I just started to read Slayer by Kiersten White and have been in the mood to rewatch Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I only watched BTVS for the first time last year and I absolutely loved it ! (although there are a “couple” flaws in the last few seasons, but this isn’t what this is about). I thought I’d make this post and share with you my top 5 favorite Buffy episodes !
Number Five : I Only Have Eyes For You (2x19)
What happened : In this episode, Buffy and a very Evil And Dark Angelus are possessed by two spirits (a teacher and a student who were in a secret affair that ended very poorly).
Why I loved it : Not only does this episode switches gender roles as Angel is the one possessed by the female teacher, it also allows us to see more of his vulnerable side. It’s a beautiful take on Buffy and Angel’s tumultuous relationship. Everything in this episode, from the lighting to the dialogue and the acting is perfect in my opinion.
Number Four : Hush (4x10)
What happened : Monsters known as the Gentlemen steal the voices of everyone in Sunnydale and it’s up to the Scooby-Gang to defeat them.
Why I loved it : For the ending when Buffy screams and destroys them (as a human voice is the only thing that can kill them). There’s something so powerful within that scream and it follows the idea that’s at the core of the TV show about what a girl can do.
Number Three : Who are you ? (4x16)
What happened : Faith (aka Slayer n°2 although she would hate me for calling her that) manages to switch her body with Buffy’s and all hell breaks loose.
Why I love it : Faith. That’s it. That’s the reason. Faith is my favorite character in BTVS but also in television and fiction in general. I loved the way Faith’s morality is tackled and I genuinely think she’s one of the most interesting characters to ever exist.
Number Two : The Body (5x16)
What happened : Buffy’s mom dies of a brain aneurysm and we see the aftermath of Joyce’s death, not only on Buffy but on all the characters.
Why I loved it : I could write an actual essay about why this episode is one of the best of Buffy (I might do that ?). This episode leaves you feeling hollow : how can Joyce die of natural causes when her daughter is the Slayer ? Buffy feels completely powerless, she just lost her compass and center of gravity. Heartbreaking, beautifully directed, the takes on Buffy’s face (specifically one where the shot seems overheated and you can see Buffy’s distress), everything about it is magnificent. Anya’s speech made me cry like a baby.
Earshot (3×19) tackles teen violence and the plot-twist at the end is one of the most heartbreaking ones as we find out Jonathan was not going to shoot the school but himself.
Enemies (4×17) : again, I gotta give it to my girl Faith. The ending of this episode was amazing (we realized that Buffy and Angel tricked Faith and not the opposite !! Amazing !!)
Number One : Normal Again (6x17)
What happened : Buffy gets poisoned by demon venom and is stuck between two versions of reality : one where she’s the vampire slayer and one where she’s a patient stuck in a mental institution (and has been for the past six years aka the past six seasons)
Why I loved it : First off, the ending leaves you wondering which of the realities was the “real one”. Seeing Buffy’s descent into semi-madness realizing she might have invented the Scooby gang and the slayer arc is mind-boggling. I see this episode as a discussion about the power of fiction and its beauty.
That’s it for today ! Do you watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer ?
Do you have any favorite episodes ? I might make a more in-depth post about each favorite episode !