Back before Joss Whedon exhausted us with his insufferable Leftist twaddle, he created the perfect female heroine.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Buffy was the perfect blend of femininity and strength that is sorely lacking in most female action heroes.
Sure, she was preternaturally strong and could behead an Über-Vamp with one killing blow.
But Buffy never lost sight of her own femininity.
She was a girl who liked, you know, girly stuff.
Who also just happened to be one kick-ass fighter.
Today is the 20th Anniversary of the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
It started as a mid-season replacement series on March 10, 1997. But it rapidly became a cult classic.
And for good reason.
It was cleverly written and brilliantly conceived.
Buffy created a world where first dates and bloodthirsty vampires coexisted with ease.
And it was funny.
But like all television shows, it had its weak points. Not the least of which was Whedon turning the reins over to the incompetent Marti Noxon while he developed his series “Firefly.”
Lordy. As a result, except for the musical episode, Season 6 is an abysmal disaster.
I own the Chosen box set, and I can watch Season 6 in an afternoon because I skip so many episodes. It makes Season 4 and the moronic “Initiative” seem downright inspired by comparison.
But despite some clunker episodes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still a perennial favorite of mine.
It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years.
Just for fun. Here are my top ten favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Lies My Parents Told Me – Season 7
Any episode that focuses on Spike is going to be a favorite of mine. And watching Spike’s origin-story on how he became a vampire is loads of fun.
The Body – Season 5
This cleverly written, heart-breaking episode of Buffy’s mom’s death is gut-wrenching. And the scene with the 1000 year old former demon Anya struggling to understand human mortality is very moving.
The Wish – Season 3
This “what if Buffy never came to Sunnydale” episode is one of the few Marti Noxon stories I can stomach. But mostly because I love watching Willow as a vampire.
Doppelgangland – Season 2
Vampire Willow meets normal Willow? Where’s the bad?
Hush – Season 4
When all of Sunnydale is struck mute. A terrifically fun and scary episode with loads of comical “silent movie” moments. Like this one:
Chosen – Season 7
The very last episode of the series. I cheer and cry like a goon every time I watch it. The big battle scene is excellent! And the final moment between Spike and Buffy? Priceless.
Prophesy Girl – Season 1
The first time Buffy dies and the finale of Season 1. When Buffy learns of the prophesy predicting her own death, her reaction is about what you’d expect from a teenage girl. “I’m only sixteen years old.”
Tabula Rasa – Season 6
The whole gang loses their memory when Willow casts a spell that goes wrong. Anya and Giles thinking they’re engaged to each other is hilarious.
Once More With Feeling – Season 6
The Musical Episode. A demon casts a spell that causes everyone to burst into song like they’re in a musical. So much fun.
The Gift – Season 5
The second time Buffy dies in the finale of Season 5. Just the musical score in that final scene makes me sob like a girl.
If you never got into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this may seem bizarre to you. But for those of us who love the Buffyverse, today is a special day.
Let me leave you with a few few fun compilations of Buffy Moments:
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