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.

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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.

30 Days of Buffy Day 9: Favorite Romance

As if there wasn’t a harder question to ask.  And what criteria do you use?  Actually, this was a really simple question to answer, and I’m going to go with the first answer that popped into my head: Spike and Buffy (Spuffy).

When I look for a romance or love story, I want something that will make me laugh and cry in the same moment.  One that gives me goosebumps and butterflies because it’s just. that. good.  And Joss Whedon is certainly one to make all those things happen.  But for me, it happened with Spuffy.

And it’s not because of the hot sex or the fact that I love James Marsters.  It’s so much more than that.

I love that Buffy and Spike hated each other when they met.  I love that they tried to kill each other.  I love that out of that hatred, Spike found a soft spot for Buffy in that he couldn’t get her out of his head.

“We have something, Buffy. It’s not pretty, but it’s real, and there’s nothing either one of us can do about it. Like it or not, I’m in your life, you can’t just shut me out.”   Spike, Crush

And from there, it progressed.  Sure, Buffy eventually gave in to Spike, claiming she never really loved him.  But by the end of season 7, when Buffy realized she had no other ally in the biggest fight of her life, Spike was there to prove how much he loved her.  Not for him, and not for any other reason than she was who she was.

“You listen to me. I’ve been alive a bit longer than you and dead a lot longer than that. I’ve seen things you couldn’t imagine and done things I’d prefer you didn’t. I don’t exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood which doesn’t exactly rush in the direction of my brain so I make a lot of mistakes. A lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years and there?s only one thing I’ve ever been sure of. You. Hey, look at me. I’m not asking you for anything. When I say I love you, it’s not because I want you, or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I’ve seen your kindness and your strength. I’ve seen the best and the worst of you and I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You are a hell of a woman. You’re the one, Buffy.”  Spike, Touched

It was pure and it was real.  Soul or no soul, Spike didn’t need it to love Buffy.

And there you have it.  My long-winded answer about my favorite romance.

Happy Buffyversary

Yesterday, March 10, marked the 15th anniversary of the premiere of Buffy.  Welcome to the Hellmouth originally aired on March 10, 1997.  It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating the 10th anniversary.

It’s funny to think about it being fifteen years.  It’s funny thinking about what I was doing fifteen years ago.  And I did watch the premiere.  Actually, I thought it was supposed to be the movie, and I remember loving the movie, cheesy as it was.  But I was hunkered down in my room, ready to watch the movie, when this TV show came on.  And I sat and watched, and probably enjoyed it.  I watched a few more episodes of the first season before school and life took over.  And it wasn’t until the second season came out on DVD that I fell back into the Buffy fandom.

It’s amazing to think about it as a show that will seemingly never die.  Think about it.  Here we are fifteen years later, and we’re STILL talking about it.  There are still fan forums and podcasts, and now a comic book celebrating everything the show stood for and more.

Never in my life have I felt more connected to a TV show.  And it is because of Buffy that I have a real appreciation for quality TV, well written shows and complex storylines.

I found the clip below on Youtube, but looking through the comments, you can also find it in the featurettes of the seventh season dvd.

Happy Buffyversary!

 

 

30 Days of Buffy Day 8: Favorite Friendship

I have a three-way response to this answer.  Originally, I was thinking it was a 3-way tie between Xander/Willow, Xander/Buffy and Willow/Buffy, but in thinking about all the ways I love each friendship individually, I love the friendships they share in their little trio.

Xander is the civilian of the group, with no special powers, but he’ll do anything for his friends.  Before Buffy came along, it was Xander and Willow, and they were so close.  That of course was in the days before Xander realized his usefulness.

Perhaps it’s because Xander is one of my favorite characters anyway, but I love the interactions between the original Scooby Gang.  They just go through so much.  They saved the world.  I don’t know what type of friendship would be better than that.

30 Days of Buffy Day 7: Least Favorite Male Character

Riley.  Riley.  And did I mention Riley?  Because I’m pretty sure it’s Riley.

Why so hesitant, you ask.

Well, because I just don’t like Riley.  He was supposed to be the normal guy for Buffy, but he turned out to be Mr. Initiative.  And when he finally realized Buffy had commitment issues, he tried giving her an ultimatum.  But that was AFTER he got all friendly with a couple of vamps letting them suck his blood for money.

He wasn’t all that accepting when Joyce was sick.  Sure, he said he wanted to be there for Buffy, and he freaked when she wouldn’t let him in.  It’s like he didn’t understand her Slayerhood.

And then he came back married and throwing it in Buffy’s face… sort of.

Also, he was dry.

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.