10. The spin-off Angel … especially the last season. NO one can top any character like the empathic, precognitive Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan, aka Lorne, born in the demonic dimension Pylea, or the Doom and Gloom of Illyria, one of the legendary Old Ones, an original pure demon
who was the most feared of all the Old Ones and ruled from her citadel (Vahla ha’nesh) in modern day Los Angeles.
9. Not everything that happens in Sunnydale is because of the presence of the Hellmouth … It seems like everything in Smallville happens because of kryptonite, which got old quick, but is something the writers never seem to outgrow. While some explanations are attributed to the Hellmouth, there are simply mystical forces, good and evil, that dwell in the world.
8. The stories get more adult as Buffy and the Scooby Gang gets older, in effect you are growing up with her and her friends … The series deals with very real issues that teenagers and young adults go through, but put into a supernatural context, and is a metaphor for real life that nearly anyone can relate to.
7. No character is safe from the cold embrace of death, which could strike at any time … Buffy creator Joss Whedon has killed off many major characters including Buffy herself. One episode in particular “The Body” completely affected me and everyone I know that was a fan of the show. It was about dealing with a parent’s death and was handled very realistically.
6. Once More with Feeling! … What other show can do a musical episode with silly songs and dancing and still be one of the turning points for that season, where plotlines all come together and leads the rest of that season on a very dark path.
5. Hush … At least half of the episode was without dialogue and relied on the background music and the acting. The Gentlemen, the villains in the episode, are the closest Buffy has ever gotten to capturing the feel of a classic horror villain. Also, Hush is the only episode to be nominated for Best Writing in a Drama Series for the 2000 Emmy Awards.
4. Great Villains
Season 1 … The Master, ancient vampire trapped inside the Hellmouth (actually he is pretty lame but it did get better from there).
Season 2 … Lovesick Spike, Insane seer Drusilla, and eventually Angel, Buffy’s first love and vampire with a soul who falls from grace and reverts back to his evil incarnation, Angelus.
Season 3 … Faith the renegade Slayer and the Mayor Richard Wilkins III, a family man with an aversion to swearing, he nearly always wore a smile on his face yet on a path to true evil and power.
Season 4 … Adam, a government-created bio-mechanical demonoid with messianic delusions.
Season 5 … Glory, a goddess banished from a hell dimension searching for the means to return to her reality.
Season 6 … the Trio, a group of nerds and outcasts with aspirations of villainy, as well as Willow herself, who became grief stricken and insane with enough power to bring about the end of the world.
Season 7 … The First Evil, a non-corporeal entity with hordes of creatures at its command with the intention of ending the entire line of potential Slayers. The mythos behind the creatures that Buffy battles is quite entertaining and well thought out.
3. Anya … The Vengeance Demon turned human, turned demonic then back to human. The tendency to speak whatever was on her mind, her obsession with sex, and her greed was brilliant, but especially check out her reaction to death in the episode, the Body. It explains a lot about her demeanor.
2. Willow … Her transformation throughout the series is amazing: her breakup with Oz the werewolf, which leads to the discovery of her homosexuality to her evolution as a powerful witch. Watch the end of Season 6 and tell me Willow couldn’t take on the Charmed Ones.
1. Spike … First I must say that even as a vampire he was pretty unique. Despite his lack of a soul, he was able to feel emotions very deeply, like love (though twisted of course). Now his evolution from bad guy to de-fanged vampire (the government put a chip in his brain that prevented him from attacking humans) to traitor to his own kind (he discovered that while he couldn’t attack humans, other vampires and demons were able to feel his wrath) to lunatic vampire with a soul (watching him act as crazy as Drusilla was awesome) to hero makes him one of the most interesting characters in the entire Buffyverse.
Note … In both Buffy and Angel series, the main characters of the show were not the primary focus of character development and it is the supporting characters that go from one dimensional archetypes to actual people that you begin to feel for and actually care about.
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