Monday, February 9, 2009


Welcome to the world, Sarah Ann. It's a bit of a mess, I know. Sorry about that. We've all just been really, really busy, you know? But we've cleared out a nice space for you, and we know you're just going to love the neighborhood once you get used to it. Most of the people are really nice, and the foods good too. Oh, and I hope you like music. It may seem a bit weird at first, but you'll catch on quick.

Oh, and dogs! You are so totally going to love dogs.

(Congratulations, M&M! Does this mean the end of gestational diabetes?)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The "Essential" Buffy

I'm going to use this entry to migrate a comment thread to an upper tier. cs10 and I have been having a long chat in the "Wrapping Up the Holidays" comments, and I mentioned that I am mired in Season Four of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A very generous friend loaned us the entire DVD collections of Buffy and Angel, and we are finally coming to terms with the fact that we are just not going to become Buffy fans. We recognize the brilliance of some episodes, and we appreciate the ambitious story arc, but as vampire Willow once said "Bored now."

So I need a list of essential Buffy/Angel episodes to watch so that I can return the discs with the best possible final impression of the show. cs10 said that it would be helpful if I said what episodes we have liked. Off the top of my head, I would have to say that "Passion" was one of the best bits of TV drama I have ever seen. We also liked the big climax to Season 3 (although neither of us really cared for the character of Faith). I liked the two "vampire Willow" episodes. I also like the character of Anya.

I haven't been able to get into Angel. It has the monster-a-week thing that bugged me about 1st season Buffy, and I don't really dig any of the characters except maybe Angel's cop friend (whose name I'm blanking on).

Oh, and I loved Firefly.

So, have at it folks. What Buffy/Angel episodes do I need to maintain geek cred?