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Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast reunites for 20th anniversary

The weekly publication "reunited the cast and creator Joss Whedon for their first joint interview and photo shoot in over a decade."

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Name an episode (or episodes, as many as you like) from one of the following shows and I will tell you the following about it.

Buffy, Doctor Who, Farscape, X-Files

What I like about it.

What I don't like about it.

Favorite line.

Best performance.

A scene/idea from it that's particularly interesting to me.

Something I would have changed to make the episode better.


Jan. 19th, 2017 10:37 am
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Give me a character and I'll tell you:

Why I like them

Why I don't

Favourite Season:

Favorite episode:

Favourite Line:

Favorite outfit:



Unpopular opinion:

A wish:

An oh-god-please-dont-ever-happen:
frelling_tralk: (Buffy/Willow by sweet_lyri)
I've probably talked about this before (well I feel like I've talked about everything Buffy-related at this point lol), but I've just been re-watching a few Buffy episodes and OAFA does such a terrible job with setting up Dawn's PoV as this neglected child. Firstly the opening seems to want you to feel badly for Dawn because Buffy is rushing off to patrol, so IMO it would have made more sense to then show that Buffy was secretly slipping off to be with Spike or something and covering up, or even just using vampire slaying in general as an excuse to stay disconnected. Instead we immediately see that Buffy *was* telling the truth about tracking down a new demon, in which case we are supposed to feel that she was being unfair to Dawn there how exactly? Or when Dawn asks Xander, Willow, and Anya if they can go shopping at the mall with her, and they explain very nicely that they can't because they have other commitments (work-related commitments for Xander and Anya). They even ask if Dawn is okay going alone, but apparently again we're meant to feel badly for Dawn because her older sisters friends can't make spur of the moment plans with her in the middle of the day, never mind that Dawn should have her own friends if she just wants someone to hang out with at the mall?

It seemed like the final message of the episode was that Dawn wanted everyone's lives to revolve around all staying together in her house all the time playing cards and having a slumber party, even though that's not remotely practical for adults. And it would be one thing if it was presented as Dawn being over emotional because of Joyce's death and having a skewed perspective, but the episode absolutely seemed to endorse everyone else being the bad guys and neglecting her, even though they were talking about having to leave for perfectly reasonable things like work or college classes. We're shown them all looking guilty when Halfrek talks about how much they're been ignoring Dawn, even though most episodes showed Buffy, Willow, and Tara particularly all making a big effort to babysit Dawn and look out for her (and Tara continues with the milkshake dates even after she breaks up with Willow). If anything they were over-protective of ever leaving Dawn by herself.

I can agree that Buffy was emotionally neglecting Dawn in season 6, but that didn't really seem to be what the episode was saying, it was all about them not spending enough of their time with her, even though I don't see how they were supposed to manage it differently when they had their own lives as well? And it ends on Buffy choosing to stay in with Dawn instead, but presumedly that meant that she would then be skipping patrolling for that night, so apparently the message is that keeping Sunnydale safe isn't as important as making time to hang out with her ignored younger sister? As Buffy once argued in Real Me, she only can't babysit Dawn because she's patrolling, it's not like she's not available for her sister because she's going to the sock hop

I really can't work out the perspective of the ME writers at times, one minute they're telling us that 20 year old Buffy is a failure as a grown-up because she's not able to run a household and financially support herself and Dawn without assistance from Giles, but then in other episodes they're telling us that 15 year old Dawn's emotional pain should take priority over the scoobies having work/college/patrolling to do


Mar. 12th, 2016 02:41 pm
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The 19 greatest episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," in honor of the show's 19th birthday

I think I would have added Innocence, Doopelgangland, Who Are You, and Restless to my list, although I wouldn't know which episodes to take off for them! (I guess maybe Band Candy, Life Serial, and Seeing Red?) I've noticed that Innocence seems to often get left off lists like these in favour of Passion, but personally I find Innocence to be the much stronger episode overall, even though the chase sequence from Passion might be more memorable

And season 4 should really have more than two episodes on there IMO, the central arc might not have been the strongest, but there were still quite a few classic one-off episodes that year
frelling_tralk: (Buffy scooby gang By bornbutterfly)
The Ultimate “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” Poll

1. Which is the Best Season of Buffy?

The most popular seasons in order were 3, 2, 5, 6, 1, 4, 7. I am surprised that season 3 beat season 2, it's usually season 2 that's always brought up as the classic season, otherwise the results are about what I'd have expected. Season 4 deserves to be higher though :(

I voted season 3, although half of the people discussing the poll are confused at all the love that it's getting lol, it seems to be a real love it or hate it season with a lot of people not getting what's the big deal about that year? I dunno, I just always think of it as the classic high school season when they were really hitting their stride, it's so much more polished than season 2 when it comes to balancing MotW episodes with the central arc, and there are a TON of classic episodes that year (The Wish! The Prom! Lover's Walk! Earshot! Doopelgangland!) Plus it had Faith of course <3 My own order of favourite seasons would probably be 3, 5, 6, 4, 2, 1, 7.

2. Who is the best character from the original Scooby Gang?

Buffy, Willow, Giles, and Xander in again about the order that I'd expect. Buffy and Willow are actually tied very closely, Giles is quite far behind, and then Xander even further. I voted Buffy as my fav :)

3. Who is the best recurring female character?

Results were Anya, Cordelia, Faith, Tara, Dawn. Nothing too surprising there, although I did wonder if Cordelia would be placed higher as she seems to have a huge tumblr-based fandom, but Anya was actually ahead by quite a significant margin. I was torn between voting for Anya or Faith, but ultimately went with Anya

4. Who is the best recurring male character?

Spike had that one in the bag shockingly enough, then Angel, Oz, and finally Riley with just 1% of the votes lol. And I'm sure my flist doesn't need to ask who I voted for :P

5. Who is the most underrated male character?

Results were Andrew, Wesley, Jonathan, Robin Wood, Warren. I mean for me it was hard to see any of those characters as underrated as I wasn't that crazy about any of them really? Wesley would be a good candidate I suppose as he developed so much on Angel, but just looking strictly at his Buffy appearances, I wouldn't have voted for him. I ended up voting for Robin Wood, but I don't really know why at all lol. I just couldn't vote for any of the trio, and as I said, I don't think that Wesley's season 3 appearances are particularly underrated. It's a pretty hopeless selection to choosen between, but Robin Wood did at least have an interesting tie-in to the main arc I suppose

6. Who is the most underrated female character?

Sooo much easier *g* The votes go Drusilla, Joyce, Harmony, Jenny Calender, Kendra, Kennedy. Nothing too surprising about those results, although Kennedy did pick up a few more votes than I would have predicted at 3%! I voted for Drusilla cause I LOVE her, otherwise I would have probably gone with Harmony as my next fav as she was always a lot of fun IMO

7. Which character is your least favourite?

Dawn headed that list booo, she's really least favourite next to characters as widely reviled as Riley and Kennedy?! Meh. Anyway the vote goes Dawn, Riley, Principal Synder, Kennedy, Veruca, Parker, and Kathy Newman. I'm surprised that Synder got as many votes as he did, the whole point of his character was that he was supposed to be annoying, as opposed to the usual unpopular names that come up because viewers didn't see them how the writers intended to portray them. I voted for Kennedy anyway

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Rather random entry heh, but something on tumblr recently made me wonder what everyone else's view of Joyce on Buffy was? I always felt like the writers thought that she was coming across as this really great mother and that she and Buffy were so close, but eh to me she always seemed to act like she was just waiting for Buffy to throw some more trouble in her path and that Buffy was such a chore to handle, but I'm not sure that was really justified? I.e telling Buffy not to get kicked out on her first day starting at a new school, or in an episode like Bad Eggs when she is constantly grounding Buffy and trying to catch her out, even without any conclusive proof that Buffy had done anything wrong. And in School Hard she apparently immediately swallowed every word that Synder said to her about Buffy (Joyce was acting very pissed and "in the car now" after his little talk with her) even though Buffy had been doing everything she could to help out at parents teacher night, as well as covering for Sheila's lack of participation at the same time, yet she clearly knew that Joyce wouldn't believe her if she explained that Synder was someone who just had it in for her

And it wasn't like Buffy was ever an openly defiant and hostile teenager, she was never rude and snapping at her mother from what I recall, yet Joyce seemed to constantly be on the alert before Buffy had even done anything wrong. I guess I felt like past events in LA had left Joyce stuck on a very unfair view of Buffy as this wayward teen who was constantly bringing drama into Joyce's life, even though we rarely saw much evidence of seasons 1 and 2 Buffy actually being that rebellious or out of control, even from Joyce's perspective of not knowing that Buffy was the slayer. At worst she caught Buffy fully dressed late at night in Bad Eggs and suspected her of sneaking out late (although she was actually just talking with Willow on the phone and dealing with her wayward egg heh). And c'mon, even if Buffy had been sneaking out to meet up with her friends, it's not like it's unknown for teenagers to do that occasionally! It would hardly made Buffy this nightmare teenager that's impossible to deal with, but you wouldn't know it from some of Joyce's reactions to what Buffy ~puts her through~

Buffy was hardly associating with gangs and giving the impression that she was about to go off the rails, for a start being best friends with the shy and studious Willow (whom Joyce certainly seemed to like) was pretty far removed from her life of hanging out with shallow popular kids in the Becoming flashback. Yet Joyce still often seemed to act like she was just waiting for Buffy to throw some trouble her way again? Not really the actions of a supportive mother who is committed to giving her daughter a second chance IMO

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Smallville's John Schneider Dislikes Man Of Steel's Jonathan Kent

“I love Kevin, and I love what Kevin does. But I didn’t care for one scene in there, where Jonathan was advising Clark to do something that was self-serving, it was tell a lie, I can’t remember exactly what it was. I think Jonathan Kent is the best dad perhaps ever depicted on television. And I don’t mean my work, I just mean the man I was fortunate enough to play. He was a great father, and I don’t think the one in Man of Steel was a great father. He had some flaws that don’t belong in a comic book. I really had wished that had been me.”

Umm I haven't seen Man Of Steel yet and I'm not totally sure what moment he's commenting on, but since when did Smallville's Jonathan Kent never advise Clark to tell a lie or be self-serving, the Kent's on Smallville were constantly advising Clark to lie and telling him how vital it was to always protect the secret?!?

And meme taken from my flist!

Give me a fandom (or more than one) and I'll tell you:

Character I'd let hang from a cliff
Character I'd frak or make-out with
Character I'd marry
Character I'd wrap a blanket around
5 favorite characters
3 OTPs
Funniest character
Prettiest character
Most bad-ass character
Character I'd like as my BFF
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18 reasons Buffy The Vampire Slayer was the best show on TV

Buffy The Vampire Slayer turned 18 years old yesterday, how about a celebratory post! :D Which were your favourite episodes/seasons/characters/ships/plot arcs? And feel free to post with your favourite gifs too!
frelling_tralk: (Buffy sharing power by nonewsteps)
Okay so apparently there's a movement on tumblr lately discussing how women get punished for sex in Buffy, and that therefore Joss is no feminist. Yes it's a very old argument at this point lol, but I wanted to respond because I don't really agree with that. Obviously people have linked Buffy's sexual experiences together and seen messages that the show is apparently putting across, but when watching the show I never got the sense that we were supposed to see Buffy as being deserving of punishment for having sex

The experiences with Angel and Parker were experiences that a lot of young girls go through on the journey into adulthood, and that seemed to be all that the writers were going for there. There was never any message or lecturing on how Buffy should have waited longer before sleeping with Parker, Buffy feels like a fool for falling for Parker's lines and beats herself up over it sure, but her friends all comfort her and say that Parker is the jerk. It's made very clear that Parker was the only one in the wrong for how he played Buffy, Willow laughs in his face in Bear Bad over what an obvious player he is, Riley punches him in the face for making degrading remarks about using Buffy, and caveslayer Buffy bops him on the head with a wooden stick

There were also never any lecturing or finger-wagging in Innocence along the lines of "what were you thinking to sleep with someone at your age", it was all about the heartbreak of first love and the guy changing after you've slept with him. None of Buffy's friends ever say that she was in the wrong for sex with Angel (Xander later questions Buffy letting her heart get in the way with Angelus, but never for the actual sex), in fact Willow was encouraging Buffy to seize the day. Joyce (who doesn't have all the facts when she meets "stalker Angelus") does give Buffy a motherly lecture on how she doesn't understand Buffy's bad judgement in sleeping with someone so clearly unstable, but the more knowledge Giles tells Buffy that he knows that she wants to hear that she did a bad thing, but all she will get from him is his respect and admiration. Is that not the exact opposite of shaming Buffy for her sexual choices?

And there are complaints that Buffy was never allowed to be in a positive sexual relationship, but isn't that exactly what she does enjoy with Riley in season 4 before viewers complained about how bored they were by that? Their first sexual encounter is portrayed very positively in The I In Team with them both turned on after patrolling, and in Where The Wild Things Are the whole point of that episode was that the spirits being released were caused by an evil woman who repressed and shamed children for perfectly healthy and normal sexual desires, not that Buffy and Riley were the ones at fault for having too much sex! Buffy and Riley were not punished or blamed for it, it was played as a joke that they got so wrapped up in the sex they were having that they ignored everything else, not anything that the gang seriously criticised them for.

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Give me a fandom and I'll give you, either in the comments or in a separate post, five unpopular opinions for that particular fandom.
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"The WB 20th anniversary: Ranking all 32 of the network's dramas from worst to best "

I thoroughly approve of Buffy, Dawson's Creek, and Gilmore Girls being the top three <3 And hmm Felicity is #4, I never actually watched that show, but I've been wondering lately if it might be worth checking out as a lot of people seem to like it? There have been soooo many high-school based shows, it might be a nice change of pace to watch one focused on the college years for a change :P (Oh and Angel is #5, Smallville is #6, Roswell is #10, and Supernatural is #11)
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Charisma Carpenter is apparently starring in a "50 Shades Of Grey rip-off o_0"

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frelling_tralk: (BB Walt and Jesse by stolen-garden)
List 10 tv shows/movies/books
-- Have your friends guess your favourite characters from each one.
-- Cross out the show/movie/book and put the character in when someone guesses.

1. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Buffy

2. The Vampire Diaries Caroline

3. Breaking Bad Walt

4. Dawson's Creek Joey

5. Farscape John

6. Supernatural Sam

7. Veronica Mars Veronica

8. Friends Monica

9. Pretty Little Liars Spencer

10. Dollhouse Adelle
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Buffy stars Emma Caulfield and Nicholas Brendon at Oz Comic-Con: Still slaying them

It was social media buzz that got Emma Caulfield obsessed with Sharknado.

"It was just blowing up on Twitter, so I thought I'll turn it on," said the Buffy the Vampire Slayer star, in Australia for a series of Comic-Con events.

"Of course it was just beyond awful, but in that really awesome makes me so happy that it exists."

Caulfield, who played reformed vengeance demon Anya, said Buffy would have been ripe for its own social media frenzy – if only it had existed between 1997 and 2003 when the show was on air.

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frelling_tralk: (Buffy scooby gang By bornbutterfly)
WIRED Summer Binge-Watching Guide: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Lots of interesting discussion at the source on which episodes they consider must-watches and what they recommend skipping :)
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Sarah Michelle Gellar and Anthony Stewart Head took to Twitter to share their Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion photo and it's got us feeling all sorts of things.

The two posed with bracelets for Cool to be Kind, an organization dedicated to promoting kindness to animals started by Head. Look how happy they are. Look how happy you are after seeing the picture.

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James Marsters Will Be "Team Spike" For All Of Eternity

Every now and then there is a pop culture moment so huge, it forces a semi-dormant fan base to roar back to life. The Buffyverse recently experienced one of these massive in-community controversies when former Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar was asked during a Reddit AMA if she was Team Angel or Team Spike.

Had the internet been as omnipresent when Buffy the Vampire Slayer originally aired (from 1997–2003), this question would have been asked and answered a zillion times over, so fans of Joss Whedon’s seminal series were glued to their computer screens as Gellar typed, in all caps, “ANGEL.”

Angel, played with a brooding intensity by David Boreanaz, was Buffy’s first love, but subsequent seasons paired The Slayer — somewhat controversially — with James Marsters’ Spike, an unapologetically bloodthirsty vampire whose redemption became a driving force in the show’s final years. The fandom had long been split over who was truly worthy of Buffy’s heart, but with five letters, Gellar let us all know where she stood.

“Well, I have to say, I really messed with her a lot, so perhaps there’s more to her choice than just what happened on the show,” Marsters told BuzzFeed during a recent interview. “I grew up as a subversive artist, and you have to be so polite to the lead on a film all the time — whether they’re nice or not — so something about that stuck in my craw and I would, sometimes, lovingly mess with her. It’s mean, but I couldn’t help myself. So, maybe I understand why she said that.”

Is it just me, or is that kind of a strange quote? I've never heard James talking of messing with Sarah and upsetting her before, if anything in the past he used to talk about Sarah being the one to tug on his "sock" during their season 6 scenes and how much that would embarrass him, so it sounds like they were both messing with one another at the very least.

Plus I'm not sure why he would assume that some apparent on-set tension between him and Sarah would be the reason for her preferring the Buffy/Angel pairing, she's always been a fan of the Buffy/Angel storyline from the beginning and made no secret of it (I remember interviews in season 4 where Sarah mentioned having a hard time with Buffy sleeping with Parker or moving on to Riley because she kept thinking about how they're not Angel).

I don't know if I'm reading into it, but I get the feeling with "maybe I understand why she said that" that James wasn't too happy with Sarah being so vocal over preferring Angel?

ETA And wasn't sure what to think of the new LJ layout at first, but I was prepared to give it a try. Then I saw how my profile page looks now and I didn't really like it, so I've changed back. Change is hard lol


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