Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Favorite Buffy Episodes Part 2

Buffy changes gears a few times in seasons 5-7. Lots of big moments come to pass: Joyce’s death, the question of marriage, what role Giles plays as mentor, Buffy is alive and then dead… and yes who is sleeping with who. Tough times for the Scooby Gang. Of the last three seasons these are my favorite episodes and why.

Season 5 - Buffy vs. Dracula is an all around fun time. I love how excited all the characters get when they find out that Dracula is real. That he owes Spike money is an added plus. The whole Bram Stoker storyline may seem old, but it is handled with enough goofiness that it's new again. Xander as Reinfield is priceless, regardless of the crazy syphilis.

During that season we get a very emotional, creepy and heart breaking episode. The Body, may be the best written and most powerful hour of the entire series. It's gripping and so real it should come with a disclaimer at the end that no Kristine Sutherland's were harmed during the making. Hats off to Joss Whedon, writing and directing this one.

I would love to say this is my favorite season, but it comes in a close 2nd. Very close. I mean who doesn't love it when Anya steps out of the shadows with some of the best lines. For example, when the Buffybot, asks her how her money is, the look on her face is just awesome. Yes, I do enjoy the Buffybot episode a lot, Intervention, is written by Jane Espensen and Spike and the Buffybot have some great... um... scenes...  together...

Season 6 - I enjoy the Once more with Feeling Musical episode because it's teeming with humor and sex. The episode where the nerds of doom join up and test Buffy is fun too with some great lines. "Quick Jonathan grab your magic bone!" My next favorite ep, for the humor, is Tabula Rasa. I enjoy seeing who all the characters THINK they are when they have their memories erased. That Spike thinks he's Giles's son, and that they hate one another is hilarious. Seeing Red brought a massive amount of realism into the show, like when Joyce died. It has the death of Tara and the birth of Dark Willow. A lot for one ep.

Season 7 - From Beneath has one of the best Spike moments of the series. In the church at the end of the ep, he it stammering, babbling and speaking the most real he ever has, all while trying to tell Buffy he got his spark back. He is so tortured and damaged, that the dialogue is amazing. Very powerful scene.

The season overall is a bit of a downer. Too much gloom and doom for our hero Buffy. I am split between two, when having to pick a favorite. Dirty Girls, which brings back my favorite slayer Faith, is one of my picks for Season 7. Dirty Girls, written by Goddard, has one of the best visuals of the season when they show faith killing a Vulcan. (yes from Star Trek)

Lines like...

“You bit Andrew.”
“ Who?”
“ Tucker's Brother.”
“ Oh....”

And “It eats you starting with your bottom.” Get big laughs. Storyteller, is my 2nd pick for best ep. As its focus is on Andrew and all his awkward and funny terms, like Buffy - Slayer of the Vampyr. Good one Andrew, I hope you survive the final battle! And yes, Jonathan Archer is cool.

Kevin James Breaux

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