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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - 4x02 - Living Conditions

Synopsis: Buffy has the roommate from Hell, but all of her friends think she is crazy.

Review: I am ashamed to say it because this episode was so ridiculous, but I kind of enjoyed watching it. The goofy, over-the-top nature of it made it all the more fun to watch. Just ignore that it was campy and did not have any real point.

The hard-hitting drama of Buffy was reduced to a plot more suited to a sitcom (albeit a sitcom with supernatural leanings). This plot probably would have worked better in a half hour format also. It felt stretched at an hour. This episode would have worked better also if we even sort of liked Buffy's roommate. I disliked her from the moment she appeared in the first episode. I was hoping if she was not a monster that she would get eaten by a monster.

Finally Buffy and Willow are roommates, which makes a lot of sense. This campy episode endeared itself to me (maybe because I remember my first roommate). I give it a 6 out of 10.

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

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This episode felt like it was three hours long. Like the episode before it, it portrayed what living with a stranger is like very accurately (except the demon part), but that doesn't mean it was especially entertaining to watch.

The scoobies should really learn to listen to Buffy when she says something evil is going on.

The milk thing was completely insane.

Why didn't Buffy and Willow room together in the first place?
--Matt Pickle (Agrees: no)

I actually watched this episode again since writing the review. It was painful to watch. I think I had a momentary lapse in judgement when I scored it so high.
--Matthew Miller (Agrees: no)