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.

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.

Responsibility and Sacrifice

Into every generation a Slayer is born.  One girl in all the world…

To be a Slayer, or THE Slayer, means to be alone , to bring forth death and avert apocalypse and save the world over and over again with no thanks or praise because of the secrets and lies that come with the Calling.  Buffy Summers is one such person.

Chosen to stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness.  She is the Slayer.

Through seven years of mistakes, growing up, maturing, accepting responsibility and making sacrifices, Buffy had survived.  She only had to die twice, kill her boyfriend/lover, put her friends and family in danger, run away, kill a giant mayor-snake, avert an apocalypse or two and give up her power completely in order for the Potential Slayers of the world to become Slayers and help save the world.  So Buffy is no stranger to sacrifice and responsibility.

In point of fact, in every episode of Season One, Buffy makes at least one sacrifice per episode.  And not just the classic ritualistic sacrifice where animals are killed and demons are paid homage.  Everyday life, where Buffy tries to lead a normal life, and have friends and boyfriends and do normal high school stuff, gradually she realizes she cannot do any of that.  She lost friends and family for the sake of her Calling, and she made that choice over and over again.