Okay, so my icon is out of date, but it still captures Buffy through all seven seasons, so it's still valid. I suppose if I wanted to update it, I'd add images from the season eight and nine comics. But anyway...

15 years of Buffy! I will never stop loving this show. I saw "Once More, With Feeling" on the big screen last week and it was still awesome. It didn't matter that I had already watched it, like, a dozen times. It was still poignant and amazing and witty and full of angst. Even if the show doesn't age well twenty years from now, I think it will still be relevant. The topics the show addressed will never go away. High school, and life, are always going to be hell.

I'm still buying the comics, I guess because I'm a big sucker, but I find it neat that the show found another medium to keep going. The comics aren't as awesome as the show, but they're still canon (whether you like it or not). And even if this is a big money grab, the fact that we're onto another season just shows that Buffy still has stories to tell.

Now, back to saving the universe from killer robot aliens...
Someone on Whedonesque pointed out that ten years ago today "Once More With Feeling" premiered.

Does anyone else feel kind of old now?

"Once More With Feeling" is definitely one of my top five Buffy episodes. It just proved just how diverse the show could be. Horror, comedy, drama, angst, and a musical all wrapped up in one episode. I know other shows have done musical episodes, but I think Buffy was one of the few, perhaps the only, that had original music and lyrics. And it wasn't just an episode to grab some ratings. It also pushed the story forward for the characters and the season.

And who else could write in a joke into the middle of a song except Joss? :-D

I remember loving it from moment one. I watched it over and over and tried to figure out the lyrics and got super annoyed when I saw the edited version so it would fit into an hour time slot. A friend of my sister's even made me a bootleg CD of the songs and I'm sure I wasn't alone in that department. ;-) I mean, how could you not want a CD with all the songs in one place? Who cared if the tracks still had the TV audio in the background? That was part of the charm. Though, that doesn't mean I don't own the official soundtrack. I also have the script book for the episode. What can I say? I'm a completionist. :-)

Sigh. I feel like watching "Once More With Feeling" now.
Title: The Last (7/7)
Rating: PG
Characters: Giles, Ten
Timeline: Post-"Last of the Time Lords" for Doctor Who and pre-season eight for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spoilers for season eight.
Summary: With demons threatening the safety of the planet, the Doctor turns to the one person he knows who can help: Rupert Giles. Can the two of them save the day without losing their heads?
Disclaimer: You know the drill. BBC. Joss Whedon.
A/N: Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] quean_of_swords for the awesome beta.

Chapter One. Chapter Two. Chapter Three. Chapter Four. Chapter Five. Chapter Six.

To be the last member of a society was one thing. Giles was still surrounded by humans everywhere he went. To be the last member of a race was to be truly alone. "Time chose the wrong survivors." The misfit and the exile. They made quite a pair. )
Title: The Last (6/7)
Rating: PG
Characters: Giles, Ten
Timeline: Post-"Last of the Time Lords" for Doctor Who and pre-season eight for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spoilers for season eight.
Summary: With demons threatening the safety of the planet, the Doctor turns to the one person he knows who can help: Rupert Giles. Can the two of them save the day without losing their heads?
Disclaimer: You know the drill. BBC. Joss Whedon.
A/N: Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] quean_of_swords for the awesome beta. This chapter is post-"Enlightenment".

Chapter One. Chapter Two. Chapter Three. Chapter Four. Chapter Five.

A familiar face was the last thing the Doctor expected to encounter in the dense forest, but he was grateful for the random happenstance. He crossed the short distance between them and eagerly shook the young man's hand. "Rupert Giles. Your timing is impeccable." )
Title: The Last (5/7)
Rating: PG
Characters: Giles, Ten
Timeline: Post-"Last of the Time Lords" for Doctor Who and pre-season eight for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spoilers for season eight.
Summary: With demons threatening the safety of the planet, the Doctor turns to the one person he knows who can help: Rupert Giles. Can the two of them save the day without losing their heads?
Disclaimer: You know the drill. BBC. Joss Whedon.
A/N: Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] quean_of_swords for the awesome beta.

Chapter One. Chapter Two. Chapter Three. Chapter Four.

"Oh, don't even try. You truly don't know what it's like to be the last of your kind. How did you survive, hmm? Did you run and hide as destruction rained down? Did you leave your colleagues to burn and die? The last Watcher. You're not even worthy of the title." )
Title: The Last (4/7)
Rating: PG
Characters: Giles, Ten
Timeline: Post-"Last of the Time Lords" for Doctor Who and pre-season eight for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spoilers for season eight.
Summary: With demons threatening the safety of the planet, the Doctor turns to the one person he knows who can help: Rupert Giles. Can the two of them save the day without losing their heads?
Disclaimer: You know the drill. BBC. Joss Whedon.
A/N: Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] quean_of_swords for the awesome beta. Flashback time! This chapter is post-"City of Death".

Chapter One. Chapter Two. Chapter Three.

"Why me? Why do you always have to involve me in your idiotic schemes? They could have killed me." )
Title: The Last (3/7)
Rating: PG
Characters: Giles, Ten
Timeline: Post-"Last of the Time Lords" for Doctor Who and pre-season eight for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spoilers for season eight.
Summary: With demons threatening the safety of the planet, the Doctor turns to the one person he knows who can help: Rupert Giles. Can the two of them save the day without losing their heads?
Disclaimer: You know the drill. BBC. Joss Whedon.
A/N: Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] quean_of_swords for the awesome beta.

Chapter One. Chapter Two.

"You are in violation of the terms established in the truce set down by the Watchers Council. If you do not leave now, we will be forced to take immediate action." )
Title: The Last (2/7)
Rating: PG
Characters: Giles, Ten
Timeline: Post-"Last of the Time Lords" for Doctor Who and pre-season eight for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spoilers for season eight.
Summary: With demons threatening the safety of the planet, the Doctor turns to the one person he knows who can help: Rupert Giles. Can the two of them save the day without losing their heads?
Disclaimer: You know the drill. BBC. Joss Whedon.
A/N: Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] quean_of_swords for the awesome beta. And we have a timeline change for this chapter. Post-"Invasion of the Dinosaurs" I suppose.

Chapter One.

"I'm a scientific advisor, not a voodoo priest. If the Council thinks these deaths are mystical then they should leave the investigation to their own men." )
Title: The Last (1/7)
Rating: PG
Characters: Giles, Ten
Timeline: Post-"Last of the Time Lords" for Doctor Who and pre-season eight for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spoilers for season eight.
Summary: With demons threatening the safety of the planet, the Doctor turns to the one person he knows who can help: Rupert Giles. Can the two of them save the day without losing their heads?
Disclaimer: You know the drill. BBC. Joss Whedon.
A/N: Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] quean_of_swords for the awesome beta. This is actually a revised version of a story I had written previously (but posted elsewhere) so if the plot sounds familiar, it was the other, crappier, version. I do reference the season eight comics, but intimate knowledge isn't necessary.

Giles didn't have to wait long to see a man enter the halo of light given off by the lamp on the desk. He quickly noted the man's brown spiky hair, long brown coat, brown pinstriped suit, and, strangely, white trainers. )
A convenient master post to keep track of my fanfic. Listed by fandom.

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Crossovers )
Warner Bros. is making a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie without Joss Whedon.

The one upside? They only obtained the rights for the original Buffy movie. So TV Buffy remains Joss' through and through. Only characters from the old movie can show up in this new movie.

Frankly, this is just a stupid idea. Yes, vampires are super hot right now, but that doesn't mean you should go out and ruin a perfectly good franchise to make some money. Leave Buffy as its own entity and instead make something original that actually might be half decent.

But this seems to be the trend for Buffy right now. Just yesterday I saw one of the omnibus editions for the Buffy novels. Buffy/Sarah Michelle Gellar isn't pictured on the cover and the cover itself looks like it could be the cover for a Young Adult vampire book. The book company is clearly trying to make a buck off an old product they already have. I mean, it would be great if a younger generation discovered Buffy, but don't try to re-brand the franchise.

The only thing I can compare this to is James Bond. One of the film studios re-made Thunderball or something because they were able to get the rights and it was friggin' horrible. Just because you can re-make something doesn't mean you should.

Edit: Joss responded in typical Joss fashion. See, this is why you can't do anything Buffy without Joss. Only he can be funny, witty, angry, and respectful all at the same time: "This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths-just because they can't think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself."
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Ah, this one is simple. Buffy Summers. I may be obsessed with other things right now, but Buffy was the first fandom I truly loved and appreciated. A character like Buffy proved a young woman could do awesome things and that was inspiring to young me when I started watching. And it's because of Buffy that I got into writing. Buffy fanfic was the first thing I ever wrote and posted anywhere. Thankfully, the website where I posted is gone so those early forays are lost to time. :-) I think that made a bigger impact on my life than anything. I don't know what I would be doing if I wasn't writing something every day. Probably bored out of my skull.

As for the memorabilia? Well, you should see my bookshelf. Filled with Buffy books and comics. And then there are the DVDs. And the action figures I have kicking around my closet. I even have an old folder full of articles about Buffy. I must have tore through every teen magazine known to man just to grab pictures. Sigh. Those were the days.
Oh man. Much Music just started showing reruns of Buffy. Be still my geeky heart when I saw five episodes were on today. Considering March 10, Buffy's anniversary date, was just a few days ago, this just seemed right. I haven't watched my DVDs in a long time, so it was fun, seeing episodes I hadn't seen in a long time. It's funny how much you can remember. Lines just started coming back to me and I was grinning like an idiot.

But I noticed something while watching "Welcome to the Hellmouth" that might have been a hint about something in season eight. The identity of a certain someone...

Heavy spoilers for Buffy #33 )

Crazy notions aside, I really want to start watching my Buffy DVDs again. Reading the comics just isn't the same as watching the show.
Title: Anomalies (1/1)
Rating: G
Characters: Jenny, Dawn
Timeline: Post-“The Doctor’s Daughter” and Post-“Chosen”
Summary: Who knew a cloned soldier and a human-form key could have so much in common.
Disclaimer: Not mine, but I’m still hopeful that one day Russell and Joss will meet and create something awesome together.
A/N: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] wholand crossover challenge (write a 300+ drabble based on one of the crossover prompts). I was tempted to toss in Luke and Connor as well, but that’s a crossover for another time. Un-beta'd, so pardon the mistakes.

She understood now what the man meant. Neither she nor the girl had been born. They had both been made for a purpose. )
seriously, io9.com, my new favourite source for fandom-y news

Did anyone else see this? About remaking Buffy, but without Joss. So what? Recycling TV shows is the new way to save the environment?

My primary thoughts boil down to: a) This is a lame idea and b) Wha?

A Buffy the Vampire Slayer without Joss Whedon? That's just wrong.
I've bothered to keep up with Angel: After the Fall, but now that the first arc is done, I think I'm going to stop now. The season six comics are canon, but they haven't been given the Buffy treatment so they don't feel as cool. Yeah, it's a really poor way of judging these things but if I'm going to shell out like five bucks a month, it'd better be for something I really care about. So, it's Buffy all the way. Sorry Angel. Plus the resolution for the arc was a bit lame.

Spoilers for Angel: After the Fall (all issues) )

The recent issues of Buffy have been... interesting. There's a loose arc linking the current stories together, so we're getting stand alone stories for the most part. Things have taken a weird spin for the Scooby Gang.

Spoilers for Buffy # 21 and 22 )

What happened to the days were comic books costed a dime? I'd totally buy all the comics I wanted if that were the case now.
Man, I'm behind on my Buffy comic thoughts. Not that anyone actually cares. ;-) But a little blabbing about issues #18, 19, and 20.

Spoilers for Buffy #18 and 19 )

Issue #20 makes me wish even more that the Buffy cartoon got made. Funny how the plot is basically the cartoon pilot that showed up on the Internet, but expanded. I can't help but think that maybe the clip was leaked on purpose, to sort of lead the way for this issue.

I thought #20 would just be a straight one shot, separate from the season eight arc but done in animation style. The issue is  book ended with contemporary events, and they could easily be pulled out, but I guess you want to set up the contrast. Innocent Buffy in season one to General Buffy in season eight. It was cute seeing everyone in cartoon form, plus you get to see how the pilot cartoon clip ends. Buffy beats Morgan Freeman the dragon, of course. :-) Seems to be a big deal that Jeph Loeb wrote this issue, but having never read his stuff, it was just another comic. I hope this comics stirs up more interest for Buffy the Animated Series. Just a DVD movie or something would be a fine start.

Apparently a few more arcs and then season eight is done. So by a few arcs that probably means another ten or twelve issues, or another year or so. Sigh. Can't Dark Horse release these things any faster?
Much joy to see Fray playing a larger role this issue. I can't help but wonder what the readers think of her. If you haven't read Fray then you would be lost. Fray's got a big back story, which is touched on, but it's not the same as actually reading it and seeing it for yourself.


I think word from Comic-Con said a big change was coming after this arc. I didn't read the reports, so that could mean anything. No more Slayers all over the world maybe?

Slayer skillz

Aug. 2nd, 2008 04:16 pm
locker_monster: (Crafty Buffy)
I couldn't resist. Two icons from the animated Buffy test reel thingy.

  
[profile] sl_podcast posted this first but it must be seen by all. Or, at least by all Buffy fans. Watch it before it gets pulled. :-)

With Buffy Season Eight making waves and Dollhouse on the way I doubt Joss would have time to revisit this, at least not any time soon. It's a shame it never got picked up. It would have been a great, slightly lower budget way of expanding the universe. With most of the original actors providing voices, it could have been just like the show, only in animated form. Actually, it probably would have been slightly larger in scale than the show considering sets and monsters wouldn't be limited by money. Just look at the library set. That's how it should have been: big and labyrinth.

I think if Joss found the time, and wanted to revisit this, a DVD movie would be the way to go. They're the latest craze. Just look at all the animated DC Comics DVD movies that have been popping up. It's not another weekly show but it's still a chance to get the show out there to the fans. And it's not like most of the actors are up to much these days. ;-) You can record voice over work over the phone nowadays.

Just to gush about this a little, I'm loving this little short. Kind of reminded me of Batman: the Animated Series of yore. That had a lot of butt kicking and good storytelling as well. Buffy jumps around like gravity doesn't exist, but okay, it's a cartoon and I'll let the laws of physics slide. Seems they would have made the vampires more kid friendly; the vamp here gets a voice treatment to sound less human and the vamp out gets a cheesy glowy effect, as does the staking. Was the vampire voiced by Joss? It sounded vaguely like him. But here's our gang, back together and sophomores once more. I find it funny that animated Buffy is dressed like season one Buffy, with the mini skirts and high boots. No radical redesign here. The gang's pitch perfect though; classic season one Scooby Gang. Giles mocking them about going to the party made me laugh so hard.

The only obvious roadblock is trying to pitch this to a network, which is probably what led to the cartoon's demise. It's not exactly a kid's show but it's not exactly an adult animated show either. Though, a cartoon like Justice League straddled that line and it did really well. Hopefully the posting of this stirs up interest once more.

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