Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Favorites Week: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It’s Shark Week everywhere else, but it’s Favorites Week here on nikkisee.com!  This is something I’ve been toying around with for a while– highlighting some of my absolute favorite episodes of my absolute favorite shows.  I’ve decided, for the scope of this week, I’d highlight my top 5 episodes of 5 favorite shows.  We’ll be 5 by 5 at the end of the week, which leads me into today’s show, my number one favorite: Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

 

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Earshot [S3E18]

An brush leaves Buffy to inherit an “aspect of the demon” which turns out to be telepathy.  This makes for a lot of humor with Buffy reading people’s thoughts.  It also makes for a very interesting concept in that she (unlike Sookie Stackhouse) cannot shut the voices off.  It gives her, and us, an opportunity to consider that everyone has their own internal struggles.  As Buffy says to Jonathan– “If you could hear what they were feeling. The loneliness. The confusion. It looks quiet down there. It’s not. It’s deafening.”

 

Pangs [S4E08]

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and Thanksgiving-themed episodes will appear on another list later in the week! At a particularly seasonally appropriate time, a Chumash Indian site is disturbed by Xander (as part of a construction crew) unleashing a vengeful spirit.  What I love about this episode is its comedy– from Anya’s classification of the holiday as “a ritual sacrifice with pie” to Spike, held hostage and tied to the chair, commenting, “You made a bear!  Undo it!”  The final scene with the motley crew sitting down to a meal with an arrow sticking out of a pumpkin says it all— see above!

 

Hush [S4E10]

This episode is absolutely brilliant– a full 27 minutes go by without any dialogue and the story is so engaging!  The premise is this: fairytale villains called The Gentlemen roll into town and steal everyone’s voices.  It starts with a creepy, classic horror dream in which a young girl sings a nursery rhyme indicating “they need to take seven” human hearts “and the might take yours.”  Hush explores communication in its characters and with its audience.  This is an absolute must-watch!

 

Once More with Feeling [S6E07]

This episode is a musical, and I know, musicals may not be everyone’s thing.  They do happen to be my thing, though!  With magic in play, it’s easy to rationalize why everyone is singing, although the Scooby Gang is stuck for an explanation at first.  All of Sunnydale is suddenly singing, dancing, and letting all their feelings out.  At a time when the characters are dealing with heavy emotions, music makes it enjoyable for us while still letting us experience these emotions.

 

Tabula Rasa [S6E08]

Fresh off the open wounds from OMWF’s airing of emotional baggage, everyone wishes they could just forget.  Willow takes this to the extreme and a spell goes awry making the Scooby Gang forget entirely who they are.  What would it be like to wake up with no idea who you are?  Watching them piece together clues about their own identities and each other’s with varying inaccuracies is super fun.  They also forget about demons… that’s fun to watch them find out, too.

 

Now it’s your turn!  What are you favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes?

What Are You Doing Here?

Hey guys!  I’m sadly back from vacation but happy to get back to blogging.  Today, I have a brand new feature for you!  Welcome to What Are You Doing Here?: A Roadmap of Sorts!  The below bolded statements are actual search terms that led people to nikkisee.com.  I thought it might be fun to address some of them, for various reasons.  Yeah, that’s all I’m going to say.  Let’s keep it vague.  Onward!

 

gamecube tekken sarah michelle gellar anywhere but here zen lemmings

This was searched not once, but twice to get to my blog! I don’t know what you’re getting at here, but I think I like it. I like GameCube, and Tekken, and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Zen lemmings? Not sure what they are, but I don’t hate it.

 

weeping angel in new orleans cemetery

Obviously you were brought here because of my love for “Blink,” the Doctor Who episode, and Top Chef: New Orleans.   If there is indeed a weeping angel in a New Orleans cemetery, I would like to investigate with you! Call me maybe?

 

amazing race i hate mallory

WHY? Mallory is a joy. All Stars didn’t do her justice; watch her on the other two seasons she was on with her dad.

 

why not put hollindaise on swordfish?

This was searched a few times in various formats, so I think it’s fair to address it. I’m going to be honest with you, readers: I might consider putting hollandaise on swordfish. I consider putting hollandaise on everything. I don’t think the texture of swordfish would go well with this buttery sauce, though. I’m glad I’m not the only one who asks Google questions like it’s my friend, though.

 

who did.holly marie.combs bring with her to hells kitchen?

I don’t know, but I do know you’re an iPhone user! I do the same thing with the periods everytime I search on my iPhone.

 

phi mu judges names hell’s kitchen

Stalker. Y’all were big fans of Kayla, eh?

 

flustrated hells kitchen 2014

I’m so glad somebody else is having a problem with what I’m assuming is an accidental portmanteau. I heard “flustrated” again on Toddlers & Tiaras, and now I’m wondering if it’s common (and by that, I mean a common mistake) in the south. Let me know if you have any insight.

 

welsh y sipsi nikkisee

For some reason, I knew transcribing this poem would be of interest to others. This Welsh poem featured on Amazing Race was searched in many, many forms, and the recap post featuring it is probably my most viewed blog post. The fact that someone was actually searching for my blog by name blows me away! I’m honored to be your resident Welsh gypsy poem transcriber.

 

did hell’s kitchen make a mistake on the croque monsuier

I really think they did. I don’t understand this, but maybe they were trying to be colloquial. This is another thing that got searched several times in a couple formats. Clearly, I’m not the only one who noticed.

 

lets eat viki

I understand this, and I would search this… well, something similar. I’m a stickler for apostrophes! It just reminds me of those jokes about the necessity of the Oxford comma. Let’s eat, Grandma v. Let’s eat Grandma. It makes me giggle.

 

how to beat yoshis new island last level

Golden Flutter Wings. If you are having enough trouble to freakin’ Google that, it sounds like you need ’em.

 

youtube

If my blog came up every time someone searched for Youtube, I think I’d have a lot more traffic. It apparently worked for one of you, though.

 

Keep on Googling weird stuff so we can have some more What Are You Doing Here? fun!  And hey, thank you so much for reading!!

Happy Birthday SMG!

Happy Birthday SMG!

Happy Birthday to my first girl crush, the lovely Sarah Michelle Gellar! Though I was really into Cruel Intentions as a teenager, you’ll always be Buffy to me. Thank you for giving us the Buffy Summers we all know and love. You’re an inspiration, and a beautiful angel. I love you!

{image c/o sarahmichellegellarfan.com}

Frozen

Yesterday marked the DVD release of Disney’s latest animated feature, Frozen.

Unpopular opinion #1: I don’t really love movies.

Unpopular opinion #2: I don’t really love Disney.

I’m Sally Sparrow* when it comes to movies.  I can count the amount of movies I’ve seen in theaters since I graduated from college on one hand.  It’s basically a Fluke that I ended up seeing Frozen in theaters, but boy was I glad I did.  I absolutely loved it!  I am a big fan of visually stunning films, but the real reason for my love is the music!

The voice cast for this movie is insane.  We have the obscenely talented Idina Menzel providing vocals for Elsa, the ice queen.  The leading lady, Anna, is voiced surprisingly by Kristen Bell.  While I knew Idina was a powerhouse vocally, I had no idea that Kristen Bell had such pipes!  She impressed me first, because we hear Anna sing before we here Elsa, but for me, “Let It Go” stole the show.  (Enjoy that above!)

When I did a little more research, I learned Christophe Beck scored this film.  That’s my cosmic connection to this film, as any good Buffy fan knows the value of Christophe Beck!  We have him to thank for the Close Your Eyes, the Buffy/Angel Love Theme.

Frozen is available on DVD and for digital rental via iTunes.  It was actually downloadable via iTunes since late February, but I didn’t realize that until I sat down to write this.  I definitely think this is worth a watch– I’m not a Disney fan, or even a movie fan, so take this endorsement for what it’s worth!

*”You only own 17 DVDs?”

Netflix Crawl

Boston is big on St. Patrick’s Day.  I’m sure there will be bar crawls a-plenty this weekend in celebration. Nicole is not big on St. Patrick’s Day.  A bar crawl would not be my thing either.  I guess the idea is that you have one beer and each bar, then move on to the next.  In honor of my weekend plans, I’ve made a fictional pub crawl, via Netflix!

Cheers

IMG_5021What better place to start your night than where everybody knows your name!  The crowd at this Boston bar can definitely be festive, but never seems rowdy.  Have your first beer here kicking back with Norm and the gang, and you can be on your way before Cliff gives you too many “little known facts.”

The Drunken Clam

IMG_5012We’re moving geographically now to Quahog, Rhode Island, which is fictional, but Rhode Island is so small that it really doesn’t matter where in state it’s located.  You can get things going a little more here, pounding beer number two back with Peter Griffin and friends.  I mean, that Family Guy can drink.  We’ve seen him drunk enough to assume so, anyway.

MacLaren’s

IMG_5019We’re in Manhattan now!  This bar from “How I Met Your Mother” has no shortage of attractive and gullible ladies, so make some friends now that you’re on your third.  If you’re not having much luck, maybe Barney can give you an assist.  Haaaave you met Ted?  There’s also food here if you’re feeling a bit peckish, which I always am.

Paddy’s Pub

IMG_5023I’m guessing you’re feeling it now, or at least have a good buzz going.  If you’re not drunk, someone here is bound to be.  Here we are in Philadelphia at an Irish bar, so there should be a lot of holiday spirit.  Drink down your fourth beer with “the gang” of Always Sunny.  This is really the kind of place you could spend your whole holiday binge-drinking, but remember that’s not the goal of the crawl.

Snakehole Lounge

IMG_5024It’s time to get wild in Pawnee, Indiana at the world’s sickest nightclub.  According to some rough google-ing, Pawnee is somewhere in Southern Indiana, between Columbus and Louisville, KY.  Avoid the snakejuice and have a fifth beer with the Parks & Rec department.  Things could get weird here, you guys.

The Bronze

IMG_5020Apparently the middle of this country doesn’t have much going for it, ‘cause we’re on the west coast now!  Here in Sunnydale, CA you can get your dance on at The Bronze.  If you’re not quite 21, no worries!  And if it happens to be 1999, you can catch Dingoes Ate My Baby playing some tunes.  Although this is south of our final location, I didn’t want to end the night here because of all the vampire attacks nearby.  If this isn’t place isn’t your thing, you could instead pick up your sixth beer at the bar at UC Sunnydale, but of course, you risk turning into a caveman.

P3

IMG_5022Wind down and enjoy the music and your final drink of the night at P3.  This San Francisco night spot may have its share of demonic activity as well, but I figure anything safer than Sunnydale.  I’m sure Piper and the power of three will be there if something bad does go down.  Some pretty sweet bands played here, so I think it’s a great way to end the night.

You have now covered 3,364 miles without leaving your couch!

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click through to see how weird I am for putting so much thought into this!

If you are going out this weekend in celebration, have fun and be safe!

If you’re more of a non-observant person like me, you can watch all of these shows on Netflix!

| Cheers | Family Guy | How I Met Your Mother | It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia | Parks and Rec | Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Charmed |

Girls Recap: Beach House

IMG_0295Wow, wow, wow.  Last night’s episode of Girls, “Beach House,” was so effing good!  First of all it made me long for my own beach house amidst this never-ending winter.  Second of all, it cleared a lot of things up; for example, it is definitely summer in Girls-land.  Most importantly, we finally see the four girls together interacting.

To appropriately set the scene, we see Marnie laying plans for a beach weekend with the girls.  Her mother’s friend has lent her lighthouse home in the North Fork and Marnie is trying hard to set up a healing weekend.  As she puts it, the weekend is to “prove to everyone via instagram that we can still have fun as a group.”  I feel for Marnie here, having hosted my girlfriends at my beach house before and feeling out of control doing so, because the best laid plans… Anyway, when the girls arrive, we do get some really beautiful and fun moments– jumping in the pool, riding bikes, dance numbers, and drunken bonding.  But oh is there trouble.

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In town, Hannah runs into Elijah, her gay ex-boyfriend who slept with Marnie which started this rift between them.  Hannah clearly isn’t enthused about the weekend and invites Elijah, his boyfriend Pal (aka Jonathan from Buffy!), and two Broadway friends to Marnie’s to diffuse the situation.

IMG_0299Instead of the bonding weekend Marnie planned, the four gays and the four girls manage to have a lot of fun.  Aside from the Broadway dance number that I enjoyed oh so much, I was happy to hear the details of Marnie and Charlie’s breakup and even happier to hear her harken back to the grilled pizza tidbit– great recall!  We also see Hannah painfully meddle in Elijah and Pal Jonathan’s relationship.

The times roll on until the boys outstay their welcome with Marn.  Dinner for four becomes dinner for eight, so the portions are halved.  After dinner, a drunk Shoshanna follows Marnie’s cue for honesty and calls out the girls for the fundamental issues in their relationships.

IMG_0301Shosh calls Hannah a narcissist in the understatement of the year.  She calls them all “fucking whiney nothings.”  The girls attack each other in a nasty fight.  Upon waking up the next morning, the girls silently begin to clean up.  We end with the girls sitting seaside, silently.  Hannah begins marking the routine they learned the previous night.  One by one, the girls join in leaving us with a spark of hope for the foursome.

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Guys, I absolutely loved this episode.  I felt it was really, really relatable which is why I started watching Girls in the first place.  I don’t feel the same enthusiasm for my friends that I did years ago too, but that doesn’t mean I don’t absolutely love them.  Where’s the line, though, where it’s time to move on?  Am I like Shosh in that my social anxiety is holding me back.  Regardless, this episode was a real work of art!  Well done, Lena!  This is my favorite episode thus far!

What did you all think of “Beach House?!”