Buffy (Top 10 Episodes, etc.)

Yes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the greatest show of all times is gone. After 7 seasons, the show is over. This is me reflecting on it.

TOP 10 BUFFY EPISODES

1. Becoming (Season 2)

"Becoming, Part II" is probably my favorite hour of television ever. So much happens in this episode: Joy finds out about Buffy being the Slayer; Spike teams up with Buffy; Xander confesses his love for Willow; Angel is sent to Hell; Buffy skips town. Wow! It broke almost all the rules of the series and left a whole new world. The last 3.5 minutes are insanely good. Sarah McLachlan's "Full of Grace" is played in its entirety with only a little bit of voice-over.

2. Once More, With Feeling (Season 6)

The Buffy musical was not only great fun and great music, it also moved along the story in so many ways. My favorite song has to be "Standing (in your way)," though I like all of them.

3. The Body (Season 5)

Death. Buffy is based on a fictional premise. In this episode, they handle a real topic better than any show that claims to operate on more realistic premises. Anya's speech about not understanding death is my favorite Buffy moment of all time. The brilliance of the Buffy premise is once again exemplified as only a formerly-immortal-demon could point out the difference between death in the abstract and death to someone you know so poignantly.

4. Hush (Season 4)

This is the episode where a large percentage of the time nobody could speak. It's a great gimmick. That and the "Once More, With Feeling" gimmicks are the two episodes I think employ the best use of a fantastic premise in order to deliver outstanding entertainment.

5. Graduation Day (Season 3)

Buffy graduates high school with a bang. Everything in the astoundingly good season 3 is wrapped up nicely. The show could have ended there.

6. Surprise / Innocence (Season 2)

Buffy sleeps with her boyfriend. He loses his soul. This one is probably the clearest example of the premise of exploring deeply personal problems in the context of a supernatural world became the clearest.

7. Doppelgangerland (Season 3)

Evil Willow. This is also one of the funniest episodes ever.

8. The Wish (Season 3)

Strange New World. It introduces Anya. It has evil Willow. How much difference can one person make?

9. Enemies (Season 3)

"Second Best."

10. The Gift (Season 5)

"She saved the world,
a lot."

11. Chosen (Season 7)

The series finally closed the show nicely.

Honorable Mentions

By Season

in top 10, honorable mentions
Season 1: 0,2
Season 2: 4,3
Season 3: 5,5
Season 4: 1,3
Season 5: 2,2
Season 6: 1,4
Season 7: 1,3

It's pretty clear that Season 2 and Season 3 are the best that Buffy has to offer. Seasons 4, 5, and 6 are really seasons where one episode is clearly the best the season has to offer. Seanson 2 and 3 are much more solid throughout. Here are my favorite seasons, so far:
  1. Season 2: This had the best seasonal arc.
  2. Season 3: This had the strongest average episode.
  3. Season 5: The arc was really strong here. Glory was a great big bad.
  4. Season 7: The arc was pretty strong here. In general, the quality of the episodes was a bit lacking though.
  5. Season 6: Ennui does not make for a wonderful arc.
  6. Season 4: Military conspiracy does not make for a wonderful arc.
  7. Season 1: While it was good, the mission of the show hadn't yet crystalized.