Monday, September 03, 2007

There's only now, there's only here

The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me.
That's Buffy speaking to Dawn, her sister/not sister, in the finale of Season Five, just before she heaves herself off a hastily cobbled together scaffolding. OK, I didn't love that she kind of adopted a crucifixion pose, but I can't really fuss too much. Isn't that like de rigueur when sacrificing oneself to seal off a rent in the dimensional fabric? Plus, hello, all the plummeting...limbs akimbo.Jesus, Mary and Joseph but I loves Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I've just finished said season in my reunion tour with the Chosen One and her Scoobies. Alas, only two more seasons to go. Anyone else reading the new comic? Another issue next week and the first few have owned my ass.

Did I just hear someone scoff? Step off. This show is one for the ages. Whipsmart and incredibly funny. It pushed boundaries and MANY of today's hit shows on major networks owe it a debt of gratitude.

One of the best things about Buffy was its ability to completely turn things on a dime and send you hurtling in another direction. This was true of the plots, the characters, and even the mood within a scene. Week to week, even minute to minute, it was like being on a rollercoaster with your best buds. Only they're even funnier than your real friends.

Oh, poor Watcher. Did your life flash before your eyes? Cup of tea, cup of tea, almost got shagged, cup of tea. Spike to Giles

11 comments:

willnyc said...

you had me at de rigueur.

J.Go said...

Are you watching it on FX, because I think that's where the reruns are right now. I must say, I hate that FX doesn't even include "Buffy" on its series list, yet "The Practice" gets a nod.

I so do love the Buffy. Even the seasons that I thought sucked as they unfolded (yes, I mean you six), are actually amazing when watched today.

This show is the basis for everything that's on tv and in film today. Hello, the whole Harry Potter series is all about a chosen one and his crew.

And, yes, loving the comic. Glad you convinced me to give it a second chance after the first episode.

Michael said...

you had me at de rigueur.

Will, having you is my raison d'etre.

J. Go, yes, on FX. I've been TiVoing since they rebooted. I still haven't sprung for the DVD boxed set. It has reinforced my/your opinion that Buffy is seminal tv. And I know you're coupled and all, but we can still snuggle up with cocktails and snacks for a Buffy marathon someday, right?

Speaking of cocktails (if not snuggling and snacks), but for the last minute planning, might I have had you two for drinks at the Hudson over the weekend? As it was, Saturday night was just me and the Euro trash.

The Other Andrew said...

Did someone say Euro trash?...

That Spike to Giles quote makes me tingle all over from the sheer comic genius. I'm with you, I love the Buff!

willnyc said...

already? you are tres facile!

mindy said...

The Spike/Giles line that always gets me is

Giles: We few, we happy few ...
Spike: ... we band of buggered.

yaniboy said...

"That's me as a vampire? I'm so evil and skanky... and I think I'm kinda gay!" - pre-lesbo Willow

Okay, to use one of your own phrases Michael... Buffy is the SHIT! I loves me some Vampire Slayer!

I do agree with J that the later seasons were sucktastic... so much angst, so much wailing and nashing of teeth ad naseum... BLAH!

But the montage of all the previous shows at the beginning of the final one in season 5 made me sob like a girly man...

Michael you should also seek out the Firefly series if you haven't already... its more Joss wonderfulness, but in space, and with cowboy boots...

maddie said...

I too, have to join in on the Buffy love. What a great show. I think I've seen every episode 50 times.

willnyc said...

I'm SO stalking the Hudson all week, looking for people who might look like what I think you might look like.

Michael said...

Heh. It was LAST weekend. Do you live or work near there? I loved the hotel room, all minimalist sleek style on my budget. I think it was designed by Philippe Starck.

I have to blog about the weekend, but it's been a hectic week coming home. As in, I sold my house! Who wants to go in halfsies on an efficiency in the East Village? Can I even afford THAT? Let's be GaDINKS.

maddie said...

CONGRATS on the house being sold!! :)