Friday, May 4, 2012

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Another thing you should know about me is that I am a huge, gigantic, ridiculous Buffy fan. I have the seven season boxed set and if I had to guess, I'd say I've watched it twenty times in the last six years. It's my goto show, along with the Simpsons, that I can put in at any time and be entertained.

After a recent Buffy-centric conversation lately where someone told me their favorite season was season 2, I started thinking about what my top ten favorite episodes would be. Scanning through a list of every episode, I came up with fourteen I really love, I narrowed it down to ten. Looking at the list, it appears as though seasons three and, surprisingly, six are my favorite seasons. If asked, I always say season four is my favorite.

Top Ten Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes
in descending order
10. Witch (season 1, episode 3): Here, we're introduced to Amy, who is so important later, and also to the dangers of magic.
9. Normal Again (season 6, episode 17): Holy shit. What if the entire show thus far is just a figment of a crazy girl's imagination? What if someone extremely strong suddenly discovers existentialism?
8. Passion (season 2, episode 17): When Giles discovers Jenny. Kills me every time. Goddam you, Joss Whedon.
7. Halloween (season 2, episode 6): Not going to go all high-falutin' here. I love what the characters choose to be and I love what they become.
6. Band Candy (season 3, episode 6): This is another episode that I love for the fun. I mean, the adults become kids? Giles as a teenager?! It's almost too awesome.
5. Once More, with Feeling (season 6, episode 7): I'm pretty sure it's sacrilege to have a Buffy favorites list and not include this episode, but with good reason! How many other musical television show episodes can you recall? And despite the novelty, the episode contributed to what followed in that season, and the entire show.
4. Selfless (season 7, episode 5): I love Anya. That's all. End of story.
3. The Wish (season 3, episode 9): Again with my love for Anya, but also, what would Sunnydale be like without Buffy?
2. Hush (season 4, episode 10): This is another episode that's obligated to be on every list, but with reason! A good chunk of the episode is done without any spoken dialogue. Characters use pantomime, draw pictures, and write out what they want to say on dry erase boards. Beautiful melding of fairy tale and supernatural. And did I mention? NO DIALOGUE!
1. The Body (season 5, episode 16): If you can watch this episode without crying, you have no soul. That is all.


  1. *sigh* I wish I had the box set. I have to make do with random ordered repeats on DTV. Once More W/ Feeling and Hush are two of the best, even without the story forwarding aspects. Few series can break out of their own molds so successfully.

  2. Can I just say, after "the divorce" (as I call it, because we weren't legally married, only together seven years), I gave back the Buffy box set, but it was one of the first things I replaced? I've watched it so many times it's made the cost back tenfold at least. To which I mean, buy it! I bet you could find it on ebay for cheap. I'm considering buying Angel. Primarily for the episodes that involve Buffy.