Buffy The Vampire Slayer
"Once More With Feeling"
Episode Air Date 11/06/01
Wow. Wow. Wow!
Here I was prepared
to be let down because I was so excited about this episode but I was
not able to be disappointed. The episode met every hope and expectation.
Those of you without much experience in theater may not appreciate that
this was the best opening night ever! It had the high energy, backstage
stress (let's assume), and few awkward moments that every opening night
has. Call it opening night because I plan on watching it again and again
in the coming weeks.
First the few and
There was no consistency
about when someone's singing was heard and remembered by those around
A couple of the
songs seemed fragmented, as if Whedon had two great songs but didn't
have time for both of them so he merged them into one disjointed song.
The ending was
a little too clean and neat.
Ok. Now onto over-excited
rantings about how great the episode was.
Those that wrote
this episode off as a cheesy attempt at ratings as we enter sweeps (you
know who you are) will be sheepishly wrong. The episode was so much
more than random singing and dancing. The existing story lines were
skillfully woven into musical confessions with exceptionally witty lyrics.
are not forgotten, just happening to be accompanied by the occasional
song and dance. Not only does this supposed gimmick not inhibit the
story, but the songs are further used as a means of confessing things
that otherwise wouldn't have been said. Whedon has avoided the stale
"musical episode" (as Ally McBeal attempted two seasons ago)
and made this one truly enjoyable, without leaving the viewer feeling
like they just said goodbye to their favorite show.
This week's script
had a bit more innuendo than usual. It seems the characters weren't
the only ones saying more than normal. This was most obvious in the
scene with Willow and Tara and Xander's omissions in his song with Anya.
Whedon really outdid
himself this week. With a few blockbuster movies (let's ignore Alien:
Resurrection; Whedon does), two hit television shows, and a very
enjoyable and successful comic book (Fray), one might expect
that he could not be more talented. Tonight's episode proved that he
can compose music and write lyrics to a variety of musical genres.
Buffy The Musical
was well worth the extra nine minutes.
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