I’ve been a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer since the day the first episode aired. I watched every episode, until my high school social life made it hard to keep up. Also, they changed channels.
Anyways, I had never seen past the fifth season. So when I discovered that it was on Netflix, I started watching from Season One again. Eventually, I reached the seventh episode of season six, “Once More With Feeling.” It is the only episode in the series to be a done as a musical.
I was expecting it to be a campy, corny, kind of embarrassing version of a musical. Now, I’m not any kind of musical genius, or even remotely musically inclined, but I’m pleased to say that I was completely wrong.
Amber Benson (Tara) was the most surprising to me. I like her character, but she’s never been a favourite of mine. If she’d sang all her lines, however, I’d watch anything she does. She sounds amazing.
Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) is also superb. His voice makes me happy, in a way that Jared Leto’s or Liam Neeson’s voices make me happy.
James Marsters’ (Spike) voice seems a little weird to me, although I’m going to assume that’s because he’s singing in his natural (and non-British) accent. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy) and Nicholas Brendon (Xander) do a fairly good job as well. I find that whenever Xander sings, he sounds exactly the same as when he’s talking. There is no change to his voice, except that it’s got a tune to it. I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone else, but it works well for him. At least, I think it does.
Emma Caulfield (Anya) gets the rockiest part with her small but angry rant/song about bunnies, complete with lighting show and fireworks. This part makes me laugh every single time. Her duet with Xander, “I’ll Never Tell,” is also very entertaining. Clad in silk PJs, they do a song and dance routine à la Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Alyson Hannigan (Willow) sings very few lines, and I’ve read she asked to not sing. Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn) sings very little, but looks surprisingly sensual during her dance with the demon. Apparently being trained in Ballet comes in handy sometimes.
The songs are clever and catchy and well done. I’ve read there’s a CD out there for this episode, and I plan on getting it!! I can sing along to them for hours!!
The song that is sung by the whole cast on their way to confront the demon, “Walk Through The Fire,” is honestly one of my favourite spots in the entire series. The entire cast is involved in the song, with Buffy, Spike, and the demon singing on their own, while the rest of the cast walks and sings together.
I’m not a big a fan of shows doing this, because honestly, it just seems like the plot of a dying show trying to get attention. But it’s awesomely done on Buffy. Awesomely. Everyone should watch it. Everyone.