Day 1: Favorite Season – I’m going to go with S7, if you love Buffy, the character really LOVE her, if you’re invested in the actual story of her growing up instead of some lead balloon “metaphor” about it, than yeah.
Day 2: Favorite Episode – Touched, My Buffy, I get verklempt just thinking of her here, she’s not some little girl who envies women in pretty dresses getting drained by hottie vampires, and is worried she wasn’t a good enough lay for her evil boyfriend. She’s a woman who knows who she is, who she loves, and how to win.
Day 3: Favorite Song Used In An Episode – Wild Horses – The Sundays Favorite Use of a Song In An Episode: Close My Eyes Refrain - Showtime
Day 4: Favorite Female Character – Buffy & Cordelia
Day 5: Least Favorite Female Character - Tara
Day 6: Favorite Male Character – Spike & Xander
Day 7: Least Favorite Male Character – Riley
Day 8: Favorite Friendship – Cordelia & The Scoobies, underscored how people from different “worlds” can still genuinely like/need each other.
Day 9: Favorite Romance – Spike/Buffy & Xander/Cordelia
Day 10: Least Favorite Season – S4. Yawn.
Day 11: Least Favorite Romance – Buffy & Riley
Day 12: Least Favorite Episode - As You Were
Day 13: Favorite Potential Slayer – Vi the Vampire Slayer, and I believe Felecia Day has proven me right in my affection!
Day 14: Favorite Female Villain – Faith, unlike a lot of Buffy lovers, I also love Faith. I loved seeing a Slayer who questioned, who doubted, who feared, and who failed to be compelled or controlled by “duty”. I think corruption and weakness is as interesting as strength and heroism.
Day 15: Favorite Male Villain - Caleb
Day 16: Episode You Like That Everyone Else Hates – There are SO many, but I’ll go with Some Assembly Required, not only do I like it, but I think the Frankenstein angle elevates it to one of the more poignant and well done episodes of S2. I mean how anyone can sit through Killed by Death or the God awful WML I, over this I will never understand.
Day 17: Character You Relate To The Most - Buffy
Day 18: Character Who Didn’t Get Enough Screen Time – Amy, Elizabeth Anne Allen was wasted, I really wish they had brought her back in S4 for Willow instead of using Tara Gay Now Now Brain Sucked Now Brain Wiped Now Dead UGH. Of course I also wish, they never made her gay and simply had Amy corrupting Willow by degrees.
Day 19: Character You Like That Everyone Else Hates - Dawn
Day 20: Best Spike-centric Episode – Lies My Parents Told Me, sure FFL introduces us to the William we’d only seen hints of in the form of reeking of humanity, but I like this one better because Incest is best obvs, but seriously I think S7 is about reconciliation of identity for the leads especially, and this is where Spike fully owns who he is and what he needs to do with his unlife.
Day 21: Best Willow-centric Episode - Halloween, it’s my favorite Willow, mostly because she spends the episode not really acting like Willow. Same with Gingerbread.
Day 22: Best Xander-centric Episode – Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered
Day 23: Two Characters You Wanted To Get Together That Never Did – Despite my Willow antipathy, Willow/Percy, Willow/Riley
Day 24: Favorite Example of 90s Special Effects – Reptile Boy Monster.
Day 25: Favorite Buffyverse Saying - Wiggins
Day 26: Favorite Scooby Moment – The picnic scene in FH&T, I’m shallow and they are all at their very very prettiest, and they’re all friends, and in the sun, and PRETTY.
Day 27: Cutest Moment – End of Bad Egg’s LG: This is all YOUR fault! B: HOW?!
Day 28: Character You Love To Hate – Willow Willow Willow
Day 29: Episode You Hate That Everyone Else Loves – Okay I’m going to go with Lie to Me, even though I think I hate the Zeppo more and think the Zeppo SUCKS, because more people universally revere Lie To Me, and even though I personally HATE it, it isn’t actually, like *bad*, in the same way The Zeppo is. Yet I can rewatch Lie to Me,and can’t rewatch the Zeppo.
Day 30: What You Think Made Buffy So Great – Tiny blonde girl kicks cheesy monster ass. Whenever I fondly recall falling for this show, I always come back to this. I have never loved a character quite the way I loved Buffy, I’m not sure I ever will.