inevitable go wrong most memorably as she ties out for the cheer squad which means we got to see the Buffy Cheer outfit again.
As the episode goes on the ladies of the scooby gang loose all control and launch into their own plans to impress R.J. with Buffy attempting to kill Principle Wood with a rocket launcher who is completely oblivious of what’s happening behind him as we get to see Spike comedic-ally wrestling the launcher from her. Willow meanwhile has plans to turn him into a girl and Anya more randomly still decides the best way to get his attention is to rob a bank!
Outside of the main plot there is the fun comedic pairing of Xander and Spike who Buffy moves into his apartment, knowing that the school basement is only driving him more insane since he got his soul back. While its great to not have to deal with the insane ramblings of Spike the issues with his character his previous actions still hang over him, but atleast this is a move to try and improve the character from were he’s been the last few episodes. The highlight for this pair coming when they discover that the source of A.J’s allure is in his Letterman jacket which has been passed down his family which we discover when we are introduced to his older brother and former jacket owner who without the jacket has turned into a slovenly layabout. Certainly it’s really saying something when even Xander considers you a loser.
A largely fun episode even though it does hit a dark climax with a rejected Dawn attempting to kill herself on the railway tracks, the plots of Buffy, Willow and Anya help carry it through, especially the slapstick battle for control of the rocket launcher between Buffy and Spike.
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Episode Title: The Ninja Encounter Part 1
Original Airdate: November 2, 1994
Well folks, the time has finally come. It’s time for big changes for the Power Rangers, but it’s going to take a three-parter for that to happen. It’s time for the first of many passing of the torch moments for the Power Rangers. Buckle in for The Ninja Encounter Part 1. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:22
Episode Title: Zedd’s Monster Mash
Original Airdate: October 28, 1994
Well, here in 2018 we’re just wrapping up the Christmas season. But in our journey through Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, it’s Halloween 1994. Of course, with Lord Zedd on the loose, scary things are afoot in Angel Grove. Get ready for some trick or treating in today’s episode, Zedd’s Monster Mash. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:21
Episode Title: Opposites Attract
Original Airdate: October 25, 1994
Well, last time Lord Zedd created a monster from a purse and a tube of lipstick. It can’t get much weirder than that, right? You obviously don’t know this show very well. Get ready for a creature with a giant magnet for a head. Here comes Opposites Attract. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:20
Episode Title: Two for One
Original Airdate: October 24, 1994
Well, here we are, at the start of a new chapter in the history of the Power Rangers. We’re back to having six rangers with Tommy now leading the team as the White Ranger. It’s a big occasion, which means we need some sort of big terrifying monster from Lord Zedd. Luckily he has just the thing…not one but two monster inspired by the junk found in a ladies’ purse. You’ll be wondering where on earth they get this stuff with today’s episode, Two for One. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:19
Episode Title: White Light Part 2
Original Airdate: October 18, 1994
When we last left the Power Rangers, they had their hands full trying to defeat Lord Zedd’s latest monster, Nimrod the Scarlet Sentinel…a very strange looking beast which, despite its name, has very little in the way of red pigmentation. The battle with this monster was a struggle, especially considering that Zordon and Alpha are currently offline. When Billy goes back to the command center, he finds that they are actually working on some sort of new power ranger. This is where we pick things up in White Light Part 2. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:18
Episode Title: White Light Part 1
Original Airdate: October 17, 1994
Well, we’ve been hinting that something big was on the horizons for the Power Rangers, but now that time has finally come. It’s going to take us two episodes to get the payoff, though. Strap in, here comes White Light Part I. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:17
“Oh, breathtaking! It’s like somebody slaughtered an Abercrombie and Fitch catalog.” – D’Hoffryn
It’s always kind of a concerning when your suddenly presented with the backstory of character more so if their death is seemingly forthcoming as is the case in this episode with Buffy feeling that Anya’s vengeance duties are getting out of hand, sets out to slay her.
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Episode Title: Beauty and the Beast
Original Airdate: October 10, 1994
Back in the mid 90’s, many young male Power Rangers fans were ushered into puberty due to having a crush on the original pink ranger, Amy Jo Johnson. It seems they were not the only ones, as this episode sees Lord Zedd attempting to make the pink ranger his queen. There’s no singing teapots, but let’s see what happens in this episode, Beauty and the Beast. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:16
Episode Title: Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park
Original Airdate: October 4, 1994
It’s bad enough when Angel Grove is being threatened by one big rubber monster, but what about when a whole slew of monsters attack at once? That’s what happens in today’s episode…or is it? It seems like Lord Zedd is up to some tricks this time while also unleashing one of the weirdest monsters yet. Here comes Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park. Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S:02 E:15