Welcome back to ANOTHER installment of the ONTD Original Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Today, I'm doing an installment suggested by kobewife1, and I'm going to rank my "best" and "worst" moments from Buffy the Vampire Slayer's regular cast.
Disclaimer: The ranking is my opinion, and my opinion only. <3 I love commenting back and forth, and I'm absolutely open to opposing views, but please be kind and respectful to each other. These posts are bringing me such joy in the middle of intense isolation, and I truly enjoy making these posts and commenting back and forth with my fellow Buffy fans. <3. That being said, let's jump in!
**If you're interested in seeing my other posts in this series, they're linked at the bottom**
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Best moment: Her hardcore shipping of Tara and Willow, and watching her connection with Tara when she moves out. The sleepover where Tara keeps Dawn company, the day out with milkshakes, it's all just so sweet. I love that Dawn had Tara, and I think because Tara was so connected to her, it made me start to hate Dawn a little less.
Best moment: The speech to Dawn in season 7, telling her she's extraordinary. There really aren't too many moments for Xander where I'm like, "Wow, good job." But this was one of them. His speech to Dawn was thoughtful, sweet, and meant a lot to her, considering she felt like she had been reduced to 'whatever she was' before she thought she was a potential. For a girl who had to ask if she was anything, that's a heavy loss. It was a moment for Xander that made me hate him just a tiny bit less.
Best moment: My favorite two parts of Cordelia are when she agrees to give Buffy a ride home in Helpless, and when she admits to Buffy that she's often surrounded by people and feels completely alone. I have a love/hate relationship with Cordelia, but it's when she demonstrates vulnerability or kindness that I love her.
Best moment: In season 7, when Faith is telling Buffy that she'd never felt more lost or alone than when she was in charge, being expected to lead, and realizes that's been Buffy for the last X amount of years. It's one of the first times I felt like Faith *genuinely* had respect and admiration for Buffy, and it's one of the first times in the series I think Buffy felt understood and validated. I don't know why, but it's one of my favorite moments. And then it ends with the whole, "There's only supposed to be one. Maybe that's why you and I can never get along. We're not supposed to exist together." "Also, you went evil and were killing people." "Good point. Also a factor."
Best moment: As devastating as the episode is, Anya's part in "The Body" will forever touch my heart. Her monologue, her attempt at condolances ("I wish that Joyce didn't die. Because she was nice. And now we all hurt.") Anya and Buffy never had a great relationship, but this moment will always give me the warm fuzzies.
Best moment: The speech/pep talk he gives Buffy at the end of season 7, and his immediate going in on Faith and the potentials for teaming up on Buffy when he was gone. I basically loathe Spike, but at the end of season 7 when basically everyone turned on her, he was on her side and I appreciated that.
Best moment: A couple come to mind here. The first is when Buffy is going to face the Master, and Giles is determined to face him in her place to save her, and Buffy knows she has to punch him out for him to back off. The other is the moment in season 6 when Giles first sees Buffy, and tells her he always thought she was a miracle. I'm a total sap, and this exchange gets me in the watery-eyed feels EVERY TIME.
Best moment: This one is a tie for me. First, when Willow tells Buffy that she's staying in Sunnydale to continue fighting evil, despite being accepted to literally every university people dream of attending. Second, when Willow tells Buffy about her and Tara. I love this moment, because it's in the same episode where she goes to Tara and lets her know she chose her. Every time she tells Tara that she is where she wants to be, it warms my heart.
Best moment: When Buffy literally sacrifices herself to save not only her sister, but the world. I have a love/hate relationship with episode 22 of season 5. It's a terribly sad episode, because Buffy dies. But it's also an oddly satisfying, cathartic episode in that Buffy realizes her gift, her destiny, and it gives me this sense of, "She's done. She can rest." (Even though I know Willow's about to go mess it up in 147 days)
What are YOUR thoughts about these best/worst moments? Any that you disagree with? Any you think I got wrong? Sound OFF, y'all.
ALSO. ONTD, what should the next Buffy post be? Suggestions are appreciated, if you have an interest in seeing more!
Post 1: Ranking 'Series Regular' Buffy the Vampire Slayer Characters
Post 2: Top 10 Buffy the Vampire Slayer 'Hellmouth' Metaphors for Real Life Struggles
Post 3: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In Defense of Season 6
Post 4: Top 10 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes to Fight 2021
Post 5: The Fashion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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