Sarah Michelle Gellar Reveals Her Top 3 Favorite ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Episodes
It's been over 20 years since “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” premiered on the now exctinct WB network, and fans and scholars alike are still philosophizing near daily about the series, and how it continues to affect pop culture to this day.
In a recent Interview with BuzzFeed, Sarah Michelle Gellar is asked to choose her favourite episodes of buffy the vampire slayer, and it seems this was a question that she was well prepared for. Quickly and consicely she awnsered, choosing the 3 best episodes in her own opinion, though I am sure many of you will agree with at least one of these.
“‘The Body,’ ‘The Prom,’ and the silent episode, ‘Hush,'” were the episodes she chose, and there is good reason for each of these. As “Buffy” fans know, those three episodes, airing from 1997 to 2001, across multiple networks, are quite a bit different, but it's safe to say that these episodes have made top rankings on many different lists over time, including ours!
“The Body” follows the immediate events after the sudden death of Joyce Summers (Kristine Sutherland), Buffy’s mother, and opens with one disturbingly long shot of our heroine finding her mother’s body. This episode is a somber one with no music, unlike every other episode of the series, and sparks the first kiss between Alyson Hannigan’s Willow and her girlfriend Tara who is played by Amber Benson. It is widely considered the best episode of the show, and has placed top on thousands of lists created by both fans and critics.
“The Prom” is a Season 3 episode that, as it hints in the title, focuses on Buffy as she prepares for her senior prom at Sunnydale High. The hour saw Buffy and her vampire boyfriend, Angel (played by David Boreanaz), breakup and then reunite in the closing moments, both knowing it’s just for that night and that they must move on as she looks to grow up and attend college.
This episode strongly features the relationships that buffy has formed in her short time at Sunnydale High, and how grateful all of her friends are for both her protection and companionship. This is often considered one of the most heartwarming episodes, add in a touch of high school nostalgia and you will see why this is considered to be one of the best buffy episodes by many.
Speaking of the college years, “Hush” is an episode from the fourth season of “Buffy,” the first to take place at UC Sunnydale instead of Sunnydale High. A group of evil creatures called The Gentleman come to town and steal everyone’s voice and, as a result, the majority of the episode is done without any dialogue, forcing our heroes to mime a lot as they try to defeat the bad guys.
In addition to her favorite moments and episodes, Gellar also revealed the hardest scenes to film in the series during her conversation with BuzzFeed: the nighttime fight sequences. “It was cold and your muscles get tense, so trying to stay awake and keep your muscles loose (was difficult),” she said. Gellar also summed up one of the lessons she learned from the show: “I don’t think I could narrow it down to one, but one [of the many lessons] I learned is girls kick butt!”
Finally, when asked if she had ever experienced any “supernatural/spooky events while filming in the graveyards,” Gellar, a regular at cemeteries after seven seasons, replied: “You know, graveyards are oddly peaceful. I think people don’t realize that — if you’re in a nice one — there’s something peaceful [about them]. They’re not as scary as you think once you get over the first anxiety of it.”
Last summer, it was revealed that a reboot of the popular series was officially in the works with series creator Joss Whedon developing a new version of the series with writer and co-executive producer of ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’, Monica Owusu-Breen. Owusu-Breen will serve as writer for the series which will reportedly feature a black actress stepping into the role of Buffy. There haven’t been many updates on the series’ progression and development since then, but check back in with us for future news on the project to keep up!