Scattered thoughts from rewatching Buffy for the first time in 5 years or so, Part 1
For reference: at the moment I’m currently, like, two thirds of the way through Season 3.
- jesus fucking christ Xander
- To elaborate: Xander’s nice guy syndrome in season 1 and most of season 2 makes me want to punch him in the fucking face every time he opens his shitty mouth
- It’s not Nicholas Brendon’s fault. The dude is a really charming actor and makes Xander more likable than the writing does. But holy shit does the writing make him fucking unlikable.
- In season three he gets better - “The Zeppo” remains one of the best episodes of anything ever - but there are still moments where Xander gets self righteous and the writers clearly want us to view him as the voice of reason buy my gut reaction is “Xander shut your fucking mouth you nice guy fucking shithead, you are in no place to lecture anyone”.
- A lot of people prefer the music of the later season because it’s more original and serious, but as the show goes on I find myself missing the synth heavy score of the first season. It felt so much more horror movie-y than the music the show uses from season 3 on out.
- The high school seasons are so great though. Excellent use of both the monster of the week and the Seasonal Big Bad formulas. The world of Buffy feels a lot more full and varied in these seasons - monsters could be anything, from vampires to scientific mutants to demons to robots. Season 3 is sort of the beginning of the end for that though, as more and more episodes are just “it’s another demon, huzzah.”
- I miss when vampires were scary on this show already. Again, the show makes them really feel intimidating in the first two seasons, and then in season three their threat begins to wane. It’s sad.
- Spike is so good and I dread his season 6 character assassination
- I mean I dread the character assassination that everyone gets in season six but I dread Spike’s most of all
- I remember why I crushed so hard on Allyson Hannigan as a teenager
- Also heeeheee none of these actors are believable as high school students
- Sunnydale’s teachers are, sadly, pretty shitty stereotypes. Giles kinda makes up for it though.
- Giles is great.
- The first three seasons of Buffy are great and wonderful even with their flaws and I know it’s all going to change in fourth season and am sorta sad for it