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Old December 16 2011, 10:12 AM   #94
saturn5
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Re: Once More, With Feeling: my big Buffy/Angel canon rewatch/reread/r

Seven Swans a Swimming wrote: View Post
Woo, Innocence Part 2!

I had a bit of a Buffy rewatch earlier this year, and the episode still manages to move in all the right places. I don't cry anymore, but if you know what's coming because you've seen the episodes loads of times over then it's just not going to happen!

Buffy telling her mum that she she was the slayer was a brilliant scene. I loved the gay/coming out context that was there, which something close to home for me way back when. I enjoyed how the role of Buffy's mum increased over the series, because by the time she died in season five, I could be heartbroken all over again. We loved her, as well as feeling bad for those that were close to her.

Anyway...

Spike's about-turn from his Acathla thing was a bit odd, but I can agree with the rationalisation. We see him revelling in the mayhem during the Boxer Rebellion, and the world wasn't ending then, either. He doesn't want the world to end so he can carry on causing misery and suffering! Or so he thought.

I was more 'bothered' by him choking Drusilla! Big, scary Drusilla is taken down by him throttling her? I just laugh at that scene now.

The big heartbreaking moment is Buffy having to kill Angel, just after he gets his soul back. Well blow me down. I need a hug indeed, Mutent Enemy monster. And then the other heartbreaking moment is when Buffy leaves town, with ol' reliable Sarah McLachlan playing in the background. The amount of times I've listened to that song since is unrecordable! I'd just sort of stopped sniffling after the Buffy/Angel stuff, but the shot of her leaving Sunnydale at the end just finished me off really. Excellent, absolutely essential stuff.
Yeah Innocence pt2 is a good way to put it and a high standard to reach. And we all loved Joyce/Kristine, certainly the cast and writers did and that's why they kept bringing her back and giving her more and more screentime (initally she was just to be minor background figure as in the movie but they rapidly changed their minds).
As for Dru, maybe it's psycho-symatic. In season 7 the First tortures Spike by drowning even though he doesn't breathe, maybe it's just the memory of it all that affects them?
Ok, watched the stop motion comic last night and LOVED IT! It was much better than I thought it would be, I thought it would be like those CGI Buffy porn comics you can get online which you can watch in slideshow form (in order to leave both hands free?) but it was much, much better, I laughed, I went AWWWWW! and I great big smile on my face, it was terrific. I just wish they could get the mouths to work better. The voices were for the most part ok although I'd like better matches for Giles and Willow. Especially love Giant Dawn fighting mechaDawn, all the Xander/Dracula stuff and Faith/Giles
Definitely buy the next set if they're doing them! I'll write a quick review of each ep as I watch them (don't worry, limit them to about 10 lines)
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