ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Entertainment and Media»
  • Television & TV Shows»
  • TV Shows

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Episode 3: School Hard Review

Updated on August 27, 2013

Aw, Spike. He came to be my favorite part of the show. This is his entry into the series. He's fun and bad-ass, but still not that captivating his first day. He is a welcome addition and replacement for the stodgy, old school vampires who had been the main bad guys thus far. A powerful vampire who just loves his job, and doesn't have any world domination plans, just wants to meet and kill new people and move on. He fails at killing Buffy, and I guess that's why he decides to hang around. That or he's giving Drusilla time to recuperate. Not sure which one exactly at this point. He comes in, offers to kill the Slayer, and generally irritates the self-important vampire populace. He fails at killing her, and is being berated by the Anointed One, when he basically says "fuck this", and sends the little guy for a walk to remember, in the sun. I really didn't see that coming the first time i watched this. Thought the kid was going to be around for a while. It makes perfect sense of course, he and Spike would never get along, and that is exactly what Spike would do to him. James Marsters does a great, believable, and fun job as Spike. Like he was born for the part. I just today found out Marsters isn't really British, he's from California. Had always just kind of assumed he was. Also found out Spike was only supposed to last 3 to 5 episodes then get killed off like most of the Buffy villains. But so many people loved the character that things were changed. That's a great testament to how great the character is.

Dru is fun too, but she tends to get lost in Spike's shadow, for me and many other fans. I love her insanity, it's darkly fun and entertaining. But, she get's annoying rather quickly and frequently. Without her there would be no Spike, literally and figuratively speaking, but I don't really look forward to seeing what she will do next, or miss her much when she disappears or dies.Juliet Landau does a great job playing her, and the madness feels real, you can see it in her eyes as much as her actions.

The episode itself is good, but nothing special. It is a very important episode, introducing Spike and Dru, and shifting things away from The Master and Anointed. The acting is all good, though only Spike and at times Joyce Summers really stand out. The plot is fun and entertaining but not very compelling, or believable. Most of the action and drama just wouldn't really work like that in real life. The principal is irritating, as is Shelia Martini. At no point did I really think any of the heroes were going to die. And it doesn't feel like Spike showing up is a major deal, which doesn't make sense unless you actually know he was only supposed to last a few episodes. Knowing what I know now of course, seeing his first appearance makes me warm and happy. It is pleasing and awesome seeing Buffy take charge and finally get some recognition for her work, and her mom supporting and protecting her are warm smile moments. This is an episode you absolutely can't miss, but afterwards all you will really remember is Spike and Dru showing up, and the kid vampire dying. The bit at the end with Snyder and the Sheriff is nice bit of foreshadowing and making you wonder.

Importance: 10 Action: 6 Suspense: 5 Plot: 6 Acting: 7 Comedy: 8 Horror: 4 Romance: 5 Dialog: 7 Overall: 7


Writers: Joss Whedon, David Greenwalt, Joss Whedon

Directors: John T. Kretchmer

Is Spike your favorite Buffy character?

See results

Did you like this episode?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)