"This is the 90s. The 1990s, in point of fact... If the apocalypse comes, beep me."
This episode returns to the season arc by introducing the “Anointed One,” a rather cheesy part of the plot that I nearly forgot. And I wish I had. We also get a bit more of Angel, who is frankly pretty useless (not that he was useful prior to this). If I didn’t already know what his deal was, I would probably be pretty frustrated with him as a character at this point, but in retrospect it makes a little more sense.
- Giles warns Buffy that Owen mustn't find out that she's the Slayer--which kind of rings flat, because Xander and Willow only recently found out themselves, and they've been more assets than liabilities (not that they're never the latter).
- Cordelia’s given something to do here, as the series pushes Buffy as a threat to her. Her character still isn't terribly interesting, not is Charisma Carpenter's acting the best the show has to offer, but the show's getting a little bit better at using her.
- I occasionally hear people speak about how well the show uses bands, but I just don't agree. I mean, I appreciate that Joss is doing a great thing by providing exposure to independent musicians, but more often than not I just roll my eyes at the songs.
- Why is Xander drinking from a juice box at the end of the episode? (40:09) Probably because it's funny. Sometimes that's reason enough, particularly with Xander.