Now my head’s splitting at the seams.
BtVS Rewatch 2012-2013; One Gifset Per Episode
➞ 5x09 - Listening to Fear
Joyce: Dawn… she’s not mine is she?
Buffy: No. Joyce: She’s… she does belong to us though.
Buffy: Yes she does.
Joyce: And she’s important… to the world, precious. As precious as you are to me… Then we have to take care of her. Buffy, promise me, if anything happens, if I don’t come through this-
Joyce: No, listen to me. No matter what she is, she still feels like my daughter. I have to know that you’ll take care of her, that you’ll keep her safe, that you’ll love her like I love you.
Buffy: I promise.
Favourite Caps Of: Fool for Love → Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
“What can I tell you, baby? I’ve always been bad.”
“No need to worry, ‘cause everybody will die“
main cast deaths + their last lines (+ doyle)
Get ready to weep at Fred’s line.
Day 05: Favorite episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
Season 2, Episode 3: School Hard
There are plenty of brilliant, poignant, heartbreaking, heartwarming, perfectly scripted, shot, and acted episodes of Buffy from the series seven year run. Out of 144 episodes of a series from my favorite living creative mind, it’s impossible to choose one. So, I chose to focus on the one I just like so much that I watch it all the time and had still made an impact on the series.
The first episode of Spike and Drusilla featured many other ideas that continued through the rest of the series. A list, if you please:
- Angel is Spike’s sire, in the sense of “grand-sire” as Angel created Dru, Dru created Spike. The lineage of vampires is first really explored in this episode, and is elaborated upon later when it is said that Drusilla turned Spike into a vampire, but Angelus taught him how to be one.
- The Anointed One is killed by Spike, destroying all vampire hierarchy in Sunnydale.
- Principal Snyder and a law enforcement officer first acknowledge the oddities of Sunnydale as something they are already aware of. The next episode to show this knowledge mentions the mayor.
- Joyce (Buffy’s mom) has her first direct interaction with Buffy’s slaying life, and in doing so seems to earn a bit of respect from Spike.
- Giles and Jenny continue to grow in their relationship.
And, most touchingly, is the scene in the Bronze with Spike watching Buffy while Nickel’s “Stupid Thing” plays in the background. In a recent interview, James Marsters mentioned that in shooting this, the first seen he shot, he tried to convey an equal desire to kill and have sex with Buffy. This may have simply been an idea from the realm of sexy, deadly vampires or the “sex and violence” model of punk rock, but it carries the heavy burden of reflecting the future of their relationship. The lyrics of Nickel reinforce this accidental foreshadowing:
I did a stupid thing last night,
I called you,
A moment of weakness,
No not a moment, more like three months of weakness.
I’m one step away,
From crashing to my knees.
I’m one step away,
From spilling my guts to you.
These lyrics carry the theme of Spike’s feelings through the middle of season five. His love for Buffy is weak, and revealing it to her is a moment of weakness, but something that grew for months - maybe longer. Maybe even since the first time he saw her.
And we get great “Spike planning things” moments, such as speaking loudly enough about “some big guy out there trying to bite someone” to send Buffy outside so he can watch how she fights. Then we have the first verbal confirmation that Buffy is different from other slayers, something repeated after Spike loses in the attack on the school. ”A slayer with family and friends, that sure as hell wasn’t in the brochure.” This is thematically central to the entire Buffy universe, and while it screwed with plenty of evil schemes before - including the Master killing Buffy - Spike is the first to comment on the importance of the situation.
For the entirety of season one and the first episode of season two, vampires are about ritual, antiquated dialects, puffy shirts, and everything lame about vampires this side of Edward Cullen. Spike doesn’t care for it. He will fuck shit up and laugh while doing it. He ends the ancient ways by killing off the spiritual leader of the vampires in Sunnydale, proclaiming:
And Spike’s attitude is so very, very refreshing at this point. Vampires had been stuffy, over-dramatic, and boring. He is the first vampire with personality (outside of the Master’s dry, hilarious sense of humor). And watching him on screen was a joy:
The fans loved him, and that love grew stronger as he became a more sympathetic villain, eventually bringing him into the main cast in Season 4, and carrying him over into Season 5 of Angel after Buffy was over. And it all started with a simple line:
Other fun bits of the episode include Angel and Xander banter, the confrontation between Spike and Angel, Drusilla being cray-cray, Joyce standing by her daughter after seeing her handle herself, Willow and Cordelia trapped in the closet, Giles wanting to rescue everyone, and, for the second time, someone is turned into a vampire to get close to and betray the Slayer.
It is an episode that set the tone for so much in the series, and it’s just fun to watch. Like I said, there are plenty of other very worthy episodes to this spot, and I’d like to recognize them. ”Prophecy Girl”, “Becoming”, “Graduation Day”, “Restless”, “Chosen”, “Once More With Feeling”, “Tabula Rasa”, “The Zeppo”, “The Body”, “Conversations With Dead People”, “Hush”, “Doomed”, “Bad Girls”, and I’m sure there are a few more I want in this list.