Karinsa used to have a Nick Hornby tribute diary, and it was always fun to read. So in the interest of continuing her legacy, and in furthering my Buffy love, I present the show’s top five episodes that have been on my mind lately. They will make no sense to you if you are not into the show, obviously, and yes, I am fully aware that it is silly to identify with a show this much.
5. Chosen — Between the 30 Republican senators who say “up with gang rape” and this girl and this bigot, it has not been a great week for womanhood. I am imagining these jerks as Caleb, and visualizing Buffy putting an end to this mishigas.
4. Once More With Feeling — One of the most brilliant things I’ve ever seen on television. Spike’s “If my heart could beat, it would break my chest” is one of the best lines from the series, and what about alienated, numb Buffy! The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. (It is impressively easy, however, to hear Anthony Stewart Head sing. Voice like butter!)
3. The Prom — Anyone who doesn’t get misty-eyed when Angel shows up at prom (to the Sundays!) has carpet on his heart. And poor Buffy, so forlorn while Angel does the “noble” thing. (I would like to point out that when all is said and done, Angel winds up wanting her cookies anyway.)
2. Lovers Walk — Angel reads Sartre, Spike is love’s bitch, and Sid Vicious makes a cameo. (Aurally, at least.) In typical Whedonian fashion, everyone suffers, and there’s no tidy ending to make the episode end on an up note. It’s not simple, and it’s all believable.
1. The Body — Quiet and real. I don’t think I can watch this episode for a while, but I keep thinking of how Buffy finds Joyce and says, “Mom. Mom? Mommy?” In our last days together, I similarly switched from Dad to Daddy. The death of a parent is particularly difficult because it forces you to be an adult at a time when you want nothing more than to be comforted like a child.