Buffy the Vampire Slayer 101
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘ (1997-2003) was an American television show created by Joss Whedon, and this amazing show blossomed my high school years with the amazing innovative ways of story telling, hilarious comedy, mushy gushy romance and drama teaching with a glimpse of life lesson. On my last post I talked about why my favorite character in this show was Spike, but on this post, I will give you five episodes from six seasons of this show-goodness to convince you to watch this fantastic television show!
It was really hard to choose specific episodes because I did not want to give away those important moments in the storyline, but I mean, they still do contain some out of context subplot. If you want to watch ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ with 100% unexpected surprises, then I suggest you just watch it from beginning!
1. ‘Hush’ (Season 4 Episode 10)
Gentlemen from Hush
This is one of my favorite episodes out of the whole season because the story underlies the importance of communication and a unique storytelling comprised of music without human dialogues. There are hilarious actions from the characters who pick up the phone just to realize that they cannot speak through the line and from silent actions that have double meanings. There are also horrifying moments with the appearance of the Gentlemen who glide across the floor with freaky smiles that reach the top of their caved in cheeks of their pale faces. No one can scream. No can hear you. No one can help you while they cut open your hearts!
2. ‘Once More, with Feeling’ (Season 6 Episode 7)
Spike from Once More, with Feeling
How can I not introduce you to this episode which consists of musical numbers! This is the only episode where all the characters start to sing and dance to the music accompaniment, and the hard work that the actors and actresses (who are not professional singers) put in to make this episode work. The characters sing out their emotions and dance to express their inner thoughts as the gang tries to figure out why this is happening in their town Sunnydale.
3. ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’ (Season 2 Episode 19)
Buffy from I Only Have Eyes for You
This episode is a good introduction to this television series for those who love romance. The main character Buffy goes through the ups and downs of romance, and her friends also go through the same motions of love. I am not a big romantic person, but I have to admit that this episode contained drama that I actually connected with the characters through a romantic medium. Buffy solves a strange phenomenon in which two ghosts (James and Grace) who once attended her high school are still haunting on the school grounds. As Buffy tries to solve the problem, it gives an opportunity for her to reflect on her own romantic conflicts through the past lives of the ghosts. The following quote is from the episode:
Giles: “To forgive is an act of compassion, Buffy. It’s not done because people deserve it, it’s done because they need it.”
Buffy: “No. James destroyed the one person he loved the most in a moment of blind passion. And that’s not something you forgive. No matter why he did what he did. And no matter if he knows now that it was wrong and selfish and stupid, it is just something he’s gonna have to live with.”
Xander: “He can’t live with it, Buff. He’s dead.”
4. ‘Band Candy’ (Season 3 Episode 6)
Buffy and Giles from Band Candy
All the episode of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ contains snippets of funny moments, so I had a hard time to choose one episode for those who want to take a quick glance on the hilarious side of the television series. This episode portrays when adults become immature and unorganized and the impact it has on Buffy and her friends when things get out of control. It must have been a fun episode for the actors who played Buffy’s mother and Giles as they shed from their usual persona as a responsible adults to rowdy teenage kids. Buffy tries to figure out what caused the adults to behave like teenage kids and the motive behind this act.
5. Lie to Me (Season 2 Episode 7)
The last episode I wanted to talk about it how complex this television series with questions of life that we often ask ourselves and how life is not black and white. In this episode, Buffy meets a friend who claims to have transferred to her high school for good. Buffy is very glad with this news as she often reminisced her life before she came to Sunnydale. However the motive behind the reappearance of her friend seems to take an unexpected turn and she takes another leap in learning of what life is for her. ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ has various ways of showing raw emotions on screen, which I think lacks with a few present television shows.
It was really hard for me to choose only five episodes because there are a lot of great episodes in this television show. I did not want to give away major storyline with spoilers, so I hope I did justice in choosing these five episodes for those who are interested in watching ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. If you are still not interested in watching the television show after reading this post, then all I can say is that you’re going to regret it in the near future!