There's something troubling about Professor Caligari's Travelling
Carnival. Perhaps it's that no one can recall the arrival
of its hard to miss caravan of old-style wagons, countless
performers and horse drawn carts. Maybe it's the creepy calliope
music that tirelessly beckons visitors. Let's face it, an
enigma that chooses Sunnydale nearly guarantees it's up to
more than wholesome family entertainment...
a visit to the carnival's Hall of Mirrors, a once-shy pair
of homely sophomore twins parades the halls of Sunnydale High
like diva supermodels on a runway. Intuiting the twins' abrupt
personality change to more than a self-confidence boost, Buffy
- joined by Giles, Angel and the rest of the Scoobies - decides
to investigate the suspicious carnival firsthand. But it's
soon apparent that the price of admission is higher than she
imagined. Those who enter the carnival's attractions exit
changed. Each of the gang soon shows extreme displays of vice.
Willow is wracked by envy; Cordelia's greed consumes her;
Xander unleashes his gluttony; Angel reveals a lusty new persona;
and a dark anger rises in Giles. But it's Buffy's now-blinding
pride that threatens to overpower her, and in the process
destroy those she loves.
how we miss Buffy. And how grateful we are that we
can continue to get our Slayer fix through the novels that
those kind people at Pocket Books bring out. Anyway, for those
in need of something Buffy related, Carnival of
Souls will do the job. Taking you back to the comfort
zone of classic season one, this story follows the adventures
of the Scoobies when each faced with their own favourite sin.
Firstly they have to work out that something is actually wrong,
then when they do, they have to help each other get out of
the thrall that the evil Professor has put them under. Next
on the list is to work out how to do that, and beat Caligari
before he destroys all of Sunnydale and sucks all its inhabitants
into his soul-eating heart
it doesn't end there, as it wouldn't be Sunnydale if this
was going on without vampires and demons were taking advantage
of 'open season'. So, with that in mind, it's action all the
is one of those great Buffy stories that you could
perfectly imagine as a standalone episode in the series -
it really sucks you in. Even better, one of the highlights
reminds me of the episode A New Man, but this time
it's Giles creating a demon not becoming one.
a book worth having, and after a long gap of Buffy-verse
in this writer's life, it was like an oasis appearing after
a week in the desert.
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