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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Retrospective (12): They Will Try to Destroy Us [Team Evil]

Enemy. Arch-nemesis. Villain. Stranger Danger. Many words can be used to describe our adversaries – those individuals, both human and monster, that are trying to kill or destroy us on a daily basis. What? This doesn’t happen in your life? Well now, this is a bit awkward. Ahem…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer has seen its fair share of some pretty unique Bad Guys who have tried to make sure the Slayer dies permanently and stays six feet under. Not even dying several times could keep her down, and she even clawed her way out of her own grave. That’s pretty hardcore, but Buffy always bounces back from the afterlife. Throughout the show’s seven season run, there have been many formidable opponents that Buffy has had to face down on a weekly basis.

 None have been more formidable than the appropriately dubbed “Big Bad.” Bonus points if you can figure out which season and which baddie that phrase first referred to. Give you another minute…a few more seconds… OK, now for the answer: Buffy first used the term to describe Angel after he had turned into his nasty alter-ego Angelus in Season Two. Angelus was the Big Bad thing that lurked in the dark after he turned, and Buffy had to use all of her Slayer-ness to fight him off without dying.

Buffy’s Big Bads’ have been some of the scariest and powerful enemies that she’s encountered on the show, and one she held a very personal and emotional connection with. The Big Bads have progressively gotten more powerful and scary as each season passed, starting with a vampire known as the Master, and ending with Buffy and the Scooby Gang and Potentials literally fighting the First Evil and its minions. She’s also fought a human-turned-demon, a cybernetic monster built with demon and human parts, a Hell God, three nerds with evil plans, and her best friend. Each of these foes beat her down physically, emotionally, and mentally, yet every single time Buffy was able to find the much-needed strength within herself and the love and support of her Scooby Gang to defeat each super-villain.

It would be easy to go in-depth about each of the Big Bads listed below, but why do that and ruin the surprise for those of you out there who have yet to see the show? Instead I’m gonna throw screenshots at you and tell you, Fellow Geeky Readers, what awful, super-evil deeds that they’ve done. For your homework tonight, People Who Haven’t Seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is to sit down and watch every single episode and decide who your favorite Big Bads are.

There will be a separate post following shortly showcasing the other monsters and villains that we’ve seen in each season of the show, but the Big Bads deserved their own post. They simply cannot be lumped together with the rest of the Team Evil pack – that wouldn’t be fair to them. Though the auxiliary baddies have been as much fun to watch as our Big Bads.

SPOILER WARNING: As always, I would like to remind all readers that there are spoilers below. Each Big Bads’ death is revealed, so it you want to keep your virgin eyes away, proceed to another post. So, tread carefully and enjoy.

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The Big Bads (Through the Seasons)

The Master – with Darla (Season 1)

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Episodes: “Welcome to the Hellmouth,” “The Harvest,” “Never Kill a Boy on the First Date,” “Angel,” “Nightmares,” “Prophecy Girl”; Season 2 – “When She was Bad”; Season 3 – “The Wish”

Pros: The Master was a powerful and old vampire (over 600-years-old) who couldn’t be killed by normal vampire-killing methods; the older the vampire, the harder they fall. He was able to use hypnosis on Buffy and was able to drown her, killing her (the first time). Darla was Angel’s maker and tried to seduce him into coming back into the Order of Aurelius, run by the Master.

Cons: Though the Master was strong and older than most vampires, he could still be killed. Buffy was able to fight off his hypnosis ability and kill him. His arrogance was also his downfall. Darla underestimated Angel and his former devotion to her. Angel was able to use his past history with Darla to get close enough to her to stake her.

Dastardly Deeds: TheMaster – had his minions kill innocents in order to help him gain the strength needed to escape the Hellmouth. He also managed to kill Buffy by drowning her, but she was saved thanks to Xander and CPR. Darla attacked Buffy’s mother and tried to pin it on Angel, but Joyce recalled seeing a blonde-haired woman at her house, indicating Darla had paid a visit.

Cause of Death: TheMaster – falling upon a huge piece of broken wood as he fell through the skylight that led into Sunnydale High’s library. Darla – staked by her former lover and child, Angel.

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Spike, Drusilla, and Angelus (Season 2)

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Episodes: “School Hard,” “Halloween,” “Lie to Me,” “What’s My Line, Parts 1 & 2,” “Surprise,” “Innocence,” “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” “Passion,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” “Becoming, Parts 1 & 2”; Season 3 (Spike) – “Lover’s Walk”; Season 4 (Spike) – “The Harsh Light of Day” and “Wild at Heart”

Pros: Spike – anarchic behavior allowed him to be more dangerous than other vampires. He also became one of the leaders of the Sunnydale vampires, along with Drusilla, organizing them into a strong force that put up quite the fight against the Slayer and her allies. Drusilla – her “psychic” abilities and general psychosis and sociopathic behavior made her a very dangerous enemy. Her unpredictability was legendary and proved to be a valuable asset to her and Spike during their initial reign of terror. Angelus – the most dangerous of this vampiric trio, his intimate knowledge of the Slayer and the Scooby Gang allowed him to invest his time in psychological and mental warfare, causing a terror campaign that tore the Slayer down, causing her to doubt herself and her friends wondering if she was strong enough to kill him if it got to that point.

Cons: Spike – his arrogance got him his ass handed to him several times, and he was unable to kill the Slayer, much to his chagrin. Falling in love with her later on probably didn’t help either, and some signs of that showed in the season finale. Drusilla – does being super-duper-crazy count? While she used her psychotic episodes to her advantage, they also proved to be a disadvantage when it came to killing the Slayer. Well, at least when it came to Buffy and not the vampire slayer called after her. Angelus – arrogance was also one of his negative traits, and fighting the feelings that he felt for Buffy.

Dastardly Deeds: Spike – killed a few Sunnydale citizens, including high school students, and took over control of the gang of vampires that were roaming about aimlessly after the Master was killed, and killed the Master’s chosen one, the Anointed One (he was annoying, after all). Drusilla threatened many a person, both human and non-human, but her most dastardly deed was the brutal killing of the slayer Kendra, who was called after Buffy’s short-term death. Drusilla hypnotized Kendra and slit her throat using her nails, causing the young woman to bleed to death; Buffy later discovered her lifeless body after Angelus tricked her into leaving the high school unguarded. Angelus himself was responsible for many horrible acts, though none were as sinister as Jenny Calendar’s murder and the way he left her body for Giles to discover when he returned to his townhouse. Angelus also captured Giles and tortured him, trying to get information from him about unleashing the demon Acathla upon the world.

Cause of Death: Spike and Drusilla survived this season, which left Angelus/Angel as the only casualty of the season. After using his own blood to summon Acathla to form a portal that would send Earth’s citizens into one of the many Hell dimensions, Buffy ran a sword through him – his blood was needed to close the portal as well. Unfortunately for the both of them, Angelus’ soul was restored to him and he turned back into Angel, but the portal had already been opened. Buffy, devastated by this turn of events, asked him to close his eyes before killing him. Yeah – as I’ve mentioned before, I still cry like a baby during this scene. But as we all know, Angel’s death was not a permanent one.

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 Mayor Richard Wilkins with Mr. Trick and Faith (Season 3)

Episodes: “Faith, Hope and Trick,” “Band Candy,” “Lover’s Walk,” “Gingerbread,” “Bad Girls,” “Consequences,” “Doppelgangland,” “Enemies,” “Choices,” “Graduation Day Parts 1 & 2”; Season 4 – “This Year’s Girl”

Pros: Mayor Wilkins – he was the mayor of Sunnydale, after all. He was also invincible and immortal for a short time, while he was preparing himself to become a full-fledged serpentine demon. He also used his surprisingly charming personality to gain Faith’s trust and loyalty after she defected from the Scooby Gang. MayorWilkins didn’t fear anything, which worked in his favor. Mr. Trick MayorWilkins’ loyal vampire lackey who was left supervisor-less after Faith killed his former boss, the ancient vampire Kakistos. He didn’t last long ’cause the Dark Slayer herself staked him, inadvertently saving Buffy’s life, though at that point they were already becoming enemies. Faith – like Angelus, had intimate knowledge of the Scooby Gang and Buffy and used that to her advantage during her epic confrontations with the Slayer. Having a good guy turn bad is never a good thing.

Cons: MayorWilkins – his love and affection for Faith later turned out to be his biggest weakness, which Buffy exploited at the end of the season when she battled him and his demonic team at Sunnydale High. Mr. Trick – he jumped bosses quickly and was more of a behind-the-scenes vampire versus being front-and-center in the fight. Faith – like Drusilla and more famously Callisto from Xena, Warrior Princess, being a bit bitchy and sociopathic and psychotic doesn’t really get you anywhere in the world, as she quickly learned. And even though she harbored lots of hate and rage towards Buffy, she did feel some love towards her too. Being knocked out and falling into a coma doesn’t help either.

Dastardly Deeds: MayorWilkins – lots to name, but he ate quite a few graduating high school students in the season finale. And he also became a real demon, which made him giant-sized and twice as scary. Mr. Trick – he killed a few innocent people before being offed. Faith – also too many to list, but she murdered a vulcanologist at the Mayor’s behest, killing an innocent life for his hidden agenda. Deputy Mayor Allan Finch’s death was an accident, but her actions afterward and coldness towards his death led to her descent into the darkside.

Cause of Death: MayorWilkins – snake jerky, thanks to thousands of pounds of explosives rigged in and around Sunnydale High. Mr. Trick – death by staking (common vampire death), courtesy of Faith. Faith – the only survivor of this season, but she later redeemed herself and helped Buffy at the end of the series.

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Adam (Season 4)

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Episodes: “Goodbye Iowa,” “Who Are You,” “Superstar,” “New Moon Rising,” “The Yoko Factor,” and “Primeval”

Pros: Unstoppable killing machine built by a secret military agency that created the perfect soldier – cybernetics, human, and demon body parts. Oh, and a radioactive core that powered him that made him invincible as well. Adam was a dangerous hybrid that out up quite the fight against Buffy and almost killed her on several occasions when the two met to battle against each other.

Cons: Being a stupid killing machine whose arrogance would be his undoing, Adam was also one of the more boring Big Bads of the series. He was cool to look at, but left much to be desired.

Dastardly Deeds: Killed many Initiative soldiers and scientists, fileted a young boy so that he could study human anatomy, and recruited Spike to temporarily help him gain an upper-hand against Buffy and the Scooby Gang by pitting them against each other.

 Cause of Death: Using an awesome spell (Xander, Willow, and Giles formed the core that helped her out) that summoned an ancient Sumerian being to give her strength, Buffy went all demon goddess-like, beating the crap out of Adam and ripping his radioactive/organic heart out, killing him instantly. Goodbye Mr. Terminator-meets-Pumpkinhead-meets-Human Soldier Monster!

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Glory (Season 5)

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Episodes: “No Place Like Home,” “Family,” “Shadow,” “Checkpoint,” “Blood Ties,” “I Was Made to Love You,” “Forever,” “Intervention,” “Tough Love,” “Spiral,” “The Weight of the World,” “The Gift”

Pros: Glory was a Hell God, after all. I think that puts her towards the top of the list of Big Bads. Oh, and she was sassy and bitchy and snarky and gorgeous, with a great sense of style. And she had many demonic minions at her beck-and-call.

Cons: All her pros were also cons, and she also switched between her real self and turning into her human avatar, Ben, which Buffy exploited during their intense battle in the pivotal episode “The Gift.”

Dastardly Deeds: Glory did invade a human host, leaving poor Ben trapped within his own body. She also had a gross and scary ability to suck human minds by pushing her fingers into her victims’ skulls, turning them into lobotomized versions of themselves. Poor Tara was one of her victims, sacrificing herself to protect Dawn when Glory was looking for the “Key” (a mystical entity that could open portals between our world and other dimensions). Tara made her believe that she was the Key, and Glory drove her insane after feeding off of her. Tara recovered after Glory was taken out.

Cause of Death: Her human host, Ben, was suffocated to death by Giles. Glory herself was beaten into submission using the Dagon Sphere and Olaf’s Hammer, courtesy of Buffy and some major ass-kicking. She was forced back into her human host, and presumably is back in her Hell dimension. Buffy ended up dying because Dawn (being the Key) had her blood used to open the portal into Glory’s dimension, but Buffy’s blood could also be used to close it (Dawn was created using Buffy’s bloodline). Her sacrifice ended up saving the world, until the next Big Bad came along to threaten it.

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Nerds of Doom [Warren Mears/Andrew Wells/Jonathan Levinson] and Dark Willow (Season 6)

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Episodes: “Flooded,” “Life Serial,” “Smashed,” “Gone,” “Dead Things,” “Normal Again,” “Entropy,” “Seeing Red,” “Villains,” “Two to Go,” “Grave”

Pros: Nerds of Doom – they were undetectable for a while as Big Bads because they were human and seemed harmless to Buffy and the Scooby Gang, but their real intentions would soon be found out. Dark Willow – she absorbed an insane amount of magick and became the most powerful with on Earth at the time, and with her being such a huge part of the Scooby Gang, they couldn’t bring themselves to possibly killing her when she went on her rampage, which resulted in the death of one of the Nerds.

Cons: Nerds of Doom – not as dangerous as the other Big Bads, though Warren was clearly the ringleader who wasn’t afraid to commit acts of evil. Jonathan and Andrew followed him, but were leery to performing acts of evil (Jonathan the most cautious of the three). Andrew would later kill Jonathan after being tricked into doing so by the First, disguised as Warren. Dark Willow – thought her magickal power was unmatched, she was stopped by her best friend, Xander, who reminded her of the humanity that was still left inside, and he helped bring her away from the darkness and turmoil inside her soul that was threatening to not only destroy her, but the world itself.

Dastardly Deeds: The Nerds of Doom tried to cause chaos and destruction, and try unsuccessfully to kill Buffy on several occasions, but Warren was able to succeed in killing a crucial member of the Scooby Gang and seriously injuring another: Tara and Buffy, respectively. Tara’s death was the catalyst for Willow turning into a dark, black magick version of herself, and she sought revenge for Tara’s death by going after our nerdy trio, successfully killing Warren before Buffy and gang were able to stop her. She also tried to destroy the whole world – her pain was that deep. Losing someone that you love so suddenly can cause so much grief, and Willow wanted the world to feel hers.

Cause of Death: Andrew and Jonathan survived, but Warren died at the hands of Willow, being flayed alive and hung up to die (getting your skin ripped off can lead to massive bleeding – FYI). Willow never died, so only one major Big Bad casualty in this season.

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The First [aka The First Evil] – with Caleb, the Turok-han and Bringers (Season 7)

the-first caleb bringersNote: Bringers picture above from Season 3’s “Amends”

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Episodes: “Lessons,” “Beneath You,” “Conversations with Dead People,” “Sleeper,” “Never Leave Me,” “Bring on the Night,” “Showtime,” “Potential,” “First Date,” “Get It Done,” “Dirty Girls,” “Empty Places,” “Touched,” “End of Days,” “Chosen”

Pros: Caleb – tough preacher obsessed with serving his master, theFirst. Likes to kill young woman who could potentially be Slayers in the future. With the First giving him his strength, he was pretty unstoppable until a scythe got in the way. Turok-han – uber-vampires that were tougher to kill than your average Sunnydale vampires, they killed many Potentials and proved to be difficult adversaries for Buffy and the Scooby Gang. Bringers – worshippers of the First that have been seen in Sunnydale before but played a major role in Season 7. They were responsible for hunting down all potential Slayers and killing them before they could gain full strength. The First – literally the FirstEvil to have existed on Earth, its influence was felt in every season as Buffy faced off against one dangerous Big Bad after another.

Cons: Caleb – easily killed by sharp objects, crazy for a god that doesn’t exist (the First); Bringers – sharp objects; Turok-han – take what kills normal vampires and crank it up to 1,000; The First – can make evil suggestions, but can’t really kill anyone (being an evil spirit and all).

Dastardly Deeds: Killing lots of future Slayers, messing with the Scooby Gang, causing Spike to kill innocents after regaining his soul, not being as witty as one thinks (here’s looking at you, Caleb).

Cause of Death: Caleb – sliced in half by the Slayer Scythe; Turok-han – killed by Slayers (Buffy, Faith, and the former Potentials), huge beam of sunlight courtesy of Spike’s special amulet; The First – hidden deep below the imploded Hellmouth, waiting to return another time.

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AUTHOR’S NOTE: It should be noted that five of the Big Bads (or allies to the Big Bads) were able to redeem themselves from their wicked ways, or were good guys who plunged toward darkness. In the case of Spike and Andrew, they started off as Big Bads but eventually joined the Scooby Gang (Spike in Season 5, Andrew in Season 7), and the other three were all Scooby Gang members at one point before their destinies took a dark turn: Angel (Season 2), Faith (Season 3), and Willow (Season 6). These five former villains would become pivotal members during the last episode of the show, “Chosen,” and their contributions helped Buffy defeat the main villains while starting a new life outside of Sunnydale.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Retrospective (9): Full Season Pick-Up (Favorite Episodes – Part 3 of 3 – Season Seven)

Author’s Note: Nope, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. This is the second half of Part 3 of my Favorite Episodes post, posted on here just mere hours after the first one. This is a new record for me. 

It’s finally here – the final part of my love and appreciation of the awesome episodes that make up the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With Season Seven as the last season of the series, I made an editorial decision to showcase all 22 episodes with this post, while highlighting my favorites from this season. Buffy has come a long way from being the naïve cheerleader that she was when she first discovered her calling, to be a battle-hardened young woman who has lost a lot and loved a lot, and in the end ultimately prevailed against evil (for the time being, until her story continued in comic form).

In Season Seven, Buffy reluctantly welcomed back a former frenemy who would step up and help her, slowly mending the pain their destructive relationship had left behind.  She would also say “goodbye” to two former lovers, though one re-enters her life in the comic series. She will fall yet again but remain the victor, and she has an army of young woman who became Slayers – through a powerful spell that shared her strength – to help fight her most dangerous Big Bad of the series: The First Evil itself.

It was a very sad and emotional day for me when I watched the original airing of the final episode. I was a month shy of my 22nd birthday, back in 2003, and I was still living at home with my parents. I remember watching the episode with tears refusing to fall from my eyes until the final scene. I had watched my two other favorite shows disappear in 2001 and 2002: Xena, Warrior Princess and The X-Files, but I felt much more satisfied with Buffy’s ending, though it took some reflection over the past few years to come to that point. Well, the Xena and X-Files finales kinda sucked, but I say that out of love and respect for those shows. That final scene at the end of “Chosen,” with the Scooby Gang (Faith included) looking on as they stared at the sinkhole that formerly held Sunnydale was a powerful shot, and the funniest  moment was seeing the “Welcome to Sunnydale” sign finally toppling over the edge of the massive sinkhole. The poor sign had to deal with Spike running into it twice, and I think it decided to just give up and go out gracefully to its untimely demise.

I have many thoughts and feelings and emotions wrapped up in this season. When it originally aired it was my least favorite, but now as I’ve grown older and have been going back to watch a lot of my favorite shows from the beginning, I have a lot more admiration and respect for it. It’s hard to come up with 22 episodes and tell a unique story in each, knowing that the end of the show is nigh, but Joss and his team of writers did a fine job.

Join me as I take a walk through memory lane as I dedicate this final “Favorite Episodes” post to the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As stated in the first half of this final part, I am posting this now with my thoughts included at a later time, after things have settled down in my personal life.

There are spoilers, so please proceed with caution.

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SEASON SEVEN

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Episode 1 – “Lessons”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Halfrek, Principal Wood, Kit Holburn, Carlos Trejo, The First (in the forms of the following: The Master, Drusilla, Mayor Richard Wilkins, Adam, Glory, Warren Mears)

Notable Quote: “Stay away from hyena people, or any loser athletes, or if you see anyone who’s invisible…” – Buffy

“I think it’s pretty safe to say I’m not going to see anyone who’s invisible.” – Dawn

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Episode 2 – “Beneath You”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Principal Wood, Nancy

Notable Quote: “I had a quota, the guy had it coming. What’s the big?” “I think I’m gonna be sick.” “Anya, that thing you created burst through the solid pavement and ate her dog.” “Ooooh, puppy!” “Wait, that gets your sad noise? People’s lives are in danger, and you give it up for the Yorkie?” – Anya, Nancy, Buffy, and Xander

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Episode 3 – “Same Time, Same Place”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Gnarl

Notable Quote: “It’s pretty easy. Spike follows the exciting smell of blood and we follow the fairly ripe smell of Spike.” – Buffy

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Episode 4 – “Help”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Cassie Newton, Peter Nichols, Amanda (future Potential)

Notable Quote: “You think I want this? You think I don’t care? Believe me, I want to…be here, do things. I want to graduate from high school, and I want to go to the stupid winter formal… I have this friend, and it would be fun to go with him. Just to dance and hear lame music to wear a silly dress and laugh and stuff… I’d like to go. There’s a lot of stuff I’d like to do. I’d love to ice skate at Rockefeller Center. And I’d love to see my cousins grow up and see how they turn out ‘cause they’re really mean and I think they’re gonna be fat. I’d love to backpack across the country or, I don’t know, fall in love, but I won’t. I just never will.” – Cassie

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Episode 5: Selfless”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, D’Hoffryn, Halfrek

Notable Quote: “I uh, I don’t talk to people much. I mean, I talk to them, but they don’t talk to me. Except to say that “your questions are irksome,” or “perhaps you should take your furs and literal interpretations to the other side of the river.” – Anya

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Episode 6 – “Him”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Principal Wood, RJ Brooks, O’Donnell

Notable Quote: “Damn love spell! I have tried every anti-love spell spell I can find.” “Even if you found the right one, guy would probably just do an anti-anti-love-spell spell…” “What?” – Willow and Anya

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Episode 7 – “Conversations with Dead People”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Holden Webster, Andrew Wells, Jonathan Levinson (his last appearance, alive), Joyce Summers (ghostly form), The First as Cassie Newton/Warren Mears

Notable Quote: “I can see it now. Candlelight, the Indigo Girls playing, picture of your dead girlfriend on your bloody lap. Oh, baby, you left such a big hole. It hurt so bad! You don’t know hurt. This last year’s gonna seem like cake after what I put you and your friends through, and I am not a fan of easy death. Fact is, the whole good versus evil, balancing the scales thing? I’m over it. I’m done with the mortal coil. But believe me, I’m going for a big finish.” “’From beneath you, it devours.’” “Oh, not ‘it’…ME.” – The First (as Cassie) and Willow

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Episode 8 – “Sleeper”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Charlotte, Robson, Aimee Man in a cameo appearance (included ‘cause she has dialogue)

Notable Quote: “Why would a vampire lie about who sired him? What’s that’s? Some kind of status symbol for the undead? My sire can beat up your sire.” – Xander

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Episode 9 – “Never Leave Me”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Principal Wood, Andrew Wells, The First as Warren Mears/Jonathan Levinson, the Watchers’ Council (Quentin Travers, Lydia, Nigel, etc. – all dead)

Notable Quote: “I am Willow. I am Death. If you dare defy me, I will call down my fury, exact fresh vengeance, and make sure your worst fears come true! OK?” – Willow

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Episode 10 – “Bring on the Night”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Principal Wood, the Potentials (soon-to-be Slayers: Kennedy, Molly, and Annabelle), Andrew Wells, Joyce Summers (dream-form), The First as Drusilla

Notable Quote: “Are you sure this thing called itself The First?” “Pretty sure. It claimed to be the original evil, the one that came before anything else.” “Please, how many times have I heard that line in my demon days? ‘I’m so rotten, they don’t even had a word for it. I’m bad. Baddy bad bad bad. Does it make you horny? Or terrified. Whatever.” – Willow, Buffy and Anya

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Episode 11 – “Showtime”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, the Potentials (from this point on, their own group: Kennedy, Molly, Rona, Chloe, Vi, etc.), Andrew Wells,

Notable Quote: “I think a guy slayer would be badass. Like-like if there was this ninja, a guy slayer would be like, ‘you may be silent, but this’ll shut you up.’ Hiya” – Andrew

“Buffy could stomp ninja ass.” – Dawn

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Episode 12 – “Potential”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, the Potentials, Andrew Wells, Clem

Notable Quote: “It’s like a gay bar…but with demons.” – Vi

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Episode 13 – “The Killer in Me”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, the Potentials, Andrew Wells, Amy Madison, Willow-as-Warren Mears (via spell)

Notable Quote: “Let’s start with the easy stuff. How long have you know…that you were gay?” “Wait. That’s easy? And what, you just assume that I’m gay. I mean, presume much?” “Okay, sorry. How long have you enjoyed having sex with women?” “Hey! What, you think you have some sort of special lesbo-dar or something?” “Okay, you know that there’s a better word for that, right?” – Kennedy and Willow

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Episode 14 – “First Date”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Principal Wood, Andrew Wells Lissa, the Potentials (now featuring Amanda and Chao-Ahn), The First as Nikki Wood and Jonathan Levinson

Notable Quote: “You think I’m losing sight of the big picture, but I’m not. When Spike had that chip, it was like having him in a muzzle. It was wrong. You can’t beat evil by doing evil. I know that.” – Buffy

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Episode 15 – “Get It Done”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang (now including Principal Wood and Andrew Wells), the Potentials, the First Slayer

Notable Quote: “Oh, I don’t know. It’s just… The First is coming…and look at us, the army! We’ve got a bunch of fighters with nothing to hit, a Wicca who won’t-a, and the brains of our operation wears oven mitts.” – Buffy

Episode 16 – “Storyteller”

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Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, the Potentials

Notable Quote: “It’s a full house. I think it’s a good time to do some introductions, don’t you, gentle viewers?” – Andrew

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Episode 17 – “Lies My Parents Told Me”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, the Potentials, Nikki Wood, Drusilla

Notable Quote: “Willow, a call for you from L.A. Somebody named Fred. The guy sounds kind of effeminate.” – Andrew

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Episode 18 – “Dirty Girls”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang (now with some added Faith…ahem), the Potentials (with newbies Caridad and Shannon), Caleb (one-half of Season Seven’s Big Bad team, along with the first and the Turok-Han, aka Ubervamps)

Notable Quote: “You’re protecting vampires? Are you the bad slayer now? Am I the good slayer now?” – Faith

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Episode 19 – “Empty Places”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, the Potentials, Clem, Caleb

Notable Quote: “And it’s automatically you. You really do think you’re better than we are.” “No, I-” “But we don’t know. We don’t know if you’re actually better. I mean, you came into the world with certain advantages, sure. I mean, that’s the legacy.” “I-“ “But you didn’t earn it. You didn’t work for it. You’ve never had anybody come up to you and say you deserve things more than anyone else. They were just handed to you. So that doesn’t make you better than us. It makes you luckier than us.” – Anya and Buffy

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Episode 20 – “Touched”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, the Potentials, Caleb, The First as Mayor Richard Wilkins

Notable Quote: “That’s exactly what The First does. Finds your Achilles’ heel.” “Nah, it just talked to me. What? It does a heel thing, too?” “It’s a phrase. Your weak spot.” “Oh. The school thing. I was kind of absent that decade.” – Robin and Faith

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Episode 21 – “End of Days”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, the Potentials, Angel (!), Caleb/The First (now as one)

Notable Quote: “there’s only supposed to be one. Maybe that’s why you and I can never get along. We’re not supposed to exist together.” “also, you went evil and were killing people.” “Good point. Also a factor.” “But you’re right. I mean, like… I guess everyone’s alone, but…being a Slayer? There’s a burden we can’t share.” “And no one else can feel it… Thank God we’re hot chicks with superpowers.” “Takes the edge off.” “Comforting.”

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Episode 22 – “Chosen”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, the Potentials, Angel, Caleb, The First

Notable Quote: “So here’s the part where you make a choice. What if you could have that power, now? In every generation, one Slayer is born, because a bunch of men who died thousands of years ago made up that rule. They were powerful men. [pointing to Willow] This woman…is more powerful than all of them combined. So I say we change the rule. I say my power…should be our power. Tomorrow, Willow will use the essence of the Scythe to change our destiny. From now on, every girl in the world who might be a Slayer, will be a Slayer. Every girl who could have the power, will have the power, can stand up, will stand up. Slayers…every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?” – Buffy

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Retrospective (8): Full Season Pick-Up (Favorite Episodes – Part 3 of 3 – Seasons Five-Six)

The end is near! The end is near! The last three seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer stand between me and finishing off this long and multi-part post of my favorite episodes. While Season Five is mostly considered a great season to most fans, opinions are divided on Seasons Six and Seven. During the original airings of those two season, I wasn’t the biggest fan for them except for a few episodes that were highlights for me, but throughout the years my opinion has changed (somewhat). Though I personally think they are still the weakest of the series, there are some plotlines that are very powerful and showcase some extraordinary acting moments from the talented cast.

The format for this last part is a bit different. It will still be broken up into two sections: one for Seasons Five and Six, and Season Seven will be its own standalone part. I’m posting these first with added comments later due to time restraints, recent distractions of the entertainment and personal variety, and Finals Week at work – we techs go into Panic and Insanity Mode at the end of the semester with panicking students coming in to print papers, finish assignments past due, and cram for exams an hour before class. Needless to say, that cuts into my writing time. I will update the blog posts by the end of the coming week and will add an “Update” notice, so expect my Two Cents to be added to the posts.

While I go on a brief hiatus from our Slayer, enjoy the following screenshots, characters, and quotes from Seasons Five and Six.

As always, there are spoilers below, so please tread carefully if this is your first time checking out these episodes.

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SEASON FIVE

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Episode 1 – “Buffy vs. Dracula”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang (including Spike as p[art of the Gang), Joyce Summers, Dawn Summers (introduced in this episode, and will be included as part of the Gang), Dracula

Notable Quote: “Where is he?! Where’s the creep that turned me into his spider-eating man-bitch?” “He’s gone.” “Dammit! You know what? I’m sick of this crap! I’m sick of being the guy who eats insects and gets the funny syphilis. As of this moment, it’s over. I’m finished being everybody’s butt-monkey!” “Check. No more butt-monkey.” – Xander and Buffy

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Episode 5 – “No Place Like Home”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Glory (our Big Bad), Ben (Glory’s meat-suit) 

Notable Quote: “And another thing I just want you to know, this whole “beat you to death” thing I’m doing? This is valuable time out of my life I’m never gonna get back.”  – Glory

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Episode 6 – “Family”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Glory, Ben, Harmony Kendall, the Macclays (Dad, brother, and Cousin Beth) 

Notable Quote: “This is insane. You people have no right to interfere with Tara’s affairs. We are her blood kin! Who the hell are you?” Mr. Macclay

“We’re family.” – Buffy

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Episode 7 – “Fool for Love”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Harmony Kendall, Angelus, Darla, Drusilla, Cecily Addams (aka the vengeance demon Halfrek), unnamed Chinese Slayer, Nikki Wood

Notable Quote: “…Every Slayer…has a death wish. Even you. The only reason you’ve lasted as long as you have is you’ve got ties to the world…your mum, your brat kid sister, the Scoobies. They all tie you here, but you’re just putting off the inevitable. Sooner or later, you’re gonna want it. And the second- the second – that happens…You know I’ll be there. I’ll slip in…have myself a real good day. Here endeth the lesson. I just wonder if you’ll like it as much as she did.” – Spike, speaking to Buffy about the second Slayer he killed, Nikki (Robin Wood’s mom)

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Episode 11 – “Triangle”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Olaf the Troll

Notable Quote: “Trying to send him to a specific place is sort of like, like…trying to hit a puppy by throwing a live bee at it. Which is a weird image and you should all just forget it.”  – Willow

“It’s possible that he’s in the land of perpetual Wednesday, or the crazy melty land, or, you know, the world without shrimp.”  – Anya

“There’s a world without shrimp? I-I’m allergic.” – Tara

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Episode 12 – “Checkpoint”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, The Watchers’ Council (Quentin Travers, Lydia, etc.), Glory, Ben, Dreg and Jinx (Glory’s minions)

Notable Quote: “You’re Watchers. Without a Slayer, you’re pretty much just watchin’ Masterpiece Theater. You can’t stop Glory. You can’t do anything with the information you have except maybe publish it in the Everyone Thinks We’re Insane-O’s Home Journal. So here’s how it’s gonna work. You’re gonna tell me everything you know. Then you’re gonna go away. You’ll contact me if and when you have any further information about Glory. The magic shop will remain open, Mr. Giles will stay here as my official Watcher, reinstated at full salary…” – Buffy

“*cough* Retroactive *cough*” – Giles

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Episode 14 – “Crush”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Drusilla, Harmony Kendall, Ben

Notable Quote: “What…is this? The late-night stakeout, the bogus suspects, the flask? Is this a date?” “A d-Please! A date? You are completely off your bird! I mean…do you want it to be?” “Spike, the only chance you had with me was when I was unconscious.” – Buffy and Spike

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Episode 16 – “The Body”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers (sadly, her last appearance alive; she later appears in spirit/ghostly form)

Notable Quote: “But I don’t understand! I don’t understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I knew her, and then she’s – there’s just a body, and I don’t understand why she can’t just get back in it and not be dead… anymore! It’s stupid! It’s mortal and stupid! And…and Xander’s crying and not talking, and…and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch, ever, and she’ll never have eggs, or yawn, or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why!

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Episode 20 – “Spiral”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Glory, Ben

Notable Quote: “Destroyer of the universe. Guess cutting school doesn’t seem so bad now, huh.”  – Dawn

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Episode 22 – “The Gift”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Glory, Ben, Doc, Murk

Notable Quote: “Dawn, listen to me, listen. I love you. I will always love you. But this is the work that I have to do. Tell Giles…tell Giles I figured it out. And I’m okay. And give my l ove to my friends. You have to take care of them now. You have to take care of each other. You have to be strong. Dawn, the hardest thing in this world-is to live in it. Be brave. Live…for me.” – Buffy

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 SEASON SIX

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Episodes 1-2 – “Bargaining, Parts 1 & 2”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang

Notable Quote: “Scenario: We raise Buffy from the grave. She tries to eat our brains. Do we: a) congratulate ourselves on a job well done-“ “Xander, this isn’t zombies.” “And zombies don’t eat brains anyway, unless instructed to by their zombie master. A lot of people get that wrong.” – Xander, Willow and Anya

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Episode 3 – “After Life”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang

Notable Quote:  “Wherever I…was…I was happy. At peace. I knew that everyone I cared about was all right. I knew it. Time…didn’t mean anything…nothing had form…but I was still me, you know? And I was warm…and I was loved…and I was finished. Complete. I don’t understand about theology or dimensions, or…any of it, really…but I think I was in heaven. And now I’m not. I was torn out of there. Pulled out…by my friends. Everything here is…hard, and bright, and violent. Everything I feel, everything I touch…this is hell. Just getting through the next moment, and the one after that…knowing what I’ve lost… They can never know. Never.” – Buffy

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Episode 6 – “All the Way”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Janice Penshaw, Justin, Zack

Notable Quote: “What happened to Xander?”  – Buffy

“He kept poking me with his hook. I sent him over to Charmed Objects. With any luck, he’ll poke the wrong one and end up in an alternative dimension inhabited by a fifty-foot Giles that squishes annoying teeny pirates.” – Giles

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Episode 7 – “Once More, with Feeling”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Sweet

Notable Quote: “The hardest thing in this world…is to live in it.” – Dawn

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Episode 8 – “Tabula Rasa”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Teeth – the Loan Shark

Notable Quote: “Magic! Magic’s all balderdash and chicanery. I’m afraid we don’t know a bloody thing. Except I seem to be British, don’t I? Uh, and a man. With…glasses. Well, that narrows it down considerably.”  – Giles

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Episode 10 – “Wrecked”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Amy Madison, Rack

Notable Quote: “So, uh, the burger was good, you liked it?” – Tara

“Are you kidding, it was like a meat party in my mouth! …Okay, now I’m just a kid and even I know that came out wrong.” ­– Dawn

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Episode 12 – “Doublemeat Palace”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Amy Madison, Halfrek, Manny Rocha, Gary, Timothy, Old/Wig Lady, Lorraine Ross

Notable Quote: “Give a bloke a chance for his eyes to adjust. Damn fluorescent lights. Makes me look dead.”  – Spike

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Episode 16 – “Hell’s Bells”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, D’Hoffryn, Halfrek, Clem, the Harris Family (Mom and Dad, Cousin Carol, Uncle Rory)

Notable Quote: “I, Anya, promise to cherish you. Yeah, no, not cherish. Um, I promise to have sex with you whenever I want, and uh, uh, pledge to be your friend, your wife, and your confidante, and your sex poodle-“ – Anya

“Uh, ‘sex poodle’?” – Tara

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Episode 19 – “Seeing Red”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Clem, Warren Mears, Jonathan Levinson, Andrew Wells

Notable Quote: “Mmm, I forgot how good this could feel. Us. Together. Without the magic.” – Willow

“There was plenty of magic.”  – Tara

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Episode 20 – “Villains”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Clem, Rack, Katrina Stibler, Warren Mears, Jonathan Levinson, Andrew Wells

Notable Quote: “It was an accident, you know.” “Oh. You mean, instead of killing my best friend you killed my girlfriend.” “It wasn’t personal, that’s all.” “Well, this is.” – Warren and Dark Willow

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Episodes 21-22 – “Two to Go”/“Grave”

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Clem, Rack, Jonathan Levinson, Andrew Wells

Notable Quote: “First day of kindergarten. You cried because you broke the yellow crayon, and you were too afraid to tell anyone. You’ve come pretty far, ending the world, not a terrific notion. But the thing is? Yeah. I love you. I loved crayon-breaky Willow and I love…scary veiny Willow. So if I’m going out, it’s here. If you wanna kill the world? Well, then start with me. I’ve earned that.” “You won’t think I won’t?” “It doesn’t matter. I’ll still love you.” “Shut up!” – Xander and Willow