Everything about Buffy is amazing, except for maybe the outfits as this Twitter account, Bad Buffy Outfits will tell you. Anyway, #BuffySlays20 and every blog/website will be listing the top ten episodes/plot points etc from the series. On most of them you will find mentions of amazing episodes, such as this one, which according to io9:
“Hush” was nominated for a writing Emmy, even though it only has 17 minutes of dialogue. That’s all you need to know to understand how groundbreaking this season four episode was. The Gentlemen, some of the show’s creepiest villains, steal everyone’s voices so they can silently steal some hearts, and the Scoobies struggle to express their feelings to each other in the wake of losing something as integral as human communication. A bold and risky episode of TV, the episode ends up saying so much with so little.
and The Body, which according to News.com.au:
“Mummy?” All it took was one word and all of our hearts broke. Buffy finding her mother’s dead body sprawled on the couch, struck down by an all-too-human disease and not anything supernatural was one of the most wrenching Buffy moments. The sequence that followed of her wandering through the house in a daze, with no score and an almost saturated aesthetic brought home the completely uncomfortable truth of human death.
Of course, how can we forget the scene where Buffy kills Angelous in Season 2, which WhatCulture says is one of the iconic moments from the show! The kiss, the music playing in the background (yes, it is one of the ringtones on my phone), it was all heartbreaking!
All these scenes are undoubtedly amazing but the scenes that stayed with me also include those you won't find on such lists. Here are a few of them:
Killed By Death was one of the scariest episodes for me. It doesn't add to the overall theme of the show and the monster seems like a ripoff of on-screen villains, which it was, and yet I liked how it left me...too scared to go to sleep!
Xander: You don't know how to kill this thing.
Buffy: I thought I might try violence.
Xander: Solid call.
Halloween (Second Season) is another favorite because of so many reasons. Willow was crushing on Xander and felt invisible like the ghost she dressed up as. Xander went as a soldier and the experience that he gains in this episode filters down to us in the future ones. We also get to see what Giles was like before he became so prim & proper.
Willow: Poor Xander. Boys are so fragile. Speaking of, how was your date last night?
Buffy: Misfire. I was late due to unscheduled slayage. Showed up looking trashed.
Willow: Was he mad?
Buffy: Actually, he was pretty unmad. Which probably had something to do with the fact that Cordelia was drooling in his cappuccino.
Willow: Oh, Buffy. Angel would never fall for her act.
Buffy: You mean that 'actually showing up, wearing a stunning outfit, embracing personal hygiene' act?
Helpless is heartbreakingly sad and damn scary! The vampire that Buffy has to fight, Gile's betrayal, the Watchers' Council politics...all of it made one helluva episode. And then there was this:
Angel: I saw you before you became the Slayer.
Angel: I watched you, and I saw you called. It was a bright afternoon out in front of your school. You walked down the steps... and... and I loved you.
Angel: 'Cause I could see your heart. You held it before you for everyone to see. And I worried that it would be bruised or torn. And more than anything in my life, I wanted to keep it safe... to warm it with my own.
Buffy: That's beautiful. Or taken literally, incredibly gross.
Angel: I was just thinking that, too.
Oz: As Willow goes, so goes my nation.
Band Candy is memorable for me because I can still see Giles & Joyce behaving like two teenagers and smooching in front of Buffy. Funny as heck! I realized how detail-oriented the show's creators must be when I came across this piece of trivia:
The Cream song that Giles and Joyce listen to is played after Joyce's funeral. Giles listens to it in the season five episode "Forever".
Spike: A bear! You made a bear!
Buffy: I didn't mean to.
Spike: Undo it! Undo it!
Read other quotes here because the humor in this episode was ah-mazing!
Xander: Where is he? Where's the creep that turned me into a spider-eating man-bitch?
Buffy: He's gone.
Xander: Damnit. You know what? I'm sick of this crap. I'm sick of being the guy who eats insects and gets the funny syphilis. As of this moment, it's over. I'm finished being everybody's butt-monkey.
Buffy: Check. No more butt-monkey.
Buffy's final line in the show is "Spike." Anya's is "Bunnies."
In the end, I wasn't crazy about the Twilight storyline, although I liked it well enough on my first read. Add that with the fact that I didn't love Riley ever, and I knew this would be 'meh' for me. I wanted to read it for completion's sake, and also because I'd already bought it in a Humble Bundle. I also figured it would be a quick read, before my mind wandered too far or got too nervous. I was right.
This actually had a lot of good information about Riley and Sam, and what their long term plans were, and how they choose to be together instead of feeling tied down to each other. There was also a lot of Sam saying she would go on missions if the government called upon her again, and that she didn't need Riley's permission. And that, yes, she was partly okay with him going with Buffy because he wanted to, and she knew he'd come back to her in the end, but that, yes, it was partly because it would make her feel better about going later on.
I particularly liked the character development for Sam. It wasn't enough to make me really love this, though. The art was great, but the story, and even the fun parts between Riley and Sam, never overtook the fact that I don't particularly like Riley - and it turns out I don't particularly like Sam either.
Got this for relaxation and because I loved Buffy! I'm considering getting the Serenity coloring book now because I'm having so much fun with this one.
Just what I needed.
I'm going to sleep because otherwise I'm stressing out: work wants me to come in for a surprise!shift Saturday, but I don't really want to. I said I might be able to do one shift or the other, but I'm not sure if my mother will still be in the hospital.
The melatonin I took is kicking in and I can barely keep my eyes open so I'll decide what I'll do tomorrow morning.
1. Star Trek ongoing. Retcon of the original universe, and even original stories. I'd suggest this for fans of the Nu!Trek movies, for the Retcon square. Chekov could count as Teen Sidekick if you want to continue and fill in another square. Tie-In to Show/Movie and Foreign Hero could count for further squares if you really want to marathon this series.
2. The Maxx. Dark and gritty, this tackles a lot of issues - mental health, trauma and homelessness. It packs a punch to the gut, but is also gorgeously written with lush illustrations. Writer is Artist, Antihero, Streetlevel, and Not Of This World would fit this series nicely.
3. Edward Scissorhands: Parts Unknown. Adorable and heartwarming, this is a brilliant tie-in to the movie. Tie-into movie, Girl Power, Team Up and Teen Sidekick would all fit nicely for this graphic novel.
4. Bloodshot: Setting the World on Fire. Amnesiac, nanite enhanced assassin. I'm all in for this one! Bloodshot is a complete badass, and he's a large part of why I fell in love with the Valiant universe. Anti-hero, Novelist Writes Comics, Military Training and Loner all fit Bloodshot quite nicely.
5. Lumberjanes Volume One. Adorable girls at camp go on adventures and get into trouble. Sounds too cutesy for me, but I was utterly charmed by this anyway. Go figure! Teen Sidekick, Team Up and Girl Power fit this nicely.
6. Saga Volume One. Space Opera about how war can tear apart families. Oversimplified explanation, but anything that does justice to this would be pages long. Brilliant! Not of This World and Military Training would work well for this.
7. The Rabbi's Cat. Charming, thoughtful take on religion, politics, and most everything thrown in here. And there's a talking cat who argues that he should have a bar mitzvah which is pretty much the most awesome thing I can think of. Translated, Foreign Creator, Turned into TV Show/Movie, and Writer is Artist work for this series.
8. Spawn Origins Volume one. A man comes back from hell as Spawn with no memory of who he is. Although he was sent the Violator to... I wanna say help him, but his name is Violator so who's really going to believe that? Origin Story, Foreign Creator, Loner, Military Training, Antihero, and Turned into TV Show/Movie work for this.
9. Buffy Season Eight: The Long Way Home. Buffy is resurrected and written by the writers of the show, with illustrators handpicked by Joss Whedon - from what I understand. If you can't get enough Buffy, you need to read this. You can keep this going for a while, to. Not of This World, Tie-In to TV Show/Movie, Teen Sidekick, Girl Power, Team Effort and Military Training all can work.
10. Atomic Robo Volume One. Hilarious comic book. Just fun, funny, with a lot of heart. I could see this turning non-graphic novel readers into graphic novel readers, that's the level of fun. Team Effort, Origin Story, and Not of This World could all be used for this series.