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Buffy: Once More With Feeling. Best TV Episode Ever.

I don’t watch reruns much. If there is a TV show I really love I might watch it every ten years but even then I tend to skip a lot of episodes. It’s largely the same with movies. I don’t believe I’ve ever watched a movie more than ten times and there are very few I’ve watched more than twice. That begins to explain why I think that Buffy: Once More with Feeling is, at least for me, the best episode of TV ever written. The first time I saw it I watched it straight through three times and I’ve watched it many times since. The fact that it’s a musical helps of course because it is far easier to have in the background. But catchy music isn’t what makes this the best episode it’s that it’s a music episode that not only isn’t a throwaway but is one of the most central episodes on the series.

First, the music is great. There is a variety of tunes and it is catchy. But just like all the best musicals it’s more than just that. The songs reveal what is going on in the characters minds and at times mean different things to different characters. And in the case of this episode it forces them to confront all of their problems. And that leads into the second reason it’s such a great episode.

This episode has more character development and discusses more important issues than most seasons on other shows. Among the things that the characters in this episode are going through is fear of commitment, guilt, difficulty in moving on, drugs and depression. And that’s just off the top of my head. 

I won’t touch on all of those, but I will say that Buffy does the best job of discussing depression of anything I have ever seen. And whether you have clinical depression or just are feeling down it’s great to see a character that is a hero that is doing the same. (some spoilers ahead). In this case Buffy is depressed because she was in heaven and brought back to life. She is going through the motions of life, but isn’t feeling any of them. And this episode is the most important part of this arc of the character because it is the episode where Buffy finally tells her friends the truth. 

Finally it deals with one of the most annoying things on TV. No one telling anyone anything. This is perhaps the most common way that plots are dragged out in modern TV as each of the characters hides things from the others. This episode removes that crutch and makes the rest of the season better because they actually have to deal with what happened.

I understand why so many other episodes of TV are often higher on lists than this one. Series finales often feel more important because they are final and it’s easy to assume that the musical episode of a TV show just can’t be all that important. But in the hands of a master this episode moves from laughter to tears, deals with important personal issues for every major character and still fits in several excellent songs. 


A new Buffy The Vampire Slayer Movie

News of a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie has gotten fans of the show excited, but as more new arrives it becomes a odd experience. This new Buffy will have no Joss Whedon and most of the characters you remember from the TV series would not appear.

That may not be a bad thing as this article from Io9 discusses, but that dosn't mean that it's not still an odd idea? It seems difficult to imagine that the Joss Whedon wouldn't be willing to at least be willing to give ideas for a movie that is going to use his creation.

So here is the question that struck me. A Hollywood Studio bought the rights to Buffy, made a movie in 99, then a 7 year TV show was made and now they want to use those rights to make another movie and that is just fine, yet if I buy the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie on DVD and rip it so that I can watch it on my computer that is just fine. Perhaps it's just me but I think that they should have to pay separately for each media they want to use the character in.

It also makes me ask why not do a Buffy movie or mini-series with the TV show cast. From what I know(with admittedly no research) is that most of the characters would be free. Alyson Hannigan  is doing "How I met your Mother," but a movie should be able to write around one or two characters schedules.

Not that I feel any great need for the show to reappear just that it feels like that would have a better chance to make money.

On a similar subject, there are rumors flying about that the renewal of Dollhouse may have been in part because of Firefly's DVD sales. The rumors say that Fox knows they canceled the show too early and don't want to make the same mistake twice.

This has led to sepeculation that there could be a possibility of a made for TV movie or even a miniseries of more Firefly. the discussion for that is here.