“Helpless” still reigns supreme as Buffy’s best forray into the truly scary, but “Same Time, Same Place” is also up there. Which is saying a lot, considering that the horror elements only make up a slim minority of the screen time, most of which is spent exploring the mystical metaphor disconnect between Willow and the other Scoobies. That’s fine (actually, it’s quite good) but it’s the scenes with Gnarl that loom large in my memory, which (again) is saying a lot considering how little screen time her actually gets. It’s not just delightful ick of his skin eating (props to UPN for letting that in), it’s the whole clicking fingernails, lurking in shadows, paralysis causing, taunting his victims package. The fact that he preys on those left alone is pretty on the nose but, like most of the time Buffy does this, it works. Continue reading
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