I decided to break out the Buffy DVDs last night since there was nothing on TV. Sort of randomly chose "Lie to Me" (because I am a sad, sorry sucker for any Willow/Angel interactions) and "Passion." And I realized a couple of things:
1) The haircut I got last week, which I am not entirely pleased with, is very darned close to Buffy's S2 hair. Which may be why I'm not loving it, given that I am not a tiny, blonde, ass-kicking high school student living in 1997. It's my own dumb fault, though. I told her to cut my bangs shorter because last time they felt like they got too long too fast. And then when I got home I realized that I don't like short bangs on me. It looks too young, or something, but it doesn't quite go with my face.
2) "Passion" may very well be the first Buffy episode (chronologically speaking) that I consider to be wholly good. Up until that point in the series, there were some really good moments, but they were too often tainted by embarrassingly bad effects, amateur acting/directing, stupid demons, lame plots and/or deficient plot logic (a chronic Buffyverse problem that I've never quite been able to forgive). But "Passion" is, pretty much start to finish, a really engaging, really scary, really sad, really good, well-told story. I'd sort of forgotten that. I'd rank it up there with "The Wish" and "Dopplegangland" and "Hush" and "Tabula Rasa" and "The Body" and all the other really great eps. And now I'm really wishing I'd made austin360 watch it during Buffyfest '06.