about a month or so ago i started to re-watch buffy. i no longer feel compelled to watch each and every episode of every season. but today i've been watching season 7, episode after episode. shawn's been joining me for an episode here, an episode there and while we were eating dinner he said, "so season 3 is your favorite right? and season 4 is your least favorite. how do the others rate?
after much deliberation: 3, 6, 7, 2, 1, 5, 4
but one geeky question led to more geeky questions in my fan girl brain. is my ranking correct? if i had to go by the number of episodes per season i now watch when rewatching would the ranking be the same?
here it goes...
season one: welcome to the hellmouth, witch, the pack, angel, the puppet show, out of mind, out of sight and prophecy girl (7 episodes)
season two: school hard, halloween, lie to me, the dark age, what's my line part 1 & 2, surprise, innocence, phases, bewitched, bothered & bewildered, passion and becoming part 1 & 2 (13 episodes)
season three: dead man's party, faith, hope & trick, beauty & the beasts, homecoming, band candy, revelations, the wish, amends, gingerbread, the zeppo, bad girls, consequences, doppelgangland, enemies, earshot, choices, the prom and graduation day part 1 & 2 (20 episodes)
season four: living conditions, fear itself, beer bad, pangs, something blue, hush, a new man and new moon rising (8 episodes)
season five: buffy vs. dracula, the replacement, family, fool for love, triangle, checkpoint, the body, forever, intervention, the weight of the world and the gift (11 episodes)
season six: bargaining part 1 & 2, flooded, life serial, all the way, once more with feeling, tabula rasa, smashed, wrecked, gone, doublemeat palace, hell's bells, normal again, entropy, seeing red, villians, two to go and grave (18 episodes)
season seven: beneath you, same time, same place, help, selfless, him, conversations with dead people, potential, the killer in me, first date, get it done, storyteller, lies my parents told me, dirty girls, empty places, touched, end of days and chosen (17 episodes)
so, 3, 6, 7, 2, 5, 1, 4 . interesting. i think 5 and 1 swtiched only because season 1 is short. buffy was, after all, a midseason replacement.
my favorite episodes by season?
season one: welcome to the hellmouth - the pilot. its funny and it does its job of introducing everyone. plus, buffy explains it all pretty succinctly here:
giles: into every generation, a slayer is born. one girl in all the world, a choosen one. one born with the...
giles & buffy: ...the strength and skill to hunt the vampires...
buffy: ...to stop the spread of their evil blah blah. i've heard it, okay?
season two: becoming part 2 - i had to actually stop watching buffy for a few seasons after this was originally aired so deep was my heartbreak. she <sob> has to <sob> kill<sob> angel<gasp>.
season three: the prom - class protector! the emotional maturity of a blueberry scone! that dreamy version of wild horses! xander and the dress! anya, oh anya! and don't forget the hellhounds!
season four: hush - is this everyone's favorite? it must be. the gentlemen are the creepiest ever. and the scene in the auditorium where giles is drawing out their plan? Hi-larious. and that blood curdling scream at the end? for real, one of my favorite hours of television.
season five: buffy vs. dracula - the thrall! the master(bator)! the dracubabes! and the introduction of dawn in the most puzzling episode cliffhanger, ever. [note: a close second is the body. although i could never call it my favorite it is one of the best hours of television ever. it deals with real human death in the most realistic and painful way. it kills me everytime.]
season six: once more with feeling - i could gush. i won't. but i could. and it would be more annoying than this whole post.
season seven: chosen - a really great end. and that perfect smile on buffy's face at the very end just makes me happy.
i now return you to the regularly scheduled, and much less geeky, blog. this episode was brought to you in part by imdb.
but, if you've never seen buffy go now, put it in your netflix queue, get it from the library, target usually has it cheap... just do it though. seriously!