Live Blog! Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Graduation Day Parts 1 and 2

Congratulations to the class of 1999. You all proved more or less adequate. This is a time of celebration, so sit still and be quiet.

Hello friends! Tonight, we’ll be group (re)watching both parts of the Buffy Season 3 finale, Graduation Day. Set your DVDs or Netflix to cue up at 8:30 EST and join me here in the comments to share your thoughts.


While I don’t usually issue spoiler warnings for the show, if you have observations that reach past season 3, you may want to use our handy spoiler tags in your post.

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58 thoughts on “Live Blog! Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Graduation Day Parts 1 and 2”

    1. I love Cordelia (more now as an adult after several re-viewings than the first time I saw the show). She’s incredibly direct and honest, which is admirable. And she is and has been willing to help save the world when she’s needed, even if she complains about how Buffy & Co. always expect her to help without recognition or sufficiently stylish clothing. Cordy’s pretty awesome, really.

  1. Since we’ve been rewatching, I’m really starting to get why Faith was so drawn to the mayor. He cares for her, in a messed up sort of way, but unlike the Scoobies he actually shows it. Or rather, he shows it in a way she responds to.

        1. Well, it’s not HATE so much as “Damn it, this is all of the pain and anxiety from high school all at once”. Even without the school-violence subtext, I think it’s the episode most focused on the fact that everyone was confused and trying to fit in and connect with someone, and the toll that constant peer rejection and neglect can take. So I love that it’s a very “real” episode, but at the same time I hate that realism (i.e., continuous rejection leading to suicide) because I hate that it’s reality for so many kids.

          Helpless is painful, to me, because of that betrayal by Giles. Before he decided that Buffy was more important to him than his job with the Council, Giles deliberately (reluctantly, and hating himself, but still deliberately) caused her harm. Even though he tried to make it right, and he did what he could to keep Buffy and her mom safe, he still participated. I think at some point he or Joyce (maybe both of them) comments that there’s a point in which children realize that their parents aren’t perfect, they’re just people. And people fuck up. And sometimes that’s really, really scary.

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