I think the prize for Most Entertaining 60 Minutes Ever Seen on Network Television would have to go, hands down, to the 107th episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, entitled "Once More With Feeling."
When I first heard that Joss Whedon was writing a musical episode of Buffy, I was like, "OMG, what is he SMOKING?!" But he and the cast blew me away. Not only did Joss write the lyrics to be in keeping with the snappy dialogue and hilarious quirkiness that fans are accustomed to in Buffy, but the music was actually good. Like, amazingly good. No, really. There's a soundtrack if you don't believe me! And the cast even sang their own parts, which had to be scary for the few who were NOT trained singers. Can you imagine?
Anyhoos, I just re-watched this episode again last night (eDonkey! Totally my friend! Not that I would EVER download pirated shows or music! That's BAD!) and I can't get the stinking songs out of my head! I'm thinking maybe writing about it will help, so here goes nothing:
In this episode it seems that all the people in Sunnydale are forced to sing about their inner feelings, including a man praising his dry-cleaning as Buffy peeks out onto the street. Hee. One of the most hilarious songs comes about while the Scooby Gang is trying to figure out why the hell they are breaking into song and dance every few minutes.
Buffy: So did anybody... last night, you know, did anybody, um... burst into song?
Xander: Merciful Zeus!
Willow: We thought it was just us!
[all speaking at once]
Giles: Well, I sang, but I had my guitar at the hotel. That would explain the huge backing orchestra I couldn't see, and the synchronized dancing from the room-service chaps.
Willow: It was bizarre.
Tara: We were talking, and then it was like...
Buffy: Like you were in a musical?
Willow: We did a whole duet about dueling mushrooms...
Anya: ...and we were arguing and then everything rhymed and there were harmonies, and a dance with coconuts.
Willow: ...with the couscous.
Xander: It was very disturbing.
Then Anya, an ex-demon with and unnatural fear of one of the cutest, most non-threatening animals in existence, has a theory, which she shares with the group in the best rock opera song EVAH!
Anya: I've got a theory, it could be bunnies...
-- all pause and stare-- [crickets chirp] -- then --
Tara: I've got a theor--
Anya: 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!
... or maybe midgets...
(Anya singing "Bunnies")
Oh my gosh, I laughed so hard I almost fell of my chair! There are strobe lights and rockin' music and crazy air guitaring and oh my lord it is just the funniest thing ever! (For the audio, feel free to click HERE, then scroll down to "Listen to Samples": #3)
And the scene where Buffy is confronting the Demon that caused all the craziness in the first place, and Giles tells Tara and Anya that "Buffy needs backup" and they run to her and literally begin singing backup?! That joke NEVER gets old, I tell you what! Woo! (#15)
Hey... I think it worked, y'all! YES! I was totally about to --
Satisfied Dry-Cleaning Customer: [dancing in the street] They got the mustard OOOOOOUUUUUUUUT! (#4)
Buffy: [closes the door]: It's not just us.
- Danikabur commented:
I think thats what I'll be listening to in my car today. I agree. GREAT episode!!
Hush is another good one. I mean really a silent episode... who would have thought THAT would be any good either.
- » 10/18/2005 8:43 AM