Oh God I haven’t watched this show in so freaking long, I mean it’s been years, I have to watch this again (for God sakes Suzanne this is why you have NetFlix)…
…keeping this in mind, I’m going to go off of my old impressions of the show, which might/probably will change if I watch the show again.
Favourite female character: Anya. I LOVE HER. Honestly, I love characters who used to be super evil and who are now just enormous chipper weird as hello dorks who happen to be super liberated and just very very confused why everyone is tied down by this thing called social normalities. GIVE ME CHARACTERS LIKE THIS, THEY ARE MY LIFE BLOOD. I mean yes, endless affection to Willow and Buffy…but fucking Anya. I love her so much.
Favourite male character: God, I can’t choose. Truly, I can’t. But…three way tie between Giles, Xander, and Spike. Giles because he was was one of the first examples of an incredibly powerful respect between a male mentor and a female protege (again, lifeblood - give me more more more of this). Xander because he’s also a character I really love - the characters that are underestimated but are so important and are the heart of the team. Spike…because seriously, what a character arc. What a fucking asshole who turned out to be such a monster and so incredibly human. The best and worst of humanity, this dude was. The horrifying extremes of if, you could say, which is how I like my vampires. I truly have no idea if I would feel the same about him if I watched the show now, but….yeah, I love him. I love them all.
Least favourite female character: Uh…Harmony? Glory? I really have no fucking clue, I don’t remember actively hating anyone from this show, especially female characters. I didn’t like Cordelia, but that changed with her character development.
Least favourite male character: Riley, because he honestly made no impression on me. I feel bad, and again, who knows what I would say now if I watched the show, but yeah…I can’t remember jack shit about him. Except that he went to a vampire brothel? That Buffy burned down? Did that happen?
Favourite ship: Anya/Xander. And…God Forgive Me, the fucked up horrifying tragedy that is Buffy and Spike. I’M REALLY SORRY, SERIOUSLY I AM. It’s soooooo deeply fucked up, and looking back on it now, I just didn’t see and understand how messed up it was. But now I do…and I can honestly say that I still am drawn to this two characters and how they deal with each other and OH GOD, WHY DID YOU HAVE TO BE MUTUALLY ABUSIVE TO ONE ANOTHER? GOD.
Once again - I HAVEN’T WATCHED THE SHOW IN A LONG TIME. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW MY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS PAIRING WOULD HAVE CHANGED BY NOW.
Least favourite ship: Ironically, also Buffy and Spike, due to its aforementioned state of being mutually abusive and damaging, and also due to a lot of fans that I’ve encountered ignoring that.
Film/tv show rating: 10/10. There were issues galore, but it handled horror, mythology, humor, and growing up as a young woman in a way that still astounds me. It was my introduction to the macabre, the multifacetedness and depth of characters, and to Joss Whedon. It was a groundbreaking show, and I’m so happy to have NetFlix, BECAUSE NOW I WILL BE WATCHING IT AGAIN. YES YES YES.