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.

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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.

30 Days of Buffy Day 2: Favorite Episode

A note: I think this will take less than 30 days to get through, just because I love Buffy and I’m very excited to go through and figure out all my answers to these prompts.

Now, without further hesitation…

30 Days of Buffy Day 2: Favorite Episode

There are so many great episodes.  Out of 7 seasons and 144 episodes there’s very few not to love.  There are so many great lines and stories, the writing, the characters… it’s more difficult than I thought to pick just one out of 144.

There’s a lot of things that determine if an episode is good.  Does it make you laugh?  Does it make you cry?  How memorable is it?  The question then becomes which criteria do you base you favorite episode on?

Typically, as much as I love the episodes that make me laugh hysterically and the lines that make me giggle, I find that it’s more important to me to really be touched by an episode.  To really be affected by it.  To have it tear you apart from the inside out.

For me, that episode is The Body.  I had never cried to much while watching TV in my entire life.  The idea that Joyce died of a brain aneurism rather than by a vampire or demon is more than heartbreaking.  Seeing Buffy break down and be human rather than being a Vampire Slayer… it was if I was going through exactly what she was going through at that very moment.

But the whole series is an emotional roller coaster… so there’s that.