Monday, October 13, 2014

Why I love Buffy



Recently my son and I have been re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And yes, there's a significant cheese factor I may have overlooked the first time, but guess what? It's just as funny - if not more funny - than it ever was before. And I mean funny in a brilliant way. Let me give you an example of just how brilliant.

Oh, and if you haven't seen the show, spoiler alert.

In this episode from season 3, Spike returns to Sunnydale and kidnaps Willow in the hopes of creating a magic spell that will make Drusilla love him once again. Meanwhile, Willow and Xander are secretly lusting after one another (with Oz and Cordelia clueless); Angel is back, no longer demonic, and Buffy is trying to resist her feelings for him (why, I ask you? Why? Okay, so he killed a few people when he was demonic, but he's good again now and anyway everyone knows he and Buffy belong together. right?). Anyway, there's a lot of emotion in this episode between the secret lust, unfulfilled passion, and of course, poor broken hearted Spike. At one point he goes to Buffy's house and gets her mother to invite him, then, instead of doing something horrible, Spike pours out his heart to her.

Then, just to make things more interesting, the Mayor of Sunnydale (and is he awesome or what?!) has sent a few thugs to take care of Spike who's on his do-not-pass-go list. Buffy and Angel are forced to join Spike in order to save Willow and Xander, and Spike delivers these words of wisdom:




See? I told you they belong together.

Anyway, the obligatory fight scene ensues, after which all the vampires and demons are dead, and Spike does an about face and says,

"Now that was fun! It's been so long since I had a decent spot of violence; it's put everything in perspective. I've been all wrong-headed about this. If I want Dru back I've just got to be the man she loved. I'm going to do what I should've done in the first place: I'm going to find her, wherever she is, tie her up, and torture her 'til she likes me again."

He then tells Buffy and Angel where Willow and Xander are, and off he goes. Unfortunately, by this time  Cordelia and Oz have found them (thanks to Oz's wolfy nose), and caught them kissing. The last few scenes show the fallout. Buffy tells Angel she can't see him any more, Willow is all sad in her room, Xander moping  in the library, and Cordelia and Oz broken-hearted. It's a total dwell scene for everyone.

Except Spike. In the final scene of the show there he is, driving down the road in that car of his with the windows all blackened against the sun. He's got some punk rock blasting away and he's as happy as a pig in shite.

That's why I love Buffy.








31 comments:

  1. Torture her until she likes him - that would only work for him.

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  2. I LOVE Buffy! I rewatched the series last year and enjoyed it as much as the first time around. One of my favorites ever. And this episode is a classic. Love Spike and always loved Buffy & Angel together. <3

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    1. Spike is definitely awesome.

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  3. I really should watch that show. It sounds like so much fun. I've only seen bits and pieces.

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    1. It's wicked fun - as we say here in Maine :)

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  4. I loved that series. I have the whole thing on DVD. Reading this makes me think I need to watch it again. People who dis this show (and never watched it) have no idea the comedic genius of it.

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    1. Exactly! My son and I crack up over some of the lines.

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  5. LOL. I've only seen a couple episodes, but it's on Netflix now, so I may catch up.

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    1. It's really fun. And that's how I'm watching the series over again - on Netflix :)

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  6. I adore this show, too. I've watched it through a couple times. I particularly like the awkward episodes when Spike needs Willows help--there are a couple of them and they are ALWAYS brilliant.

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    1. Yep. That's exactly what happened. He kidnapped Willow and then after a good bit of violence decided he's cured. I wish I could've found a clip from the ending; that was hilarious!

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  7. Cheezy or not I've always loved the show. Yah, Spike is a favorite of mine and probably because he does have quite a bit of wisdom but doesn't mind sharing in a rather skewed way.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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    1. There is the cheese factor - especially some of the monsters/demons - but the characters...like Spike! He's horrifically bad, but we can't help but like him just a little. And Drusilla; she's so perfectly insane.

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  8. I've never seen this series. Maybe I need to.

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    1. I you should; it's good fun :)

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  9. Life's too short not to enjoy the silly stuff.

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  10. I think I remember that episode. Probably why I haven't gone for the rewatch. My sister-in-law's been showing them to my niece.

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    1. It was one of the best episodes - imo.

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  11. My teaching partner is a huge fan. My family and I tried it on his recommendation. Wife and I were okay but daughter was spooked - might need to wait a couple more years.

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    1. Yeah, the vampires and demons might be scary if your daughter is too young.

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  12. Okay, I skipped most of that post because I have never watched Buffy. But I might. I am really into binge-watching shows lately. And surprisingly, I actually get writing done while I watch.

    I have resisted Buffy for a long time, but I might have to give in. Assuming I can get it on Netflix. :)

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    1. You can definitely get it on netflix; that's how I'm watching :)

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  13. LOL! Yeah, it's a little cheesy for me. I grew up with way too many brothers to let myself indulge. Seriously. You should hear the mental dialog in my head when I start watching a chick-flick. I might be ruined for life. ;)

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    1. My son loves the show, but it isn't for everyone. That's for sure.

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  14. I never watched the series, but I happened to see the beginning of the episode where she found her mom dead. WOW. SUCH powerful stuff. Even though I'm not much for shows with any violence at all, it's almost worth battling through that for the great writing! Okay, now you've convinced me. I'm trying out Season 1 on Hulu!

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    1. I don't re-watch too many shows, but Buffy is worth it. Hope you enjoy!

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    1. It isn't for everyone, but I'm sure having fun watching again.

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