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My Favorite Episodes of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

  • Sep 13, 2009
Welcome to the Hellmouth
Season One. I only have one episode listed for the entire season but the season itself was a strong one with lots of clever dialogue and getting to know you situations for our main characters. As the years went on the series became even stronger but in the fifth year the series crashed and burned despite having a tremendous villain in the form of Glory. Of course "crashing and burning" when you're talking about Buffy still leaves you with a show that's much better than almost everything else on tv.
Season Two. Everyone who bought their costume at Ethan Rayne's shop becomes whatever their icostume represents, which means Buffy becomes an absolutely useless 18th century damsel during the crisis.
Lie to Me
Season Two. A bunch of ninnies all caught up up in Anne Rice's idea of the romance of vampirism want Spike to give them his dark gift. Yeah, sure.
The Wish
Season Three. Cordelia gets an up close and personal look at what Sunnydale would be like without Buffy after Anya grants her wish.
Season Three. Xander is left out as the rest of the gang battles creatures from the Hellmouth, but he has his own adventure with zombies that makes him feel a bit better about himself.
Graduaton 1 & 2
Season Three. Everybody gathers to take down the Mayor at his Ascension. I loved the Mayor.
Season Four. Buffy can't stand her new room-mate and concludes that she should kill her.
Season Four. Who can ever forget The Gentlemen, those eerie, mute, grotesqueries floating through Sunnydale ripping the hearts out of people as they lay helpless in their beds?
Season Four. Reality is altered and Jonathan the nerd is now Jonathan the Center of the Universe and Head of the Scoobies.
Season Four. After battling Adam, everyone falls asleep watching a video. Strange dreams ensue. Buffy meets the First Slayer, and then there's The Cheese Man.
Season Five. While Glory was a wonderful villain, this season marked a down turn in the overall quality of the series. Still they did manage to turn out stunning episodes like this one in which Buffy comes home to find her mother dead of natural causes after having resolved her previous medical issues. This was as powerful as anything ever presented on television.
Season Six. A perfect example of what the show could do when it was working right. Seasons 5, 6, and 7 were all angsty and overwrought and almost completely devoid of the humor that drew us to the show in the first place. But in this delightfully creative musical episode Joss Weedon remembered how he used to be able to put humor and angst together instead of making them mutually exclusive.
Season Six. Willow casts a spell hoping to make everyone forget the bad things that have happened. Instead they forget who they (and everyone else) are, and they have to piece things together from what they see around them.
Season Six. Anya returns to extract vengeance on Xander for leaving her at the altar. We finally get to learn her back story, but not why she's so afraid of bunnies.
Season Seven. Anya's back with a vengeance. This time she's done in a whole fraternity house and Buffy decides that she has to be stopped once and for all.
Season Seven. Willow hears from Tara, or does she? Dawn's seeing her mom, or is she? And Buffy is about to stake a newly risen vamp when he recognizes her and they sit down for a heart to heart talk before they fight to the death.

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September 23, 2010
Once more with Feeling is so great and that episode came as such a surprise and it worked so well. I never really like the idea of introducin Buffy's Sister for me that was a mistake but on the whole Buffy is a fun show.
September 23, 2010
I like the way in which she was introduced, but I agree that the character herself was a mistake--just like adding Xena's daughter was on that show.
September 22, 2009
Sweet list. I think that "Hush" was my favorite episode of Season Four, if for no other reason than Joss Whedon did this as a tribute to silent horror films. I also loved "Conversations with Dead People" simply because it was so eerie and funny at the same time. "Halloween" was also great.
September 22, 2009
Their second Halloween episode was good too but not quite as funny. I mean who can forget Giles showing up at the frat house with his ity bity chainsaw?
September 22, 2009
I also loved that third season episode where the evil candy makes all the adults act like irresponsinle teenagers and the fourth season episode where Buffy finds out the danger of beer and becomes a cavewoman. Hilarious!
September 22, 2009
Yeah, "Beer Bad". She got her revenge on the guy who dumped her after the one night stand even if she didn't remember it the next day. Who was your favorite villain? I liked Glory an awful lot, but I really loved the Mayor, he was just priceless.
September 22, 2009
Well, I loved the mayor because he was a dorky, germophobic conservative demon (wonderful combination), The Master (not only was his look based on Count Orlok, but he was really funny and possibly gay?), and I loved Drusilla because she was a darling, psychotic, but a total darling.
September 22, 2009
I liked The Master's look but he was pretty easily defeated. Of course Drusilla was a real top notch psycho but she was never one of the Big bads of the Year--unless you count the year that Angel went bad and she and Spike were in cahoots.
September 26, 2009
Yeah, I know. They had him scheming and plotting for 12 episodes and then when it came time to duke it out, he was a wimp. Spike and Dru were much tougher than that, even at their weakest. I also loved The First, mainly because it was just such a great concept (the most-ancient and incorporeal evil).
September 26, 2009
Plus we got Nathan Fillion that season.
September 15, 2009
Not too familiar with all the titles but I do remember vividly how I enjoyed this series! I need to own the entire collection...used or not!
September 15, 2009
Does any one episode stand out in your mind? I had to look up a couple of titles myself but it was easy because I do own all seven season. Bought 'em used and they were fairly reasonable that way.
September 16, 2009
There are quite a lot of episodes that stand out. Among my faves are the later ones because they got much darker. Willow turning evil is also a fave.
September 16, 2009
Just the opposite with me. I did like the early ones where Willow had her evil vampire doppelganger though. And the Evil Trio of Jonathan, Andrew, and Adam were good until Adam got really nasty.
September 14, 2009
The episode Hush is probably my all time favorite.  Great, now it's time to dig out the DVDs!
September 14, 2009
I'd be hard pressed to pick an absolute favorite, but "Hush" would be up there.
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