EVERYTHING'S COMING UP Buffy lately: Fifth Avenue Cinema is screening the craptastic 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer this weekend, there's talk of a new reboot of the aforementioned monstrosity, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight, the comic-book continuation of Joss Whedon's TV series, will finish its nearly three-year-long run this month. But let's get back to the basics with some O.G. Buffy ass kicking... um, except, you know, when the show didn't kick ass.
It's easy to pick Buffy's good episodes—but some of the best parts come alongside the series' most cringe-worthy moments. Put on your Buffy fangirl T-shirt (go Sunnydale Razorbacks!) as we get down and dirty exploring the best and worst of the Chosen One.
Best AND Worst: "Grave" (Season 6, Episode 22)—Ah, the episode in which Xander gives Dark Willow an excellent talkdown from destroying the world. Alas, to get there we have to sit through 30 minutes of a stoned-on-magic Willow shooting up dark spells and rambling about Giles' awesome magic dealer.
Best AND Worst: "The Wish" (Season 3, Episode 9)—Best: Anya's first appearance! Vampire Willow and Xander! Dirty Cleveland Buffy! Worst: Cordelia dies. Angel dies. Xander dies. Willow dies. Buffy dies.
Best AND Worst: "Hush" (Season 4, Episode 10)—Everyone's favorite Buffy episode, where the fucknuts spooky Gentlemen go around stealing everyone's ability to talk. So quiet, so awesome. But it's also the first episode in which a soggy, insipid, stupid twit known as Tara first appeared. At least she couldn't talk!
Best AND Worst: "Buffy vs. Dracula" (Season 5, Episode 1)—The Buffster meets the infamous and dreamy Prince of Darkness. She swoons. He nibbles on her neck cleavage. All is awesome on the Hellmouth. And yet: It's also the first episode in which the pimply, whining moppet known as Dawn makes her first appearance. Sigh. With the good comes the bad.