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2nd half of season 5 [Jun. 15th, 2005|08:35 pm]
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Blood Ties: Buffy's friends finally figure out that Dawn is the key, and eventually Dawn does too, with Spike's help. It was a great relief for her to finally realize who she was, and her cutting herself tied in the teenage angst that everyone experiences. Glory and Ben being one was also surprising. Dawn finally came to the realization that hurting herself was not the way to go. It would not be wise to let Glory know anything about her. Another scene I enjoyed was the dispersion of Glory, done through magic by Willow. Thankfully Glory didn't end up in the same room or hospital. There was also a bit of foreshadowing with the 'Summer's blood' scene.

Crush: Dawn spends some quality time with Spike because he treats her like a normal person. Buffy believes she has a crush on him, but Dawn rejects that idea and tells Buffy that Spike is actually in love with her, the slayer. Buffy is completely disgusted throughout the entire episode, which I thought was appropriate. Drusilla's return was interesting. It was a little annoying, and for some reason Buffy didn't stake her at the end (even though Dru killed many people on the train). Basically just a mediocre episode.

I Was Made to Love You: Can be summed up as a filler episode. Some interesting concepts here, almost all of which had been explored previously. Warren was annoying, but he treated the robot pretty much the same way Buffy had treated Riley. The greatest part of the episode, of course, was SMG's acting in the end when Buffy discovers her mother, dead on the couch.

The Body: Definitely one of the best episode of the season, and entire series. It has the most realistic portrayal of death I've ever seen on television, and every single one of the actors/actresses in this episode was fantastic, each dealing with death in his/her own way. Xander punches a wall, Willow changes her clothing often, Tara is calm because she's dealt with it all before, and Anya doesn't understand why Joyce will never come back. The episode is dry, emotional, silent, unique, and just simple wonderful.

Forever: Angel coming back to comfort Buffy was a nice moment. Dawn wanting to resurrect Joyce was a bit of foreshadowing. Dawn's positive interaction with Spike was interesting to see, as was Tara and Willow's different views on magic (some more foreshadowing there). Doc is definitely a creepy character - something that is not to be trusted, although he was right about people coming back 'wrong'. The best part would have to be Buffy's breakdown in the end, just after Dawn successfully resurrects Joyce but decides to destroy the spell at the last minute. With this episode we see that Buffy believes she has to always be strong, and Dawn grows a little mature.

Intervention: The desert scenes with the First Slayer was boring at times, but it wasn't too long. It needed to be there for the foreshadowing. I can't believe Buffy's friends didn't realize that they were talking to a robot the entire time. Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffybot was great. It was superb acting by her. The bot was believable and hilarious, especially when the audience got to see the robot's internal information for certain people in Buffy's life. It was nice to see Buffy give some credit to Spike at the end too, for not telling Glory about Dawn being the key. The audience also discovers that Glory cannot fool a demon nor steal its sanity.

Tough Love: This episode was primarily created for the audience to know more about Glory and her desperation for the key. Tara was quite strong, as she didn't tell Glory anything about Dawn being the key even while Glory was torturing her. It was wonderful to see Willow's growing powers and she is the only one strong enough to actually hurt Glory in some way. The shocking but inevitable scene at the end, when Glory discovers that Dawn is the key, leaves the viewer hanging in suspense.

Spiral: Buffy and the Scoobies leave Sunnydale in Spike's RV to run from Glory, as Buffy realizes they'll never beat Glory. It was interesting to see the Scoobies run away instead of staying to fight, something they have thought of, but never went through with before. With Giles getting hurt by the Knights of Byzantiam, Buffy is forced to call someone from the hospital to help him. It turns out to be Ben, and eventually Glory comes out and snatches Dawn away, while killing the Knights.

The Weight of the World: Buffy is in a catatonic state due to Glory's abduction of Dawn. Willow psychically enters her mind and goes through a loophole in Buffy's mind. She sees several replays of Buffy's childhood and Buffy's realizations. They both figure out that Buffy's guilt over Dawn being kidnapped finally proved to her that she is no match for Glory and she believes she killed Dawn herself. This episode also further develops the characters of Glory and Ben. Glory is obviously conflicted and hates the world she is currently stuck in. As it's almost time for the ritual, the barrier between her and Ben grows weaker. Glory and Ben switch back and forth, and, eventually, Glory convinces Ben that it's either his life or Dawn's. Ben chooses to live, thus deciding to go ahead with the ritual. The Scooby gang try to figure out how to stop Glory, and Giles claims that the only way to stop the world from ending is to kill Dawn.

The Gift: An absolutely wonderful episode. It was almost going to be the series finale, and although I'm glad it wasn't, it would've been a perfect ending that way too. Glory was quite the villain. She looked amazing while kicking ass. Giles took a big step in killing Ben (with the realization that Glory could come back for revenge), and Dawn was understandably terrified, as was almost everyone else in the Scooby gang. They still gave it their all, and that's what matters in the end. Spike's reaction after he realizes that he cannot save Dawn is tragic. Buffy has always sacrificed herself for others, and she was not completely happy with her life, so death would most definitely be her gift, just as the First Slayer told her. Everything comes together and makes sense right at the moment when Buffy realizes that she must jump into the void to save Dawn and the world. Buffy's tombstone was the perfect 'last touch', and tears were inevitable - for both the characters and us as the audience.
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First half of season 5 [Jun. 13th, 2005|11:49 am]
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Buffy/Riley: I couldn't wait for Riley to leave, as he and Buffy had an extremely boring relationship (at least in my opinion). There breakup could be sensed from miles away. The vampire whore house was probably one of the more interesting aspects, although it's never really discussed in more depth after Riley leaves. That episode, Into the Woods, was also a boring episode. It was both Buffy and Riley's fault that their relationship failed. It never really took off in the first place. Riley was too upset with the fact that Buffy was stronger than him, plus she didn't need him as much as he wanted her. He was also being a bit selfish with wanting attention, as Buffy was worried about her mother and Dawn. Buffy is also at fault in the failed relationship because she never really loved Riley. It would've been nice to let him go earlier, because it's obvious that she was using him for comfort. This seems to be a pattern in her relationships, which leads me to believe that the only person she ever loved was Angel. She heavily used every other guy and failed to notice that she never actually loved them.

Buffy/Spike: I loved Fool For Love. I felt sorry for Spike, but at the same time I knew that he and Buffy would never make a lasting couple (which we later discover to be true). It's one of the few times Joss should've withheld from listening to what the fans wanted. But, anyway, that's in the next season. As for their relationship in the beginning of season 5, it's quite amusing and their chemistry is nice. I loved seeing Darla, Drusilla, and Angel, as well as Spike killing two slayers, especially the one in 1977 (which later turns out to be Principal Wood's mother). What I have to remind myself is that Spike doesn't yet have a soul, and therefore cannot be trusted, no matter how much he wants to be accepted by Buffy. The scene with Spike, his box of chocolates, and his Buffy manequin was quite funny as well. One of the scenes that interested me was in the episode Out of my Mind, in which Spike says: "Oh, Pacey! You blind idiot. Can't you see she doesn't love you?". My theory is that 'she' refers to Joey, the character on Dawson's Creek played by Katie Holmes. It's funny, because even though Joey felt that she loved Pacey, it was obvious that she would forever be in love with Dawson. I felt this to be true in the Angel/Buffy/Spike triangle as well. Near the last few seasons of Buffy, it's obvious that Buffy doesn't love Spike the way he loves her, and she will never accept him the way she accepts Angel. This is something Spike greatly despises, and it takes him such a long time to realize that Buffy will never be with him the way he wants her to. Instead, it is more likely that she will be alone, as she is the slayer.

Dawn/Glory: I think Dawn and Glory are both great characters. Although I've seen the series before, watching it again still makes me intrigued to see how the entire thing plays out. Sure, we never got introduced to Dawn in the way most people would've liked to, but people should've trusted Joss instead of being outraged right away. I was sure there'd be an explanation, and we definitely received a good one.


I have to admit, some of the special effects were bad, such as when Buffy was on the Snake, trying to choke it. I almost didn't want to look at the screen, because it was entirely obvious that it was computer-generated. The stories were all good though, which partly overshadowed the bad special effects in certain areas.

I loved the scene where Xander confesses his love for Anya (Into the Woods), and the scenes in which Buffy couldn't hold back her tears whenever the idea of Anya and Xander breaking up came up in Triangle. Lots of great acting coming from all directions. I love Xander and Anya together, and it was certainly hard to try and forget that Xander later leaves Anya at the altar in season 6. It seems like no relationship could ever work on Buffy, which is sometimes understandable as there's always the impending doom of an apocalypse of some sort. It definitely makes the show more realistic. Although I would like to see some couple work out for once.


Two of the best lines from the first half of this season would have to be:

Dawn: When do I get to patrol?
Buffy: Not until you are never!

and

Lydia: "I-I-I... don't want a sword thrown at me, but-but civilians — we're talking about children!"
Buffy: "We're talking about two very powerful witches and a thousand-year-old ex-demon."
Anya: "Willow's a demon?!"
Phillip: "The boy? No power there."
Buffy: "'The boy' has clocked more field time than all of you combined. He's part of the unit."

Anya was hilarious, as per usual. She definitely became one of my 4 favourite characters in this season, right up there with Faith, Angel, and Buffy.

That's it for the first half of season 5.
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wild at heart [Jun. 2nd, 2005|09:35 pm]
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Wild at Heart (season 4, episode 6) is one of the greater Buffy episodes. Focusing on Oz's inability to fully grasp his werewolf-ness, this episode had many tear-jerking moments. The commentary will make you laugh rather than cry, although it's an insightful look into the relationship between Oz and Willow, and specifically Oz himself.
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beer bad: season 4 ep. 5 [Jun. 1st, 2005|10:21 pm]
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I watched Beer Bad today, along with four other BtVS episodes from Season 4. Wow, that has got to be the worst BtVS episode ever. Anyhoo, it's quite hilarious, especially the part where Buffy spins around in the chair. Here are some of the horrible (aka. horribly funny) quotes (said in caveman voice):

"TV is a good thing. Bright colors. Music. Tiny little people."

"I'm suffering the afterness of a bad night of... badness."

"Want beer. Like beer. Beer good."
"Beer bad. Bad, bad beer. What the hell am I saying? Buffy, go home... and go to bed."

"Pffft! Gutterface. No! Just lots and lots of beer. It's nice. Foamy... comforting. It's... beer."
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Season 3 [May. 28th, 2005|10:12 am]
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I have basically finished watching all of season 3. It's funny, because I frequently also watch BtVS on the Space Channel, which is in the middle of airing season 3 right now.

3 is definitely one of the better seasons, although at the moment I can't remember all of the great episodes from other seasons. Primarily, I enjoyed Faith's turn to the evil side, Angel's relationship with Buffy, and the ongoing humour brilliantly blended into the show. Almost all of the episodes were great. There were many tear-jerking moments as well, consistently found in the Buffy/Angel storyline and Buffy/Faith relationship.

The season also contained what is arguably noted as one of the best Xander-centric episodes, The Zeppo. The idea of being the least helpful one and not having any special powers is fascinating.

Season 3 is definitely a highlight.
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revelations [May. 15th, 2005|11:20 am]
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I've seriously thought about this journal/fan site and there will be new additions to it either this summer or soon afterwards. Right now I'm working on other projects, including my own site, and designing items for other people and clients.

This past week I watched more Season 3 dvd episodes (after watching some re-runs on television) and they're quite amazing. I'm not sure whether I should watch it from Season 1 or if I should just finish number 3 off. I have all the dvd collections except for numbers 2 and 7.

I'm looking forward to watching the outtakes. With each additional viewing, there is only the realization of how wonderful this show really is.
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band candy [Jan. 3rd, 2005|10:45 pm]
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I watched my first episode from a Buffy dvd last night at 12:14am while waiting for some clothes to dry. I was going somewhere the next morning. I ended up watching 'Band Candy' from season 3 and it was pretty good. I was startled at how much the show had changed since season 3. It's weird. Also, Angel was really quite attractive. I didn't get a chance to see a lot of the earlier episodes but now I own them. = more moments to come.
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Welcome [Dec. 21st, 2004|01:56 pm]
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Welcome to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Verse community. This community has everything to do with Buffy. Angel, Firefly, and all things that have to do with Mutant Enemy, Joss Whedon's company, are also discussed.

Please note that this community is not open to anyone at the moment because I'm keeping it for my own thoughts. Just for now, at least. I tend to ramble on about random things anyway.

To visit my journal, please go here: The Frequent Capers.
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