Best of Buffy Review
There are too many filler episodes and tons of episodes that don't move the overall narrative arc forward. I know Buffy isn't really a horror show but it's setting is definitely "horror" for lack of a better word. That genre/setting has never appealed to me and the monster of the week formula quickly got stale.
But I could see the core of the show and there was still something there that I liked. The core cast and central story arcs are good. So I googled "best buffy episodes" and "essential buffy episodes", consulted a bunch of lists, and then kinda mashed them together in my brain.
Then I started skipping.
Sometimes just a couple episodes at a time and later almost entire seasons.
But I really enjoyed it this way. Buffy overall isn't a show for me, but I really like the highlights.
If you're curious and only want to check out a couple episodes I would recommend Angel (S1E7), Prophecy Girl (season 1 finale), Innocence (S2E14), Becoming (Season 2 Finale), Lover's Walk (S3E8), Graduation Day (Season 3 Finale), Hush (S4E10), New Moon Rising (S4E19), Once More With Feeling (S6E7).
I watched a lot more than these but personally this list has my highlights.
I should call out Hush and Once More With Feeling as my all time favorite 2 episodes.
In the episode Hush within the first 10 minutes the monster of the week takes away the ability to speak from everyone in town. The next 30 minutes of directing/acting/show production are amazing because they tell an entire story without being able to use any dialog. It's an amazing episode of TV. It was almost my favorite Buffy episode, but in the end it holds the number 2 spot for me.
My favorite episode is Once More with Feeling. A demon shows up that turns the entire town into a musical and everyone is liable to random burst out into a musical number. It's fantastic. If you watch one episode of Buffy it should be this one. Even without having a greater context for the show you can still get a lot out of the craft of this musical episode.
And that concludes my venture into the world of Buffy. It didn't provide as much entertainment as I anticipated and I don't think its one of the greatest shows ever but hitting all the highlights turned out to be a lot of fun.