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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-10 20:39
#BuffySlays20: My Favorite Buffy Episodes that You Won't Find on Most Lists on the 20th Anniversary of the Show!





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.

Buffy: What?

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.

Buffy: Why?

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.


I don't remember much about Homecoming but what I do remember is that Buffy looked amazing when she dressed up for the event.
I also remember that I fell in love with Oz when he said:

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".
Pangs is another favorite because Angel comes back to visit in this episode. I loved everything about the brief return! It is also funny because of what happens to Spike and Xander.

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!

As you watch the episode, you try to hate the entity responsible for the sickness and yet can't...
I can't leave Buffy vs. Dracula off this list for the same reason: humor! Of course, Xander would be the Count's choice for a Reinfeld.

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.


Some quips that you'll love:
Forever makes the list, as well. I loved how Dawn couldn't think ahead of the fact that she wanted her mom back. I also loved how Buffy tried to dissuade her at first and then couldn't help herself. While we never see the Joyce they raised, this was one scary episode for me!
Here are some more scary Buffy moments:

Chosen is both the last episode of the series and on my list. What comes to mind immediately when I think about it is the conversation between Angel & Buffy. It goes something like this but is way funnier to watch. It is also the episode where Anya, one of my most favorite characters on the show, dies trying to save Andrew.
IMDB lists this on the trivia page for this episode and I thought I'd share it before I ended this post:
Buffy's final line in the show is "Spike." Anya's is "Bunnies."



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review 2017-02-20 01:01
Didn't really work for me
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: Riley (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8) - Jane Espenson,Andy Owens,Karl Moline

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.   

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text 2017-01-20 01:23
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Adult Coloring Book - Paula Fox

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.

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review 2016-07-02 22:49
Exactly what this promised
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Panel to Panel-Seasons 8 & 9 - Joss Whedon

It promised covers from the comics series, and it provided that: regulars, variants, one-shots and mini-series.   It's meant to be an art book and nothing more: some captions and short explanations cover the how and whys some of the extra series and issues came to be, or some very minimal 'this is why so-and-so was on the cover.'


Then again, this isn't meant to talk, not in words.   The art is what's meant to speak to you, and it did speak to me: lush, emotive art.   Bright, or subdued, inspired b comics and other forms of popular culture, or not, they all spoke to me.  


I loved this series in college, and while I still do, it's not with quite the same fanatic passion.   And yet these spoke to me, even though I hadn't read season nine, Angel and Faith, or some of the one-shots.   They all spoke to me. 


Beautiful, beautiful art.   It doesn't have to be more than that.   It can be just the art and touch me, and this has. 

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review 2016-06-06 15:44
Loved most of this!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Freefall - Andrew Chambliss,Karl Moline,Georges Jeanty,Joss Whedon

The art wasn't as great as last season, although done by the same artist.   In general, this was great: funny, smart, and it forces Buffy to deal with consequences - the fallout - from the ending to season eight.   It also brings up newer issues, ones that Buffy can't possibly run from, although this volume sets up those issues without getting into dealing with them quiet yet. 



Spike was pretty much the highlight for me, although he tends to be the highlight in most Buffy-related things he's been in for me.   I'm glad to see him back on Earth, even if there are hints of Spuffy or his longing for Spuffy.  


I'd read more of this season and even season ten if the rest of this season doesn't drop the ball. 


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