Monday, February 07, 2005

FOR HARDCORE BUFFY FANS ONLY 3

Thanks to Dawn Summers, the Key, for this alternate script for the Buffy finale. I have to say that I cried at the end.

Also, she raises the question of how you would rank the seasons of BTVS, with your highest-rated season first.

I couldn't actually rank them. But here are my expanded comments on trying:

1&2: Can't really rank them. 1 was so new. And 2 was so...two. I did enjoy the whole Spike/Angel thing. But Kendra irritated me, and although Juliet Landau did a perfect and memorable version of a former novitiate gone mental and vampiric, I never enjoyed the insane antics of Dru.

3: Loved the Mayor. And Snyder. And Faith. And that prom episode that always makes me cry. ("Class Protector." Buffy and Angel dance in formalwear. Giles says Wes has the emotional depth of a blueberry scone.) And the senior class empowerment (Cordy stakes a vamp!). Awesome all around. And I loved the Mayor.

4: Yay, Harmony's a vamp! I hated Adam as a villain. He eviscerated a little boy. That's just wrong. And Prof. Walsh? A-nnoy-ing. Hush was genius. Loved Buff's hand-motion. Oh you know what I mean. Heartbreaking Oz departure. (Although Veruca--bad.) Watch as Anya's hair changes lengths and colors, as if it has a will of its own! And Spike's impotence storyline--great. Buffy's possessed eyes in the finale are a little creepy. But I suppose that's the point. Great that Willow, Xander and Giles could do a mind-meld with her just in time to save the day.

5: "Glory is Ben! And Ben is Glory!" "Did anyone ever notice that Glory and Ben are never around together?" I love that Spike sees it and no one else does. Awesome finale. ("This is our blood. Summers blood.")

As for 6, I cannot believe that no one mentioned the hilarious nerd antics of the Trio ("we are your arch nemesisesese...") or the genius of OMWF. That musical ep rocked my face off. But we all knew that already!

7's where I'm really not sure. I'm gonna have to view them again and let you know. But Season 5 and Firefly are in the Netflix queue ahead of Season 7, so the jury's out for a while.

Any Buffy moments you'd like to share?

(And yes, I'm aware that some people think Angel's a better show, and I'm not going to argue. I like 'em both. Let's move on.)

3 Comments:

At 2:53 AM, February 08, 2005, Blogger Coelecanth said...

"The Body" is some of the best television I've seen. It struck very close to home, my father died when I was 13. They managed to capture the emotional dissonance and the strange disjointedness of time and senses that I experienced. It was more than a trigger for my memories, it was a visual representation of how I remember the emotions and experiences of that time.

It had some very clever direction. The scene where Tara trys to explain to Buffy how she also lost a parent was set up perfectly. The door behind them and the cushions on the couch draw a vertical line between them all the way across the screne. A literal seperation to reinforce the emotional one the characters are experiencing. Smart. This too was a scene I played out in real life. Years after, I tried to comfort a friend who had just lost his father and was unable to make a connection.

Sorry that I choose such a downer of an episode, but I think the show never got enough credit for the emotional impact the more serious parts achieved.

 
At 2:58 PM, February 08, 2005, Blogger Andrea said...

I'm so glad you made that post so that I wouldn't have to insert this into a completely irrelevent post: The guy who played The Mayor was on Las Vegas last night. He had a funny accent, but I knew it was him.

In response to your post, the Glory/Dawn season didn't impress me as much as others. Seasons 3 and 6 were really good. Season 1 and 2 make me nostalgic.

Some of my favourite moments and episodes:
-Buffy gets Spiked. That (their first time) was one of the hottest sex scenes. Ever. I'm talkin' TV and film.

-The episode in which they all lose their memories. I can still remember Spike whining, "'Randy Giles'? Why didn't you just name me 'Horny Giles'??" and the interaction between Giles and Anya when they thought they were married.

-Buffy's invisible! No one can see her! The entire episode is cool. The only scene that I remember is her sex scene with Spike. Didn't Xander walk in on them and wasn't there some sort of comedy around the fact that he couldn't see Buffy?

-Willow kills Evil Willow. As she's being impaled, EW exclaims, "Oh Fuuu". We don't hear the "ck" but we know it's there. There's also the "and I think I'm kind of gay" line.

-Once More With Feeling. It's not a moment but it's one of my favourite episodes.

-Witch Girl (I forget her name) is finally turned back from rat to human. The exchanges she had with Buffy were hilarious. "How've you been?" "Dead. You?" "Rat."

I haven't rented the series and haven't seen most of these episodes since the year they aired so I assume that if these moments stand out in my mind they must have been memorable.

 
At 9:11 PM, February 08, 2005, Blogger Wes said...

Veruca = HOT. I love Willow, but Veruca on the microphone was a force. You can't deny the appeal of that.

And yeah, I hated Season 6, but it did have a few good moments -- including one of the sexiest scenes I've ever seen on network television.

I still think the series should've ended with "The Gift", though.

 

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Monday, February 07, 2005

FOR HARDCORE BUFFY FANS ONLY 3

Thanks to Dawn Summers, the Key, for this alternate script for the Buffy finale. I have to say that I cried at the end.

Also, she raises the question of how you would rank the seasons of BTVS, with your highest-rated season first.

I couldn't actually rank them. But here are my expanded comments on trying:

1&2: Can't really rank them. 1 was so new. And 2 was so...two. I did enjoy the whole Spike/Angel thing. But Kendra irritated me, and although Juliet Landau did a perfect and memorable version of a former novitiate gone mental and vampiric, I never enjoyed the insane antics of Dru.

3: Loved the Mayor. And Snyder. And Faith. And that prom episode that always makes me cry. ("Class Protector." Buffy and Angel dance in formalwear. Giles says Wes has the emotional depth of a blueberry scone.) And the senior class empowerment (Cordy stakes a vamp!). Awesome all around. And I loved the Mayor.

4: Yay, Harmony's a vamp! I hated Adam as a villain. He eviscerated a little boy. That's just wrong. And Prof. Walsh? A-nnoy-ing. Hush was genius. Loved Buff's hand-motion. Oh you know what I mean. Heartbreaking Oz departure. (Although Veruca--bad.) Watch as Anya's hair changes lengths and colors, as if it has a will of its own! And Spike's impotence storyline--great. Buffy's possessed eyes in the finale are a little creepy. But I suppose that's the point. Great that Willow, Xander and Giles could do a mind-meld with her just in time to save the day.

5: "Glory is Ben! And Ben is Glory!" "Did anyone ever notice that Glory and Ben are never around together?" I love that Spike sees it and no one else does. Awesome finale. ("This is our blood. Summers blood.")

As for 6, I cannot believe that no one mentioned the hilarious nerd antics of the Trio ("we are your arch nemesisesese...") or the genius of OMWF. That musical ep rocked my face off. But we all knew that already!

7's where I'm really not sure. I'm gonna have to view them again and let you know. But Season 5 and Firefly are in the Netflix queue ahead of Season 7, so the jury's out for a while.

Any Buffy moments you'd like to share?

(And yes, I'm aware that some people think Angel's a better show, and I'm not going to argue. I like 'em both. Let's move on.)

3 Comments:

At 2:53 AM, February 08, 2005, Blogger Coelecanth said...

"The Body" is some of the best television I've seen. It struck very close to home, my father died when I was 13. They managed to capture the emotional dissonance and the strange disjointedness of time and senses that I experienced. It was more than a trigger for my memories, it was a visual representation of how I remember the emotions and experiences of that time.

It had some very clever direction. The scene where Tara trys to explain to Buffy how she also lost a parent was set up perfectly. The door behind them and the cushions on the couch draw a vertical line between them all the way across the screne. A literal seperation to reinforce the emotional one the characters are experiencing. Smart. This too was a scene I played out in real life. Years after, I tried to comfort a friend who had just lost his father and was unable to make a connection.

Sorry that I choose such a downer of an episode, but I think the show never got enough credit for the emotional impact the more serious parts achieved.

 
At 2:58 PM, February 08, 2005, Blogger Andrea said...

I'm so glad you made that post so that I wouldn't have to insert this into a completely irrelevent post: The guy who played The Mayor was on Las Vegas last night. He had a funny accent, but I knew it was him.

In response to your post, the Glory/Dawn season didn't impress me as much as others. Seasons 3 and 6 were really good. Season 1 and 2 make me nostalgic.

Some of my favourite moments and episodes:
-Buffy gets Spiked. That (their first time) was one of the hottest sex scenes. Ever. I'm talkin' TV and film.

-The episode in which they all lose their memories. I can still remember Spike whining, "'Randy Giles'? Why didn't you just name me 'Horny Giles'??" and the interaction between Giles and Anya when they thought they were married.

-Buffy's invisible! No one can see her! The entire episode is cool. The only scene that I remember is her sex scene with Spike. Didn't Xander walk in on them and wasn't there some sort of comedy around the fact that he couldn't see Buffy?

-Willow kills Evil Willow. As she's being impaled, EW exclaims, "Oh Fuuu". We don't hear the "ck" but we know it's there. There's also the "and I think I'm kind of gay" line.

-Once More With Feeling. It's not a moment but it's one of my favourite episodes.

-Witch Girl (I forget her name) is finally turned back from rat to human. The exchanges she had with Buffy were hilarious. "How've you been?" "Dead. You?" "Rat."

I haven't rented the series and haven't seen most of these episodes since the year they aired so I assume that if these moments stand out in my mind they must have been memorable.

 
At 9:11 PM, February 08, 2005, Blogger Wes said...

Veruca = HOT. I love Willow, but Veruca on the microphone was a force. You can't deny the appeal of that.

And yeah, I hated Season 6, but it did have a few good moments -- including one of the sexiest scenes I've ever seen on network television.

I still think the series should've ended with "The Gift", though.

 

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