I had a case of the Buffies last night and had a resounding urge to rewatch "The Body", episode 16 from season five of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. By now it's commonly accepted how good this show was, no matter how low it rated or how awards bodies shamefully ignored it in major categories, apart from one Best Actress nomination at the Golden Globes and a writing Emmy nomination for the famous "Hush" episode.
"The Body" was an episode however that should have given it Emmys, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, everything. It's one of the best single episodes of any series you'll ever find and definitely (in my eyes) the best episode of Buffy throughout it's entire seven seasons.
It is, for me, the scene at the high school though that just tears me up. I had tears reeling down my face watching it again. Such powerful filming. It still disappoints me that people question how great this series was. Plenty of more loftier and critically acclaimed series never even got near the level of mastery episodes like "The Body", "Hush" or "Once More With Feeling". It's so intimate and raw.
I really should try and rewatch the entire Buffy series again. It's been too long and I've never revisited seasons six and seven. For me season five is the best, followed by three, two, one, seven, four and six although I couldn't really tell, it's been too long. I have a big softspot for the early days when it more traditionally structured, but I can't deny that once it started getting into the more denser stuff that it became something else entirely, not merely just a great TV show. I haven't delved into the comics that have since been released. More because I'd hate to read one and then have to wait a month or two or three or however long it is before a new one is out. I'm impatient like that. I'm also impatient for another show of Buffys ilk. I really need to get those Battlestar Galactica DVDs I've been meaning to buy for a while!