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The great part about this episode is that it starts out with Cordelia dealing with her pain after finding Xander cheating on her with Willow, she is in pain because she had her side skewered on a metal rod as well. So really she's just in a kinda bad place. Willow, Xander & Buffy are the cold open, fighting monsters alone. I actually think that Charisma Carpenter had A+++ acting this episode, she looks SO sad when she's burning the photos of Xander.



However, She's not Queen C for nothing, she looks badass when she returns to school ready to kick ass & take names, while returning to her group of friends. As far as we know, Cordelia has mostly ignored her group of former friends since season 2 after publicly dating Xander. She doesn't have much luck as Harmony tries to set her up with Jonathan and that kinda bites. She meets Anya though, a new girl in school. YAY ANYA.



Basically, she goes out and tries to have a good time, and at least seems to be. After getting hurt again, she leaves the club and Buffy follows with her jacket. Unfortunate slaying timing happens and Cordelia accidentally gets knocked into some trash. This leads her to make the wish with Anya, because she blames Buffy for going out with Xander in the first place.

I wish Buffy Summers had never come to Sunnydale. Wish Granted.



Yay is a brave new world!! One where Cordelia is Popular again. Unfortunately, no Buffy means the master is still alive and this world kinda sucks. We follow Cordelia who runs into Xander, who is with Willow and, oh yeah, vampires. Luckily Cordelia gets away with help of Giles, Oz, Larry & Nancy.

Meanwhile, the Master worries over the mention of Buffy, and the he sends Xander and Willow to get rid of Cordelia. So ironically, in a Cordelia focused episode, she dies.



Giles lives, and starts researching the necklace that Cordelia was wearing, and after hearing Cordelia talk about Buffy he tries to get a hold of her as well, since he was meant to be her watcher.



the Vampires celebrate by taking their anger out on Angel.

Anyway after that Buffy DOES Show up, looking kinda crazy & different. She does not play well with others, and basically is not the Buffy we know and love. 4/10 would not recommend. However she does have a plan to go after the Master since she's bored and why not, right?



So she finds out that the Master is trying to mass produce blood or something, takes Angel as backup even though he's a vampire, and then shit goes down.

sadly, this world kinda sucks and everyone dies. For maximum feels, you should listen to the score while watching theses gifs. EVERYONE KILLS SOMEONE THEY LOVE AND ITS SAD AND NO ONE CARES AND MY BABIESSSSSSSSSSS





luckily Giles is there to save the day, really.



And Anya loses her power, everyone is happy & even Cordealia gets some closure.

A+++ episode 10/10 would recommend.

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by me


by [livejournal.com profile] imaginary_lives & [livejournal.com profile] orangelusik & [livejournal.com profile] neversleeps & [livejournal.com profile] wickdshy & [livejournal.com profile] wickdshy

Date: 2013-03-04 01:18 am (UTC)
craterdweller: (BTVS: Buffy and Giles)
From: [personal profile] craterdweller
Awesome job! This is one of my favorite Buffy episodes, because really who can resist a scruffy Giles, but seriously, I loved your write up and picspams and will be snagging some of the pretties. Will credit of course.

Well done!

Date: 2013-03-04 02:46 am (UTC)
skieswideopen: (Firefly: Zoe)
From: [personal profile] skieswideopen
So awesome! Fantastic summary! So many gifs! Also, the icons are fantastic. I love your middle one of Buffy.

Date: 2013-03-04 03:44 am (UTC)
colls: (FF Kaylee!gigglesnort)
From: [personal profile] colls
EVERYONE KILLS SOMEONE THEY LOVE AND ITS SAD AND NO ONE CARES AND MY BABIESSSSSSSSSSS

Even though I've never seen the ep, I love your recap!

Date: 2013-03-04 03:46 am (UTC)
colls: (ACL Rebecca)
From: [personal profile] colls
I love me some AU.
I should just finish Buffy one day.

Date: 2013-03-04 03:52 am (UTC)
lycomingst: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lycomingst
I love Xander and vampireXander! is va-va-voom! And the hard edge Buffy is intriguing.

I really like your icons, especially the Willow, Angel one.

Date: 2013-03-04 08:17 am (UTC)
thraceadams: (Buffy Cordy Crossbow)
From: [personal profile] thraceadams
GAH this stuff is GORGEOUS!!! I snagged eVERYTHING - will credit when used. <3333

Date: 2013-03-04 12:41 pm (UTC)
meridian_rose: firefly ship with text keep flying and stay shiny (castle: shiny)
From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
Love this episode! Anya! AU!
Great picspam and recap - also there were all this great stills and then Anya's demon face was a gif and it momentarily freaked me out when I saw it moving! :D

Date: 2013-03-04 09:13 pm (UTC)
sperrywink: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sperrywink
Lovely recap and pictures!

Vamp!Willow was the best!

Date: 2013-03-05 03:12 pm (UTC)
red_satin_doll: (Lesbian Vampire Seal of Approval)
From: [personal profile] red_satin_doll
Nifty!

A+++ episode 10/10

100% agreement - The Wish might be my favorite episode from S3, and it's probably on my top ten list (if I actually made such a list.) I love pretty much EVERY. SINGLE. DAMN. THING. about this episode.

I actually think that Charisma Carpenter had A+++ acting this episode, she looks SO sad when she's burning the photos of Xander.

*nods* Her performance in that scene not only ramped up my sympathy for the character several notches, but it was the first time I think I really appreciated CC's presence as well; she really did "have layers" and she lets every one of them show here, in absolute silence. I was a little disappointed that they didn't use the opportunity for real growth here, but I understand that happens on AtS (which I haven't seen beyond a couple of episodes.)

I was a little nervous when I first watched the episode about the format, which has been done a thousand times since "It's a Wonderful Life" (someone is shown how their friends and family would have been so much worse off if they hadn't been born), but they subvert that trope wonderfully here. What should have been a cliche is turned absolutely inside-out.

And if we look at the show as a metaphor about storytelling, it's weirdly appropriate that the Wishverse continues on after the person who wished it into being - Cordy - is killed, and that it is broken by Giles smashing Anya's pendant, simultaneous with the Master breaking Buffy's neck. It foreshadows Cordy's departure from the show, while reminding us that btvs is Buffy's story: it can survive the departure of supporting characters but it cannot survive without her.

AH gets a lot of the love for this episode but NB deserves a LOT more acclaim than he's gotten in fandom (IMO) for his performance as VampXander. The pairing of VampXander and VampWillow hangs a lantern on how icky the pairing is at that point in the series (whereas it might have been cute and acceptable in S1 or early S2), but it's also incredibly HOT anyway. The scene in the library where they flank Cordy on either side and drain her, while the camera spins around them, and VX caresses VW's hair - while Giles watches helplessly from the cage - is one of THE most disturbing and erotic moments in the entire series.
Edited Date: 2013-03-05 03:18 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-03-06 01:39 pm (UTC)
red_satin_doll: (Default)
From: [personal profile] red_satin_doll
angel is basically the same

Heh - he's a complete damsel in this episode, which hangs a lantern on his useful/uselessness to Buffy on the show (as opposed to the hero he wants to be) at that point in the series. (It tells you how little I thought about Angel that when I was watching the show for the first time, I was sitting there thinking "Who's the 'puppy'? who haven't we seen yet...? Oh, that guy, duh." And yet I have a secret fondness for the dumbass - just not during S3.)

cordy deserves the focus!

*nods*

Date: 2013-03-23 08:31 am (UTC)
snowpuppies: (Default)
From: [personal profile] snowpuppies
Such a fantastic episode. Thanks for the picspam and Slayer's Elegy — so emotive!!

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