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Random Geekiness From Around The Web – 03/13/2015

A Happy Friday the 13th to everyone! Remember to start your Friday the 13th marathon soon, and that includes the TV series (a decent watch for nostalgia’s sake). Also, black cats are your friends so please treat them with kindness – they are good luck, after all. And darn cute too! I almost laughed out loud at work earlier because someone had the classic “ch-ch-ch-ha-ha-ha” sound as their ringtone. Try to get that out of your head for the rest of your day.

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Over the past few weeks (months even) there’s been a plethora of all sorts of awesome geek and pop culture news from around the world. I try to keep up with it all, and that’s what this post is all about. I’ve got quite a few cool bits of awesome new stories and events to share, so let me get a typin’. These are just some of the stories…** [cue Law & Order DUN-DUN]


Thank You Shoot/Person Of Interest Fans! ^-^

A quick shout-out to the curious readers and fans of Shoot and Person Of Interest who have been reading my latest blog post. I hope it’s been a fun read, and if you find yourself watching Shoot videos for the next several hours – no need to thank me. The first round of the AfterEllen poll closed today, so I will be posting the link to Round 2 on Monday as soon as it’s released.

Here’s another awesome fan video as my token of much appreciation for visiting Geeky Voyage and letting me geek out about one of my favorite couples:

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Credit: YouTube user eemersonm


Live in Denver, Phoenix or Dallas? Your Comic Cons Are Just Around The Corner!

Albuquerque once had a pretty big comic convention that ran for a few years called the Albuquerque Comic Expo. Sadly, it is no longer around due to several circumstances. Fortunately, there are several large out-of-state comic conventions in our neighboring states that aren’t far to drive to and one can go on a weekend excursion to. Check out the three major Southwestern USA conventions below:

DENVER COMIC CON (May 21st – May 24th, 2015)

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I’m attending DCC for the first time this year. I’m beyond excited because it’s my first time road-tripping up to Denver. There’s also an awesome list of guests that’ll be attending, and one that I am so stoked to see for the first time, being a longtime fan of their’s. Here’s a list of the celebs/comics artists/authors that will be attending this year:

ACTORS/ACTRESSES: The Animanics voice cast  celebration (Jess Harnell, Randy Rogel, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNellle, Maurice LaMarche), Amy Acker, Brian Cummings, Alan Tudyk, Sean Astin, Lou Ferrigno, Christopher Lloyd, Garrett Wang, Clare Kramer, Cary Elwes, Scott Wilson, Nichelle Nichols, Jewel Staite, Patrick Warburton, Michael Hogan, Lindsay Wagner, Emma Caulfield, Austin St. John, Vic Mignonga

COMIC ARTISTS/WRITERS: Howard Chaykin, Rafael Albuquerque, Art Baltazar, Trina Robbins, Steve Lieber, Ramon Perez, Peter Tomasi, Mark McKenna, Mark Irwin, Kyle HigginsJoëlle Jones, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jeremy Haun, Jackie Estrada, Fred Van Lente, Eric Canete, David Petersen, Dave Johnson, Crystal Skillman, Batton Lash, Andrew Robinson, Amanda Conner, Allen Bellman

If you’ve read my latest post about Person Of Interest’s Root & Shaw (#TeamShoot), you’ve probably seen me mention that I’m a big Amy Acker fan. I’ve been a fan for years and I am beyond excited to be seeing her for the first time. There’s also a lot of Whedonverse actors attending as well – I’m hoping for a panel featuring all of them. Oh, my lil’ geeky heart can barely contain itself! ❤

If there are any local fans who want to do a meet-up, or are willing to show a first-timer around, send an e-mail to sylentmari@gmail.com. Would love to hang out with like-minded geeks. I’ll be attending all three days – so glad my work is on a school break the same weekend.

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FAN EXPO DALLAS (May 29th – May 31st, 2015)

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Excuse the language for a second, but GILLIAN MOTHERFUCKIN’ ANDERSON is one of the special guests of this con. As a lifelong X-Files fan who started watched the series since the beginning and has followed Gillian’s career since, seeing her or even meeting her would be beyond badass. In my Celebrity Bucket List of People I Want to Meet, she’s at the top of the list (followed by Lucy Lawless and Eliza Dushku). She doesn’t do many convention appearances, so this is a rare opportunity to see her.

Firefly/Serenity, Batman, Superman, Star Wars & Doctor Who fans – there’s a couple of guests you’re gonna wanna check out too.

ACTORS/ACTRESSES: Scott Wilson, Ming-Na Wen, Jeri RyanCary Elwes, Gillian Anderson, Billie Piper, Jenna Coleman, Nathan Fillion, Morena Baccarin, Alan Tudyk, Tyler Posey, Carrie Fisher, Karen Gillan, Robin Lord Taylor, Adam West, Burt Ward, Henry Simmons, Drew Powell, Laura Vandervoort, Dean Cain

COMIC ARTISTS/VOICE ACTORS/WRITERS: The website’s giving me issues, but thus far – Stan Lee, Ed McGuinness, Kevin Conroy, Charles Martinet, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny

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PHOENIX COMIC CON (MAY 28TH – MAY 31ST, 2015)

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Lots of Whedonverse actors at this convention, along with two rare appearances by husband & wife team Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan (Buffy and Angel fans just had a heart attack). There’s a lot of great guests to and I’ve heard that this is an awesome convention to attend (from a family member that attends every year). So Southwest USA fans: you’ve got your pick of three awesome conventions to check out in May.

ACTORS/ACTRESSES: Alexis Denisof, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Edward James Olmos, Jason Momoa, Jim Beaver, Lou Ferrigno, Michael Shanks, Summer Glau 

COMICS ARTISTS/WRITERS/VOICE ACTORS: Alex Gordon, Billy Tucci, Brian Staveley, Cherie Priest, Delilah S. Dawson, Django Wexler, Greg Van Eekhout, M.L. Brennan, Marv Wolfman, Michael Martinez, Mike Zeck, Paul Cornell, Renee Witterstaetter, Sam Sykes, Scott Stigler, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Tom Kane, Van Jensen, Veronica Taylor, Viola Carr, Wesley Chu, Weston Ochse, Yvonne Navarro


The End Is Nigh For The Lord Of Hell: Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels Finally Being Released – May 19th, 2015scarletushb1

For years fans have been clamoring for more stories based on the Lord Of Hell, the Lead Cenobite, the “Guy in the S&M” gear – Pinhead, the lovable horror character from the Hellraiser series of films (total guilty pleasures after Hellbound: Hellraiser II; Hellraiser: Revelations is utter crap). Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites have captured the imagination of horror fans for years since their first appearance in the Clive Barker novella The Hellbound Heart. Over 20+ years later and Clive is re-visiting that world and bringing in a familiar face (Harry D’Amour) to help stop Pinhead from conquering Heaven, Hell, and our world.

The original manuscript for this book clocked in at a whopping 2000+ pages, but has been whittled down to 352 pages of Harry’s battle against Pinhead, who is murdering all of Earth’s magicians and occultists for his own nefarious purposes. While i’m sad to see an end to Pinhead’s story, it’ll be cool to re-visit his story and see how it concludes when The Scarlet Gospels is released this coming May.

Source: Clive Barker: Revelations


From Greek Gods to Deadites – Lucy Lawless Joins STARZ’s Ash vs Evil Dead

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Rejoice, Xena fans! Lucy Lawless will be re-teaming with her former Xena co-star, Bruce Campbell (we need a channel dedicated to him), in the Evil Dead spinoff series Ash vs Evil Dead, premiering sometime this years on the STARZ channel. I have many fond memories of Bruce as the suave & dashing thief Autolycus kicking major ass alongside Xena (or getting his ass kicked by her) in the episodes his character starred in, so it’ll be a ton of fun to see them on the small screen together again.

This time, though, Lucy’s character, the super-mysterious “Ruby,” is at odds with Ash. She thinks that he’s the one who brought the Deadites back into our world after their re-appearance in the years post-Army Of Darkness. Besides the Deadites, Ash is gonna have to do his best to convince Ruby that he’s not the cause of their return, but he will be the cause of their gory, juicy, nasty, bloody deaths (as is common whenever Ash, his trusty boomstick and chainsaw, and Deadites are involved).

I want this show to premiere now! The show will have a run of ten episodes and more have not been announced; could just be a mini-series spinoff. Either way, I need more Evil Dead and Bruce Campbell in my life.

Source: Dark Horizons


The Fall Returning For A Third Season; Fans Around the World Rejoice

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One of my favorite new series is the dark crime drama The Fall, which stars Gillian Anderson and Jaime Dornan in a modern “cat and mouse” chase between Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (my dream woman) and Paul Spector (a narcissistic bastard who sexually abuses, tortures, then murders his victims). I’m hoping we won’t see a long delay in the third season arriving on Netflix and TV sets across the globe. If you haven’t seen an episode of the series, I recommend that you find a free weekend or day to binge-watch the first two seasons, which total 11 episodes (and each one is about an hour long).

The ITV/BBC Two series has a large worldwide following and it only continues to grow as people discover it on Netflix, which has had exclusive streaming rights for the series for the past two years. It was a bit too dark for my family’s liking, which is kind of surprising considering that we’re all fans of Luther, which can be quite dark & gritty 99% of the time. I’ll win them over someday.

Gillian’s such a strong lead actress and her character is very no-nonsense and is immune to bullshit and misogyny. She’s confident in her abilities, she’s very independent, and she will do what she needs to solve the cases that come her way. And she will not put up with an asshole like Paul Spector either.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Retrospective (11): They Will Always Save Us [Team Slayer]

Author’s Note:  Enjoy this second of three parts featuring the various characters that make up the Buffy-verse. Our favorite villains from the series will be Part Three, and a final wrap-up post featuring all of the minor characters: good, bad, and neutral.

In the first part of this look-back at the diverse and large group of characters that make up the Buffy-verse, I wrote an ode to my favorite character: Faith Lehane. She’s one of the few characters on the show that was able to encompass both the good and bad parts of her psyche, but in the end she conquered her demons and stood besides her fellow sister Slayer, Buffy Summers. Faith’s road to redemption is a long journey, but one that she is facing with a sense of calmness and understanding of her previous actions. She has had help on this journey courtesy of Angel, who has also been seeking redemption on his own for years as well.

In this second of a three-part series on the characters of one of my favorite TV shows, I’m taking a look at the awesome characters from the Buffy-verse with an emphasis on the members of Team Slayer: Buffy and her friends, family, and allies. Not all of the good guys are featured, but mainly I’ve covered the major ones that have played significant roles in the series, including minor characters who have shown up in more than three episodes. Let’s take out our pom-poms and cheer for Team Slayer! Be prepared to see some future edits because I have a feeling a few slipped through my memory, and I apologize ahead of time for that.

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The Scooby Gang first drew me into their supernatural world full of horrifying demons, scary vampires, and menacing “Big Bads” (the main villain/s of each season) with their sarcasm, their humor, their strength, and especially their strong bonds with each other. A hero(ine) gains their strength from their army, and Buffy definitely has a great team always standing beside her. Team Slayer has accomplished a lot, and they deserve their place in television history for saving the world more times than we can count. They aren’t just friends to Buffy – they are as much family to her as her own blood relatives, and this strong connection that she shares with them has helped her through many a difficult situation that she has encountered in all seven seasons of the show.

What made Buffy the Vampire Slayer connect with so many fans when the show first aired was the fact that they were high schoolers, and many of us growing up at that time were the same age as them, the Scooby Gang. High school can be a torturous time for many teenagers who have to navigate through bullies, mean teachers, and trying to survive long enough to make it into college. Watching Buffy, Willow, and Xander – along with their many friends – navigate through high school while avoiding certain death from many horrible, nasty meanies and dealing with teenage issues spoke to a lot of us who were teens at the time.

Though Buffy had a lot of people who had her back and helped her out tremendously, there were times when she felt like the only person in the world with her powers. She didn’t have any other fellow Slayers that could help her understand her role as the Chosen One, and when she did find Slayers, bad things would happen to them (Kendra died in Season Two, Faith turned to the darkside halfway through Season Three, and the Potentials in Season Seven). When she was at one of her lowest points (Season Two’s “Becoming Parts 1 & 2,” Season Three’s “Anne”), Buffy had no one. Her friends and family didn’t understand the pain she was going through, the loneliness, and having this huge responsibility solely lying upon her shoulders. She was the Slayer, she was meant to conquer evil, yet she was an army of one without a fellow soldier to understand her inner turmoil and frustrations. Also, killing the love of your life doesn’t help when you’re in the middle of a nervous breakdown.

As we all know, Buffy finally became the leader and Chosen One she was destined to be by the end of the series, commanding an army of young women who had gone from Potentials to full-blown Slayers. She led an army against the First Evil’s Turok-Han (uber-vampires) in the battle in the Hellmouth, and she and her friends and allies barely escaped with their lives. A lot of lives were lost in the battle of Good vs. Evil, and Buffy would never forget the fallen.

Each of the following characters all have a special place in my heart, as I am sure they have a special place in your hearts too. We hold these characters in high regard and love them for their faults and for their strengths, and I thank Joss Whedon and his fabulous team of writers for fully developing these characters and keeping them from becoming bland, cookie-cutter placeholders as they navigated through the complex storylines. Let me introduce you to Buffy and her Slayin’ family as we appreciate all of the awesome things Team Slayer has done for the world:

ADDITIONAL NOTE: I have the characters below canon through their storylines in the series. They do not follow their storylines in the ongoing graphic novel series – haven’t read all of them yet. Their “living or dead” statuses are also listed by each character name. There were a of casualties on Team Slayer’s side, but the core group lived to the end of the series. 

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The “Original” Scooby Gang

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Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) –> Alive

The heroine of our show and the Chosen One, she has saved the world (with the help of her friends) ten thousand times over. Through perseverance, Buffy conquered not only her personal demons, but the literal demons that threatened to eat humans and destroy our world. We owe Buffy a debt of gratitude for saving our asses from the many apocalypses that could have wiped us out. In the end, she stood tall with her Scooby Gang, her sister Dawn, and fellow sister Slayer Faith as they all stared at the crater that once held their town of Sunnydale, California. You rock, Buffy!

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Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan [Denisof]) -> Alive

Willow was one of Buffy’s best friends, and one hell of a witch too. Another lesson learned: never underestimate the cute, redheaded geeky gal because she could be a powerful witch who can kick your ass faster than you can open a book. Willow would later become one of the “Big Bads” of Season Six; the death of a loved one (her girlfriend, Tara Maclay) triggered the darkness within her, turning her into Dark Willow (think Dark Phoenix). Willow was able to redeem herself and cast a super-powerful spell using a powerful Scythe that had been passed down through the Slayer generations, using Buffy and Faith’s Slayer strength and sharing it will all of the potential Slayers in the world.

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Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon) -> Alive

Xander is an integral part of the Scooby Gang, and a force to be reckoned with. He may not have the Slayer strength of Buffy or the magickal abilities of Willow and Giles, but his humanity grounded the Gang. A very trustworthy and strong friend who has felt “unwanted” or the “odd-man out” in the past (Season Three’s “The Zeppo,” Season Four’s “Fear, Itself”), Xander sacrificed a lot in the end and helped Buffy lead the Potentials into Slayerhood. Unfortunately, he lost an eye in a battle against “Big Bad” Caleb and had his on-off girlfriend/ex-fiancee Anya die in the battle at the Hellmouth. He survived the Hellmouth battle and stood with his best friends as they quietly celebrated their victory.

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Rupert Giles (Anthony [Stewart] Head) -> Alive

Giles was not only a Watcher to Buffy, but a father figure as well (her parents were divorced). Though he was mostly seen as a mousy librarian-type at the beginning of the series, Giles had a hidden past that included the vicious-sounding nickname “Ripper.” He was also not afraid to let that personality come out when it came to protecting his slayer (Season Five’s “The Body”). Giles and Buffy had their differences of opinion in several matters, but he would always stand and fight by her side, while protecting her as well. Come to think of it, he was a father-figure to those he stood watch over (the Scooby Gang, Dawn, etc.).

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Family Members

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Joyce Summers (Kristine Sutherland – Seasons 1-5) –> Deceased: Season 5

Buffy’s mother was a major part of the series when it first aired. Her sudden death was a shocking moment that floored many fans. She helped keep the Scooby Gang together and was a den mother to them, and also a romantic interest to Rupert Giles. Well, for one episode (“Band Candy”), but they did make a great couple. The most haunting episode of the series, “The Body,” showed how great of an impact her death had on her daughters and the Scooby Gang. We all know Buffy made her mom proud in the end, and I’m sure her mother was watching from wherever she was, looking down upon her with love. /cries

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Dawn Summers (Michelle Trachtenberg – Seasons 5-7) -> Alive

Dawn is Buffy’s sister but not her biological sister – more of a mystical sister. Huh? Before Season Four (and for most of her life), Buffy was an only child. Some monks created a human teenager from a source of magic called the Key. Putting the Key in human form was their insurance policy in keeping it away from a hell goddess named Glory. Buffy found out that her memories of Dawn were fabricated, but she grew to love her. Dawn grew into her own and became a valuable player in the Hellmouth battle.

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Former Scooby Gang Members

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Angel (David Boreanaz – Seasons 1-3) -> Alive

Oh Angel – you sexy brooding vampire. When we first meet him in Season One, he helps Buffy out whenever she found herself in a bind, but she barely knew anything about this mysterious hunk. There’s a reason for that – dude is a vampire! And a formerly brutal one at that! Buffy freaked out when she discovered Angel’s true nature, but fell in love with him regardless. As we all know, Angel turned back into Angelus in Season Two and thus became the “Big Bad,” along with Drusilla (Spike had a last-minute save in his favor). Angel came back into Buffy’s world, but their romance would still be ill-fated – Angel left at the end of Season Three and headed to Los Angeles to continue the good fight in the City of Angels.

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Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter – Season 1-3) –> Deceased: Died in Season 4 of Angel

Bitchy popular girl/cheerleader Cordelia was the least likely candidate for kick-ass individual. When it came to helping fight the forces of darkness, Cordy rose to the occasion. She dated Xander and became a pariah amongst her popular crowd (well, and hanging out with Buffy cemented that fate). Cordelia was a fun character to watch because she had some really funny lines in the series, though most of them were well-placed snark or sass at anyone who dared cross her path. One of my favorite Cordy-centric episodes is “Out of Sight, Out of Mind.” Cordelia would later join Angel and become an important person in his life, and a future love interest.

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Daniel “Oz” Osbourne (Seth Green – Seasons 2-3; made two appearances in Season 4) -> Alive

Cool, calm, mellow – these are just some of the many words used to describe resident werewolf Oz. I think we all have a friend who’s like Oz, and they’re the type of person that everyone is drawn to because they are good-hearted and relaxed by nature. Even though Oz was a werewolf, he was a conscientious one. When it came to his “time of the month,” he would lock himself up in the book cage in the Library, waiting for the night hours to pass so that he wouldn’t inadvertently harm anyone. Willow was his girlfriend and they were the cutest couple on the show (well, until Tara came along). Oz left temporarily to control his werewolf urges but came back to be with Willow. Willow had already moved on with a young woman named Tara, and Oz’s werewolf came out again. Oz had to leave yet again to try and control his inner werewolf so that he wouldn’t harm his friends or loved ones.

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Jenny Calendar (Robia LaMorte – Seasons 1-2) –> Deceased: Season 2

Jenny Calendar was a computer instructor at Sunnydale High who also moonlighted as a technopagan. She also had her own secrets that would later have devastating consequences. Jenny was a member of the Romanian Kalderash clan who shared a past with Angelus. He killed a member of their clan and a clan elder cast a spell on him, forcing his soul to re-enter his body. The curse did have one fault: it could be broken if Angel had one night of passion with his “true love.” Buffy and Angel made love on her 17th birthday, breaking the curse. Feeling betrayed by Jenny’s secret, Giles and the rest of the Scooby Gang shunned her. Jenny was able to create a program to translate the original curse, and she had just completed the translation on the night that Angelus paid her a visit in the episode “Passion.” Jenny didn’t have a chance to tell anyone about her triumph before Angelus killed her. Willow would later discover the disk and perform the curse (twice).

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Anya/Anyanka (Emma Caulfield – Seasons 3-7) –> Deceased: Season Seven

Anya, Anya, Anya. Every show has to have that sassy and brutally honest person that doesn’t spare words when it comes to revealing the truth about anything and everything. Anya is one of my favorite characters and I’m still a little mad that she didn’t make it to the end. Anya makes her first appearance as Anyanka, a vengeance demon who answers Cordelia’s wish about Buffy never making it to Sunnydale. After her identity is discovered, Anyanka’s amulet is destroyed and she reverts back to a teenaged woman – talk about punishment. With her years of knowledge, Anya was able to shed some light on Mayor Wilkins’ ascension at the end of Season Three. She later began a relationship with Xander and helped out the Scooby Gang, becoming a full-fledged member. Sadly, she didn’t make it to the end of the series, but she certainly left a last impression.

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Riley Finn (Marc Blucas – Seasons 4-6; left halfway through Season 6) -> Alive

There are few characters in our fandom that have divided fans quite like this former member of the Initiative and ex-boyfriend to our Slayer. Fans love him or hate him, but I don’t mind the guy at all. Riley was an important part of the Scooby Gang for a few seasons before he turned a bit dark and disappeared from the series. He went AWOL from the Initiative after finding out what their true purpose was (the research and development of new bio-mechanical monstrosities combining demon/human/machine), and aligned himself with Buffy and the rest of the Scooby Gang as they fought Season Four’s Big Bad,” Adam. While their relationship remained strong for a while, in the end he and Buffy grew apart and eventually ended their relationship.

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Tara Maclay (Amber Benson – Seasons 4-6) –> Deceased: Season Six

Tara is another character that fans were divided on, but a lot of us loved her. She had many strong traits: powerful, kind-hearted, caring, and full of love for her girlfriend and her friends. Her first appearance on the show was in the groundbreaking episode “Hush.” She was a fellow Wiccan in a group that also included Willow. Their first magickal connection came when they needed to barricade a door against the Gentlemen and their minions, and after they linked hands they felt an instant connection. That connection would later turn into feelings for one another, becoming one of the few gay couples on TV at the time. They were also my favorite couple (my Buffy OTP canon couple; my fanon is Fuffy). Willow’s growing addiction to magick would eventually lead to their break-up. Willow and Tara were able to rekindle their relationship for a few blissful hours before Tara’s death at the hands of Warren, part of the Nerds of Doom in Season Six. Her death devastated Willow, turning her into Dark Willow.

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Spike (James Marsters – Seasons 4-7) –> Alive; was deceased but return to life on Angel

Spike – how I love thee. Spike was originally one of the “Big Bads” of Season Two, arriving in Sunnydale with then-girlfriend Drusilla (my Spike OTP), ready to cause chaos and destruction and kill Buffy along the way. He was thwarted from his efforts countless times by Buffy, but his feelings for her would later start to grow at the end of Season Four as we headed into Season Five. He and Buffy eventually got into a chaotic, crazed, loving, passionate relationship. He became an invaluable member to the Scooby Gang after the Initiative (the secret military group from Season Four). When it came to the final battle at the Sunnydale Hellmouth, he sacrificed himself and saved many Slayer lives (he wore an amulet the Powers That Be had destined for one of their Champions). Though he died on Buffy, he was resurrected on Angel.

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Andrew Wells (Tom Lenk – Season 7) -> Alive

Formerly one of the original “Big Bads” of Season Six (the Nerds of Doom), before Dark Willow took over that title, Andrew was a reluctant addition into the Scooby Gang. More like a former evil villain kidnapped and made to play nice with the heroes. Though he could be annoying at times, he did provide some much-needed comic relief amongst the darkness that touched the storyline of Buffy’s last season. He stood up and became a hero in the final episode “Chosen,” fighting alongside Anya as they took down Bringers. Anya saved him before she was killed, and he would always be forever grateful for her act of selflessness, though the knowledge that she died for him would always weigh heavily on him. He continued on with the Scooby Gang in the comic series.

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Robin Wood (D.B. Woodside – Season 7) -> Alive

The son of Slayer Nikki Wood, Robin Wood was also the principal of the newly-rebuilt Sunnydale High. He helped Buffy regain some confidence as he asked her to become a school counselor, and he and Buffy shared a good rapport with one another. Robin, like many of the characters on the show, had many secrets of his own. One of the biggest? He was there the night Spike killed his mother, making her his second Slayer kill. Robin would never forget that moment because he was just a young child when it happened, and he swore vengeance against Spike. He and Spike eventually had a confrontation, but Buffy interfered and warned him to not pull any more crap again. Robin became a valuable member of the Scooby Gang, and he even had a love interest at the end of the series: Faith. He suffered a serious wound in the battle at the Hellmouth, but later survived his injury. In the comic series he and Faith part ways, but it was for the better.

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Fellow Slayers

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Kendra Young (Bianca Lawson – Season 2) –> Deceased: Season 2

Kendra was a no-nonsense Jamaican Slayer that was called by The Powers That Be (TPTB) after Buffy technically died at the hands of The Master, Season One’s “Big Bad.” Kendra was a strictly-disciplined Slayer in comparison to Buffy’s training wheels-style, and though both women would butt heads occasionally, they also complimented each other. Sadly for Kendra, she didn’t last long on the series after she met the business end of Drusilla’s nails in “Becoming, Part 1.” Poor Bianca Lawson can’t catch a break between Buffy and Pretty Little Liars when it comes to good characters being killed off. Kendra’s death also marked Drusilla’s first Slayer kill – a fact that Spike was quite proud of until Buffy threatened to kill her.

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Faith Lehane (Eliza Dushku – Seasons 3-4, Season 7) -> Alive

Jump back a post and read all about my Favorite Character (yes, that title has been bestowed upon her). Friend, former friend, frenemy, enemy, arch-nemesis, acquaintance, somewhat friend, but above all a sister Slayer to Buffy. A very fun character to watch as well (along with Anya and Spike). She came so close to gaining her own series, but those plans slowly disappeared after Eliza accepted a role on Tru Calling. A Faith series would have been so awesome, and probably on a cable network just for the profanity and sexual content. Heh heh…

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The Potentials (Felicia Day, Iyari Limon, Sarah Hagan, Indigo, etc. – Season 7) –> Multiple Deaths

Young women who were forced to face their destiny before they became of age. These Slayers-in-training were no match for the First’s Turok-han vampires at first when they encountered the uber-vampires while patrolling with Buffy or fighting for their lives against the Bringers. A very beneficial and powerful spell courtesy of Willow, as well as an awesome pep talk from Buffy, helped turned these Potentials into full-blown Slayers. They shared Buffy and Faith’s strength, stamina, and powers, and were able to help our sister Slayers defeat many a Turok-han in the final battle in Sunnydale’s Hellmouth. Special note: Potential Kennedy later became Willow’s girlfriend, helping her finally move on from Tara (though Tara would always have a special place in her heart).

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Retrospective (10): The Characters, Part 1 – Favorite Character (Always “Five by Five”)

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Well, Fellow Geeky Readers – I’m coming towards the end of my Buffy the Vampire Slayer Retrospective. I only have two or three more posts, along with a round-up post, to end this extended look back at one of my favorite television series. It’s been a long journey and a wonderful flashback at a series that captivated my imagination, and influenced me in many ways while I faced off against those dreaded teenage years. The world is a better place thanks to Buffy and her friends and allies.

What really makes the show so wonderful – besides the great set pieces, the storylines, and the dialogue – are the characters themselves. We all have favorite characters from the show, and we also have characters that we hate to love/love to hate. From Good to Evil, all of the characters that have appeared on the show have left their mark, and they will always be memorable for various reasons.

I am a huge fan of anti-heroes and villains myself. I love the good guys and always cheer them on, but I also secretly root for the other team. One of the most dynamic, talked-about, and fun characters to be introduced into the series is the focus of this first post about my favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer characters. Neither hero(ine) or villain, this character has certainly given Buffy and the Scooby Gang more than a few headaches, but in the end she was able to redeem herself on her own terms.

Let’s all gather together and take a peek at my favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer character:

Who is she? 

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Out of all of the characters that have appeared on the show, there is one character in particular that has captured my heart – fully and completely. A Slayer who is Buffy’s dark half, Faith Lehane is one of the best characters on the show, and her popularity has only continued to grow since her first appearance. Portrayed by the beautiful and equally kickass Eliza Dushku, Faith’s approach to slaying and life in general was in counter to Buffy’s, and they butted heads on more than one occasion. A fatal mistake caused Faith to join the forces of darkness towards the end of Season Three, but she was able to gain some respect back at the end of the series in Season Seven.

Eliza was able to take a character that could have easily shown up for a handful of episodes and turned her into a lasting presence with a large fanbase. She has certainly left her mark in the series, and her adventures continue on in comic series Angel & Faith. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re a fan of Angel and/or Faith, their friendship from Angel, or a Fangel (Faith/Angel) ‘shipper. It’s a very well-written and plotted series that teams up characters that I love as they continue their struggle with redemption and paying for the horrors of their past, while helping other lost souls in search of salvation.

Why is she my favorite? What’s her story?

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I love my villains as much as I love my heroes, but there’s just something about a character that walks that fine line between the light and dark aspects of their psyche. Faith moves between both, but her journey for redemption has found her in the plus column for Team Good. Faith is a complex character with a past that continues to haunt her, yet she has shown a significant amount of growth throughout the years. She is definitely a different person now than the rebellious Slayer that we were first introduced to as she slayed a vampire in front of Buffy and the Scooby Gang in Season Three’s “Faith, Hope and Trick” episode.

Faith’s ‘bad girl’ persona has always been a favorite of mine. She is snarky, sassy, and a wild child, but she can also be very dangerous. Her true colors really shone through in a pivotal episode in her storyline: “Bad Girls.” In this major Faith-centric episode, Buffy takes a break from being Lil’ Miss Good Slayer and decides to ditch school and hang out with her new “bestie,” much to Willow and Xander’s chagrin. Buffy discovers what it’s like to live a day in Faith’s shoes and it’s not half-bad. Unfortunately, things start to fall apart towards the end of the episode when our sister Slayers break into a sporting goods store and try to steal some weapons, escape from a police car, and the fateful moment when Faith mistakes a human civilian as a vampire. As soon as Faith drove the stake into Deputy Mayor Allan Finch’s heart, we fans looked on in horror as we realized what had just happened, and Buffy’s shocked expression perfectly mirrored ours’. At that moment things became real for our Slayers, and while Buffy tried to cope with the aftermath of Allan’s death, Faith started to slowly spiral downward.

Watching Eliza act Faith’s indifference to Allan’s death and the consequences of her actions is a testament to her talents as an actress. Her scenes as Faith at the end of Season Three showed great maturity as well as character development, and man – did we feel her pain. Gone was the care-free wild child – in her place was a hardened individual who looked towards the Big Bad of the season, Mayor Richard Wilkins, as her new surrogate father. Faith also became a new, very human enemy for Buffy and the Scooby Gang to battle.

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One of the most insane fight scenes between both Slayers arrived at the end of the first part of the season finale – “Graduation Day, Part 1.” Earlier in the episode, Faith had shot Angel with an arrow, poisoned with a substance that was deadly to vampires. The only cure for this poison was the blood of a Slayer, and Buffy was determined to not only make Faith pay for her actions after she joined Team Evil, but even willing to let her die to cure Angel. Unfortunately, Buffy was unsuccessful but was able to take Faith out of the game for a while (a coma will do that to you), as she and the Scooby Gang – along with their high school classmates – battled and defeated the Mayor and his minions.

Faith wakes up from her coma eight months after the Mayor’s defeat at the hands of Buffy. Looking for blood and revenge, Faith uses a device to switch bodies with Buffy. Faith sees how starkly different Buffy’s life is from her own, and she starts to slowly unravel (again). She hates who she has become, and Buffy is startled by the revelation as she sees Faith (in her own body again) disappear, location unknown. Faith makes it to Angel’s new home, Los Angeles, and causes hell and havoc as soon as she enters the city. She tries to kill Angel and hurts his fellow partners in Angel investigations: Cordelia Chase (punches her in the face) and Wesley Wyndham-Pryce (tortures him). But something inside of her finally breaks. Faith has finally hit rock-bottom and Angel is there to help her pick up the pieces, reminded of his own failings as a human and the devastation that he caused when he was his soulless alter-ego Angelus.

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After a heated confrontation with Buffy (having arrived in the City of Angels after hearing her archnemesis tried to kill Angel), Faith turns herself in to the police. She has a moment of serenity and calm as we see the camera focus on her face as she sits in a prison cell, finally finding some peace in her life. Of course, this won’t last long. Our dark Slayer is called upon to help Angel Investigations capture the newly-desouled Angelus. Angel visited Faith in prison several times, and she felt that she owed it to him to help him before his son, Connor, and the demonically possessed Cordelia killed him. Faith is able to capture Angelus after injecting herself with a mystical drug called Orpheus, which causes vampires to trip out as they drink from their human hosts. Angel’s soul is restored before Connor stakes him, and Faith makes her way back to Sunnydale to assist Buffy in her upcoming battle with Evil Itself, the First (Evil).

Faith is not exactly welcomed home with open arms (can we blame them?), but with reluctant acceptance of the help that she can offer Buffy and the Scooby Gang. The Scooby Gang has significantly grown with the newest additions to Team Good: the potential Slayers that have been arriving in Sunnydale, escaping from the Bringers sent by the First to kill off the Slayer line. Faith is finally (almost) fully redeemed in Buffy’s eyes during their fight in the Hellmouth against the First’s army, as Buffy hands over a powerful Slayer weapon to Faith – a sort of passing of the baton, of the deadly variety. In that moment, Faith is finally trusted by Buffy, and she does not let her down. My favorite Scooby Gang scene is the final shot in Season Seven’s “Chosen,” where our heroes gaze over at the crater that was Sunnydale before it imploded. In that last shot Faith stands with the remaining Scooby Gang members, having fought the good fight and surviving to live another day. Kudos to Joss Whedon for including Faith as an integral character to the final five episodes of the series.

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Favorite/Memorable Faith Quotes

  • “Ain’t it crazy how slaying just always makes you hungry and horny?” – “Faith, Hope and Trick” (Buffy)
  • “She got me really wound up. A fight like that and, no kill. I’m about ready to pop!” – “The Zeppo” (Buffy)
  • “I missed the mark last night and I’m sorry about the guy, I really am! But it happens! Anyways, how many people do you think we’ve saved by now? Thousands? And didn’t you stop the world from ending? Because in my book, that puts you and me in the plus column.” – “Consequences” (Buffy)
  • “What are you gonna do, B? Kill me? You become me. You’re not ready for that yet.” – “Enemies” (Buffy)
  • “Been standin’ still for eight months, B. How hard you look?” – “This Year’s Girl” (Buffy)
  • “’Cause I’m a stuck-up tight-ass with no sense of fun?” – “Who Are You” (Faith-as-Buffy) (Buffy)
  • “Face it, Wesley, you really were a jerk. Always walking around like you had a great big stick shoved up your English Channel.” – “Five by Five” (Angel)
  • “I gotta be the first Slayer in history to be sponsored by a vampire.” – “Sanctuary” (Angel)

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Faith-Centric Episodes to Check Out
(Episodes That Feature Lots of Faith)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Season Three

  • “Faith, Hope & Trick”
  • “Revelations”
  • “Bad Girls”
  • “Consequences”
  • “Enemies”
  • “Choices”
  • “Graduation Day, Parts 1 & 2”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Season Four

  • “This Year’s Girl”
  • “Who Are You”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Season Seven

  • “Dirty Girls”
  • “Empty Places”
  • “Touched”
  • “End of Days”
  • “Chosen”

 Angel – Season One 

  • “Five by Five”
  • “Sanctuary”

 Angel – Season Four

  • “Salvage”
  • “Release”
  • “Orpheus”