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Random Geekiness from Around the Web – 02/15/2016

A “Happy Monday” to you all! Did you survive the weekend? How ’bout Valentine’s Day? 

How many of you caught Deadpool during its opening weekend? I definitely did. My brother & I hung out Sunday and decided to catch the flick together, and we laughed our asses off and had a hell of a good time. Everyone over 17 needs to see this flick!

I have a decent amount of stories below to give you some reading material for the rest of the evening (if you’re in the States). For the rest of the world: enjoy all of the stories below. I do apologize for the videos not playing in your country if you’re outside the good ol’ U.S.A. (stupid region-locked videos). Throw on the music at the bottom of this post and read on through.

And don’t forget: ALWAYS be your geeky self. 😀


Holy S***! Did You Watch Last Night’s Walking Dead?

The Cast Talks About Season 6B

First Four Minutes of “No Way Out” – Ep 6×09

I’m not spoiling anything that happened with the Valentine’s Day slaughterfest known as TWD’s mid-season premiere, “No Way Out.” This is an episode that will get fans back into the show if they didn’t really get drawn into Season 6A (like me). “No Way Out” is a heady, violent, tension-filled 42-minutes of the following: (semi)major character deaths, loads of dead undead corpses, and many great mini-scenes of character development.

The big new human threat was introduced in the first four minutes of the episode: a group of new dangers riding motorcycles and decked out in leather. Yup – Negan and his crew are entering the picture. Fans of the comic series know what that means: be prepared for lots of character deaths, including several that you love.

One of the biggest moments in the episode was a ‘ripped-from-the-comics’ scene that fans have been waiting for the past few years. The iconic and game-changing moment comes toward the beginning of the Alexandria story-arc in the comic series. Seeing that scene televised was one of those “OMG – they went there!” moments that fans will be talking about all year long.

SPOILER WARNING: The second video is a look at the first four minutes of “No Way Out” featuring Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham as they are stopped by members of Negan’s group. The full scene played out in the episode is absolutely nuts and the rest of the episode goes into insanity mode.


Saul Goodman Also Returns with Season Two Premiere Tonight

Looking Ahead at Season Two of BCS

Everyone’s favorite crooked-yet-noble attorney makes his triumphant and long-awaited return in the Season Two premiere of Better Call Saul. As an Albuquerque-an, it’s expected of me to watch it; the show is based here, after all. After last night’s amazing TWD episode, let Better Call Saul cleanse your palate and relax your mind…hopefully.


Holy Chimichangas, Deadpool! You Made All the $$$!

This Trailer Best Sums Up the Film

Deadpool made a crap-ton of cash this weekend and rightfully so. Go see the movie now. It’s a terrific, very adult film that is not meant for children at all. Ryan Reynolds also delivers the best performance of his career in a role that he was born to portray, with foul-mouthed accuracy and sexy abs. My favorite film of 2016 so far.


Netflix’s Marvel’s Daredevil Premieres New S2 Trailer
(Now Featuring More Punisher!)

Daredevil Season 2 Trailer f/ Punisher

Can this be out already? Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle/The Punisher is a perfect casting choice, IMO. The upcoming season of Daredevil looks more dramatic and broodier than the first season. With the addition of Daredevil’s nemesis/love interest, Elektra Natchios, we can expect lots of conflict and fight scenes between them as well as Frank Castle. Bring it on already!


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Final Trailer

I’m still not interested in seeing the film – or at least until it hits the bargain cinema. Maybe DVD? I do admit that this is the best trailer released for the film: perfectly edited, showcases several brooding standoffs between the male heroes, and really sells the final product. Though it makes me wonder why they left this one for last to drum up fan support for it. This trailer is vastly superior to the previous ones.


 

Star Wars: Episode VIII Starts Production

Star Wars: Episode VIII Production Announcement

Let the hype begin!


The Newest Purge Film, Election Year, Gets a Trailer

The Purge 3: Election Year

Appropriate timing for this trailer in a major election year in the United States. I’ve never had the desire to watch any of the previous films, but I might give this one a shot. It has Frank Grillo and Elizabeth Mitchell starring in it, so that’s cool.


Voting & Voter ID Laws – As Told By John Oliver

As with many TV shows throughout the years, I’m a little late to the John Oliver party. In my defense: I don’t subscribe to cable and only have Netflix/the Internet as my constant media companions. When I visited a family member last year, he got me into the show by showing me a few episodes, and I couldn’t stop laughing. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver took an extended holiday break, but it came roaring back with comedic vengeance last night on Valentine’s Day.

The big breaking news of the weekend was the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and John Oliver delivered the news in the best way he could: fact with a side of sarcastic commentary. The biggest segment of the show was the video above about U.S. voting practices, Voter ID laws and their disenfranchisement of certain groups of voters, and fraudulent voting in state legislatures by proponents of the very laws they passed to stop what they’re currently doing in their own legislative houses. Learning is fun!


Game of Thrones Season 6 Trailer Brings on the Dead

Game of Thrones Season Six Trailer

It’s gonna be another family-friendly, fun-filled season! /sarcasm


Ash Gets His Dad in Season 2 of Ash vs Evil Dead

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Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man, Fall Guy) and Ted Raimi (no stranger to the Evil Dead franchise) are making appearances in the second season of one of my new favorite series: Ash vs Evil Dead. If you have not seen the series yet, why are you delaying? Go watch it! Ash, like Deadpool, is the adult anti-hero that we’ve been waiting for to deliver fun and mayhem, though his special brand comes on a weekly basis. The second season of the series will be airing later on in the fall (probably around Halloween again).

Source: Variety


Tonight’s New X-Files Episode Kinda Goes Meta

“Music From The Heavens” Clip

Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell make appearancea in tonight’s “Babylon” episode as two agents who could be younger mirror copies of Scully & Mulder. Like spookily so. They will also appear in next week’s season finale, “My Struggle II,” which continues the mythos-based story of the season premiere “My Struggle.” This should be good and wholely confusing… “My Struggle II” airs next Monday, February 22nd, so be prepared to have your theories and tissues in hand.

The six-episode season has gone by way too fast and I’ve been loving the episodes. I’m already sad about it disappearing from my TV ’til it (hopefully) makes a return next year. I’m so glad I have my Mulder & Scully Funko! figures to keep me company.


 

There’s a Disney  TV Remake of Adventures in Babysitting?

Yeah… It’s real. Unfortunately. As a TV remake. Ugh.


No Release Date Yet for Orphan Black Season Four;
Enjoy Some Teasers & a Trailer

Down The Rabbit Hole Teaser

OB Season Four Teaser #1

OB Season Four Teaser #2

BBC America has not released an airdate yet for the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed Orphan Black, which left us with plenty of cliffhangers at the end of Season Three. Let’s assume that Season Four will air sometime in April, as the show has since Season One. I’ve dealt with lots of my favorite shows being canceled within the last year, and I still have one that I’m waiting for a premiere date. I can’t remember if I shared these clips before, so I’m re-sharing them again. We need Orphan Black on our TV sets now!


No Release Date Yet for Person of Interest Season Five;
Enjoy Original Music from Seasons Three & Four

The wait for the premiere of the fifth season of Person of Interest has felt like the longest hiatus ever. CBS has still not released any information, promos, teasers, etc. about the series – only a brief mention that it will be arriving sometime this spring. Not even a word about its cancellation or future. Just give us the show already, for the love of Root! Err…or whichever character is your favorite.

Post-Holidays Netflix Binge Watch – TV Shows to Check Out Before School Begins Again

With school starting in less than a week for many students, both young & old, there won’t be much time to sit down and catch up on any TV shows or films until Spring Break arrives. If you’re attending a school as a part-timer, then you’ve got some time to binge throughout the semester/term. For the rest of us, time is running out to catch a few shows before we’re too busy to relax for a few hours and shut our brains off as we lay back on the couch and run through our Netflix queues.

I spent three glorious weeks away from work laid-up with an an ankle injury that kept me immobile for most of my winter break (something always happens to me, health-wise, when I take a break). While surfing through Netflix and checking out recommendations from fellow viewers online, I watched several great shows that I immediately told friends about.

If you still have some free time in the coming week or any time before the summer, here’s a list of shows that I’ve recently gotten into or decided to binge-watch all the episodes that I’ve seen already. These aren’t of any particular genre, but I tend to gravitate towards crime drama, horror, fantasy, or science fiction shows. Give the shows a chance and check them out. I’ll be adding more Netflix binge-watch posts to this blog with additional TV shows to check out, including many cult favorites that deserve a first, second, or 40th re-watch.


DARKNET – originally aired on SUPER channel (Canada) from October 31, 2013–March 28, 2014

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A very quick teaser for Darknet that draws you in with its macabre-ness.

The quickest watch on this list (along with Black Mirror), Darknet is an adaptation of a Japanese horror anthology TV series called Tori Hada. A quick six-episode watch, the series features many Canadian actors that you will recognize from a ton of shows. If you tried doing a drinking game that included taking a drink or two from every actor that you recognize, you might have alcohol poisoning by the end of the episode (always drink responsibly).

What exactly is the Darknet? The Darknet is a website that features dark, horrific and disturbing videos uploaded by anonymous visitors to the site, including those that actually partake in the action. Yes – some of the killers involved upload their own videos for their sick pleasure, as well as getting hits from curious viewers. All of the episodes of the series do tie-in together, though the connection is not made immediate at first. Once you get to fourth episode you’ll go, “Ohhhhhhh… Now I get it!” like I did.

Though no new episodes have been announced, the series isn’t technically dead either (ahem). It’ll only take about three hours to watch all six episodes, so if you have a few hours to kill – give it a shot. Some of the episodes are genuinely creepy, but nothing outright scary or scream-inducing, but definitely worth a watch. It was the first thing that I watched during my winter break and I’ve seen it once or twice after my first run-through.


HELIX – airs on SyFy (USA) and Showcase (Canada) – Season Two premieres Friday, January 16th


An overview of the first season featuring the cast of the series.

The strangest show on this list, and that’s saying something considering that other shows listed feature the following: sexy werewolves (Bitten), the darkside of technology (Black Mirror), and a show based on a Stephen King short story (Haven). Helix is a show that has had so many mixed reactions from fans and critics alike, and I can’t even decide whether I really dig or really dislike this series. It’s inconsistent, manic, all over-the-storyboard, but its ensuing wackiness and craziness is still worth watching.

Produced by Ronald Moore, best known as the man who brought us the fantastic Battlestar Galactica reboot (one of my all-time favorite TV series), Helix brings us one of the most overused science fiction plot devices: the mysterious virus that scientists must contain before it infects the world. We’ve had so many TV shows and films that have covered and beaten this topic to death, but it’s still a popular plot device that can be used for both good and bad storylines. In the case of Helix, many fans and critics describe it as a mix between The Andromeda Strain and The Thing, and with a sprinkle of The Walking Dead and a dash of The Strain thrown into the bizarre mix. I do give the writers credit for giving us an interesting origin to the virus and who’s involved with its first appearance and encounter with the human population (Hint: not extraterrestrial or created by mad scientists).

The second show that I watched on my three-week break, Helix’s first season contains thirteen episodes and some great actors who give decent performances including: Billy Campbell (The Rocketeer, The Killing, Once and Again), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai, Sunshine, The Wolverine), and Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager, Shark, Body of Proof). I’d recommend watching this with a group of friends Mystery Science Theater-style so that you can add colorful commentary during each episode.


BLACK MIRROR – airs on Channel 4 (UK) – Christmas special aired on December 16, 2014


Creator Charlie Brooker gives an overview of the series for first-time viewers.

One of the most buzzed-about shows in recent years, and there’s a really good reason why. If you like psychologically, very dark, and unsettling shows that delve deep into the darkside of technology and our obsession with television, computers, and smartphones, with some nihilism and dystopian juiciness thrown in, then Black Mirror will be your favorite go-to show. Does it live up to all the hype and coverage that it’s been getting lately? All signs point to “Hell Yeah It Does!”

Like Darknet, Black Mirror is a quick watch of six episodes that are broken up into two seasons (three episodes per season). Each episode is an hour-long and plays out like a film, slowly unfolding and revealing what’s really happening without using quick cuts, explosions, frenetic pacing, or anything that Michael Bay goes gaga over. It’s like reading a great novel in bed and feeling satisfied after you get to the ending, though you’re a bit traumatized and unable to sleep for a few hours. You don’t have to watch the episodes in order; each one is a self-contained story.

The episodes that I recommend watching first are:

  • Season One, Episode 1 – “The National Anthem” – written by Charlie Brooker
  • Season One, Episode 3 – “The Entire History of You” – written by Jesse Armstrong
  • Season Two, Episode 1 – “Be Right Back” – written by Charlie Brooker

A third season with a single episode aired on December 16, 2014 and starred Jon Hamm (our favorite Mad Men) in a truly twisted hour that I haven’t caught yet. From what I’ve been reading online, it’s one of the most disturbing hours of television ever aired, which means I need to see it ASAP.


HAVEN – airs on SyFy (USA) and Showcase (Canada) – 2nd half of Season Five airs in 2015


A trailer for the first season of Haven. It gets much more intense and crazy in further seasons.

File Haven under Shows That I Kept Hearing About And Wish I Had Watched Sooner. I am so mad at myself for  not watching it sooner because it’s definitely got many of my favorite sci-fi elements in it, and inspired by a short story from one of my favorite authors – Stephen King. I also love TV shows that have strong female leads, and Haven is anchored by the beautiful and very talented Emily Rose, who portrays our protagonist, former FBI Agent/Haven police officer Audrey Parker.

What I like the most about Haven is how unpredictable it is. It’s hard to describe the series or even give a synopsis of it without spoiling it for new viewers, so I’ll let the show introduce you into its strange and unique world filled with people in a small Maine town with mysterious powers; these citizens are considered “Troubled” and their powers are called “troubles.” You think you know what’s going on with Parker (as everyone affectionately refers to her as) and her trials-and-tribulations of discovering her true origins and then BOOM! – a new revelation emerges. I might’ve yelled at my TV a few times while watching it, and the last aired episode (Episode 5×13) had me both pointing and screaming at my TV going “Holy crap!” Lost Girl has done that to me so many times during its five season run (of what’s currently aired).

While there are some weak episodes that are still very enjoyable, overall it’s a really good series that has thirteen episodes per season. The first four seasons can be found on Netflix, while the first thirteen episodes of Season Five (which received a 26-episode order) can be found on Youtube. There is no premiere date yet for the remaining thirteen episodes of the season, but I’m hoping that we get a Season Six – depending on how Season Five ends. Haven has been added to my list of favorite shows and I plan on binge-watching all the episodes again soon.


THE IT CROWD – originally aired on Channel 4 (UK)


A fan-compiled video of funny moments from the show. There’s too many to choose from for me.

I love British comedies; I love their dry wit and humor and unpredictability. One of my favorite comedy shows is this brilliant offering from our friends “across the pond” called The IT Crowd. This is literally a day-in-the-life of my work as a tech. Throughout the years I have had many of the same or similar situations that our heroes –  Roy (a crass & sarcastic nerd), Moss (an oblivious & smart nerd), Richmond (a contemplative Goth co-worker) and their ‘Relationship Manager’ Jen (an ambitious & tech-clueless supervisor) –  have encountered. What I love most about this show is that both techie and non-techie people can get into it. Anyone who has ever had to deal with tough and rude bosses, indifferent co-workers, and technology problems will connect with this show.

There are so many funny episodes and scenes that I can’t list all of my favorites, but a majority of them can be found in the first two seasons (or “series” as they call them). The premiere episode features a bit at the end where the IT department invites their co-workers to their basement digs for a mixer, and Roy leaves the room for a minute to grab more boxed wine, while asking Moss to recount a hilarious moment on a trip they took to Amsterdam. Moss horrifies his co-workers with a story of hiring prostitutes while visiting Amsterdam, but being too scared to do anything and instead taking them to a local carnival. Roy comes back into the room, completely oblivious to the disgusted looks that his fellow employees are giving him. Once he realizes what’s happened, he’s about ready to kill Moss; he wanted him to recount their adventures of searching for his missing eyeglasses. The episode ends with pictures of Roy and Moss with their prostitute ‘dates’ having a very awkward time at the carnival.

Awkward and sometimes uncomfortable moments like the scene mentioned above are the standard for each episode. Many of the moments are over-the-top ridiculous, but nonetheless quite funny and memorable. Each episode is 30 minutes and you can easily get through all 25 episodes in one day. A one-off special was released in 2013 called “The Internet Is Coming,” and it is a hysterical hour that takes on the hacker activist group Anonymous, viral videos, and Moss coming into his own – thanks to a pair of women’s trousers.


BITTEN – airs on SPACE (Canada) and SyFy (USA) – Season Two premieres Saturday, February 7th


A promo for the first season of the series, featuring lots of action, drama, and sexy people.

A Note to Fans of Werewolves: the shape-shifters in this series are more “weredog” versus “werewolf.” They transform than larger-than-average sized wolves, distinct from one another. Before anyone cries ‘foul’ and claims that it’s ripping off that stupid Twilight series of horrid novels and films, the original literary series from Canadian author Kelly Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld series) came out a few years before Stephanie Meyer’s awful teen fiction series. At least the werewolves/weredogs are more like Dyson Thornwood from Lost Girl than Jacob from Twilight.

While I was attending Fan Expo Canada back in 2013, the cast of Bitten appeared at the convention to introduce the series to new viewers. I didn’t see their panel or catch a glimpse of the stars, but the series sounded interesting. Jump to sometime in 2014, when I discovered and saw the series through Netflix. I was instantly hooked on the premise and binge-watched the first season over two days. The series is about a young woman who is the only female werewolf in her pack who defends her ‘family’ from attacks from several “mutts,” or werewolves who are not part of a pack and who don’t abide by their strict rules. There’s lots of cool stuff for both male and female viewers who are looking for something that’s a mixture of violence, sex, and supernatural lore that has more bite than Twilight.

Starring Laura Vandervoort (best known as Kara/Supergirl on Smallville), she’s great as lead character Elena Michaels. Her character has a complicated romantic life, as well as trying to live as normal of a “human” life as possible. When a pack of mutts threaten her family and try to kill them off one-by-one, Elena must return to her old stomping grounds and reunite with her pack while trying to avoid her ex-fiancé, Clayton Danvers – the one who bit her, thus transforming her. The mutts are under the rule of a mysterious individual who happens to know a lot about Elena’s pack, and we learn about their connection at the end of Season One. There are thirteen episodes in the first season, so it’s a pretty fast watch. You’ve got time before the second season premieres on February 7th.


LUTHER – originally aired on BBC One (UK) – two-part miniseries to air sometime in 2015

I recently read an online article that said that BBC shows like Luther and Doctor Who will be disappearing from Netflix at this end of this month. Netflix’s licensing contract with BBC is expiring and it looks like it won’t be renewed because the BBC has its own plans for a streaming service featuring its original content. Be sure to catch Luther before it leaves Netflix; it’s definitely a show I highly recommend.

Luther is a fantastic gritty crime series starring Idris Elba as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, a sometimes violent and emotionally disturbed, yet brilliant, cop who sometimes ignores the law to capture some of London’s most violent criminals. He is able to close most of his cases except for one in the premiere of the series: a young woman who has killed her parents, and everyone knows that she did, yet he doesn’t have enough evidence to arrest her. Ruth Wilson, who just won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series a few days ago for her amazing work in the series The Affair, is absolutely batshit crazy and brilliant as sociopath Alice Morgan. While Luther can’t completely prove that she killed her parents, she kind of becomes a confidante and ‘friend’ to our hero, helping him out of several potentially deadly situations while messing with his head and the people closest to him.

Both Elba and Wilson are terrific in their roles and they have tremendous chemistry that shows whenever they’re on-screen together. Though Elba’s John Luther would love to arrest Alice for being a murderous sociopath, he relies on her during some of his more difficult cases, and in the third season even more-so when a particularly nasty and relentless “colleague” does everything within (and outside) of the law to prove that Luther was behind a shocking murder in the first season/series. If you love psychological crime thrillers, then Luther is definitely a show I highly recommend watching.


ARCHER – airs on FX (USA) – Season Six currently airing; episode 6×02 airs Thursday, January 15th


A fine selection of some of Sterling Archer’s greatest one-liners from the series.

Archer is not a show for everyone. If you are easily offended by jokes that make fun of anyone and everyone – regardless of age, race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. – then this is not a show for you, or younger viewing members of your family. Archer is very politically incorrect, but what I love the most about the show is that it’s not afraid to cross a line, jump over that line, and beat that line into the ground. I’ve also added the word “phrasing” for daily conversation; you’ll understand that when you first hear it mentioned on the show.

Archer is an animated parody of spy vs. spy films and TV shows, with the James Bond series being its most frequent parodying target. Sterling Archer is both a brilliant spy and the most moronic, selfish, and childish man in the world. His fellow spies and co-workers are not that much better, and he works for a spy agency formerly called ISIS (the newest season changed the name so that it wouldn’t be confused with the terrorist group of the same name). In the fifth season of the series, the show took an entirely different direction and was titled Archer: Vice. The former ISIS agents and staff found a “shit-ton” of cocaine (as Pam would lovingly describe it) and decided to sell it off to the highest bidders, though their sales never went smooth, and their insanely awesome Human Resources go-to gal, Pam, became addicted to the drug.

One of my favorite things about the show is its extremely catchy and freakin’ hysterical one-liners. Each character has catchphrases that are easily recognizable to fans of the series, and even non-fans have probably heard them too. There’s also a running gag with Archer frequently using the line “Danger Zone!” to describe something incredibly stupid that he’s about to do, and it’s most frequently directed at his ex-girlfriend – fellow spy Lana Kane. There’s even an episode that features Kenny Loggins as a complete douchebag that is running his own criminal activities while performing his signature hit from Top Gun(yes, I’m referring to “Danger Zone”).


THE FALL – airs on ITV (Ireland) and BBC Two (UK)


Launch trailer for the premiere of the series, featuring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan.

If you like Luther or gritty and dark crime dramas, than The Fall is a show worth catching. If you’re an X-Files fan that’s been wondering what Gillian Anderson has been up to lately, this is your answer. If you’re a Once Upon A Time fan that still misses Jamie Dornan’s “Sheriff Graham/Huntsman” still, this show will change your view about him forever. And Archie Panjabi fans – she’s terrific in this series as well. Hell, all of the actors are terrific and the cast chemistry is intense and wonderful. I can’t say enough positive things about this show; it’s best if you give it a shot. The second season premieres this Friday, January 16th, on Netflix.

First off, if you are not a fan of slow burn stories that reveal themselves over a period of time, then The Fall may not be for you. If you like watching a really well-written novel unfold on your television screen, then this is a fantastic series to watch. Each episode is an hour long, but that hour goes by so quickly that you’ll want the next episode immediately. That’s what binge-watching is for: to watch episode after episode of a show, and not have to stop it in the middle of a viewing. The Fall is perfect binge-watching material, and you can finish both seasons/series within a day.

Anderson plays Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, who is assigned to a taskforce in Belfast, Northern Ireland to investigate the brutal murders of several women. Stella takes no BS, is very comfortable in her own skin, and will put any man in his place if he dares talk down to her or doubts her abilities as a very detail-oriented investigator. Meanwhile, Dornan’s Paul Spector is a mild-mannered social worker who has a wife who’s a nurse in a NICU unit and two beautiful children – the perfect life, as we are lead to believe at first. But underneath his skin likes a very dark and sadistic individual who loves to stalk his victims for days, invading their privacy and personal dwellings, before he finishes with them. Stella and Paul play a very intense and intricate game of ‘cat-and-mouse’ throughout both seasons, and there are lots of great twists in each episode that will leave you speechless (at least they did to me).


CONTINUUM – airs on Showcase (Canada) and SyFy (USA)


A trailer for the first season of Continuum, full of many action-packed moments from the series.

One of the most underrated science fiction series in recent years is this very cool and interesting series that comes to us from Canada. And like many of my favorite shows that seem to be ending sooner than their expiration dates, Continuum is ending sometime in 2015 after an abbreviated six-episode fourth and final season, which is a shame because there’s so many more stories to explore with the characters and the universe they exist in.

Continuum is a hard show to describe in only a few sentences or paragraphs. And even if I were to describe the whole series, it would be a lot easier to understand and follow than Helix. The show deals with the consequences of changing things from the future in the present, time traveling, and an Occupy Wall St.-style group versus mega-corporations that are much more sinister than our heroine, Kiera Cameron, realizes. In the future (or 2077) there are no real governments but corporations that rule the world, which feels very similar to what is happening in the world today. It’s a very intriguing storyline that has you unsure of who to root for, but all I can say is that “Liber8,” the so-called terrorist group that took out a mega-corporation in Kiera’s future timeline, is a group of people that you might secretly root for.

Give this show a watch. It’s definitely a series that needs to be binge-watched, and you can’t skip an episode either or you will completely lost, as what has happened to me the first time I was watching this show. While it’s sad to see it gone so soon, I’m glad that we had such a great female-fronted science fiction series that is both entertaining and very thought-provoking.

The Fae-mily Has Return-eth! (Hiya LOST GIRL!) – Quick Recap of Seasons 1-4 + Bonus Round: Favorite Episodes!

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I can’t imagine anyone playing Bo as amazingly as Anna Silk has. She’s done such an incredible job.

I’m so late with this, but that’s my usual M.O. Go me! I’m a bit behind on updating in general because I’ve been on a very long and welcome break from my Real Life Job that started on December 13th and ends tonight (three weeks!), and I’ve enjoyed the time spent catching up on sleep, wasting time playing World of Warcraft, hanging out with friends & family, and just being as lazy as humanly possible; a koala would be so jealous of me. I also needed time to re-focus and start writing again. Hooray for fresh new posts!

Lost Girl came back to a hearty “You’ve been hella missed!” from fans when it premiered on its Canadian TV channel home, Showcase, on December 7th. The first two episodes were a two-parter titled “Like Hell, Pts. 1 & 2,” that featured Bo and fae-mily still reeling from the events of the Season Four finale. Some big things happened and it’s up to Bo to try and make everything work, but the poor gal really needs a break from her destiny, from continuously fighting off threats from everyone and anyone, and having sexy times with sexy people that will cuddle her hard – ‘cause she really needs lots of cuddles. And sex, of course.

If you are brand-new fan who’s watching the show for the first time, this handy recap post below will give you the teensiest lil’ idea of what the show is about. For American fans and other fans around the world who are waiting for the show to premiere in their countries (January 2015 for the U.S.), I thought it wise to give a quick recap of the first four seasons of the show, as a refresher for those getting ready to watch Season Five for the first time. For the lucky Canadian fans who have been watching the new episodes this live on their TV screens every Sunday – thank you for sharing this show with those of us who have been waiting (not at all) patiently for the new episodes.

Each season recap covers the main storylines, but don’t feature everything that has happened in each episode. I tried to mention the main plotlines that I thought were the most important, but apologies for anything major that I might have missed. I have longer individual season recaps written, but I won’t share those just yet. I’m waiting until right before the second half of Season Five premieres. Those recaps will feature many more story details, episode descriptions, and tons of screenshots.

Showcase has also given fans some extra special episode treats on their website. They have been featuring special enhanced versions of the Season Five episodes that have aired so far. Each enhanced episode includes some cool behind-the-scenes information and other cool & fun facts about the show and the myths, stories, and legends that the writers pull from to create each episode. I haven’t watched the enhanced episodes yet, but some fans have been sharing screenshots on Twitter and Tumblr. Thank you, amazing fans!

You’ll also notice that I’ve added a bonus section. What lies within? My favorite episodes from the series so far. I’ve chosen them for various reasons: some are hysterical, some are romantic, and some have shattered my heart into a million pieces, but overall they have really cool storylines. While I do have a favorite ‘ship (Doccubus), I’m down with liking the other ‘ships in the fandom too. So if you’re a fan of the other ‘ships, you’ll probably find some of your favorite episodes below as well.

Enough rambling from this writer – please enjoy this recap, and don’t forget to read the obligatory SPOILER ALERT! warning below.

THE EVER IMPORTANT SPOILER WARNING!!! If you’re unfamiliar with the series and want to watch it with a fresh view, please skip this post in its entirety; I’d love to have you return to it after you’ve seen the show. All others please proceed, keep your arms within your compartment, and sit back and relax and enjoy the craziest, weirdest, most frustrating and entertaining ride of your life.

Also, if LGBTQ+ content and open discussions of sexuality and sexuality being shown on-screen in general are not your cups-of-tea, then this show may not be for you because it can very, very queer and sexual at times. The leader character is a bisexual succubus, after all. So same-sex relationships or various topics about sexuality not your thing? This show ain’t for you, though there are many other reasons to watch it.


SEASON ONE – aka welcome to the sexy, dangerous, and fantastic world of the Fae, Bo Dennis!

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One of my favorite opening shots from Season 1 – from the eighth episode “Vexed.” Also the first episode shot.

Season One is a favorite of many fans for a variety of reasons. I always find myself stuck between this and Season Two as my favorite seasons. In this season we are introduced to our heroine, Bo Dennis, and we watch as she learns that she is not a mere mortal, but actually part of a group of supernatural/mythological creatures called the Fae. The Fae are broken up into two factions: Light and Dark. Bo first meets her bestie/sidekick/human “sister” Kenzi Malikov after she saves the small-time thief from being assaulted by a creepo who likes to drop some “party favors” into a woman’s drink and his his way with her. Calling Special Victims Unit! Bo chi-sucks him in front of Kenzi, who records the incident on her smart phone (all the kids have one), and freaks out after she sees it after waking up in the infamous “Crack Shack” that she will eventually share with Bo.

Bo is kidnapped by the Light Fae, who are investigating an unfamiliar kill on their turf (creepo guy). Bo is forced to enter into a battle-to-the-death with the reward being a choosing of a faction if she survives. She does and decided to say “Screw you!” to both sides and remains unaligned and happily joining Team Human, in support of Kenzi. Bo, Kenzi, and the rest of their newly-minted “fae-mily” – wolf shifter Dyson, siren Hale, blood mage Trick, and human doctor Lauren – try to solve numerous cases in the Fae world, while Bo tries to find out more about her origins and her birth family.

We do meet one of her family members, her mother Aife (!), who ends up being the Big Bad for the season. Aife is a Dark Fae succubus who is pissed off at the Light Fae for personal reasons, and she almost takes out the Light Fae hierarchy in a suicide attack launched by one of her thralls. Aife does reveal to Bo that she was Light at one point, but the Blood King gave her to the Dark King, who did horrible things to her. She went mad and decided to seek vengeance against the Blood King. Bo doesn’t know (yet) that she also shares a connection to the Blood King. Aife and Bo fight it out over a nasty “family reunion,” and Bo comes out victorious. The same can’t be said for the rest of her fae-mily as they each fight their own battles, with Bo’s kinda-sorta beau Dyson suffering the most after a visit to an old crone that changes his life forever (or until the end of Season Two).


SEASON TWO – aka Team Bo fights off an ancient Fae enemy that wants to destroy all

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Trick is horrified by the truths being told by Season Two’s Big Bad, the Garuda. My favorite of the ‘Big Bad’s.’

After the events of the Season One finale, Bo and her friends try to clean-up the aftermath of Aife’s attack on the Light Fae. Bo’s torn up ‘cause her mother’s dead(ish) and Dyson had his love for her stolen thanks to the Norn, the old crone mentioned above. She’s also had a falling out with her other lover, Lauren, but there could be a light at the end of tate tunnel. Or it could be reality about to bitch-slap Bo.

The leader of the Light, the Ash, is in critical condition and is replaced by a meaner and more rules-driven Ash named Lachlan – a Naga (hydra-like snake Fae).  Lachlan is a jerk to Bo and her friends on more than one occasion, and he even imprisons Lauren after an act of defiance on her part. Dyson’s backstory is covered in an episode that features a former friend and a woman that he once loved (who was married to his then-best friend): Ciara. Lauren has her own secret that’s been alluded since Season One when Bo questions her involvement with the Light. Lauren has a girlfriend named Nadia (!) who’s been in a coma for five years (!), or the length of servitude that she’s held with the Light Fae.

While Bo deals with two romantic blows, she does hook up with a Dark Fae named Ryan, a trickster Fae (a Loki). In the midst of her romantic mess, an ancient evil arises to wipe out both the Light and Dark, and humans as well – a fiery bird-like ancient Fae named the Garuda. He feeds on doubt and insecurities and faces off against Trick, who helped vanquish him with the Light and Dark armies fighting at his side centuries ago. The Garuda plans to corrupt Trick by entering his body and undoing all of the blood laws that he’s written as the Blood King, allowing him to feed as he pleases. There is a first failed attack against the Garuda that leaves Ciara murdered by him and Nadia killed as well; he possessed her after she awoke from her coma, and Bo was forced to end her suffering by stabbing her. What a raw deal! Bo is able to defeat the Garuda thanks to a combination of her friends and her blood working together. The big season-ending reveal? Trick is Bo’s maternal grandfather! And she’s named after her grandmother, Isabeau. Aife is also his daughter that he gave up to the Dark.

At the end of the season finale, we see Bo celebrating with her friends, but everyone has all of their own secrets that they are guarding close to their hearts: Lauren wants to flee all things Fae (she mentions this to Bo during a heart-to-heart in “Lachlan’s Gambit”), Dyson has gotten his love back (but hasn’t told Bo yet), Kenzi has a mysterious mark on her arm (after getting Dyson’s love back from the Norn), Hale starts to fall for someone (take a wild guess), and Trick still has more secrets about Bo and her origins and the identity of her father, but he’s not giving up that information. As Bo exits the Dal Riata (their home bar) to look for Kenzi after she steps outside, she glances into a mirror and sees her eyes glowing blue, and the succubus inside is getting a bit more powerful.


SEASON THREE – aka Bo vs. the Dawning vs. the Wanderer vs. Evil Human Foe

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It’s Linda Hamilton! One of the coolest people ever. She guest-starred as Acacia, Tamsin’s mentor.

At the end of Season Two, we saw Bo and her fae-mily defeating the Garuda and dealing with their own personal crises. Bo’s Fae powers seemed to be growing and she started to gain more confidence in herself and her abilities. But there was also something darker starting to manifest within Bo, and she would spend a good portion of the season dealing with this sudden change, along with a new enemy to the Fae that comes in at the last-second and a little late to the show (like, literally – they make their first appearance in the eighth episode “Fae-ge Against the Machine”). A good portion of the season is built up to Bo’s ‘Dawning,’ an important and potentially dangerous right-of-passage that all Fae must complete before moving on in their evolution. If Bo doesn’t pass her Dawning, she will devolve into an icky UnderFae. Eww… With all the build-up for this ominous Dawning, the actual event is really quite tame, and it becomes more about another character than Bo herself; it’s her party, but she’s not really invited.

We are also introduced to a new character who will become a member of Team Bo at the end of the season: a Dark Fae valkyrie named Tamsin. Her origin and her reasons for being around the group are a mystery at first, but some of it is revealed in this season. Tamsin’s mentor Acacia also appears in a Tamsin-centric episode, “Delinquents.” Tamsin’s original purpose was to capture Bo for a bounty that she was hired for by a dark and frightening Fae named the Wanderer, who might or might not be Bo’s father. Tamsin does have her hand forced a few times and she tries to carry out the bounty, but in the end she sides with Bo, even though the Wanderer scares the crap out of her.

Between the Wanderer and the Dawning, you’d think that Bo has more than enough to handle without going nuclear, but HA! Relationship drama, the Dawning, the Wanderer, a new Team Bo member…what else can Bo add to her daily planner? Oh – how about a human scientist that wants to turn Fae and kills random Fae for evil experiments? Lauren joins him (after having enough of the Light and Dark Fae’s crap) in the short term before realizing what his Evil Scientist plans really are and helps Bo & company stop him. After dealing with everything, Bo disappears in a mysterious black cloud of evil smoke while Lauren is mysteriously absent, Kenzi (and all humans, including Lauren) are enemies of the Fae State, Hale steps down as the Ash (he was becoming quite the Ash-hole), Trick escapes and still has secrets he refuses to reveal, and Dyson and Tamsin take a plunge over a hill and might or might not be dead (Spoiler Alert! Of course they’re not dead).


SEASON FOUR aka the season that still leaves me & most fans confused by its storyline

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Gratuitous “Anna Silk’s washing a car and this is a very important scene, for science” shot. Thank you, TV Gods!

The introduction of the Wanderer storyline was an interesting addition into Bo’s overall journey of fulfilling her true destiny as the one who will unite the Fae & humans and finding out who her birth father is, but the actual reveal and execution of the storyline fell very flat and garnered A LOT of strong reactions from the fandom. The last few episodes of the season also saw us lose two beloved characters (one of them returns in Season Five), yet another evil human who becomes a Big Bad, and confusion about WHO the Wanderer is. This is the most basic of descriptions for this season ‘cause there were so many storylines running at the same time:

At the beginning of the season, we see Bo’s fae-mily seemingly moving on with their lives after the chaotic events of the Season Three finale, with no recollection or memory of Bo. Ah WHAT?!?!?! A powerful “amnesia” spell has them all blocking any memories of Bo, and it had to take someone or something powerful to do that. Could it be the Wanderer? After the spell has been removed, Team Bo uses all of their resources to find their missing succubus. They rescue Bo and try to uncover the mystery behind her disappearance: why was she taken, who was behind it, and when in the hell did she join the Dark Fae? All signs point towards the Wanderer, who turns out to not be Bo’s father…after all? Still kinda confused by this.

So who’s the Wanderer? A Dark Fae named Rainer. He was a warrior who tried to start an uprising against the tyrannical and ego-driven blood King (Trick) centuries ago. In return for his insubordination, Trick refuses to let Tamsin take his soul to Valhalla, where fallen warriors reside. Rainer is also revealed to be part of Bo’s destiny, and she has finally found the man she’s supposed to be with, much to Dyson and Lauren’s chagrin (probably Tamsin too). Rainer also has a connection to Bo’s dad: he’s a pawn used by Bo’s father to bring Bo to him and open the gates of Hel (big mythological hint as to her father’s identity). Tricked into joining together in (unholy) matrimony, Bo and Rainer unwittingly open a portal that will allow Bo’s father to enter our world. The only way to close the portal is Bo’s heart, but there’s no removal of organs involved – it’s someone closest to Bo. Once said person sacrifices themselves and walks into the portal, one of the main missions for Season Five is revealed, and that’s to bring this person back from the dead. Does Team Bo succeed? We’ll find out when Season Five begins.


SYLENT MARI’S FAVORITEST EPISODES OF LOST GIRL (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER!)

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SEASON ONE

* 1×01 – “It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World” – written by Michelle Lovretta (series creator)

* 1×03 – “Oh Kappa, My Kappa” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 1×05 – “Dead Lucky” – written by Emily Andras

* 1×06 – “Food for Thought” – written by Pamela Pinch

* 1×08 – “Vexed” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 1×10 – “The Mourning After” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 1×13 – “Bloodlines” – written by Michelle Lovretta

Honorable Mentions:

* 1×04 – “Faetal Attraction” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 1×11 – “Faetal Justice” – written by Peter Mohan

This playlist is missing a few song, but here’s many of the tracks played during the first season. Also check out the song “The Warning” by Neverending White Lights, from the episode “Vexed.” Great song and one of my new favorites.

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SEASON TWO

* 2×01 – “Something Wicked This Way Comes” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 2×02 – “I Fought the Fae (and the Fae Won)” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 2×04 – “Mirror, Mirror” – written by Emily Andras

* 2×05 – “BrotherFae of the Wolves” – written by Alexandra Zarowny

* 2×06 – “It’s Better to Burn Out Than Fae Away” – written by Steve Cochrane

* 2×08 – “Death Didn’t Become Him” – written by Steve Cochrane

* 2×09 – “Original Skin” – written by Emily Andras

* 2×10 – “Raging Fae” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 2×13 – “Barometz. Trick. Pressure.” – written by Steve Cochrane

* 2×17 – “The Girl Who Fae’d With Fire” – written by Emily Andras

* 2×20 – “Lachlan’s Gambit” – written by Steve Cochrane

* 2×21 – “Into the Dark” – written by Emily Andras

* 2×22 – Flesh and Blood” – written by Alan McCullough

Honorable Mentions:

* 2×03 – “Scream a Little Dream” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 2×12 – “Masks” – written by Grant Rosenberg

Here’s the Season Two playlist. Also check out “We Are Everything” by Brandon Chandler from the episode “I Fought the Fae (and the Fae Won).”

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SEASON THREE

* 3×01 – “Caged Fae” – written by Emily Andras

* 3×02 – “SubterrFaenean” – written by Stephen Cochrane

* 3×03 – “ConFaegion” – written by James Thorpe

* 3×04 – “Fae-de to Black” – written by Alexandra Zarowny

* 3×05 – “Faes Wide Shut” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 3×06 – “The Kenzi Scale” – written by Sandra Chwialkowska

* 3×08 – “Fae-ge Against The Machine” – written by Alexandra Zarowny

* 3×10 – “Delinquents” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 3×13 – “Those Who Wander” – written by Emily Andras

Honorable Mention: 3×11 – “Adventures in Fae-bysitting” – written by Sandra Chwialkowska

Jam out to tunes from Season Three. Also check out “Gravity” by Akua from the episode “Hail, Hale.”

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SEASON FOUR

* 4×01 – “In Memoriam” – written by Emily Andras

* 4×04 – “Turn to Stone” – written by Michael Grassi

* 4×05 – “Let the Dark Times Roll” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 4×07 – “La Fae Époque” – written by Michael Grassi

* 4×08 – “Groundhog Fae” – written by Emily Andras & Sam Ruano

* 4×10 – “Waves” – written by Michael Grassi

* 4×13 – “Dark Horse” – written by Emily Andras

Honorable Mention: 4×02 – “Sleeping Beauty School” – written by Alexandra Zarowny

Songs from Season Four. Lots of great songs featured this season.

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”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Retrospective (6): Full Season Pick-Up (Favorite Episodes – Part 2 of 3 – Season Three)

Author’s Note : Please also note that Part 2 has been broken up into two separate posts for Seasons Three and Four. I didn’t want this to be one mega-post because there are many episodes to cover, and I don’t want, Geeky Readers, to get bored or bogged down by reading through so much content – though we fandom folks don’t mind. 😉 I present to you Season Three, followed by Season Four in the next immediate post for continuity. Enjoy!

Welcome back to my blog, Awesome Readers, after the long hiatus that I took. I’m back full-time in Buffy’s universe, and I present the first season of this second half of my “Favorite Episodes” retrospective. Now, before I continue on to Season Three and the episodes that I loved in this exciting season, let’s take a few steps back and recap the first two seasons of the series, as covered in Part One:

Season One of Buffy the Vampire Slayer introduced us to Buffy Summers, our heroic teenage vampire slayer, and her friends and allies who fought by her side against all types of freaky creatures and powerful and dangerous demons. They even battled one of the most powerful vampires around: The Master. Buffy was very unsure of herself and what her responsibilities and duties were, but she started to come into her own and become the Slayer the secret prophecy surrounding her foretold. While the prophecy mentioned that Buffy would die at the hands of the Master, it never mentioned a possible resurrection scenario. Buffy was saved from certain death by her ever loyal friend Xander, and she returned with a vengeance and kicked some ancient vampire ass.

Season Two had our gang entering their junior year in high school and facing more challenges than they had in the previous season. Buffy and her friends also made new allies – along with some new enemies – and a familiar face joins the Dark Side. Spike and Drusilla proved to be quite the difficult and chaotic duo for Buffy, and they were soon joined by an old friend and parental figure that would deal the most emotional tolls on Buffy yet – her former vampire lover, Angel. Angel lost his soul after one night of passion with Buffy, destroying a Gypsy curse that inflicted him with his soul and helped in reminding him of all the crimes he had committed as Angelus against humans. Angel reverted back to his demonic, villainous alter-ego Angelus. Buffy had to face off against him at the end of the season to save the world; in the end it cost her. The death of her lover, her friends’ loyalty, and her relationship with her mother – they were lost after she saved the world from being sucked into a demon dimension. Faced with some tough decisions, she took a bus out of Sunnydale and seemingly disappeared forever.

Season Three sees Buffy going through a major transitional period in her life, and also fighting to regain the trust and confidence of her friends and family. Along the way, she’ll face even more dangerous opponents, emotional and mentally exhausting battles, and the entrance of a new hero to the frontlines. Unfortunately, this hero would later fall and join forces with Season Three’s Big Bad, the Honorable Mayor Richard Wilkins (and we thought Mayor Regina Mills on Once Upon A Time was bad).

And as always – SPOILERS AHEAD! BE WARY, TRAVELERS!

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 SEASON THREE

Episode 1 – “Anne”

My Two Cents: “Anne” represents the emotional impact of all of the events that have happened to Buffy up until this episode, and her struggles with trying to push them away and starting a new life out on her own. But even in Los Angeles – the City of Angels – she finds herself going back to her calling and saving other lost souls who feel that they have nothing left to live for. She meets a young woman named Lily at the diner she works at, who is hopelessly in love with her boyfriend Rickie – they even have matching tattoos.  Lily comes to Buffy for help after Rickie has disappeared. Rickie, along with many of these fellow runaways and homeless teens are being held captive in a demon dimension, and are being forced into slave labor by a demon named Ken. Buffy realizes what’s happening and tries to save as many runaways as she can, and in the process she realizes that she can’t run away from her problems or her past forever – what we’ve dealt with in our lives help shape who we are in our future.

Buffy’s return home is certainly not the most pleasant homecoming, but her mother nonetheless welcomes her back home with open arms. Buffy will have to deal with the continued scrutiny of her friends, Watcher and her mother as they keep an eye and make sure she doesn’t run away again. They will never understand what Buffy has gone through after killing her lover, but they will slowly come together again.

Notable Characters: The Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Lily, Ken

Notable Quote:You know, I just woke up and I looked in the mirror and thought, ‘Hey, what’s with all the sin.’ I need to change. I’m dirty, I’m bad with the sex, and the envy and the loud music that us kids listen to nowadays… oh, I just suck at undercover.” – Buffy

Episode 3 – “Faith, Hope & Trick”

My Two Cents: Buffy has enough to deal with in life. She has the admiration of a young man named Scott Hope, she’s trying to re-enter Sunnydale High after being expelled by Principal Snyder, and she’s still trying to get over Angel. Things don’t become easier for the Slayer when she has an encounter in an alleyway outside of the Bronze after a night out with her friends and her new potential (and short-lived) love interest. Buffy and her friends see a young woman (“Slut-O-Rama,” courtesy of Cordy) with her badly-dressed leaving the Bronze, and Buffy’s vampy senses are tingling. When she arrives to save the damsel-in-distress with her friends, she’s holding her own against the vampire just fine. Welcome Bostonian Slayer Faith Lehane to the show! *slow clap*. Faith is wild, brash, a bit sexual, and a rule-breaker – Buffy’s opposite. But Faith isn’t as tough as it seems when it’s revealed that she escaped to Sunnydale after watching her former Watcher being brutally murdered by an ancient vampire named Kakistos. Buffy helps Faith find the courage and confidence to face her demons and kill the vampire who has haunted her since fleeing her home. In the end, Buffy has another Slayer by her side – for now.

The last scene in the episode shows Buffy placing the Claddagh ring that Angel gave to her in the middle of his mansion. As she leaves, a mysterious white light shines from the dark, and a naked man is seen falling to the ground. The camera pans around to show his face and lo and behold – Angel has returned from his trip to hell! Though he isn’t the same Angel that we knew before…

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Principal Snyder, Faith Lehane, Scott Hope, Trick, Kakistos, Angel (in all his nude glory!)

Notable Quote:Ain’t it crazy how slaying just always makes you hungry and horny?” “Well… sometimes I-I crave a non-fat yogurt after.”- Faith and Buffy

Episode 5 – “Homecoming”

My Two Cents: Buffy and Cordelia fight for survival against would-be assassins. Wait – did you read that right? Yep – Our Slayer and her varsity cheerleading rival somehow get themselves involved in the infamous Slayerfest ’99. Slayerfest ‘99 is self-explanatory and this year’s “winners” are our Slayers: Buffy and Faith. Created by Mr. Trick (Kakistos’ former minion) as another ingenious way to get rid of Slayer Power x2, assassins from all over the world – both human and demonic – participate in the festivities. While Slayerfest ’99 is being organized, Buffy and Cordelia are in a heated match against one another for Homecoming Queen. Battlelines are drawn and friends are seemingly pushed to side with one girl over the other. Sick of the in-fighting between the two, Buffy and Cordelia are picked up together in a limo for Homecoming, set up by their friends to make-up and get-along. Unfortunately, they end up trying to save themselves from certain death while facing off against their would-be assassins. Through some massive miscommunication on Team Evil’s part, Cordelia was mistaken for Faith, which puts a kink in Team Evil’s plans – not like they care. Buffy and Cordelia face off and defeat their would-be killers and barely make it in time for the announcement of Homecoming Queen, which they both lose to another girl. And the biggest travesty of this episode? Their gorgeous dresses are ruined. RUINED, I SAY! For the Buffy/Angel ‘shippers, there are some nice scenes between the two as Buffy helps Angel regain some more of his humanity after returning from Demonville.

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Faith Lehane, Scott Hope, Mr. Trick, Deputy Mayor Allan Finch, Mayor Richard Wilkins

Notable Quote: Buffy and Faith are in the library getting all sweaty.” “They’re training.” “I stand by my phrase.” – Xander and Cordelia

Episode 6 – “Band Candy”

My Two Cents: I love Buffy’s comedic episodes. They help us move away from the many dramatic moments thrown at us courtesy of the writers, and allow us some breathing room to understand what’s happening with the major story arc of the season. “Band Candy,” out of all of the comedic episodes from the series, is hands-down my favorite. Why? Because we get to see the grown-ups loosen up and unwind this time around, and our teenage supernatural-beating squad has to pick up the pieces and save the day. Hey – Buffy and her friends can’t keep the fun happenings all to themselves. In this fuzzy and warm episode, four vampires, Mr. Trick, and Mayor Richard Wilkins want to sacrifice four babies to a serpentine god named Lurconis, as a tribute needed for the Mayor’s endgame. In order to do this, they need to distract the adults who love and protect said babies. Our Chaos Magick “friend,” Ethan Rayne, returns for a visit and enchants a bunch of chocolate bars that are later sold by the Sunnydale High student population. The adults eat the chocolate bars and revert to their teenage selves, but the funniest and coolest scene-stealers are Giles and Buffy’s mom, Joyce. The two of them together are magic…in more ways than one [insert sexual innuendo here]. Buffy saves the poor innocent babies from Lurconis and foils the Mayor’s plans, but that crafty bastard still has a few demons up his sleeve.

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Mr. Trick, Principal Snyder, Ethan Rayne, Mayor Richard Wilkins

 Notable Quote: “Yeah, we can go home. I’ve got the SAT’s tomorrow.” “Oh, blow them off. I’ll write you a note.” Buffy and Joyce

Episode 8 – “Lovers Walk”

My Two Cents: Spike! My good friend! Nice to see you back on my screen, buddy – I’ve definitely missed you. Spike shows up in his only appearance in Season Three as Lovesick Spike. Sunnydale must have some money set aside for sign repairs because this is the second time that Spike has driven right through the sign. Our poor Blondie Bear is rightfully drunk after being dumped by his vampiric ladylove, Drusilla. Let’s have a moment of silence for the collapse of one of my favorite couples from the series. *silence* Spike blames Angel for making Drusilla fall for him in Season Two when he turned back into Angelus. Pissed off at the bloke, Spike drunkenly swears and curses outside of Angel’s house, passing out at his pad. Waking up from his drunken stupor, Spike decides to enact revenge on Angel by performing a cursing spell on him. Spike is at the magic shop and overhears Willow looking for the ingredients for an anti-lust spell; looks like she and Xander are starting to have feelings for each other. Problem – Willow is with Oz and Xander is with Cordelia. Spike kidnaps our best friends and asks Willow to perform a love spell. There’s a subplot with vampires trying to kill Angel, Buffy and Spike, but what matters (to me) is the moment when Oz and Cordelia find their captured paramours and see them making out with one another. Cue me shrieking at the TV and shedding a few tears for the two couples devastated by this. Cordelia is injured as she runs away from the scene and is taken out by a collapsing staircase. Xander visits her in the hospital but she turns him away; meanwhile, Oz refuses to see or speak to Willow. The damage is already done, though, and our couples are torn apart. The whole theme of this episode is about broken relationships, and Buffy and Angel’s own relationship falters too.

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Spike, Mayor Richard Wilkins, Deputy Mayor Allan Finch

Notable Quote: Oh, sod the spell. Your friends are in the factory. I’m really glad I came here, you know. I’ve been all wrong-headed about this: weeping, crawling, blaming everybody else. I want Dru back. I’ve just gotta be the man that I was – the man she loved. I’m gonna do what I shoulda done in the first place; I’ll find her – wherever she is – tie her up, torture her, ‘til she likes me again. Love’s a funny thing.” – Spike

Episode 9 – “The Wish”

My Two Cents: Remember that old adage “be careful what you wish for?” Thanks to an ill-advised wish from Cordelia Chase, her “wish” causes a lot of havoc. This episode also introduced us to one of our future series regulars and one of my favorite characters, played by the sexy and hysterical Emma Caulfied.

Cordelia wishes that Buffy Summers had never moved to the ‘Dale, because she blames Buffy for the bad luck streak that seems to follow her. She meets a young woman named Anyanka (her humkan form hides her true visage), and things go south from there after she vocalizes her wish in front of the vengeance demon. Bad move, Cordy! In alternative Sunnydale, Buffy never arrived, causing the Hellmouth to spill over and allow The Master (Season One’s Big Bad) to escape from his imprisonment. Vampires are running rampant through the streets at night, and the citizens are under a nighttime curfew for their own safety and longevity. Willow and Xander have been turned into vampires and are The Master’s top minions. Willow even has her own special “pet” that she likes to torture: Angel. Oz, Giles, and a few Sunnydale citizens have teamed up to create their own monster squad. Cordelia is able to relay some information about Anyanka and Buffy to Giles before she meets her untimely demise at the hands of Xander and Willow. Giles is able to get a hold of a very jaded and cynical Buffy (think Faith), who eventually makes her way to Sunnydale, but dies at the hands of the Master (déjà vu much?). With Buffy down and Giles running out of all available options, he finds out that Anyanka is the vengeance demon tied to the amulet Cordelia was wearing before she became dinner. Summoning Anyanka to his home, he confirms Cordelia’s story, destroys the amulet, and poor Anyanka has been demoted to sarcastic, powerless, teenaged Anya.

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, The Master, Anya/Anyanka

Notable Quote: “Bored now.” – Willow

Episode 12 – “Helpless”

My Two Cents: Buffy loses trust in her Watcher, Giles, after she is sent through a Slayer rite-of-passage in this episode. All Slayers must complete it when they hit that somber age of 18 (about middle-age in Slayer years, considering the mortality rate). Unfortunately for her, Buffy loses her Slayer strength thanks to some “treatments” given to her by Giles while in a trance (drugs are bad, kids!). This makes her “human” and unable to fulfill her Slayer duties without serious injury or possible death. Even worse, the Watchers’ Council has decided to use a vampire who was deemed insane in his pre-vampiric state before being turned. Oh, no – nothing bad will occur from using him for her “test.”Zachary  Kralik, our psychotic vampire villain, tricks his Council guards and turns one of his captors into a vampire, who helps him escape his restraints. Kralik is able to kidnap Joyce Summers and uses her as bait. Buffy, trying to stay alive through all of this, has to rescue her mom and prevent their untimely deaths at the fangs of Kralik. Buffy uses her ingenuity to survive Kralik, grabbing the pills that Kralik needs to keep him less psychopathic. Kralik corners her but she gives him the pills and a glass of water, which Kralik promptly drinks to wash down his pills. Thanks to Buffy’s quick thinking, her trusty bottle of Holy Water saves the day, burning Kralik from the inside out. Buffy – 1, Kralik – 0. Buffy saves her mom and Giles is stripped of his Watcher duties.

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Zachary Kralik, Quentin Travers

Notable Quote: [to Joyce] “Mother. May I call you ‘mother’? My own mother was a person with no self-respect of her own, so she tried to take mine. Ten years old, she had the scissors. You wouldn’t believe what she took with those. But she’s dead to me now. Mostly because I killed and ate her, but also because I know I won’t be alone much longer. I’ll have your daughter. I won’t kill her – I’ll just make her like me. Different. She’ll go to sleep, and when she wakes up, your face will be the first thing she eats. I have a problem with mothers. I’m aware of that.” – Zachary Kralik

Episode 14 – “Bad Girls”

My Two Cents: “Bad Girls” is my favorite Buffy episode – it has been since the first time it aired. There are many elements that make this a memorable episode for me, but it’s the ending that always gets to me every time. We see Buffy putting on her Rebellious Girl pants and ignoring the new Watcher assigned to her – the then-annoying Wesley Wyndham-Pryce. Later she goes on a “date” with Faith while skipping out on a chemistry exam, surprising her friends with her actions, and exuding enough sexual tension and subtext with Faith to set televisions on fire. Thanks to this episode, it also introduced me into the wonderful world of Fuffy ‘shippers (Faith/Buffy for the unfamiliar with fandom relationship terms). Buffy will later regret her anti-good girl actions: she and Faith get into some trouble after they break into a sporting goods store to score some new weapons, escape from police custody, and defeat an obese vampire named Balthazar. In the most shocking moment of the episode – Faith accidentally kills a human, Deputy Mayor Allan Finch, who was looking to assist the Slayers with some valuable information. While Buffy is shell-shocked and dealing with the consequences of this accidental death, Faith is less reluctant to accept what she did and is numb to it. This episode starts Faith’s journey to joining Team Evil, and Buffy will have to eventually fight her.

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Faith Lehane, Mr. Trick, Deputy Mayor Allan Finch, Mayor Richard Wilkins, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Balthazar

Notable Quote: “Faith, you can shut off all the emotions that you want. But eventually, they’re gonna find a body.” “Okay, this is the last time we’re gonna have this conversation, and we’re not even having it now, you understand me? There is no body. I took it, weighted it, and dumped it. The body doesn’t exist.”

“Getting rid of the evidence doesn’t make the problem go away.” “It does for me.” “Faith, you don’t get it – you killed a man.” “No, you don’t get it – I don’t care!” – Buffy and Faith, talking about Allan’s death

Episode 16 – “Doppelgangland”

My Two Cents: Five words describe this personal favorite of mine – “Willow meets her evil twin.” That “evil twin” is the sadistic and sexy Vampire Willow from “The Wish,” and she’s out to have some fun with our witchy geek – in some slightly disturbing ways. Anya also returns for some fun as she tries to regain her status as a vengeance demon. The spell backfires and we get Vamp Willow coming into our world, and she’s out for some fun, including hitting on her straight-laced (heh, heh) counterpart. One of the funniest parts of this episode is seeing shy and geeky Willow portray her more murderous and vampiric counterpart as she enters the Bronze, which is the current location of a potential slaughter by vampires who were under Vamp Willow’s command. Trying to see our beloved human Willow try her hardest to be her evil doppelganger is hysterical, and Anya is not buying it. Angel, Buffy, and the rest of the gang come swinging into action and save the day as Vamp Willow is sent back to her alternate dimension, in time to get slayed by Alternate Universe Oz. I send kudos to Alyson Hannigan for pulling double-duty and giving us some of my favorite Willow and Vamp Willow moments. Willow-centric episodes are always welcome.

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Anya, Faith Lehane, Principal Snyder, D’Hoffryn

Notable Quote: “It’s horrible! That’s me as a vampire? I’m so evil and…skanky. And I think I’m kinda gay.” “Willow, just remember, a vampire’s personality has nothing to do with the person it was.” “Well, actually… [Buffy shoots a look at Angel] That’s a good point.” – Willow, Buffy, and Angel, talking about Vamp Willow’s more colorful aspects and future foreshadowing

Episode 17 – “Enemies”

My Two Cents: I jumped a few episodes into Faith’s plunge towards Team Wilkins and have arrived at one of the major episodes of Season Three. Buffy knows that Faith is in a downward spiral and becoming more volatile as each day passes. This becomes clear when Faith (already working for Team Wilkins) joins Buffy as they meet with a demon that has some very valuable books for Team Buffy: the Books of Ascension. Mayor Wilkins also needs these books to complete the rituals needed for his shining moment at the end of the season. Faith makes a trip to the demon’s pad and dispatches their contact, taking the books for her boss. Team Buffy has to come with an alternate plan and it involves Angel pretending to have his soul ripped out from him (hello Angelus!), making Faith a very happy Dark Slayer. Buffy is later kidnapped by Angelus and Faith and held captive at Angel’s mansion. Faith talks a bit about the Mayor’s plans for Ascension and makes many threats towards Buffy when psych! Angel and Buffy reveal themselves as having planned together to get information about the Ascension from Faith, and she is P-I-S-S-E-D. She and Buffy tousle and hold knives at each other’s throats. Buffy realizes that her sister Slayer has turned evil, and now she has another enemy to contend with. Add it to her list of people to eventually kill or try to help.

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Faith Lehane, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Angelus (but only pretend), Mayor Richard Wilkins

Notable Quote: “What are you gonna do, B? Kill me? You become me. You’re not ready for that – yet” – Faith

Episode 18 – “Earshot”

My Two Cents: School shootings are quite the heavy subject for a TV show to capture, and many television shows and films have portrayed these events without being exploitative  This episode falls under that category. Buffy fights a wicked-looking demon without a mouth that speaks telepathically to its fellow demons. Unfortunately for Buffy, the demon bleeds on her after she kills it and its blood soaks into her skin. She is able to temporarily hear people’s thoughts and it’s slowly driving her crazy, but then she hears one single voice that makes an alarming threat against the student population. Between all of the random voices speaking in her head, Buffy has to find the student who is planning to shoot up the school. It turns out that the student in question, Jonathan (who will make several appearances throughout the series), is actually contemplating suicide and not wanting to hurt his fellow students. The real culprit is one angry lunch lady who feels under-appreciated and threatens to poison as many people as she can. Buffy is able to stop the lunch lady and save Jonathan at the same time.

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Percy West, Jonathan Levinson, Larry Blaisdell

Notable Quote: “You think I just want attention?” “No. I think you’re up in the clock tower with a high-powered rifle because you wanna blend in. Believe it or not, Jonathan, I understand about the pain.” “Oh, right! Because the burden of being beautiful and athletic, that’s a crippler!” “You know what? I was wrong. You are an idiot. My life happens to, on occasion, suck beyond the telling of it. Sometimes more than I can handle. And it’s not just mine. Every single person down there is ignoring your pain because they’re too busy with their own. The beautiful ones. The popular ones. The guys that pick on you. Everyone. If you could hear what they were feeling. The loneliness. The confusion. It looks quiet down there. It’s not. It’s deafening… You know, I could’ve taken that by now.” “I know.” “I’d rather do it this way. [Jonathan hands her the rifle] – Jonathan and Buffy


Episodes 21-22 – “Graduation Day, Parts 1 & 2”

My Two Cents: The Scooby Gang has discovered the depth of Mayor Wilkins’ plans, and things are looking very grim. He is going to ascend into a true demon, unlike the half-demons that we’ve all seen frequently in the show. Becoming a full-fledged demon is a very bad thing for our Gang and Sunnydale in general. According to Anya (who has since joined our group), she barely lived through an Ascension that occurred years before. That’s bad news for Team Buffy. Faith has also stepped up her game of being the Dark Slayer to Buffy’s Light by murdering an innocent man for Mayor Wilkins. While Allan Finch’s death was an accident, Professor Worth’s is not, and Faith has taken the final step towards total darkness of the soul. In the meantime, Buffy is trying to convince her mom to leave down before all hell breaks loose, but she refuses to leave her daughter behind to die. In the chaos of all the events surrounding Ascension, Buffy and Angel try to have a heartfelt talk until an arrow pierces Angel’s chest, close to his heart. Our culprit is Faith and now it’s officially endgame between her and Buffy. The arrow is poisoned with a substance that is deadly to vampires and the only known cure is the blood of a Slayer. The most logical choice is Faith’s, but draining her blood could also kill her in the process. After everything that she has done to Buffy and her friends, Buffy has pretty much given up on her and is willing to bring her back to Angel, to let him drain her to death. She and Faith have my favorite epic fight scene between them and both women end up injured – Faith is stabbed in the gut by her own knife (courtesy of Buffy), and Buffy collapses into a coma after coming back empty to Angel’s mansion and convincing him to drink her blood.

Continuing on, both Slayers are in the hospital. Both are also in a shared Slayer dream where Faith gives Buffy a huge hint about how to stop Mayor Wilkins – use his human weakness against him. In the end, Faith is still willing to help Buffy after their friendship has collapsed. Buffy recovers and visits Faith’s room and gives her a tender kiss on the forehead, quietly thanking her for the hint and hoping that she’ll recover someday. Back in the battle, Buffy preparing plans with the Scooby Gang, Giles, and Wesley. Mayor Wilkins is also making his own plans with Team Evil. At Sunnydale’s graduation ceremony, Team Buffy is trying to stay awake as Mayor Wilkins gives his commencement speech, but something peculiar is happening – he’s starting to ascend. The sky above darkens and a group of vampires come out to play, planning to kill our helpless student body. Buffy, never one to leave home without a few weapons and a plan of her own, has rallied the student body to fight back against the vampires. Our students are holding their own against the vampires and Buffy goes after Snake Wilkins. Using his love for Faith against him, Snake Wilkins becomes enraged and chases after Buffy as she runs through the hallowed halls of Sunnydale High. What Snake Wilkins doesn’t know is that Buffy has rigged the school with explosive devices, turning Snake Wilkins into bite-size chunks. Juicy! Sunnydale High may be gone forever, but our Gang is just thankful that they made it through the school year without dying.  Our final scene shows Angel quietly brooding off into the darkness of night as Buffy searches for him. She’ll pay him a few visits in Los Angeles, but it is a bittersweet ending to a hell of an intense season.

Notable Characters: Scooby Gang, Joyce Summers, Faith Lehane, Anya, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Principal Snyder, Mayor Richard Wilkins, Larry Blaisdell, Harmoney Kendall, Percy West, Jonathan Levinson

Notable Quote: “Oh my God. He’s going to do the entire speech.” “Man, just ascend already.” “Evil!” – Buffy and Willow

Other Episodes Worth Checking Out: Season Three doesn’t have a bad episode among its 22-episode run. There are some episodes that are a little weak in their delivery, but overall it’s really an enjoyable season – I recommend watching the whole season. There are several episodes of note that will be mentioned in a later post.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Retrospective (5): Full Season Pick-Up (Favorite Episodes – Part 1 of 3)

Author’s Note: Thanks to all of the new readers to this blog. You Buffy fans are some of the most awesome people in the world, and one of the first fandoms to welcome me with open arms. It has been lots of fun venturing back into Buffy’s world and exploring it further with my own insights. Everyone who has ever watched the show views it in a different way than another fan, and I’m just sharing my opinions and by no means am I saying this is the best of the best of anything the show has ever given to us. I hope you continue reading this blog, because I have lots of future posts to write about that may occasionally reference Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the meantime, please enjoy this commercial interruption from your daily lives. 😉 This post is broken up into three parts this time around ‘cause of all the pretty pictures added for each episode.

I survived! The Favorite Scenes posts really took lots of heavy concentration, re-watching of episodes, and fighting off distractions thanks to work (What? We’re on our semester break…) and Friday night live-tweeting with my fellow Faenatics (Lost Girl – how I really love and am infatuated with thee). And holy crap – there’s a lot of scenes that I’ve forgotten about throughout the years that I have to re-visit at a later time. I’ll probably leave that for the end of this look-back, along with any other things I may have left out. That usually happens to me: I blank out on something important and only remember it when it’s past its relevance date.

We have now come to one of my favorite posts of this Buffy Retrospective – my favorite episodes. A show’s episodes and their impact on fans will always vary from viewer by viewer, and this is by no means what I think is a definitive list of the best episodes of the series. These are episodes that I have loved throughout the years and have frequently returned to because of their emotional moments, their entertainment value, and because they just kick ass in general. These are mainly my favorites that I’ve re-watched tons of times, but there are a few extra that snuck in there because I simply cannot ignore them; they have to be mentioned.

These are not ranked – that would be absolute torture for me because my favorite episode changes every two seconds of any show that I’ve been addicted to throughout the years. But you’ll find a pretty complete list of my favorite episodes from the series listed below, with several honorable mentions at the end. I was originally aiming for a short synopsis of each episode, but I found myself kicking and screaming as I tried to do that with the first episode on this list. Instead, I’m featuring what I really liked about the episodes, the characters that mostly appeared in each one, and a memorable quote. Because that would make life so much easier on myself and to you, Awesome Readers.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer came close to, but never reached 150 episodes (it ended after 144 episodes; Season One had 12 episodes), which is the pinnacle of achievement that most shows try to reach (the show Supernatural, for example, is just an episode shy of that magical number). Shows that are lucky enough to be renewed every year get the chance to reach that goal, but the writing and the storylines of each of these shows have to justify reaching that number; there are many shows that went downhill long before or after reaching 150 (see The X-Files).

What makes Buffy the Vampire Slayer an instant classic to me, and a show that I have returned to constantly, is the diversity of each episode. Many episodes deal with real-life issues that many teens and young adults have experienced throughout their lives, whether it’s: acceptance from your peers, coming out to your family and friends, finding and losing love, losing someone close to you without notice, and trying not to fall apart when the world seems to be depending on you to fix it.

We love to watch Buffy and her friends fight her many enemies, become unlikely allies with others, but mostly we watch it because we can relate to them in a personal level. You also believe that what are you watching is really happening – the classic “Suspension of Disbelief.” They aren’t just characters on a show anymore: they are your friends, your neighbors, your loved ones. There have been many episodes that I have related to, and I feel like they’re speaking to me directly – that, or I’ve finally gone nuts. But we love the show and all of its quirks, the characters, the endless quotes we derive from it, the epic finales, and all of this goodness is brought to us thanks to the many great episodes that comprise the whole series

Now, in no particular order – my favorite Buffy episodes. As I always say during each of these posts – BEWARE OF SPOILERS. This first post covers Seasons 1 and 2:

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SEASON ONE

Episode 7 – “Angel”

My Two Cents: Angel, you sexy thing. Why did you hide your backstory from us? Could it be that there is something you don’t want your new, soon-to-be girlfriend/Slayer to know? How about the fact that you’re a VAMPIRE and she’s a VAMPIRE SLAYER?! We see a bit more of who Angel really is and who he used to be known as before that lil’ soul of his returned into his body. We also see more of his sire, Darla, before he decides to off her – the jerk. Julie Benz, while you may have left Buffy’s world, we welcomed you back with open arms when you were resurrected on Angel and caused just as much mischief. Angel and Buffy’s forbidden romance started here with a passionate kiss. Unfortunately, that soul of his comes into play in Season 2, and bad things happen.

Notable Characters: Buffy and the Scooby Gang (Giles, Xander, Willow), Cordelia, Angel, Joyce (Buffy’s Mom), The Master (Big Bad), Darla (deceased)

Notable Quote: “So he is a good vampire? I mean on a scale of one to ten. Ten being someone who’s killing and maiming every night, one being someone who’s… not.” – Willow

Episode 10 – “Nightmares”

My Two Cents: My worst nightmare is right above: getting ready to take a test that I probably barely studied for (because I was too busy watching Buffy reruns), in my worst subject (Math), and what could be worse than…OH CHRIST! TARANTULAS! *shudders* Seriously uncool. The Scooby Gang face off against their biggest fears, and it’s like we are in a parallel reality where Freddy Krueger was able to bring his dream world to life. The truth is a little boy named Billy made these nightmares real thanks to being in a coma, brought on by his asshole Little League coach. Jerkface. Buffy and the gang figure things out and help Billy, stop the Ugly Man demon who keeps stalking innocents, and bring his coach to justice. And our lesson learned is that we can conquer our biggest fears if we don’t succumb to them.

Notable Characters: The Scooby Gang, Billy, the Ugly Man

Notable Quote:You were a lousy clown! Your balloon animals were pathetic! Everyone can make a giraffe!” – Xander to killer clown

Episode 11 – “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”

My Two Cents: This is one of the saddest episodes of the series, because it reflects real-life in a way that many young people growing up now or around my age have felt – or anyone in general. To be largely ignored by your fellow students, to feel like basically nothing and you don’t matter… I think some of us have felt this way many times. Our victim/”monster” for this episode, Marci Ross (terrifically portrayed by gifted actress Clea Duvall), has been thoroughly ignored by her fellow classmates and her teachers, and she slowly fades away into an invisible person. She starts to retaliate against the people who forced her to “disappear,” and Cordelia Chase is her main victim – she feels as though Cordelia has wronged her the most, but Cordelia never knew she really existed at all. In a quiet scene where the Scoobies try to find out more information about Marci, Willow and Xander both realize that they signed Marci’s yearbook but never really knew her, and they feel slightly ashamed.

Notable Characters: The Scooby Gang, Cordelia, Harmony Kendall, Marci Ross

Notable Quote: “There are no dead students here. This week.” – Principal Snyder

Other Episodes Worth Checking Out: “Witch,” “Teacher’s Pet,” “Never Kill a Boy on the First Date,” “The Pack,” “Prophecy Girl.” Actually, this season is made up of only 12 episodes, so just watch it all. You’ll thank me later.

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SEASON TWO


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Episode 3 – “School Hard”

My Two Cents: Spike and Drusilla – Welcome to Sunnydale, indeed. Out of all the villains to have appeared on the show, they are my absolute favorites. They have fun being vampires and love to cause chaos and eat people, while others mope around, brood a lot, question their life, and try to absolve themselves from their sins committed as a demon of the night (yes, I’m looking at you Angel). One of my favorite scenes involves a siege at Sunnydale High by Spike and his vampire gang, and Buffy’s mom Joyce hits him with an axe, which is referenced later on in Season Two. Also, after The Master has died, Spike decides to take charge of the vampires that are now clueless as what to do without their leader, and killing The Master’s right-hand “man,” the boy-pire The Anointed One. He was annoying anyway.

Notable Characters: The Scooby Gang (now with Cordelia and Angel), Jenny Calendar, Spike, Drusilla, the Anointed One, Principal Snyder, random delinquent student turned vampire

Notable Quote:From now on, we’re gonna have a little less ritual, and a little more fun around here!” – Spike

Episode 6 – “Halloween”

My Two Cents: Ah, my favorite time of the year. My favorite holiday. The one time of the year when general debauchery is socially acceptable, and you won’t get arrested for it (unless it involves animals, clowns, and tequila). Buffy and her Gang also enjoy this time of year, and according to Giles – most demons are pretty quiet on this night. Until a chaos magickian with a dark past comes around to wreak havoc on our Slayer and her friends: Ethan Rayne, who has a past with Giles. Ethan casts a spell that causes the wearers of the costumes from his shop to become who they are portraying; hilarity and screams are quite common in this episode. Spike takes advantage of the chaos and tries to kill Buffy, but she returns to her Slayer-self and kicks his ass, and Giles beats the crap out of Ethan. This won’t be the last that we see of him…or at least until Season Three. One of my favorite comedic episodes.

Notable Characters: The Scooby Gang, Spike, Drusilla, Ethan Rayne, Oz, various demonic creatures

Notable Quote:Oh, he’s a vampire! Of course! But the cuddly kind, like a Care Bear with fangs.” – Cordelia, about Angel

Episodes 13-14 – “Surprise/Innocence”

My Two Cents: What happens when your computer teacher is keeping a secret as big as – oh, I don’t know – if you sleep with your boyfriend and he has that one moment of true passion, he will lose his soul and become the asshole vampire he was soulless? Thanks, Jenny Calendar, for omitting this fact on Buffy’s birthday of all days. And to make matters worse, we have a horrific demon simply named The Judge that can burn the humanity out of anyone, including nerdy vampires. What a douche. He came as a party favor for Drusilla, who pieced him back together (he was hacked up by knights hundreds of years ago, and his body parts spread throughout the world – obviously not hidden well enough). After Buffy and Angel sleep together and he returns to his former self, Angel pays a visit to Spike and Drusilla. Spike unleashes The Judge on him, who tells him that he is without humanity – we are screwed.

All is not lost, though: after Buffy learns about the truth of what happened to Angel after their passionate moment together, and being really pissed off at Jenny, she and the Scooby Gang find out that there’s a way to destroy The Judge before he burns the humanity out of all of the inhabitants of Sunnydale at their biggest gathering spot: the local mall. The Judge cannot be killed by any weapon forged, like swords or arrow points, but he can sure be blown up by a…BAZOOKA! Team Buffy! I loved both of these episodes because it shows what the rest of the season will be like when Buffy has to ultimately face off against Angelus to save the world.

Notable Characters: The Scooby Gang, Angelus, Spike, Drusilla, Oz, The Judge, Nerdy Vampire (deceased)

Notable Quote: Oh, I don’t know, though. He is a senior.” “You think he’s too old ’cause he’s a senior? Please. My boyfriend had a bicentennial.” – Willow and Buffy, talking about dating (Oz and Angel, respectively)

Episode 17 – “Passion”

My Two Cents: Honestly, if I had to choose my Top Five episodes, this would be on that list at #2 or #3. This is one of the darkest and most haunting episodes of the series, and it truly shows Angelus’ sadistic side as he mentally and emotionally tortures Buffy, causing her to slowly lose control. He also unleashes his deadliest attack against one of the Scooby Gang’s own, killing them and leaving them as a surprise for Giles. Poor Jenny Calendar, who tried her best to help restore Angel’s soul by finding and translating the original spell her Romanian Gypsy ancestors used, dies at the hands of the very demon she tries to help. Giles, seeing what Angel has done to his beloved Jenny, goes after him full-bore, until Buffy finds him before he kills himself trying to defeat Angel. Buffy now realizes that she has to do the worst-case scenario she feared the most: killing Angelus.

Notable Characters: The Scooby Gang (now w/ Oz; Jenny Calendar – deceased), Spike, Drusilla, Angelus

Notable Quote:Oh, God! I invited him in my car once. That means he can come into my car whenever he wants!” “Yep, you’re doomed to havin’ to give him and his vamp pals a lift whenever they feel like it. And those guys never chip in for gas.” – Cordelia and Xander, about Angel

Episode 19 – “I Only Have Eyes for You”

My Two Cents: I love episodes about star-crossed lovers who are fated to never be together. I think just about every show that I’ve been infatuated with through my many years of television viewing have at least one episode, or a whole storyline about, two people who will never be together for a variety of reasons. In this episode, it’s a student and a teacher from the 1950’s and they’re both dead: bummer. Their ghosts are causing issues at Sunnydale High, with normal people becoming possessed by them and attacking one another, playing out a scenario our ghostly visitors keep revisiting (students shoots and kills teacher, then kills himself). The Scooby Gang try to exorcise the ghosts using a spell, but their sorrow and rage is too much – they attack our Gang. Later on, Buffy is possessed by the spirit of the student, and Angelus is possessed by the spirit of the teacher. This works out to the Slayer’s favor because when she shoots Angelus, he doesn’t die as what has happened in the past when history was repeating itself (‘cause he’s already undead and a vampire). The ghosts can finally move on, and Buffy and Angelus both realize they still have lingering feelings for one another, as much as they hate to admit it.

Notable Characters: The Scooby Gang, Angelus, Spike, Drusilla, our ghostly star-crossed lovers

Notable Quote:Impulsive? Do you remember my ex-boyfriend, the vampire? I slept with him, he lost his soul, now my boyfriend’s gone forever, and the demon that wears his face is killing my friends. The next impulsive decision I make will involve my choice of dentures.” – Buffy

Episodes 21-22 – “Becoming, Parts 1 & 2”

My Two Cents: This long journey through Season Two showed different relationships and their dynamics, and what happens when these relationships change when something horrible happens. We’ve seen Spike and Drusilla’s twisted yet beautiful relationship, Giles and Jenny’s complicated and tragic relationship, and we’ve come to the biggest relationship mess of this season: Buffy and Angel’s. No longer lovers but now sworn enemies, they are hellbent on destroying one another without getting killed, but in the end there can only be one victor. In this scenario, our heroine triumphs. We also say goodbye to a somewhat-recurring character that I failed to mentioned before (apologies), and that was the awesome, all-business Jamaican Slayer Kendra (Bianca Lawson has a tendency to die in gruesome ways; this show and Pretty Little Liars are two examples). Kendra was called after Buffy “died” in the first season, and she tries to help Buffy fight Angelus and his minions but ultimately loses the battle thanks to being hypnotized by psychic, sociopathic vampire Drusilla – she slashes Kendra’s throat, causing her to bleed to death. There is so much that happens between these two episodes, but I can’t cover it all in a single post (it would have to be its own post).

Buffy and Angel do ultimately face off, but at the same time a recovering Willow (injured in an attack in the Sunnydale Library) attempts to restore Angel’s soul, hoping to save him before he does something stupid. Like maybe unleashing a demon named Acathla into our world that can create vortexes that will suck our world into a demon dimension – whoops. Angelus awakens the demon with his own blood before Willow’s spell can be cast, and he and Buffy have one of the most epic battles. The quotes at the end are said in a pivotal scene where Angelus knocks Buffy’s sword away and holds his own to her face. Buffy stops him before he can kill her and they fight some more; unfortunately, the demon vortex starts to open. And in true Whedeon-esque dramatic fashion, the soul-restoring spell works too late, and Buffy has to make the toughest decision yet: killing her former lover to save the world. I ALWAYS cry when Buffy sees that Angel’s soul has been restored and he can’t remember what has happened this whole time, and she has to kill him regardless. She tells him to close his eyes, and she runs him through with a sword, killing him and sending him to spend a few hundred years in a demon dimension – it’s the only way to defeat. Broken and defeated, Buffy cannot return home or to Sunnydale High, so she decides to skip town and start a new life in Los Angeles.

Notable Characters: The Scooby Gang, Angelus/Angel, Spike, Drusilla, WhistlerKendra, ghostly Jenny Calendar (courtesy of Drusilla), Principal Snyder, Joyce, and just about every character from this past season

Notable Quote:No weapons, no friends, no hope. Take all that away, and what’s left?” “Me.” – Angel and Buffy

Other Episodes Worth Checking Out: “When She Was Bad,” “Inca Mummy Girl,” “Lie To Me,” “The Dark Age,” “What’s My Line, Parts 1 and 2,” “Phases,” “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” and “Killed by Death.”

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We have come to the end of Part One. Part Two will feature Seasons Three and Four, and Part Three will cover the last three seasons: Five, Six and Seven. Check out my other Buffy posts if you’re still hankering for more Buffy goodness.