Season 1, Episode 6 - “The Pack”
Original airdate: April 7, 1997
Project 310 re-watch date: Dec. 27, 2008
And here we are, at my least-favorite episode of the entire series (and amazingly, one of Joss Whedon’s favorites).
The whole idea of the episode -- the spirits of demonic hyenas possessing a group of high school students -- is just insanely stupid.
I just cannot stand watching Xander act like a jerk, even if it is the byproduct of stupid animal demonic possession. He’s a complete ass to Willow and practically assaults Buffy. None of this is entertaining in any way.
There are some things I do like about this episode:
1) Buffy thinking that Herbert the pig was cute is definitely foreshadowing the appearance of Mr. Gordo (her stuffed pig).
2) the gym teacher reminds me of a character from “Dodgeball”. He’s unintentionally hilarious.
3) though it’s done in a completely disgusting way, Principal Flutie does meet his untimely end, making room for Principal Snyder, who would become one of the great psuedo-villains of the show.
I’d write more about this episode, but really, I just don’t like it and I don’t like writing about what I don’t like. Fortunately, the next episode is an all-time classic, and the rest of Season 1 from here on out is pretty damn good.