If the apocalypse comes, beep me.
Normally in this space, I’d have posted a pithy, sometimes funny, occasionally insightful Buffy episode review. Due to popular response in last week’s review, we will be doing a live blog/group view of “Graduation Day, Parts 1 and 2″ on Sunday evening, July 15th, 8:30 p.m. EST. That will close out our Season 3 recap series.
So this week I have something a little bit different for you AND a reader challenge.
Since many of you, like me, are intimately familiar with the entire run of Buffy, there’s no real reason to watch them in chronological order. Since Netflix and DVDs put the show at your finger tips, there’s a lot of creative marathon-ing potential. Like Spuffy? Watch the entire romance, beginning to end without those pesky Captain Forehead interruptions. You can watch Willow’s development as a witch, every Jonathan episode, or all the classic monster episodes. The show can be broken down and reassembled to your personal desires.
I present you with some suggestions:
She Saved the World, A Lot
I’m starting with an easy one ““ a setlist of the episodes in which Buffy averts an apocalypse or world changing moment. This includes all the season finales except 6, where Xander saves the world (and, technically, the world saving in Season 4 is in the penultimate episode), and a few scattered one-offs.
- The Harvest (Season 1)
- Prophecy Girl (Season 1)
- Becoming, Part 2 (Season 2)
- Graduation Day, Part 2 (Season 3)
- Doomed (Season 4)
- Primeval (Season 4)
- The Gift (Season 5)
- Chosen (Season 7)
- The Zeppo (Season 3) ““ the fight to avert the apocalypse isn’t the focus of this Xander-centric episode, but the Hellmouth does open and Slayers avert disaster.
- Innocence (Season 2) ““ The Judge is bad news for humanity, but maybe not world destroying. However, Buffy blows him up with a rocket launcher and that’s always fun to watch.
Who Am I?
Mistaken identities, switched bodies, and dopplegangers, oh my!
- Homecoming (Season 3)
- Dopplegangland (Season 3)
- A New Man (Season 4)
- Who Are You? (Season 4)
- The Replacement (Season 5)
- Intervention (Season 5)
- Tabula Rasa (Season 6)
- Halloween (Season 2) ““ In which the gang takes on the personalities of their cursed Halloween costumes
- Band Candy (Season 3) ““ Regression is sort of like switching bodies, right?
- Superstar (Season 4) ““ Jonathan’s spell shifts the entire world slightly to the left
His Penis Got Diseases From A Chumash Tribe!
Xander’s love life is notoriously difficult. While he settles down with Anya for a while, she’s still an ex-vengeance demon. If Xander is interested in someone, it’s an easy bet she’s gonna try to kill him.
- Teacher’s Pet (Season 1)
- Inca Mummy Girl (Season 2)
- Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered (Season 2)
- Pangs (Season 4 ““ the syphilis episode in question)
- Hells Bells (Season 6)
- Beneath You (Season 7)
- First Date (Season 7)
- The Zeppo (Season 3) ““ his first sexual experience with Faith
- Lovers Walk (Season 3) ““ Cordelia catches him kissing Willow
My dislike for Xander Harris is well documented on this site. So this is my challenge to you – make your own Mini-Marathon list convincing me that Xander is a decent guy. Pick 3 to 5 episodes, in whatever order you like – I’ll include the marathon lists in next week’s post.