Best Fan Videos

[Article by Mike Marinaro]

[The Vids]

Below are my favorite fan music videos for Buffy. It’s really rare to find ones that are well made from a technical standpoint (i.e. proper aspect ratio, good editing, etc.), an emotional standpoint, and an argument standpoint. This collection often makes me think, always makes me feel, and Continue reading “Best Fan Videos”

Ten Things Buffy Does Best

[Article by Mike Marinaro]

[Article (Spoiler Free)]

I’ve had quite the journey with Buffy the Vampire Slayer over the years. As the brilliantly rendered characters grew and evolved through their adolescence and young adulthood, I grew too; as they learned about themselves, I did as well. What, you might ask, beyond helping some geeky guy you Continue reading “Ten Things Buffy Does Best”

Season 7 Review

[Review by Mike Marinaro]

[Introduction]

Well everyone… we’ve, at last, arrived at the end of the road. It’s been quite the journey over these seven seasons and, wow, almost five years. My exploration of the series has helped me explore myself as a person – something that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is very conducive to. As the br Continue reading “Season 7 Review”

7×22: Chosen

[Review by Mike Marinaro]

[Writer: Joss Whedon | Director: Joss Whedon | Aired: 05/20/2003]

Well, folks. This is it! The final episode of the uniquely brilliant Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I feel a bit overwhelmed at not only finally making it to this review, but also at the task of analyzing what sums up seven seasons of pure emotion, thought, and excitement. My goal here is to stic Continue reading “7×22: Chosen”

7×21: End of Days

[Review by Mike Marinaro]

[Writer: Douglas Petrie and Jane Espenson | Director: Marita Grabiak | Aired: 05/13/2003]

“End of Days” is not at all awful and is certainly watchable, but it’s also quite a disappointment. There’s no other way to say it. We’re at the end of what’s my favorite television show and we have to sit through a bunch of unwieldy exposition about an overly convenient plot device thrown into the Continue reading “7×21: End of Days”

7×20: Touched

[Review by Mike Marinaro]

[Writer: Rebecca Rand Kirshner | Director: David Solomon | Aired: 05/06/2003]

As Buffy the Vampire Slayer enters its final three episodes Rebecca Rand Kirshner, for the first time, gets everything right. Pretty much all of her episodes have been solid outings, but this is the first one that really sucked me in and didn’t let go. “Touched” is the last episode of the se Continue reading “7×20: Touched”

7×19: Empty Places

[Review by Mike Marinaro]

[Writer: Drew Z. Greenberg | Director: James A. Contner | Aired: 04/29/2003]

With only four episodes left in the entire series, I have to express my disappointment that an episode as troubled as what we have here exists. At a point when the series should be burning brightly in one final burst, what we instead have is a candle flickering wildly with a wind that keeps threate Continue reading “7×19: Empty Places”

7×18: Dirty Girls

[Review by Mike Marinaro]

[Writer: Drew Goddard | Director: Michael Gershman | Aired: 04/15/2003]

“Dirty Girls” is an exciting and surprising episode, but is also one that is slowed by a focus on plot and unnecessarily long introductions. Interspersed into the plot are some great character scenes, a dash of humor, and some shocking moments. Added all up it’s a bit of a jumble, but it mostly wor Continue reading “7×18: Dirty Girls”

7×17: Lies My Parents Told Me

[Review by Mike Marinaro]

[Writer: David Fury and Drew Goddard | Director: David Fury | Aired: 03/25/2003]

Uhh… yes, please? From the first time I saw “Lies My Parents Told Me” I thought it was one of those “big” episodes where complex situations and character growth won the day. From the revelations and growth Spike experiences to the depth and satisfaction we get in closure to Wood’s arc to th Continue reading “7×17: Lies My Parents Told Me”

7×16: Storyteller

[Review by Mike Marinaro]

[Writer: Jane Espenson | Director: Marita Grabiak | Aired: 02/25/2003]

“Storyteller,” like other classic comedy episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, manages to be extremely funny while also having rousing character development and a heart. I’m the first to admit that, until now, Andrew has been little more than comic relief — great comic relief, but ot Continue reading “7×16: Storyteller”