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Best music in a Buffy episode

POSTED BY: CHRISISALL
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Wednesday, May 2, 2007 12:34 PM

CHRISISALL


Excluding the obvious Once More With Feeling (I was talkin' score, not song), what ep's music dazzled you? For me, no question; the battle in Chosen absolutly BLOWS ME AWAY!!!!
Sure, the Buffy/Angel theme is great, but really, after Chosen, nothing comes close for me.

What's your fave?

High note Chrisisall


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Wednesday, May 2, 2007 12:46 PM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


The one that springs to mind right now is 'Conversations with Dead People' - I loved how the episode opened and closed with the song. It was a really haunting melody.

Drusilla dancing to 'Transylavian Concubine' at her party in 'Innocence' was so far beyond awesome I have no words to describe it. Utterly perfect for that scene.

There's a season six expisode during all the heavy Buffy/Spike stuff where Buffy walks past Spike's crypt and pauses. He can hear or smell her, and he leans against the door, but she walks away before he opens it. There's an absolutely beautiful song playing at that moment. I used to know the song, the singer and the name of the episode and now they've all deserted me! I know it had the lyrics "When we die we go into the arms of the people we love" which again was perfect for that scene.

Out of context, I adore Bif Naked's 'Lucky', but in the show it's ruined because it's the song they play when Buffy sleeps with that rat basta Parker.

*EDIT* GORRAMMIT I'VE LOST THE ABILITY TO READ!!! Forgive me, it's late here.

Score? There is absolutely no contest. Just about every scene of 'Hush'.

Okay, the score during the Buffy/First Slayer confrontation in 'Restless' is awesome too.

And the score when Faith crawls out of her grave in the dream sequence in 'This Year's Girl'





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Wednesday, May 2, 2007 12:51 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by DesktopHippie:
The one that springs to mind right now is 'Conversations with Dead People' - I loved how the episode opened and closed with the song. It was a really haunting melody.


Oooooo, good one; I concur!

You can SEE the music Chrisisall

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007 1:43 PM

DEEPGIRL187


Dopplegangland is one that comes to mind. "Virgin State Of Mind" by K's Choice was playing when VampWillow walked into The Bronze. Cool song, if you get the chance to listen to it.

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Thursday, May 3, 2007 3:06 AM

SERENITYINSCOTLAND


I think the standout score in a Buffy episode is 'Amends'. The violin at the start in the Dublin scene is great, but its really the 'magic snow music' (as Beck titled it!) at the end. I loved how it echoed the Buffy/Angel theme from season 2 (most notably at the very end of 'Becoming'), and was heard again in elements of the music at the end of 'I will remember you'.
Also the music playing at the end of 'The Wish' as Buffy, Willow and Xander die/get dusted. I was really pleased when I found a site with these up for free download.
In terms of the best song, I'm a sucker for the classics. 'Full of Grace' at the end of 'Becoming' and 'A Place called Home' at the end of 'Shells'.

PS. Frickin' comic store doesn't have Buffy #3 in yet. Next week the guy said. So I'm staying clear of the discussion until then! And I shouldn't be on the net at all, I have exams next week!


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Thursday, May 3, 2007 9:38 AM

TURQUOISEBOAT


Best Music in a Buffy ep.?

- All of the wierd, eerie sounding stuff from "Restless" (not to mention Giles' concert in his dream) [season 4]

or

- Cibo Mato, from the season 2 opener

or

- Michell Branch at the end of that season 6 ep. (Tabula Rasa?)

Turq

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Thursday, May 3, 2007 11:09 AM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


Quote:

Originally posted by SerenityinScotland:
I think the standout score in a Buffy episode is 'Amends'. The violin at the start in the Dublin scene is great, but its really the 'magic snow music' (as Beck titled it!) at the end. I loved how it echoed the Buffy/Angel theme from season 2 (most notably at the very end of 'Becoming'), and was heard again in elements of the music at the end of 'I will remember you'.
Also the music playing at the end of 'The Wish' as Buffy, Willow and Xander die/get dusted. I was really pleased when I found a site with these up for free download.
In terms of the best song, I'm a sucker for the classics. 'Full of Grace' at the end of 'Becoming' and 'A Place called Home' at the end of 'Shells'.

PS. Frickin' comic store doesn't have Buffy #3 in yet. Next week the guy said. So I'm staying clear of the discussion until then! And I shouldn't be on the net at all, I have exams next week!



Every time I see that "this is the world we made" scene at the end of 'The Wish' I get chills down my spine. It really is an excellent episode, not to mention a great What If!

Good luck in your exams! What are you studying? As for the Buffy comic, I'm learning that waiting for the trades was a bad, bad idea. *needs Buffy fix now* I wasn't sure comic shops would have it here. Turns out I was wrong.





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Thursday, May 3, 2007 11:20 AM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


Quote:

Originally posted by TurquoiseBoat:
Best Music in a Buffy ep.?

- All of the wierd, eerie sounding stuff from "Restless" (not to mention Giles' concert in his dream) [season 4]

or

- Cibo Mato, from the season 2 opener

or

- Michell Branch at the end of that season 6 ep. (Tabula Rasa?)

Turq



Yep, it was T'abula Rasa'. 'Goodbye To You' *sniff*

The score to 'Restless' was awesome. Start to finish it was amazing, although I adored the music playing during Willow's dream, and the haunting, wordless song when Buffy faces off against the First Slayer.





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Thursday, May 3, 2007 10:03 PM

SERENITYINSCOTLAND


I'm studying ecology, in my 3rd year of university. I've reached the point where my exam results start to determine the level of degree I leave with, so the stakes have been upped a bit!

I never liked the scene at the end of 'Tabula Rasa' - I thought it was too much of a repeat from the scene at the end of 'Lover's Walk', which was a great episode. Nasty little trick with the burial though - Cordelia's dead?!


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Thursday, May 3, 2007 10:21 PM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


Quote:

Originally posted by SerenityinScotland:
I'm studying ecology, in my 3rd year of university. I've reached the point where my exam results start to determine the level of degree I leave with, so the stakes have been upped a bit!

I never liked the scene at the end of 'Tabula Rasa' - I thought it was too much of a repeat from the scene at the end of 'Lover's Walk', which was a great episode. Nasty little trick with the burial though - Cordelia's dead?!



I KNOW!!! That totally fooled me the first time! It still makes me smile when I see it.

It also drives me a little crazy. The guy who wrote 'Lovers Walk' also wrote 'The Zeppo' - another abolutely perfect Buffy episode. He'd never written for Buffy before season 3 and after season 3 he left and never came back!!!





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Thursday, May 3, 2007 10:32 PM

SERENITYINSCOTLAND


I had no idea that the same guy wrote both eps and then left! Do you know what his name was, if he did anything afterwards? I actually really like the music in 'The Zeppo' too - that wacky violin thats playing while Xander runs about trying to stop the dead guys.
It's very funny how all the earthshaking events are taking place around Xander's own plot, but we hardly ever see them. Also, the moment at the end where Buffy thanks Giles for doing something recklessly brave which we never really saw, but provides a moment between them that serves as a sort of reconciliation for the events of 'Helpless'.


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Thursday, May 3, 2007 10:43 PM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


I used to know his name, but it's one of those things that got pushed out of my brain so I could remember Microsoft's Excel Expert syllabus. Personally, I'd prefer to know the writer's name, even if I *am* paid to remember the other stuff.

I always meant to check where he went next but I never did. Must IMDB him.

Yep, same writer both eps. Two of my favourite episodes from that season. Pretty high up on the list of my all time favourite episodes!

I don't know about anyone else, but I always thought season 3 was the perfect Buffy season - perfect story arc, perfect bad guy, perfect character progression, perfect finale, perfect in every way. It still remains my favourite season even though two of my favourite characters - Dawn and Tara - had yet to show up.

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SHUT UP! I LIKE Dawn and Tara!







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Thursday, May 3, 2007 10:55 PM

SERENITYINSCOTLAND


I think season 3 probably was the best season too. Not as high on angst as season 2, which is really what Joss does best, and I think we could have used at least one more Faith-centric episode around 'Lover's Walk', 'The Wish' and 'Amends'. That said, those three episodes in sequence are the best run a Joss-series has ever had. But as for stand-ot episodes, it has the most of any season IMO. 'The Wish', 'Amends', 'The Zeppo', 'Bad Girls' (the introduction of Wesley!), 'Consequences', 'Enemies', 'Earshot', 'Graduation Day' (and I guess 'The Prom' if you like that sort of thing!) are all some of the Buffyverse's best moments.
It also lacked the kind of episodes that weakened other seasons - examples that spring to mind are 'Go Fish', 'Living Conditions', 'The Real Me (probably the worst Buffy ep ever).


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Thursday, May 3, 2007 11:29 PM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


You didn't like 'Real Me'? I enjoyed that episode. Lots of teasing about the fact that none of us had a clue where Dawn came from, and also plenty of excuses to make fun of the other characters. I think my favourite moments were Dawn saying how Xander saw her as a woman (while she had ice cream all over her face) Anya playing the game of life and Harmony complaining to Dawn about her minions. Hee hee!

Although the overall arc didn't quite work (which I know was down to issues keeping cast members more than anything) season 4 has most of what I consider to be the best Buffy episodes - 'Hush', 'Something Blue', 'Pangs', 'Who Are You' and 'Restless' come to mind pretty much immediatly, but there are other greats in there as well.

'The Prom' I love for the "class protector" speech. It really gave a voice to all those people in the background who had been seen but not heard, and it was a nice to see that everyone knew something was wrong with Sunnydale, even if they wouldn't talk about it.





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Thursday, May 3, 2007 11:39 PM

SERENITYINSCOTLAND


My responses are so quick cos I'm slumped at a library computer revising so when the notification email arrives its "Yay!".
I violently dislike 'Real Me'. Harmony just pissed me off in that ep (actually in the whole of Buffy season 5), Dawn was at her whiney best (at this point I remember thinking 'Who is this brat ruining my TV show'), the fights were crap - in short I just hated it!

Season 4 was very disjointed - its hard to forgive them for 'Wild at Heart' and ruining a great character in the shape of Oz. Whilst Seth Green was heading for bigger things, I think they could have written him out in a better way than this. Season 4 did boast the funniest Buffy ep 'Pangs', as well as one of the standout trio 'Hush'. I wasn't a big fan of Captain Cardboard - at that point I found Riley quite a one dimensional character. I actually think the season with the smoothest arc was season 5. The two main plotlines of Glory and Joyce ran well together, and I felt it brought Buffyworld into place with the real world in a way that was never matched over the course of the show.


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Friday, May 4, 2007 12:18 AM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


My responses are slow because I'm teaching! I only hop online while my students are working on exercises. Poor things, learning excel on a sunny Friday morning... before a bank holiday weekend too!

Spoilers for season 5 and beyond!

Ah, see, I always loved Dawn. I never found her whiney. Well, a little in season 6, but considering she had discovered she wasn't really human, just an object of worship that was also possibly evil and could destroy the earth then lost her Mum and her sister in quick succession, spent almost a year hiding from a hell god before being used in a bloodletting ritual to end the world before seeing said sister end her life to save her and then spent an entire summer pretending that a goofy robot was her sister until she started bonding with it right up until she found it's dismembered body and then found her *real* sister had come back from the dead but preferred being dead to being with the sister on top of all the stable people she had relied on falling to pieces around her... I don't think she was nearly whiny enough!

I always wish we'd gotten to see more of what went on inside Dawn's head. They did a great job in season five (the scene in 'Blood Ties' when she cuts herself springs to mind) but in season 6 they only ever showed that she was upset - they never really showed why. I think the best example came during 'Bargaining' when Dawn wakes up in the middle of the night and climbs into bed beside the silent, recharging Buffybot. Such a simple, wordless scene that speaks volumes as to how much Dawn was suffering and how mixed up her life was.

I also loved how she progressed in season 7, although again we didn't see her nearly enough in my book. She was *so* much more mature and grounded than *any* of the potentials, and a lot harder working to boot. Aside from the RJ thing, she was also pretty much the only one who kept it together for the whole season. Given what that kid has been through, she's a hell of a lot more normal than she should be! [/end Dawnish ramble]





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Friday, May 4, 2007 12:42 AM

SERENITYINSCOTLAND


Once Dawn found out she was the key, her character got a lot better. The loss of her mother affected her a lot because she was not a person with many ties to the world at all - really just her and Buffy (the whole Summers blood thing). Then she bonded with Tara and Willow which (comic spoiler):

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we are seeing to greater degrees in the comics, with the whole refusing to talk about being giant to Buffy, only to Willow



So I would say I liked Dawn after Blood Ties (exception constantly shrieking "Buffy!" in 'The Gift'!). Season 6 was a bit Dawn-light I felt, it was very Spuffy and Willow centric. Season 7 was more fun for Dawn, going back to Sunnydale High and becoming more central early on as a result of that. And I loved the scene at the end of 'Potential' between her and Xander - that whole ep was great for Dawn.

PS. The 'magic snow music' from Amends just came on shuffle on my i-pod. Timely!


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Friday, May 4, 2007 1:13 AM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


"You're not special. You're extraordinary." *sniff* *sniff*

Dawn and Xander. My favourite character and the love of my life...

Ooh, speaking of crying... the Buffy/Angel theme still has the power the make me sniffly. You know, the song that plays in season two a lot, including the season two finale. I love listening to that tune. So haunting...





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Wednesday, May 9, 2007 10:39 AM

RIVER6213


The music from the episode "The Gift"

-River

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Saturday, May 12, 2007 2:44 AM

THESOMNAMBULIST


For me it is HUSH.

Chris Beck pulled out all the stops for that one and regressed to a classic compositional style to generate the requisite 'creepy' factor! Just Brilliant. Plus it really established the Buffy/Riley love theme which is exquisite!


www.cirqus.com

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Saturday, May 12, 2007 4:19 AM

GOMITHROUS


Well, I love the Buffy/Angel love theme. I also like the club mix of "Living Dead Girl" that Faith dances (and fights) to in "Angel" when she first heads to LA.

What is best in life?
To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you and to hear the lamentation of their women...

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Sunday, May 13, 2007 5:49 PM

SIRI


Where did you find a site to download these songs for free? Would love to download some. I don't have any Buffy soundtracks but plan to buy them one of these days.

Siri

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Sunday, May 13, 2007 11:21 PM

SERENITYINSCOTLAND


Hey Siri. This site offers some of Beck's stuff from the first few seasons of Buffy for download. If you open the files in windows media player you can save them onto your computer.

http://www.bluntinstrument.org.uk/beck/buffy/slayer.htm

This site doesn't have the stuff from the soundtracks, so don't worry about ethical quandries!!


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Monday, May 14, 2007 12:06 PM

CATWOMAN


I agree with u Chrisisall,i can't seem to get that music or battle out of my head.It's awesome.

Bridget

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Saturday, June 9, 2007 5:10 AM

SPACECOWGIRL


Quote:

Originally posted by TheSomnambulist:
For me it is HUSH.


Yeah, I'd have to go with 'Hush' too.
I also like haunting 'The Wish' music and 'The Prom'--I loved that 'Wild Horses' song.
And I love the Nerf Herder theme too btw. Used it as my cell phone ringer for a long time.

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Saturday, June 9, 2007 5:10 AM

SPACECOWGIRL


Quote:

Originally posted by TheSomnambulist:
For me it is HUSH.


Yeah, I'd have to go with 'Hush' too.
I also like haunting 'The Wish' music and 'The Prom'--I loved that 'Wild Horses' song.
And I love the Nerf Herder theme too btw. Used it as my cell phone ringer for a long time.

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Sunday, June 10, 2007 1:48 PM

SERENITYINSCOTLAND


Quote:

'The Prom'--I loved that 'Wild Horses' song.


Oh. My. God. I did not just read that. "That 'Wild Horses' Song" is probably the greatest rock ballad ever written. Unfortunately, some bright spark decided to replace the original version with some girl leathering it. The low point of season 3 was that song kicking in - it was clearly chosen for the lyric "Let's do some living, after we die", but what I don't understand is why they didn't just use the Stones version.
Why mess with perfection?


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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 6:55 AM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


Quote:

Originally posted by SerenityinScotland:
Quote:

'The Prom'--I loved that 'Wild Horses' song.


Oh. My. God. I did not just read that. "That 'Wild Horses' Song" is probably the greatest rock ballad ever written. Unfortunately, some bright spark decided to replace the original version with some girl leathering it. The low point of season 3 was that song kicking in - it was clearly chosen for the lyric "Let's do some living, after we die", but what I don't understand is why they didn't just use the Stones version.
Why mess with perfection?



Are you kidding? Do you have any idea how much a Stones song costs? If they'd gone with the Stones version the finale would have looked like this:

*Buffy stakes vampire*

Vampire: Aaah! *throws dust in the air and runs away very fast*
Major: *wearing a green outfit and a snake mask* Aha! I am a demon! Bow before me!
Buffy: Giles! Time to blow up the school!

*Giles pushes the plunger*

*stage hand holds a sign up in front of the camera that reads KA-BOOM!

The Scoobies stand in front of a small bonfire

Buffy: Whoa! That was some battle, huh?





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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:29 AM

SERENITYINSCOTLAND


LOL! The Stones can be a bit steep with their royalty demands, it's true. But this was back when Buffy was a very successful show commercially, so maybe they could have afforded it (though I guess maybe not if 'The Departed' couldn't afford to put Gimme Shelter as well as Let It Loose on their soundtrack!). Anyway, Mick and Keith would have seen some cash for the use of that song anyway. But

My favourite Stones money grabbing story is when they basically broke The Verve for swiping the riff for Bittersweet Symphony from The Last Time. You don't fuck with Mick Jagger's lawyers...


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Wednesday, June 13, 2007 3:19 AM

22CLAWS

Entirely pointy.


I actually think the Sundays version works better in the scene. It has some of the sullen forlorn desperation of the original but with a voice that's more girly and teenager.

22

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