Once more, with feeling

In Season 6 of my favoritest tv show of all time-Buffy: The Vampire Slayer-the Scooby Gang faced an outbreak of…people breaking out into song and dance. Joss Whedon, creator of B:TVS, came up with a way to do this musical episode (titled ‘Once More, With Feeling’) that worked in the context of the fictional Buffyverse. Then he wrote it. And directed it. And wrote the music and lyrics for the episode. Given that I’m going to be discussing plot elements for the episode and seeing as there are people who have never watched it (or the series in general), I’ll include the obligatory

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One of the interesting aspects of this episode is that the mysterious force responsible for the outbreak of singing and dancing compelled the residents of Sunnydale to reveal their true feelings or deep secrets through the music they sang.The Scooby Gang was also affected and in their first meeting since the demonic epidemic of song and dance began, they speculated about the source of their latest troubles in the song ‘I’ve got a theory’:

I loved Anya’s portion of the song. Even though she mentioned her fear of bunnies several seasons prior, it’s still hilarious that a 2,000-year-old ex-Vengeance Demon-turned-mortal would suffer from leporiphobia.  So when I saw the following video at The Laughing Squid, the first thing I wondered was “Damn! Anya would probably drop dead of sheer fright!”

Giant bunnies are something straight out of the 1950s Hollywood B horror movies. I wonder if that one mutated as a result of radiation. I also wonder what super powers I’d get if I was bitten by a radioactive rabbit. Probably just amazing humping jumping abilities.

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6 thoughts on “Once more, with feeling

  1. 1

    Amazing jumping abilities would require you, of course, to play Basketball. As Sheldon Cooper would say: That’s non-optional.

    That’s it! You have cemented your friendship with me forever.

    This too is one of my all time favorite episodes. I’ve watched it multiple times, know all the words by heart, and I sing along loudly, shamelessly and enthusiastically, with every song, every time it comes on TV.

    My favorite section :when the demon himself gets to sing. (And also that he gets to live at the end.)

  2. 5

    The true test of your love for the episode:
    have bought the soundtrack so you can sing along in your car (or at home)?

    Why no, of course I never did. Why would you think that? 🙂

  3. 6

    I do, in fact, have the soundtrack to that episode—after all, it’s my favorite. 🙂

    And, sometimes—when I’m sure nobody is around to hear—I do sing along.

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