Last Friday, I shared my Top Ten favorite Joss Whedon characters (an incredibly hard list to make, by the way.)
Today, I shall be continuing my ode to Joss Whedon by taking a look at my favorite Joss-penned episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. (Spoiler alert: it's mostly a BtVS and Firefly list.)
Sorry, Dollhouse and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D...you didn't make the cut this time around. Better luck next time. But don't feel too bad. Even Angel only managed to get one episode in the Top Ten.
This particular subject will be broken up into two parts because it's a super long post with just a few listed here. If I put all them in one post, that would just be way too long. Part Two will be posted on Wednesday.
Ready to begin?
What Happens: The episode where Tara officially becomes one of the Scoobies, and that whole 'is Tara evil' thing is resolved.
Why It Makes The List: I don't know that this episode would appear on many lists of Buffy's best episodes, but it's always been one of mine. And when I settle in for a re-watch, I always make time to watch a certain scene toward the end of this episode.
Favorite Scene: The aforementioned favorite scene at the end of the episode:
What Happens: Mal finds himself married to Saffron, who turns out to be a con artist looking to steal the Serenity out from under the crew.
Why It Makes The List: It's really freaking funny.
Favorite Scenes: I couldn't find any good YouTube clips, so you get typed-out quotes instead. And a few of this episode's quotes were already used in my post on Friday, so I skipped using them a second time.
Shepherd Book: If you take sexual advantage of her, you're going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater.
Mal: How drunk was I last night?
Jayne: I don't know. I passed out.
Saffron: I've made myself ready for you.
Mal: Let's ride on past the past where you explain exactly what that means.
Mal: Oh, I'm goin' to the special hell.
What Happens: The Gentlemen (fairy tale monsters) come to town and steal the voices of everyone in Sunnydale. This is the episode for which Joss received an Emmy nomination, which is funny because critics always lauded Joss for his skill at writing dialogue, and as was previously mentioned, this is the episode where none of the characters can speak for the majority of the show.
Why It Makes The List: It's said that Joss wrote this episode as a challenge to himself. He wanted to see if he was a good enough writer to craft an episode largely lacking in dialogue. I love that. Plus, this episode is super creepy, and when I first watched it, I kind of forgot that I was still able to speak. I love that, too.
What Happens: In one of the unaired episodes, Mal and Zoe attempt to fulfill a dying request from an old army buddy. Also, Jayne's mother sends him a hat.
Why It's On The List: This is probably another one of those unusual choices, but this episode is funny and sad, and the end gets me every time. I really do love it. Plus, Joss makes a cameo appearance in this episode. Also, because of this episode, Jayne Cobb has an amazing hat. And so do I. (Translation: My mom made me a Jayne hat, even though she did not understand my obsession with it. I heart my mom.)
Favorite Scene: I know I just said that the ending gets me every time, but I'm going to share another scene from this episode. One that makes me laugh:
What Happens: The gang, exhausted after defeating the season's Big Bad, decide to unwind with a movie night, but end up falling asleep. Each of them has wild and crazy and dark dreams as a unknown danger stalks them in the dream world.
Why It's On The List: This episode is just all kinds of crazy and creative. There's foreshadowing galore (Be back before dawn...) and Oz puts in his final Buffyverse appearance, and there's also just some random guy with the cheese walking around. Plus, Giles sings.
Favorite Scene: In which Giles sings...
All right, folks, that's all for me today. Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to tune in next time (Wednesday) when I reveal my Top Five Joss-penned episodes because I know you just can't wait to find out what they are...