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16 July 2010 @ 10:22 am
30 day TV Meme  
Day 30 - Saddest character death - Joyce Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Body 5x16
Uff da. Perhaps it's because Joyce didn't die from an identifiable baddie that Buffy could go out and get revenge on. Or perhaps it's that I was about the same age as Buffy was when my mom died so I could identify somewhat. I dunno, but I don't think there's another character's death that saddens me the way Joyce's does. I still get weepy thinking about it. And the brilliant way this episode was done just captured that  helpless feeling so very well.

Previous:
Day 01 - A show that should have never been canceled - Twin Peaks
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching - Friday Night Lights
Day 03 - Your favorite new show ( aired this t.v season) - Glee
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Day 05 - A show you hate - Reality TV (all of it)
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show - BtVS: Prophecy Girl (1x12)
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show - BtVS: Superstar (4x17)
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch - Witchblade
Day 09 - Best scene ever - Twin Peaks, Episode 26, Shelly Johnson & Gordon Cole kiss
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving - Doctor Who
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you - Lost
Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times - Heroes: Fallout (1x11)
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show - Monday Night Football
Day 15 - Favorite female character - Buffy Summers: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show - Pysch
Day 17- Favorite mini series - nada
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence - Veronica Mars "We Used to Be Friends" (main titles theme) Performed by The Dandy Warhols
Day 19 - Best t.v show cast - Firefly
Day 20 - Favorite kiss - Torchwood Season 2, Episode 1: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: Captains Jack HarknessJohn Hart.
Day 21 - Favorite ship - Claire Bennet/Rene "The Haitian" from Heroes
Day 22 - Favorite series finale - Angel S5x22: Not Fade Away
Day 23 - Most annoying character - Evan R. Lawson USA's Royal Pains
Day 24 - Best quote - "Heroes don't do that. Heroes don't accept the world the way it is, they fight it."-Lindsey, Angel S.5 Underneath
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new) - No Ordinary Family
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale - Joan of Arcadia, Something Wicked This Way Comes (2x22)
Day 27 - Best pilot episode - PilotThe X-Files 1x00
Day 28 - First t.v show obsession - Twin Peaks
Day 29 - Current t.v show obsession - Fringe
 
 
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juliet316: BtVS: Spuffy comfortjuliet316 on July 16th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
I think it's the way Joss plays it out. Realistically in as close to real time as he could in the episode, with the characters playing out realistic reactions to Joyce's death. As you say it's not due to a demon or some other end of the world catastrophe. No enemy for payback, no magical fix - it (as Dawn painfully learns in the very next episode). The lack of musical score also aides in the realism of the episode. The two moments that stand ut and gut - punch me, are Buffy's "Mommy?" and Anya's "I don't understand!" speech. The former hits close to home (Mom's still here, but she's getting older and I don't want to think about the possiblity of being in Buffy's shoes in that particular scene), the latter kind of speaks to how a lot of us feel about death. That we don't understand it, that we don't know how to feel sometimes, especially when it's somebody we knew, but maybe weren't particularly close too.

Sorry for the ramble, but this ranks up there as one of, maybe not my favorite persay, but certainly one of the most memoriable and one that made a long lasting impression.
*¨❤¨*Lynn*¨❤¨*: {me} mix of my colors taggediheartnickcath on July 16th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Joyce's death seriously made me cry. I wasn't a fan of her at times, but everything made me cry.