This was my mantra in high school. What would Buffy do? I grew up saturated in the Whedon-verse of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sunnydale and the supernatural. This show planted the seed of my love for ancient history, languages, and the supernatural.
BtVS provided me with strong women, caring men and non traditional lifestyles that I dreamed about having. The Chosen one, a witty, once popular powerhouse who continually showed us that even heroes are human. She made mistakes, had an abusive relationship, dealt with death and loss on a personal level, and not just when she herself died. Depression, sexuality, equality, and relationships both romantic and not were constant themes in this show. I was a loner growing up. I spent my time travelling or taking care of my grandparents all through school. I was an outsider, but watching Buffy made me realize that one day I would find my place in the world. And yes, I would make mistakes along the way. But that was okay.
It’s been 12 years since the Slayer last graced our TV screens. And here are a few of my favorite episodes. (In order of seasons)
10. Welcome to the Hellmouth/ The Harvest
Of course this is a favorite. It introduced us to Buffy, and the beginnings of her Scooby Gang, and the big bad of the season, the Master. And of course the mysterious Angel.
9. Prophecy Girl
This is when we see Buffy truly come to terms with her destiny. She’s 16 and she doesn’t want to die. She wants to go to prom. And we get to see her kick some major Master fang in this one, finally.
When Buffy and Angel’s relationship goes to the next level, there are massive consequences. Buffy is human, but she has a great responsibility. And when the one person she loved and trusted the most turns on her, well…I know I’ve been there.
7. Bad Girls
I love Faith. No I mean I LOVE Faith. She is one of my top characters in this show. And it was awesome to see Buffy rebel a bit. This is where Faith turns though. She makes one mistake that turns her into a sort of anti-hero that I couldn’t help but love the entire series through.
6. Graduation Day Pt. 1/Pt. 2
Two words. BIG. SNAKE. Plus a kick ass fight scene between Buffy and Faith. And you get to see the entire graduating class come together and fight. All sorts of feels.
How can you not love an episode where only 10% of the show has lines. When mysterious creatures called the Gentlemen steal the voices of everyone in Sunnydale it’s up to Buffy AND apparently Riley and his Initiative bros to figure it out. Also, Buffy and Riley kiss and find out about each other.
4. The Gift
Buffy dies. Again. Done as the series finale on the WB, they killed off Buffy before the show would be resurrected on UPN. After a heart wrenching season with the introduction of Dawn (and much confusion) and the death of Buffy’s beloved mother Joyce, they did it. They killed her again.
3. Once More With Feeling
Shockingly, is not one of my favorite episodes but I feel like it held an important part of the story line this season and for that I’ve included it. This episode lets us find out Buffy believes she was in heaven and when her friends brought her back to life she now is residing in a harsh world almost like a hell to her. It also lets the Scooby gang find this out as well. Plus that kiss with Spike.
This takes us back to Buffy’s campy roots in the first season. An enchanted letter man’s jacket that causes the wearer to be irresistible to women everywhere. And while there is a lot of humor in this episode it also brings up the point of how far some people will go to be noticed by the one they love when Dawn tries to kill herself to prove her love to RJ.
The final episode. Need I say more.