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.

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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.

30 Days of Buffy Day 4: Favorite Female Character

With a show like Buffy that is centered around strong female characters, it’s hard to pick just one as my favorite.  Buffy is the center.  Willow, Anya, Cordelia.  All amazing women.  Even Joyce, Tara and Dawn have some pretty amazing moments.

However, I will say that my favorite female character is Faith.  She’s the anti-Slayer and Buffy’s polar opposite.  They never got along and were never going to, and Faith knew it.

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.

Her dance between good and evil is one for the books.  She constantly struggles to find her identity and her place in the world, but does she ever really find it?  She goes from Buffy to Angel and her journey is never ending.

And she has some pretty great lines.

You’re the bad slayer now?  I’m the good slayer now?

You need to brush up on your Buffy and Faith history.

So, Faith is definitely my favorite female character.  However, some others deserve honorable mentions:

  • Willow, for being so witty and smart and the girl next door.
  • Anya for not having a filter and just saying whatever she thinks.
  • Joyce for being the overall mother figure and being so strong in the face of such interesting circumstances
  • Cordelia for being about saying what she’s thinking and eventually becoming a more amazing hero than anyone thought.

30 Days of Buffy Day 1: Favorite Season

Unequivocally and without hesitation, the third season is my favorite season of Buffy.  After a great second season with lots of Spike, season three really solidifies the series for me.  And there are such great characters and episodes.

Faith is new to Sunnydale in season three, and immediately is the anti-Buffy.  The friction between Buffy and her new, soon-to-be evil counterpart is great to watch.  Seeing Buffy watch and try to experience the life she could have had creates more depth in her character and brings Faith to the forefront, setting her up for some great episodes to come.

Oz is also one of the great characters of season three.  He appeared in a few episodes of S2, but he really became a Scooby once he really started dating Willow and coming into his own werewolfiness.

Mayor Richard Wilkins III.  What more can I say about this Big Bad?  Once the seedy underbelly of Sunnydale revealed that the Mayor was more than just the Mayor, it created a whole new game for the Scoobies.

Other than characters, there are some great episodes.  Band Candy, The Prom, Graduation Day and Dopplegangland come to mind.

Also, in my mind, season four was transitional, therefore season three was the last of the stability the Scoobies will have ever had.