Hello, everyone. For those of you new to my blog, my name is Joshua. Today I will be counting down the top five Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes, from least to greatest. For those of you who don’t know, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a TV series that aired from 1997 to 2003. The show followed the life of Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a Vampire Slayer chosen to fight demons and vampires in the town of Sunnydale, California. Buffy had help from her many friends, including the witchy Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan), the funny Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon), the popular Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter), the vampire with a soul, Angel (David Boreanaz), the rock star werewolf Daniel “Oz” Osbourne (Seth Green), the former vengeance demon Anya Jenkins (Emma Caulfield), the killer vampire Spike (James Marsters), the kind witch Tara Maclay (Amber Benson), Buffy’s bratty sister Dawn Summers (Michelle Trachtenberg), Buffy’s military boyfriend Riley Finn (Marc Blucas), and Buffy’s Watcher (teacher of the Vampire Slayer) Rupert Giles (Anthony Stewart Head). The show ran for seven seasons and was created by the talented Joss Whedon, known for shows such as Angel, Firefly, and of course Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show had many great and wonderful episodes, but five of them truly stand out more than the others – teaching us valuable life lessons that are important for everyone to know. And if it wasn’t already clear, there will be spoilers. Now, let’s begin!
5. Season 3, Episode 9 “The Wish” – “The Wish” is a frightening episode in which Cordelia angrily wishes that Buffy never moved to Sunnydale. Her wish is soon fulfilled by the powerful vengeance demon Anyanka (Anya). Cordelia soon finds herself in a world where Buffy never killed the “Big Bad” vampire of season one, the Master. Sunnydale is now in a state of disrepair and fear. Willow and Xander have been turned into evil vampires, and Cordelia finds herself alone and scared. Buffy eventually arrives in Sunnydale, now a killing machine (similar to Faith, the radical Vampire Slayer from season three). She is destined to stop the Master, but fails, and dies. All hope is lost until the Giles restores the world to its former glory. Anyanka loses her power and becomes human, and the episode teaches us the terrible consequences our choices can have.
4. Season 2, Episodes 21 and 22 “Becoming (Part 1 & 2)” – This episode was truly heartbreaking. It was one of the saddest moments of the series and showed that, sadly, sometimes we have to make decisions that we don’t like. As Angelus (the evil vampire side of Angel) prepares to open up a hell dimension that will destroy the world, Buffy must make a very tough decision. As the hell dimension opens, Buffy has to kill the only man she has every loved – Angel. The most traumatic part of the episode is when Angel regains his soul and has no idea what is happening. As he reaches for the comfort of his love, Buffy, she stabs him in the heart, killing him and sending him away to the hell dimension as it closes up. Buffy has saved the world, but she has lost the only man she loved. This episode showcased how delicate love can be, and that in life we need to make choices that we don’t want to make. It helped us understand that love is precious, and to cherish it at all costs.
3. Season 4, Episode 10 “Hush” – “Hush” was an amazing episode because it showed how powerful words can be. The demons known as the Gentlemen come into Sunnydale and steal everyone’s voices so that nobody can scream as they steal the people’s hearts. Buffy and her friends desperately try to get their voices back, as it is said that the only thing that can stop the Gentlemen are the screams of a princess. Buffy finally manages to give back everyone’s voices, and screams at the Gentlemen, killing them. “Hush” has been critically acclaimed for the terrific acting by the cast because it is so much harder to act without words. The way the actors used their body movements and physical expression to “talk” were done very well. It helped the audience understand what was going on, even without anybody speaking. It was truly a magnificent part of the series, showcasing the talent of “talking” without words, a skill not typically needed in the Film and TV industry.
2. Season 5, Episode 16 “The Body” – “The Body”, while being one of the saddest episodes, is also one of the greatest and most beautifully written episodes of the series. It truly captures the idea of death in a realistic and impressive way. Buffy’s mother doesn’t die from a demon attack or a vicious murder, she dies of a brain aneurysm. It puts into perspective how delicate life can be, and the reaction that Buffy has shows us that Buffy is just a normal person. It shows us that Buffy can break down just as easily as anybody else. It shows us just how mundane death is, how simply somebody can die. Anya’s monologue in this episode perfectly captures the thoughts of everybody who has experienced death: “And I thought, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch ever! And she’ll never have eggs, or yawn, or brush her hair! Not ever! And no one will explain to me why?” It is truly one of my favorite lines ever spoken on Buffy the Vampire Slayer because it is what we all think about. We wonder why people have to die, but nobody knows. Nobody knows the answer to a question so simple. Why do we have to die? “The Body” was a magnificent test of the actors’ emotions. It was a way to showcase that not everything had to be supernatural. It was a way to show that these characters were all humans. They all experienced human things. Even death.
1. Season 6, Episode 7 “Once More, with Feeling” – “Once More, with Feeling” is a truly iconic episode. Not only does it have great music, but the music furthers the plot and pertains to the rest of the season. It is such a beautiful episode, with joyful and memorable songs, including “Under Your Spell” and “Rest in Peace”, along with some hilarious songs such as “The Mustard” and “The Parking Ticket”. This episode was truly a milestone for the series, capturing a joyful essence in otherwise a depressing season. “Once More, with Feeling” is a beloved episode for many fans, and rightfully so. The episode just wins over the audience with its great music. The episode also set the standards high for future musical episodes of various TV shows, with different TV shows trying to replicate the beauty and magical essence of “Once More, with Feeling”. “Once More, with Feeling” showcased the characters emotions in song, something that was never done on the show before and surprisingly worked extremely well, making it the number one episode on my top five.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a fantastic and outstanding television series, that deserves recognition for the powerful life lessons it teaches fans. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a coming of age story like no other, providing the audience with excellent and elaborate characters and storylines like no other. If you haven’t already, I certainly recommend Buffy the Vampire Slayer to anybody for its creativity and for its messages of love, loss, friendship, and growing up.
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