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29 January 2010 @ 09:11 am
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I missed last night's Supernatural because I took a long overdue nap and kinda overslept. I think this is the first time I've accidentally missed an episode that wasn't due to technological failings. Based on what I've read though I didn't really miss much. I think I'm looking forward to the next upcoming episodes than what's been shown lately, but that's just me. I NEEDS MOAR CASTIEL PLZ SHOW KTHX.

Speaking of which, here's Castiel's fourth clue, still with the inability to blink. At first I thought Misha seemed tired in this and was possibly reading off cards they were putting in front of him, but I think it's kinda foreshadowing for the next episode given his first line....

For the passed week I've been rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and God I've forgotten how much I'd loved this show. I mean, I didn't really forget but it's been quite a while since I'd seen an entire season straight through, that just seeing episodes back to back again has revived that love. Reliving the characters, the stories, the relationships, all of it. I've mainly been rewatching season three, since out of all the seven seasons the third will always remain the best in my opinion. I've been making a few notes about why this is:

01. Buffy Summers. I will admit I had some issues with the character in the latter half of the show, but I still love the courage, the strength and the resilience of Buffy Anne Summers and all what she represented, this season in particular. How she evolved from being the coy little high school girl from the beginning to having all these things happen to her, really growing up between her job as a Slayer and in the real world as being a teenage girl. There was immense empowerment with this character, and still is to this day after all these years. I would prefer young girls to look up to Buffy Summers than to such stupid lame characters that have no development like Bella Swan.

02. Eliza Dushku as Faith. She was my first ultimate girlcrush, and that hasn't gone away. I just love everything about her character, she's so broken and tragic, so much complexity and vulnerability hidden behind the toughness and I especially loved the route of showing the ramifications of certain actions and how Faith dealt with it, how far she was willing to go. The theme of redemption for her was what I loved. In fact, there's a reason why she's my absolute favorite character in the entire series, her development was the best out of all the characters combined. I just adore her. Hence, my username. ♥ FAITH YOU'RE MY GIRL, I LOVE YOU BB!

03. Father-daughter relationship that had been formed between Buffy and Giles, it's always there poignantly featured in the episode "Helpless", my favorite although it is hard to watch. The Mayor and Faith father-daughter relationship was also very sweet, and yes while the Mayor was evil and Faith was heading down the wrong path there's no denying how adorable they were with each other. Faith wanting and needing a father figure in her life, and the Mayor just being so loving and caring towards her like she was his own daughter. I couldn't help but think if things had gone differently that perhaps the Mayor could have adopted her in some way, because he really did care about her. It kinda broke my heart, too.

04. The couples of the season: Buffy/Angel, Willow/OZ, Xander/Cordelia. So much love. No other season has had relationships like these that I could fully agree on.

05. Such groundbreaking episodes this season. Though the show has had plenty of amazing episodes, I felt that "Anne", "Beauty and the Beasts", "Lover's Walk", "The Wish", "Helpless", "Bad Girls", "Consequences", "Earshot" and "Graduation Day" were the best episodes that had amazing and touching messages attached to them. That's something I loved about this show in particular, really. Even though they did have monster-of-the-week episodes here and there, there was always something that connected with the characters and what they were dealing with throughout the season. It always had callbacks and made those little connections and parallels, which is what made the show spectacular.

06. The score soundtrack, I don't know if it's just me but I loved this season's score better than the other seasons. There's just something so ominous and mysterious about it and it matches the mood set for everything.

07. Fight sequences. If there's anything you can always count on with any Joss Whedon show is that there will always be realistic fight sequences. None of the fights look fake or cheesy. Perhaps a few here and there, but overall the fight sequences combined they are well choreographed and done in the sense that there's no cutting where someone punches another and you can tell they hardly punched them. No, it looks real and it looks painful. The cutting and the filming really work amazing in Buffy, particularly the wide-shots of the fighting. That is something I'll always appreciate about any Joss show.

08. "Graduation Day" will forever be the best season finale, right behind in second being the series finale "Chosen". There's just something about gathering up an entire army of people to help battle in the huge finale showdown that always gets me giddy, because I feel like after everything that's how finale's should go out, with a huge bang that gets the adrenaline pumping and it's like you've gone through the battle yourself, too. Just having the entire graduating class teaming up and fighting alongside Buffy was just remarkable, and how they revealed it was just so amazingly well done it was that "HELL YEAH!" moment. Nothing can ever live up to that, even with the series finale with the Potential Slayers getting their full Slayer strength (even though that, too, was awesome and empowering). If anything, this is why I feel that Supernatural should take that route for a big series finale showdown, a sense of completion of the entire story that has been building over the seasons.

Okay, so I'm gushing over the show but it really was my first fandom that I was really into and slightly participated online, and rediscovering that love all over again is just filling me with warm fuzzies. I can't believe it's been so long since I've watched it. So in terms of my top favorite fandoms Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica are ranking in at the top slots, mostly because they are both groundbreaking shows that had many elements that broke the molds of television for their particular genres of fantasy/horror and science fiction. Supernatural is following closely right behind, although it's still in production so we'll have to see where it leads. But I love all these shows for different reasons, they are all amazing and epic in their own ways. I tend to like more epic television than not, heh.

DOLLHOUSE FINALE IS TONIGHT! Remember: 8:00pm, not 9 but 8. Also a brand new episode of Caprica directly after. Oh, how I wish we could have Scifi Fridays back again, I missed having my shows back-to-back.
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yeah, i live on the hellmouth.: BtVS - blue xanvichan on January 29th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR BUFFY AND ALWAYS WILL. I followed it from the very beginning. It's very strange how much that memory sticks out in my mind; I couldn't watch the premiere because I was doing the school play that night, so I taped it, and my parents made fun of me. They didn't stop making fun of me until the last season, when NPR started running all of those specials on how poignant and important the show was, and they realized I wasn't insane. XD

It was perfect for me - I think I was 14 when it premiered, and the characters (and the show itself) was still immature, and perfect for my 14-year-old mind. I grew up, the characters grew up, the show grew up. We all grew up together, so it sometimes feels like my best friend. I think this is also why I love the later seasons just as much as the earlier seasons. The 5th, 6th, and 7th seasons just felt so freaking REAL to me, since I found myself in similar situations as at least one of the characters, and usually at nearly the the exact time. (Okay, yeah. That made a lot of not sense. O_o) For example: Buffy's mother died, and about six months later, my best friend's mother died in pretty much the exact same way.

S3 is definitely good, too - though I might slightly disagree on the best episodes. Definitely think "The Zeppo" should be in there, too. ♥
Renée: DH. Priya.rogueslayer452 on January 29th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)

I started watching the show during its third season, which is perhaps why I love it so much. It was my first exposure to the show and I fell in love instantly. That was way back when I was in junior high, and I've stayed with it ever since and I think it ended right when I was in 10th grade, so still in high school. But even so I agree, we kinda grew up with the characters as the seasons went on, that's what's so amazingly awesome about it. They all grew up, they all went through things, experiences, just like in real life. There were things I connected to and things I understood because of that factor.

OMG "THE ZEPPO"! THE XANDER-CENTRIC EPISODE! God, I did love how we had an episode dedicated to Xander, it was a great episode too. :)
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Renée: Dean/Castiel. Bittersweet.rogueslayer452 on January 29th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't mind Castiel-less episodes if they weren't entirely filler, at least where the arc is concerned. I mean I would be sad there wouldn't be any Castiel, but I wouldn't be all "meh" about it either. Because I do love the boys. It seems the only interesting stuff is when we're dealing with the Apocalypse (which is when you reach that climatic part of your story, people will tend to tune out all non-apocalyptic stuff, at least from my experience).

I haven't seen the preview, but I've seen the sneak peek clip that's been posted and OHGOSH. CAS.
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Renée: Castiel. Cute and sneaky.rogueslayer452 on January 29th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
The last two episodes really weren't that arc-heavy, apparently, so I don't think you've missed much. I just am excited that we're finally going to be getting more into the Apocalypse from next week onward. \O/
♛ part-time maenad: btvs; they got them hoppy legsradon_ on January 29th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
OH MY GODS BUFFY ♥ I arrived late into the fandom a few years ago (despite having watched random episode on TV in the early 00s) and it's just one of those shows that stick onto you.

-runs off to rewatch S3-
Renée: Firefly. Big Damn Heroes.rogueslayer452 on January 29th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
It really does, and it doesn't really matter what episode you start off watching you always end up wanting to watch another one, and then those few episodes turn into rewatching an entire season. Because it's just so. damn. good. ♥
forwardish: Buffy scoobiesforwardish on January 29th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Buffy = LOVE
Renéerogueslayer452 on January 29th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Tangles: Red Dressentangled_now on January 29th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
I swear Buffy if the only show that whenever I hear people talking about it I want to go and rewatch it, even if it's just one episode.
Renée: DH. Ivy.rogueslayer452 on January 29th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Exactly. And even with that one episode you have to watch another, and then another. It's just addictive in that way.
noybusiness: Leoben/Anders/Starbuck threesomenoybusiness on January 29th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
There's just something about gathering up an entire army of people to help battle in the huge finale showdown that always gets me giddy,

Yeah. There are no bad episodes of Buffy and Angel, and I think they're the best shows that television has ever seen.

I rewatched I've Got You Under My Skin, The Prodigal, and This Year's Girl today.

The Wish deserves special mention.
Renéerogueslayer452 on January 29th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Well, the entire fourth season of Angel was a total WTF season and probably is my least favorite, but overall yes, there's something so unique about the timeframe in which Buffy and Angel had been created that makes them timeless, in a sense. And they were cornerstones and influences of other shows too.

God, I love "The Wish". The whole "what if" scenarios are always fun to play with.
Cookie Simone: Buffy spincookie_simone on January 29th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, Buffy. It will always be my first and truest love. Though, it's kind of a pedo, because it first seduced me when I was eight! XD
Renée: Topher/Bennett. High five flail.rogueslayer452 on January 30th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
qwertypoiuq on January 30th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
BUFFY IS UNBEATABLE. S3 is my favorite season of any television show ever; it's the season I go back to over and over again whenever I need cheering up or just to be nostalgic. In a lot of ways I never forgave the show for letting Angel leave, so I felt it all went downhill after s3 (though in hindsight, s4 and 5 both have a lot of amazing episodes too) because that was the season when Buffy/Angel was strongest.

Amends is my favorite episode just for the unadulterated schmoop of the ending and the copious quantities of Angel time, but Lover's Walk, The Wish, Consequences and Graduation Day are all amazing too. Hell, it's ALL AMAZING. Buffyyyyyy! I adore SPN to my core too, but unless Dean and Cas start walking in the snow together and dancing at prom, I don't think anything can beat the glee of s3 Buffy. I really do need a Buffy/Angel icon, I think.
Renée: Firefly. Big Damn Heroes.rogueslayer452 on January 30th, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
It truly was the strongest season, not just with the characters and the story itself but definitely with Buffy/Angel. That pairing will always remain the one true pairing of the entire series, and I am not convinced otherwise.

I adore SPN to my core too, but unless Dean and Cas start walking in the snow together and dancing at prom, I don't think anything can beat the glee of s3 Buffy.

Tracy: Cas Lipsalexwhitman25 on January 30th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
You have seen the sneak peek, y/y? I was fangirling Whump!Cas so hard and then it hit me how things keep getting harder and harder for him and it made me all hand wringy. I just keep picturing Cas going out in a blaze of glory in the finale.
Renée: SPN. Castiel.rogueslayer452 on January 30th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
YES I HAVE AND OMGCAS! D: My poor whump!Cas, and Dean being all concerned for him (♥!) and just, oh man. I hate that I love him being so whumpified because he's becoming more and more human every episode, and what will happen to him then? His powers are diminishing, and I don't want him to turn into what he became in the future. I just, oh man, Cas!

nerdy2: wtf_by_cheesygirlnerdy2 on January 30th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
I love Buffy so much!!! The series is what got me into lj and fandom and fanfic (oh the smut that was written for Spuffy or Buffy/Angel...) and it was my first real love for a show! I remember how awful it was to wait for a new season back in the days without the internets (when it took them AGES to badly dub the eps) sometimes it would be two frakking years before a season was shown in germany.
I have been on a big rewatch myself. I just wanted to watch one ep and was totally sucked into the awesomeness. So yeah, Buffy rocks!!!!
Renée: Victor!Topher. FTW!rogueslayer452 on January 30th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Isn't it amazing that once you watch one episode, you just cannot stop at just that one? You have to continue watching because it totally does suck you in. It's because all the characters are so interesting and well-developed, and you just want to see what happens next. It really is a fantastic show, even after all these years it still remains memorably awesome. :)))
kitchensexslavekitchensexslave on February 1st, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Whenever I go back to watch BtVS, I'm always surprised by just how awesome it really was! That show just defines what tv can be, for me. (That and BSG, which is possibly even better, and The Wire... oh, ok, I like a lot of tv shows :P)
Renée: Castiel. Nngh.rogueslayer452 on February 1st, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
It's kind of impossible to think of the show otherwise. BTVS really was a groundbreaking series that defined a lot for television back in the day, and it inspired and influenced many other shows since then (such as Supernatural, for example, Kripke has praised Buffy and even referenced it on the show!)

Hee, I really like a lot of shows too. So don't worry. ;D