The episode ‘Once more with feeling’ is one of the best Buffy episodes ever made and of course the most famous. The musical spectacular is a creative and unique way of showing more about each of the characters through the power of song and is one of the best out of genre episode in any TV series. Sunny dale is alive with the sound of music!
The episode is based around a demon that has been summoned by Zander (Nicholas Brendon) to make the world more cheery. This works for a while, with everyone signing about their day to day lives and how they feel about one another. This calls for some interesting love songs and songs about how good the dry cleaner is at their job. However, this is a demon so there is an evil side to this west-end daydream. If you get too carried away with your song you spontaneously combust, ouch! Who ever said musicals couldn’t kill anyone? In addition to this life threating side effect, Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg) is captured by the Demon. So it is up to Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and the rest of the Scooby gang to save the day.
However, there is not really a story line until the last 10 minutes of the episode. Everything is based around getting as many songs into the show within a 30 minute period. For me though, this is the best part. I just get to sing along to all the fantastic songs throughout. Trust me they are very catchy. There are some hilarious songs…usually from Anya (Emma Caulfield) who likes to express her fear of Bunnies and Zanders penis diseases.
Bunnies aren’t just cute like everybody supposes! They’ve got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses! And what’s with all the carrots? What do they need such good eyesight for anyway? Bunnies! Bunnies! It must be bunnies!
We also get songs about love from willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tera (Amber Benson) and an angry love song from Spike (James Masters) to Buffy. This forces him to admit his love for her. That’s the thing about spontaneous singing; you tend to poor your heart out. “Life’s a song and you don’t get to rehearse” This causes secrets to be told and a huge amount of character development.
Cuz being with you touches me, more than I can say ,but since I’m only dead to you, I’m saying stay away and let me rest in peace.
Despite Tera and willow falling out and Rupert Giles (Anthony Head) deciding to leave, Buffy admits one of her biggest secrets in the penultimate musical number. She in fact went to heaven, instead of Hell when she died like the rest of her friends thought. She believes that life on Earth is now hell as she has been expelled from heaven. This terrifies her. But the best way to say this was though musical lyrics. This causes this episode to be one of the best, as we get to sing for 40 minutes and also learn more about our characters.
There was no pain ,No fear, no doubt ‘Till they pulled me out ,Of Heaven, So that’s my refrain, I live in Hell, Cause I’ve been expelled, From Heaven, I think I was, In Heaven, So, give me something to sing about ,Please, Give me something…
Fortunately though all of the actors, apart from poor Willow, are particularly good singers, leading to a range of musical abilities and song genres. This gives the perfect mix to the episode and some truly creative camera angles, duets, solos and dance choreography.
The songs are truly emotional for both the characters and the audience. As with song, you don’t just get to hear and interpret the lyrics, you get to hear and see the emotion through their delivery. The changes in tone and pace of the song can indicate the most important and heart breaking part of each musical number, as well as the most light-hearted parts of each song. If you want to get as much emotion out of an episode, just make it a musical. I want to give a standing ovation to the writer Joss Whedon.
I would give this all singing all dancing spectacular a 5 star, there may be little plot but a whole load of great songs to sing along to and a whole load of emotion. So I would defiantly recommend watching this episode as well as all the other episodes of Buffy the vampire slayer. A small hot blonde that kicks ass and kills vampire, what more could you ask for?
Deathbyapril- April Ely.
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The soundtrack … get listening
Here is a list of the songs below:
- Sarah Michelle Gellar – “Overture / Going through the Motions” 02:57
2.Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Benson, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield, Alyson Hannigan & Anthony Stewart Head – “I’ve Got A Theory / Bunnies / If We’re Together” 02:22
- David Fury – “The Mustard” 00:18
- Amber Benson – “Under Your Spell” 02:55
- Nicholas Brendon & Emma Caulfield – “I’ll Never Tell” 04:01
- Martin Nixon – “The Parking Ticket” 00:45
- James Masters – “Rest In Peace” 02:46
- Michelle Trachtenberg – “Dawn’s Lament” 01:19
- Christophe Beck – “Dawn’s Ballet” 01:12
- Hinton Battle & Michelle Trachtenberg – “What You Feel” 03:01
- Anthony Stewart Head – “Standing” 02:10
- Anthony Stewart Head & Amber Benson – “Under Your Spell / Standing –Reprise” 01:35
13.Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Benson, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head, James Masters, Hinton Battle & Michelle Trachtenberg -“Walk Through The Fire” 03:44
- Sarah Michelle Gellar – “Something to Sing About” 04:40
- Hinton Battle – “What You Feel –Reprise” 00:46
16.Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Benson, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head, Michelle Trachtenberg, James Masters & Emma Caulfield – “Where Do We Go from Here?” 01:53
17.Sarah Michelle Gellar & James Masters – Coda