I have a little catching up to do on the Buffy Rewatch. I’ve spent the last month finishing up graduate coursework, producing a vaudeville-inspired show made up of eleven short plays, and preparing to move across the country. You know, life as usual. But the rewatch is going strong as ever and has featured more wonderful people as guest writers. Season three is considered by many to be the most consistent throughout along with some of the best character arcs in the series.
I was to be introducing Season Four on the blog next week, but unfortunately the timing did not work out. A big thanks to Nikki for taking the reins this one time. And has it really been almost a year since the last Slayage conference? What this means: only a year left until the next one which will be held coast side at The University of British Columbia in one of my favorite cities, Vancouver, CA.
Here’s a recap of the last few weeks of the rewatch since the last time I chimed in:
“Amends and Miracles”
Robert J. Wiersema
“Mothers, fathers, lovers: problematic relationships at the heart of season 3”
3.13 The Zeppo
3.14 Bad Girls
“This essay doesn’t have a title because I handed it in to Nikki Stafford about two months ago knowing I’d be busy at PCA, and in her typical way she didn’t notice until a few days before the post was going live that it lacked a title, but she didn’t want to bother me so she left it title-less: Did Nikki succeed in making this non-title even longer than the title on the speech she co-delivered at Slayage 4?”
Additional guests: Janet Halfyard, Michael Holland
“So, tell us, Angel — how alike ARE vampires and their original mortal selves?: A look at Willow and VampWillow in “Doppelgängland”
“Enemies,” “Earshot,” and Empathy: How Buffy Makes Us Feel
Additional guest: Janet Halfyard
3.20 The Prom
Guest: Kristen Romanelli Watcher Junior
Follow Kristen on Twitter @watcherjunior.
3.21 Graduation Day, Part 1
3.22 Graduation Day, Part 2
“You killed me”: Buffy, Faith and the Death of Slayers
“Graduation Day: The Future is Ours”
Jennifer K. Stuller
Follow Jen on Twitter @InkAmazon.
Nikki also wrote a bonus post this week as we enter Season 4 which happens to coincide with the beginning of Angel, the show’s spin-off series. If you’ve ever wondered how exactly both shows fit together or how to watch them in tandem, look no further than “To Angel or Not to Angel.”
When my friend Kj began watching Buffy and Angel, I remember having such a discussion and a bit of research. She ended up watching them simultaneously and according to continuity. It’s a big undertaking and wish I had had the luxury of doing so when I first watched the shows. I had a thesis due at the time. As it was inspired by Buffy, I had to finish that series first.