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30 Days of Buffy Meme — Day 2

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 Episode: This one is not tough at all. It's Fool For Love, y'all!

So many good episodes and still this one stands out: unexpected back story, loads of "historical" stuff, glimpses of slayers past, super funny Harmony, dead sexy Dru, and bonus Chaos Demon! This episode is a big fat payoff for continuity buffs. It explains Spike's name(s), his Slayer obsession, his scar, his coat, and his breakup with his paramour of 100+ years. The subway/alley back and forth is a dazzling, heart in the throat scene. It's also the episode that launched a thousand fanfics, and would be worthy for that alone. To top it all off, both Spike and Buffy get to fight back tears. Mmmmm, emotional.

I think the reason I like it so much is that it opens up the Buffyverse. We aren't just in this one, probably sucktastic, moment on the Hellmouth. We're all over the world and all through time. We are multitudes! There was some of this in Becoming back in Season 2, but that was mainly through Angel's eyes, and this gives us a whole host of possible perspectives. It's clear that we can't trust the teller of the tale, either, and that encourages the viewer to be a more active participant in the story. Nifty, yes?


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kikimay
Jun. 7th, 2014 12:14 pm (UTC)
Fool for Love is awesome, tbh. Totally approved.
rebcake
Jun. 7th, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
It's not perfect, but what a ride!
chasingdemons
Jun. 7th, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't know if I could pick just one favorite! But on any list, short or long, Fool for Love would be there.

An interesting twist to that question could be choosing one episode you would show to a friend you were trying to introduce to the show. Fool for Love would be great on that list.
rebcake
Jun. 7th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
It stands on its own, in a way that Once More With Feeling doesn't. OMWF is a ton of fun, but there's too much plot going on for newbies, IMO.

A couple of other episodes that I've had luck with in terms of ensnaring new viewers are Halloween and A New Man. There is enough time spent establishing the status quo before the characters are transformed that it's fun for everybody!

Edited at 2014-06-09 06:43 pm (UTC)
fruityandoaty
Jun. 7th, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
You've made me want to rewatch it! I can't say what my favorite episode is; too hard of a choice. But Fool For Love is perfect, for all the reasons you listed.

I don't have any canon ships I'm really passionate about, but that moment at the end of this episode when Spike comforts Buffy on the porch is when my head first lifted in interest to that pairing. It's such a great scene in a great episode.
rebcake
Jun. 7th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
It's a very Spike-centric episode, to be sure, but Giles gets one of his most touching moments, the Scoobies are hilarious during the snacking/slaying scene, and Dawn gets a moment of being slightly awesome as well. I like both Spike/Dru and Spike/Buffy (friendship or more) and there's plenty of both relationships in this one. The porch scene is a lovely counterpoint to all the bombast that led up to it. Quiet and companionable, which is always a good place for them to end up.
rbfvid
Jun. 7th, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
I agree, it's one of the best episodes, and mostly because of how it's putting things in perspective.
Only that terribly written historical scene, where Victorian gentlemen are behaving like modern school bullies... Arrrrgh, that stupid moment always make me angry, because otherwise episode is perfect.
rebcake
Jun. 7th, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
I must be more of a misandrist than you are, because the bullying from the "gentlemen" doesn't actually seem that impossible — except that there are women present. I don't think that bullying is anything new, or that Victorians were non-practiioners. It takes a lot of horrible behavior to build an Empire, after all. That said, the scene doesn't make much sense from a historical accuracy viewpoint. The modes of dress are too diverse to tell what kind a gathering could possibly be taking place. The women are too brash and outspoken to be "ladies". It's just very odd.

I've chosen to handwave it as William's weirdly inaccurate memory of his perceived humiliation. Because, on the emotional level, it works. It's his catalyst to give up absolutely everything that he was. It's real...for him.
rbfvid
Jun. 7th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
I've chosen to handwave it as William's weirdly inaccurate memory of his perceived humiliation. Because, on the emotional level, it works. It's his catalyst to give up absolutely everything that he was. It's real...for him.
Actually, it's an excellent explanation and a great way to come in terms with that moment. I should try it.
itsnotmymind
Jun. 7th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
Fool for Love is not my favorite episode, but it is the episode that turned me from a casual fan into an obsessive.
rebcake
Jun. 7th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. I tend to credit Season 6 for doing the same to me, but it was probably this episode that first did it. No, that's not right. It was the moment in School Hard when Spike turned his head to look at Drusilla for the first time. Just, guh. This episode just cemented it.
deird1
Jun. 10th, 2014 10:18 am (UTC)
It was the moment in School Hard when Spike turned his head to look at Drusilla for the first time. Just, guh.

YES. TOTALLY.
shapinglight
Jun. 9th, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
I don't think I could pick a favourite episode either, but yeah, this one comes pretty high.
rebcake
Jun. 9th, 2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
I remember reading an interview with Jane Espenson, who said that once they did this episode, they realized they could do anything, and immediately produced "Tales of the Slayers" which is still the best Buffyverse comic, IMO. It led to a creative flowering from the team, in a lot of ways, according to her. So I like for that, as well.
shapinglight
Jun. 9th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
I've never read Tales of the Slayers. Maybe I should try and get hold of it.
rebcake
Jun. 9th, 2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
It's a short-story style comic anthology, all about various Slayers through the ages. It's a one shot, so the commitment level is low. Tales of the Vampires is almost as good, but not quite.
makd
Jun. 24th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
Fool for Love is on my top five episodes of Buffy.
rebcake
Jun. 24th, 2014 03:59 am (UTC)
Of course it is. It's awesome. ;-)
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