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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - 3x14 - Bad Girls

Synopsis: Vampires should take cover when Faith and Buffy are on a vampire killing spree. During this spree, Faith accidentally stakes and kills a human thus beginning her transformation to the dark side.

Review: Faith, everybody's favorite bad girl slayer, begins her transformation to the dark side. Last season Spike proved to be a decent bad guy until Angel turned evil midseason. Because of our connection with Angel, he was a truly menacing bad guy. While the Mayor has offered some thrills this season, Faith is the one who is set up to be the truly thrilling villain because of our connection to her.

Buffy is easily influenced by Faith's peer pressure to be a "bad girl." Buffy just dipped her toe into the dark side while Faith dived head first. Both parts were well written, but I truly thought Buffy was more mature than that. I felt her characterization was contrived. Yes, it was well written--for an entirely different character than Buffy.

This episode also introduces the new watcher, Wesley--a repercussion of Giles' termination in Helpless. Do not get too attached to this character, because his character is never developed, and he disappears by the end of this season.

I realize I have said a lot about character development in this episode but little about plot. Character development was the strong point of this episode. The plot was serviceable, but not worthy of anything more than 6 out of 10.

Objectionable Content: Buffy and Faith dance extremely sensually.

Rating: 6 out of 10 (Reviewed by: Matthew Miller)

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I thought Buffy was very out of character as well. This show is at its worst when the characters are changed to service the plot.

Also, I think the events of this episode and the next one would have had a much greater impact if Faith had been given more screen time and character development thus far in the season.
--Matt Pickle (Agrees: yes)

I had not thought about it much until you mentioned it, but Faith was kind of forgetten about after they introduced her up until she became evil. A pity.
--Matthew Miller (Agrees: yes)