Original airdate: October 13, 1998
Project 310 re-watch date: Jan. 27, 2009
And enter the other slayer. This episode serves as our introduction to Faith, who ends up being one of the primary villains of this season.
In this episode, however, she actually gets to play the role of the tragic hero. I really enjoy Faith’s whole introduction story. When you think about it, it’s actually very similar to Buffy’s origin story (from the movie). Let’s compare:
-both were found by the Watcher’s Council late in the game, and missed out on a lot of the Slayer training
-both suffered early tragedy as a Slayer in the form of the death of their Watchers
-both left high school prematurely
The only difference between Buffy and Faith -- to that point -- is the support group that Buffy got in Sunnydale. Buffy ended up with her own new Watcher, her own set of friends and even a boyfriend (even if it was a tragic, evil vampire, had to kill him type of boyfriend).
A lot of that stuff is why we see Faith doing the “single, white female” thing (to quote Buffy). She sees how Buffy got through the pain, and the loneliness, and wants that life. Unfortunately, in large part because of her personality, she never gets it, but we’ll get to that.
As for the other 2 people named in the title of this episode, Hope is Scott Hope, Buffy’s latest boyfriend dujour. Throughout the series, Buffy has 3 serious relationships (Angel, Riley, Spike) and a handful of these mini-flings (Owen, Scott, Parker, etc.). Scott doesn’t last long, so don’t pay him much mind.
As for Mr. Trick (the “Trick” in the title), he’s a red herring. Because of the timing and style of his introduction, it seems like he might be the Big Bad for Season 3, but he’s not. Not even close. Still, he’s a cool vampire.