And we're back (again)! Your weekly haven from miserable critics, here is my salute to my five favourite things of each week (or per month or more if I'm slacking) in TV, music, film, books, sports, whatever. Take from it what you want...which if you're like me will be the funny/awesome gifs created by more creative people than me on the interweb.
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August 14, 2012
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More With Feeling (6th - 12th August)
So I’m into season six of my first-time watch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the stakes (haha, terrible pun kind of intended) are pretty high at this point post-resurrection etc. ‘Once More With Feeling’ is an episode I’ve known about from reputation for sometime, and despite having not seen it previously, am well well aware of its legacy in things like Scrubs’ great musical episode and Joss Whedon’s own Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
I’m not a big fan of musicals in general (save the examples above), but as one of the episode of Buffy that is often held up as one of its greatest I went into it with some level of expectation. It didn’t disappoint.
The cast were genuinely phenomenal in their contributions (as of course were the songs, musicians etc), and the way this was so unique without crossing over into novelty territory was a heck of an achievement. It is of testament too all this combined that a week after watching the episode now, I can’t get these songs out of my head and have been coming back for multiple listens.
It is hard to pick a favourite, but perhaps just for the way the cast all come together (though as is the case always in this show, Sarah Michelle Gellar is especially memorable), ‘Walk Through The Fire’ might just be the one that has stuck with me most. Here it is above now, I’m off to buy the soundtrack.
4. You finish one 90s series then along comes another…ER done, now for Buffy the Vampire Slayer! (5th - 11th March)
So having just finished 15 seasons worth of ER I wasn’t planning on starting another old show I hadn’t previously seen, but as fate would have it I was flipping through the channels when I came across the first ever episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on SyFy. Now I’m slowly but surely catching up on what I missed in the 90s…
I really enjoyed another Joss Whedon show, Firefly (Dollhouse had its moments too), but for some reason had never actually watched Buffy. I remember it being pretty popular and since its finish I’ve read, heard and been told why it is a show well worth watching but it is only now I’ve given it a try. Well five episodes in I’m liking what I’m seeing. For a start I love a lot of early/mid-90s pop culture stuff and I’m especially fond of American TV from that time (Friends, The Simpsons, The Adventures of Pete & Pete etc etc), so Buffy has me feeling right at home. Partly that is nostalgia, but also I think there was a different kind of charm, humour and style to what you get nowadays. As a big How I Met Your Mother fan I’m enjoying getting to see a pre-Lily Alyson Hannigan, and the rest of the cast is pretty good too. Having not seen Sarah Michelle Gellar in much else besides the Scooby Doo movies before now, I’m getting to see why she became such a star. She’s a great lead - tough, witty, clever and lets be frank, pretty hot!
I don’t know if I’ll have the time to stick with Buffy all the way through the daily showings, but right now I’m definitely glad to be (at last) along for the ride.