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!

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 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.

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.