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Mon, 27 Sep 2004

Once More, With Feeling / The Cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Once More, With Feeling Television is rarely surprising, at least not in a good way. And most people seem to like it that way; they don't want to be challenged or forced to concentrate. (We call it the idiot box for a reason.) Which is why that small army of Joss Whedon fans is so rabid. These are people who like to be surprised, to be kept on their (our) toes.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which is an awful name for a show, although it's still a heck of a lot better than Urinetown - The Musical) spent seven years breaking the rules of television drama or comedy or whatever the heck it was supposed to be. But even in a show as innovative and accepting of risk as that, there are moments that stand out. And this is one such moment, perhaps the biggest creative risk of the show's run. Because to do a musical in an hourly drama is crazy, but to figure out a way not only to make the singing and dancing relevant, but to have the songs be essential to the revelations of the plot, that's a whole different kind of genius.

I loved this episode when I first saw it, even though I didn't know the show well enough to get the context. Seeing it again on DVD as part of Buffy's sixth season made me appreciate it even more. And now, just listening to the songs on their own, I wish more shows would take insane risks. Because win or lose, they'd be interesting as hell.

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