Season 3, Episode 16 "Doppelgangland"
The episode title has a great pun on Doppelgänger that implies a lot more mob violence than it delivers, but it makes up for it by asking the toughest of questions:
What would you do if you ran into your double?
Do you fuck it? Or do you kill yourself? And if you’re not normally aroused, maybe you team up and work on that startup idea.
Doppelgangland has the weirdest/best moment of fan service that I’ve yet seen:
I know from being alive that at some point Willow’s character comes out as gay on the show, however I was still surprised that Willow took the opportunity to come onto herself. I get that Dark Willow is pretty evil and wants to do the opposite of what Willow wants to do – but selfcest is weird, even if you’re a vampire.
But you know...why not? If I came onto me maybe I would.
It’s such a great scene that it really overshadows the rest of the episode for me. I want to see Double Willows work together to conquer the world. It’s a shame sometimes when characters are boring and good.
Cordelia’s crush on Wesley is cute. It’s fun to see her character taking an interest in a different sort of guy. It’s still unclear to me what sets off Cordelia’s attraction, but I love seeing an old virgin squirm.
In this episode, we learn a little more about Anya…but not much. She seems like a convenient device for creating alternate dimensions when Ethan Rayne isn’t around. My guess is that her story and the mayor’s story are going to come together at the end of this season.
For me, this is a must watch episode along with The Wish. I have enjoyed every episode where Willow isn’t herself or plays against character – it’s way more interesting to see her discover her character vs any episode that explores how Faith is a shitty person or how Angel and Buffy can’t be together.
So what do you think about Doppelgangland? Where does it rank in the patheon of Buffy eps so far?
And what do you do when you run into your doppelgänger? I think I’d go for the team up.