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!
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.”
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!
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?