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30 Days of Buffy Meme — Day 1

Okay, I'm in! Late, but in. I might as well, since I'm still thinking about Buffy, forming opinions, and currently doing a rewatch. Plus, I want to talk to you guys. So, here is my stab at this. Away we go!

Day 1: Favorite Season
Day 2: Favorite Episode
Day 3: Favorite Song Used In An Episode
Day 4: Favorite Female Character
Day 5: Least Favorite Female Character
Day 6: Favorite Male Character
Day 7: Least Favorite Male Character
Day 8: Favorite Friendship
Day 9: Favorite Romance
Day 10: Least Favorite Season
Day 11: Least Favorite Romance
Day 12: Least Favorite Episode
Day 13: Favorite Potential Slayer
Day 14: Favorite Female Villain
Day 15: Favorite Male Villain
Day 16: Episode You Like That Everyone Else Hates
Day 17: Character You Relate To The Most
Day 18: Character Who Didn’t Get Enough Screen Time
Day 19: Character You Like That Everyone Else Hates
Day 20: Best Spike-centric Episode
Day 21: Best Willow-centric Episode
Day 22: Best Xander-centric Episode
Day 23: Two Characters You Wanted To Get Together That Never Did
Day 24: Hottest scene
Day 25: Favorite Buffyverse Saying
Day 26: Favorite Scooby Moment
Day 27: Cutest Moment
Day 28: Character You Love To Hate
Day 29: Episode You Hate That Everyone Else Loves
Day 30: What You Think Made Buffy So Great

Favorite Season: This will probably be the toughest question in the whole set for me. All of the seasons, even the first one, have excellent qualities. I am especially fond of seasons 2, 4, and 6, though. Two has an excellent arc, the addition of Spike, Dru, Oz, and a great villain in Angelus. It's not as cinematically pretty as Four, which I love for Buffy. It's arguably her best year. She's having fun, meeting people, and overcoming vast conspiracies. She's hit her stride, and hasn't been poleaxed by the whammy of Five yet. Six I love for the sex. Partly. I'm invested in Six. I care deeply what happens. For me, the show becomes more than entertainment in Six. I don't think I'd be as fascinated with the show without Six. It goes deeper, emotionally, than I expect televised stories to go.

All three seasons are absolutely crucial to my Buffy love. If I had to pick one to take to a desert island, I guess it would be Four. No. Two. Wait. Um, possibly Six.

You know what? I don't have to give up any of them! All three of them are my favorite! 66 episodes of Buffity goodness!

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rbfvid
Jun. 6th, 2014 10:39 am (UTC)
Yay! At least someone loves S4 as much as I do, and apparently for the same reasons! So far I thought everybody just hate it - you now, that standard "Hush and Restless are great, but the season overall..."
rebcake
Jun. 6th, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
I think it gets a bad rap largely because of Riley. Not the most dynamic love interest for Buffy, perhaps, but she's so happy that I can't begrudge her. I often find myself showing newbies Pangs, Something Blue, Hush, and A New Man as an intro platter for BtVS. It's all there! Plus the tour de force of Who Are You? and Superstar are maybe the most interesting things in the whole season, even if they aren't critical to the plot. I admit to having a big ol' yen for Jane Espenson episodes.
rbfvid
Jun. 6th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
Season 4 surely has the best episodes to lure in unsuspecting newbies. Actually I was one of them)

And I really liked Riley. And was afraid that writers will kill him -'cause what else could they do with a nice healthy boyfrend? But ok, they found a way to ruin him in a different way.

Offtopic: I added some links to the old Holden Webster fic post here, could you unscreen the comment?
rebcake
Jun. 11th, 2014 12:07 am (UTC)
You are now unspamed! (I'm sorry for the delay. I didn't get notification, and just happened to see this.)
zanthinegirl
Jun. 6th, 2014 10:47 am (UTC)
II know what you mean-- I love all of the seasons. But I'm especially fond of 2, 4, and 6 for most of those reasons. I think 4 might edge the others out as my fave though; and my minority opinion is the The Freshman is my favorite season opener. I'd always liked Buffy, but that one made me relate to her!

And Restless. I just love how weird my show could get, you know?

Edited at 2014-06-06 10:48 am (UTC)
rebcake
Jun. 6th, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
My favorite season opener is probably Buffy vs. Dracula which I think retains the spirit of Season 4. It's one of the few that doesn't have the "Buffy's on a bummer" set up, which should have probably been a warning to me that the season would end very, very badly for her. Sigh. But yes, Buffy is stretching out a bit in Season Four, and it's lovely to see her in a good place.
frelling_tralk
Jun. 6th, 2014 11:51 am (UTC)
Season 4 is definitely so underated, there are so many fabulous episodes that year, and I've always thought that it had a lot of nice character arcs for Buffy and co as well
rebcake
Jun. 6th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
Mos def. I don't get super excited about Riley, and Adam is sort of silly, but the characters really get to grow and the relationships, problems and all, are just...neat. I could stand a bit more Joyce in the season, but that's why we have fanfic, yes?
kikimay
Jun. 6th, 2014 11:54 am (UTC)
I love The Freshman too! Season 4 is so underated, I adore it and I adore the fact that it's really a great year for Buffy and at that point starts my ability to identify with her.
rebcake
Jun. 6th, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
I don't mind high school stories, but it's a certain set of problems that the show grew out of. None of us want to be stuck in high school forever, I'm pretty sure. It's so nice to see Buffy open up her horizons, as people do.
kerry_220
Jun. 6th, 2014 12:49 pm (UTC)
You know what? I don't have to give up any of them!

This. Buffy comes as a box set! Yeah!

I love these. I'm looking forward to all your days
rebcake
Jun. 6th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
Box set! Streaming Netflix! Individual season DVD sets! Transcripts online! The cornucopia of Buffy is ever bountiful! It would be a sin to not appreciate it all!
fruityandoaty
Jun. 7th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
I know you don't me, but I randomly found this by searching for "Buffy" on LJ. It's so cool to find someone still posting and interested in BtVS! Do you mind if I friend you?

Anyway, I love season four too. I think two is my favorite because Buffy is so very strong and vulnerable in a perfect mix; I just want to hug her. Which is what makes season four great: she's finally happy. She's got her angst here and there, but overall it's a *relaxing* season emotionally!
rebcake
Jun. 7th, 2014 06:47 am (UTC)
Friend away! I'm always ready for more Buffy talk. Also, check out my sidebar for links to other Buffyverse content. I like to share the fandom wealth.

Yes, Buffy doesn't get too emotionally roughed up by Season 4. A miscalculation with Parker, a not entirely unexpected betrayal by Faith, a bit of drama with her friends courtesy of Spike, but she comes out of the season without killing or almost killing any of her friends or coworkers, so I call it a win!

Season 2 is just wonderful. My only complaint is that it could look better.

shapinglight
Jun. 9th, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
I saw you'd started doing this meme and wanted to comment, but haven't found the time until now.

I think you're very wise to refuse to choose. It's pretty much impossible anyway.
rebcake
Jun. 9th, 2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
I am not the world's most decisive person, but I especially have a hard time choosing a favorite from a sea of good choices. That said, I do have opinions occasionally.
kassto
Jun. 12th, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Season 5 has always been my favourite. Always. (Though there is brilliance scattered through all the other seasons.) I see Buffy on top of her power, glowing with it, in fact. Effulgent. For a start, SMG is looking her absolute best in this season – she's not yet painfully thin, her hair is gorgeous and her stylist is doing right by her (after some awful stuff in seasons 3 and 4). That's the superficial stuff. But as a Slayer, she's come into her own, and you see that right from the start in Buffy vs Dracula. She's glorying in her power, relishing the hunt. Slapping down the Count. She pulls Giles back in as watcher, and critiques her failings and tried to find solutions (Fool for Love).

I love the Dawn story, and how it is introduced like a smack in the face in that final delicious scene of BvD. Every time I watch that scene, I turn and say to my kids: imagine watching this for the first time! It would be WTF???? I love the way FFL explodes open Spike's story and our view of the Fab Four (that episode is brilliant on many levels), and Family finally makes Tara dynamic and interesting. I love Checkpoint, Intervention... I even love the episode near the end where BUffy goes into a traumatised trance... and all capped off with the Gift.

Added to that, season 5 was the last season where I completely trusted the writers.
rebcake
Jun. 13th, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
Season 5 is packed with great stuff, and you're so right about Buffy really coming into her power. Buffy vs. Dracula is a great season opener, and all the episodes you mention are fantastic. It's hard for me to really enjoy the season as a whole though, because it keeps piling things on Buffy — yet another desertion, her mother's illness and death, loss of college and the future it represented, a psychotic break — until she finally commits heroic suicide. It's too dark and heavy for me. Season 6 gets called out for being dark, but it's really the story of Buffy coming back into the light, so I find it more hopeful than Season 5. Still, if we had never had the Buffybot, or Dawn, or Lydia the Watcher, I would be very sad.
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