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 Uh, okay. So. I watched The Body and Forever. I'm glad I stopped where I did the night before, because these two episodes really needed to be seen together. 

It was incredibly painful. It brought up so much stuff from last summer, when my best friend's mom died, and Mr. Tiger thought his mother was going to die, and the whole Summer of Death, really. I have to tell you, Joss got it exactly right. The pacing, with its dream-like, unreal quality, was perfect. I sniffled through the whole thing, which was uncomfortable, because Mr. Tiger was watching it with me, and I'm a private grief kind of person. 

The reactions of everyone were pitch-perfect. Willow was amazing with the way she couldn't decide what to wear, and how she gave Xander a target for his anger as a way to bring him out of it. Anya's blundering confusion which was revealed to come from real pain, and even Spike coming by with flowers for a woman who had really been kind to him -- they were all so true to character and the situation. And then Angel, of course. It was so good that he showed up, and it was handled with exactly the right touch, because it wasn't about them, it was about him supporting Buffy.  

Dawn's pain felt real as well, and her desire to bring back her mother. You could understand her thinking -- the Scoobies do spend so much time mucking with reality, why not this? I was so relieved that they didn't show Zombie!Joyce. Making Buffy kill her undead mother would have been too much. 

As usual, my commentary isn't doing any of it justice. Joss is simply a genius at capturing real human emotions, instead of the TV facsimile we see so often.

So, [ profile] leigh57 , which was your favourite scene? I tried to guess, but there were so many I liked, it was difficult. 

Date: 2010-04-29 04:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
AUGH. It hurts me to relive it even in your recap here. My favorite thing (if you can have a favorite thing about something to awful) about the way they dealt with Joyce's death is that it wasn't anything supernatural. Whedon is a fucking genius. Because on Buffy, you expect death to come from unnatural causes, and when suddenly it doesn't, it's all the more strange and horrible and real.

My favorite scene is Buffy and Angel at the cemetery. Understatement kills me dead every time, and they nailed that scene. I loved him so hard for being there for her, and for the reason he left, and for everything. It was perfect.

Date: 2010-04-29 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Augh, yes. Buffy and Angel at the cemetery was so well done. I liked that it was the new, mature Angel who was able to be strong and sad without moping, and how Buffy quietly accepted that he was there instead of having a big reaction. Understatement FTW. Painful, painful episodes, though.

Date: 2010-04-29 07:56 pm (UTC)
ext_407935: (Buffy/Angel kiss)
From: [identity profile]
So painful. S5 isn't hugely at the top of my list, but bits and pieces of it stand out as so significant.

But if you're going to do the entire Buffyverse, you have so much more pain headed your way. Buffy S6 is epic in its darkness, but Angel S5 wins for making me cry the most often.

WOW I need more Buffy icons. And I have the space! Oh time, where are you?

Date: 2010-04-29 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The Body is so well done on so many levels: Buffy focused on someone's collar instead of their face, Tara and Willow's first onscreen kiss, the real pain in Anya's voice. I think that was the one that hit me the hardest. Anya's bewilderment was so childlike that it reminded me of the time I had to explain my grandmother's death to one of my baby cousins.

To this day, I can't forgive the Emmy people for not giving Joss props for this amazing episode.

Date: 2010-04-29 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It really captured the feeling of bewilderment and disjointedness and time moving at a different speed. Seeing Buffy with incredibly slow reaction times after she discovered Joyce drove home how much of an impact this had on her and drew us into her experience.

That was their first kiss? I didn't even catch that.

Date: 2010-04-29 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That was their first kiss? I didn't even catch that

Yup. It was so natural and completely awesome of Joss to sneak that in there and just have it there, without any fanfare or making a big deal about it. There was virtually no media build up to it or anything. They were treated like any normal couple, and that's why Tara and Willow were so great in terms of TV couples. (And I say that as an Oz/Willow diehard.)

Huh. I have no Buffy icons. I guess a Bones one will have to do.


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