Picks and Pans Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
UPN (Tuesdays, 8 p.m. ET)
Show of the week
Truly, death has no dominion over Buffy Summers, so a small thing like a change of networks isn’t going to get the Slayer down.
Last spring Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) sacrificed her life to save kid sister Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg) on The WB. Last month her witch friend Willow (Alyson Hannigan) managed to bring about Buffy‘s resurrection on UPN. Buffy didn’t gush with gratitude because—in a smart twist—it turned out she had been resting in peace rather than sweating in a “hell dimension” as assumed by well-meaning Willow.
I never thought Buffy or I would live to see the day this series (now in its sixth season) entered the musical dimension, but it happens on Nov. 6 when a diabolical dancer (Broadway star Hinton Battle) casts a spell that has Sunnydale’s citizens singing out their secret thoughts. Creator Joss Whedon’s original songs are surprisingly decent and his actors remarkably game. The result is an entertaining episode (repeating on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.) that advances story lines and further develops characters while offering a playful diversion from demon-battling routine. Though Buffy may not sing as well as she slays, surly blond vampire Spike (James Marsters) gives Billy Idol a run for his money.
Bottom Line: Alive and well