Back to Basics

… but not quite “Here endeth the lesson.”

I’ve been participating (for all of two days… or four, depending on how you look at it) in a Buffy and Twitter trending topic called #BuffyRewatch.  Like, I’m totally geeking out over it.  Like, for days, I’ve been so excited just waiting for this to happen.  And it finally started.  Thanks to some pretty cool people over at No White Noise, worldwide, there are many MANY people geeking out watching Buffy together, at the same time, and talking about in on Twitter.  And I’m totally participating.

So, what this #BuffyRewatch thing is is this: people watching their DVDs, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes or other whathaveyou the same Buffy episode at the same time and live tweeting comments and reactions.  Some people have seen Buffy before, and some haven’t.  And as a community thing, I think it’s great.  And for those who haven’t seen Buffy before, I think there’s no time like the present (always, anytime, anywhere) to start watching such a great show.

ANYway.  So this started on Friday night, when collectively, we all watched the first four episodes of the series, and every Monday night thereafter will consist of three more episodes until we get to the end of season 3.

And what this all means to me, aside from bonding with people with whom I have something in common, but also that I want to refocus on what I came to this blog to do: write about Buffy.  And more specifically, write a book about Buffy.

I have a great outline, and so many good ideas, I think that it’s about time to get them out and really start organizing them into something I would totally read (and buy).

So back at it I go.

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1×01 Welcome to the Hellmouth

After being kicked out of her previous school for burning down the gym, Buffy Summers arrives in Sunnydale, only to discover that the high school is built on a hellmouth and she must resume her duties as a Vampire Slayer.

Original air date: March 10, 1997
Written/directed by: Joss Whedon
Guest Stars: Brian Thompson, Eric Balfour, Julie Benz, J. Patrick Lawlor, Natalie Stauss

Standout Character: Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Cordelia… we meet them all.

Quotes: You mean there’s actually someone in this town who doesn’t know already? Whew, that’s a relief, I’m telling you! Having a secret identity in this town is a job of work.  (Buffy)

Theme: Buffy wants to be a normal girl.

Foreshadowy Goodness: Luke says, “blood of man will flow as wine” at the harvest, which actually happens when the Master takes over Sunnydale in “The Wish.”

Buffy denying her Slayerness:

This is a constant battle throughout the entire series – watching Buffy deny her Slayerhood over and over.  In the pilot, she has just moved to Sunnydale in an attempt to start fresh.  She thought she left her old life behind her, until a dead body shows up in the locker room.  What I love about the constant denial of her calling is that when it all comes down to it, she still fights the good fight.  She still does what she needs to do.  She still saves the world.

She is constantly trying to be normal, which is a common theme throughout the series, but what I think she doesn’t see is that when she does accept her calling she has a better chance of being normal.  At least then she doesn’t become clumsy and lazy with keeping her identity a secret and she can save the world AND have a normal life.  Maybe.

Following Suit, OR Trying Something Different

It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  And I know it’s lame to bring up the fact that it’s been awhile since I’ve posted.  But there it is.  The elephant in the room.

I want to try something a little different for awhile.  It’s not necessarily different as it is following suit of some other awesome blogs and podcasts I know of that are doing similar things.

For awhile, perhaps for its entirety, I’m going to watch the series from beginning to end and review them here on the blog.  I believe that in doing so, I’ll be able to see new things, focus on themes and connections, and perhaps be able to move a little further along in my ventures of book writing.  I think this will be a great exercise, and I hope to learn a few new things along the way.

And of course, get through the series again for the 37th time.

I don’t actually know how many times I’ve been through the series other than to say that I can almost recite all the dialogue verbatim, I can name all the characters, and all the episodes and give a short synopsis of each episode.

Yes.  I am THAT dorky.  But that’s why you love me, right?  RIGHT?