Faith… starts with F

Oh, Faith, how I love thee, let me count the ways.

Faith is one of my all time favorite characters of the Buffyverse.  And it’s not because I absolutely adore Eliza Dushku, because I do.  It’s that Faith is the antithesis of Buffy.  I love Buffy as a character, but Faith is the darkside.  Anything you ever wondered if Buffy could or would do, Faith has already done it.

Faith isn’t supposed to exist with Buffy.  Buffy died.  The Kendra was called, thus beginning the two Slayer game.  Then Kendra died, and Faith enters into the picture.  Buffy and Faith never get along.  In the beginning, Faith tries dragging Buffy to the darkside by showing her how to party like a rockstar, and Buffy enjoys it until Faith takes it a step too far and kills a civilian.  Then Faith spirals and really turns evil.

She does eventually find redemption with the help of Angel, and reappears in Sunnydale when she finds out the First is trying to kill off and end the Slayer line.

As much as I love evil, season 3 Faith who is the hard partier and the anti-but-wannabe-Buffy, I love season 7 Faith so much more because she found redemption but STILL doesn’t get along with Buffy.  But they try, for the sake of humanity and their Slayerhood.  And they have such great chemistry – it’s like their sisters, “but with really different hair” (Cordelia, Season 2, Reptile Boy).

Some of my favorite Faith quotes:

Are you the bad Slayer now?  Am I the good Slayer now?

And this exchange kills me everytime because it tells everything.  It explains their whole story.  And it’s funny.

Faith:  Okay, the point. Me, by myself, all the time. I’m looking at you, everything you have and, I don’t know…  jealous. Then there I am, everybody’s looking to me, trusting me to lead them and I’ve never felt so alone in my entire life.

Buffy: Yeah.

Faith:  And that’s you everyday, isn’t it?

Buffy:   I love my friends. I’m very grateful for them. But that’s the price of being a Slayer.

Faith: There’s only supposed to be one. Maybe that’s why you and I can never get along. We’re not supposed to exist together.

Buffy:  Also, you went evil and were killing people.

Faith:  Good point.  Also a factor.

Buffy:  But you’re right. I mean, I guess everyone’s alone but being a Slayer? There’s a burden we can’t share.

Faith: And no one else can feel it. (beat) Thank god we’re hot chicks with superpowers.

Buffy:  Takes the edge off.

So, Faith.  Love her.

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Earshot… starts with E

I absolutely LOVE season 3.  I think it may be my number one season, but I’ll get back to that in a bit.

One of the most interesting and then controversial episodes of the season was Earshot.  The airing was cancelled initially because at the time, the Columbine shootings happened.  And it would have been in poor taste to air such an episode.  The season finale was also pulled from network and tucked away on a shelf, then finally aired in the Summer, after “enough” time had passed that the two episodes wouldn’t appear tasteless.

I do love Earshot, otherwise.  It’s such an interesting episode in that it deals with Buffy getting this demon power, she can hear people’s thoughts.  It seems cool to being with, until Buffy becomes totally overwhelmed by it to the point where she can hardly function anymore.

In 2006 or 2007, when music vids were the popular thing to do, because video editing is still awesome, I spliced some clips of the Earshot episode together and put a track by Green Day behind it.  And here it is below for you to see.  Enjoy!

Dawn… starts with D

Probably an obvious choice for D… or maybe not.

Dawn started out being my least favorite character (along with Riley), but as she became more integrated with the group, the higher up my like list she got.

A few things about Dawn:

  • She was the Key.
  • She was inserted into Buffy‘s life/world by monks trying to save the world.
  • Glory was obsessed with finding the key so she could go home to her own dimension.
  • Dawn was ready to sacrifice herself to save the world – but Buffy did it first.
  • Once, she thought she was a potential Slayer, but promptly and nobly gave up the responsibility when the time was right.

Sure, Dawn was why and annoying at times, but she did get some redeeming qualities the more integrated she became.  In season 5, she was the obnoxious and annoying little sister, but season 6 saw a whole new Dawn.  She’d lost her mother, then her sister.  I think she did some growing up.  Of course, she had her moments of being the annoying little sister still.  But that had nearly totally disappeared by season 7, where she was becoming a pro Watcher-in-Training.

I promise, Dawn, I won’t hate you anymore.

Caleb… starts with C

I’ve got some pretty serious Nathan Fillion love.  I first discovered him is his beyond-creepy role of Caleb in the second half of the seventh season of Buffy.  And it wasn’t until much MUCH later that I found him again as Mal on Firefly.  And as Mal he was such a great, lovable character.  As Caleb?  Not so much.

Caleb was the wanna-be, holier than thou, woman hating priest who showed up in Dirty Girls as a worker of the first to help destroy the whole Slayer line.

Joss Whedon described him as “the creepiest priest.”  And also said that “he was the most bald-faced misogynist we’ve had since, well, since Warren, last year.”

I hated Caleb.  He creeped me out to my core.  Normally, when a character does that for me, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth about the actor and I tend not to like anything else they do based on one, horrible, evil character they played and that I hated.  Hey, it happened with Harry Hamlin playing Aaron Echolls – but I think I’ve gotten over that, finally.  And I have certainly gotten over that with Nathan Fillion.

He’s gone on to play one of my favorite characters on TV, Richard Castle.  And good for him for getting his own show.

But as far as Caleb goes, I hate him.  He’s just so bad, he’s good.  Oh, and he poked Xander‘s eye out, so that tips the scale way in the evil column.

But it’s Nathan Fillion, so I love him.  Just not Caleb.

Big Bads… start with B

Big Bads.  Villains.  Evil Nasties.  They go by so many names.  But they’re all just evil.  And magnificent.

Throughout the seven seasons of Buffy, there were lots of bad guys and vampires and annoyances, but there were really only seven Big Bads, which *I* classify to be the season long bad guy whose arc culminates in a big demonstration during the season finale.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the Big Bads by season:

The Master – Couldn’t get out of the Hellmouth until Buffy was dead.  But she was resuscitated, and killed him by dropping him through the ceiling of the library on a massive stake.

Angelus – After sleeping with Buffy, Angel lost his soul and turned into Angelus, the former big bad, evil vampire with an affinity for really REALLY hurting people.  Especially Buffy.  He almost destroyed the world with Acathala, but Buffy put a sword through him in the 11th hour, sending him to hell.  And her to LA.

Mayor Richard Wilkins III – Probably the funniest Big Bad, and huge germaphobe.  He’d been alive for 100 plus years and was finally about to reach immortality by becoming a true demon.  But his snakey self was vulnerable, and he blew up in the school.

Adam – Ugh.  Hate this guy.  Buffy used the essence of all her friends to pull out his power center and disintegrate it.  Then the gang dreamt about the first Slayer.

Glory – Evil hell-bitch with a split personality she shares with mortal named Ben.  After having found the key, Dawn, she tied opening a porthole to get her home to her own hell dimension, which would have destroyed the world.  Giles took her out by killing her mortal half, Ben.  Then Buffy sacrificed herself to save the world from being destroyed.

Evil Willow – Willow began to spiral in a drug/magic metaphor wherein her girlfriend Tara leaves her, and when they finally get back together, Tara dies at the hands of Warren.  Evil goes all black hair and kills Warren and begins more destruction, only to be saved by Xander and his yellow crayon speech.

The First Evil – The culmination of all the evil in the world, and alleges that it cannot be defeated.  It appears in various forms, including previous Big Bads, which makes the montage so awesome.  Buffy can’t defeat the First Evil per se, but destroys the Turok h’an that the First sends to destroy the world, and all the Slayers.  Spike helps in that destruction by wearing a trasnporty necklace that sends him to LA once the fight is over.

And there you have it.  Buffy Big Bads.  Love them or hate them, they make Buffy’s life more difficult, and certainly more interesting.

Adam… is for A

Adam.  Ugh.  Adam.  My all time least favorite villain EVER.  There was nothing good or exciting about this guy other than when he was defeated, the worst season was over, and we could get back to our regularly scheduled Buffy.

I don’t even understand what the purpose of that was.  Did they run out of ideas?

Ok, I’m being harsh in my hatred for Adam.  But he doesn’t hold a candle to the Master, from season one who was pretty iffy after we saw some of the other Big Bads of the Buffyverse.  Angelus, Glory, Evil Willow, the First.  Come on.  Adam was just this crazy humanoid made of extra parts.  Ewww.  I hate that.  I didn’t like the miscellaneous parts when they did it in Some Assembly Required from season two.

Enough ranting about Adam.  I guess he served a purpose in being a vehicle for moving the story along, so I can’t complain that much.

Wonder what I’m doing?  It’s called the Ato Z Challenge.  Check it out here.