Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 6.7
“Once More With Feeling”
November 06, 2001
Most Buffy nuts will put this episode at the top of their favorite episode list, and for good reason. Music is almost another character in the BuffyVerse; from guest performers at the Bronze to Giles and his secret passion for rock ballads, to Dingoes Ate My Baby rocking the Bronze and assorted other locations. We got to see bands and single acts on their way up – they swung by Sunnydale on the way to fame (think Cibo Matto, Sarah MacLachlan, Aimee Mann, Michelle Branch).
But then there is this entire episode full of plot-moving, heart-breaking song. It set the standard for other musical episodes, but none, in my ever so humble opinion, pulled it off with as much impact. I loves me some Grey’s Anatomy, and their musical episode was great, but they sang covers. Joss wrote every song for OMWF!
And the cast surprised us all – except for Anthony Stewart Head, we had no idea that so many of them could carry a tune. Well, some of us might have known that James Marsters had a band, or that Amber Bensen had some pipes, but it was still surprise after shock after revelation. Even Sarah held her own.
Yes, tactfully stepping away from a review of Alyson’s contribution. She knew she sucked, and still was brave enough to croak out a few bars where absolutely necessary.
Who knew Emma Caulfield was a rock goddess?
When I binge watch Buffy, after so many replays, sometimes it becomes background. I’ll do other things while lending half an ear, and pay attention when I know funny or important bits are coming up. But when the opening credits and music start up for Once More, all other things are cast aside, and I pay attention.
Why? (spoiler alert – but just watch the thing!)
Plot Movements – Tara realizes Willow is losing control. Buffy admits she was in Heaven, not Hell. Giles feels unnecessary, plans to leave. Xander and Anya may need some relationship counseling. Spike and Buffy finally suck face. And we see Dawn spiraling down into a life of petty crime. Seems like everyone has issues, and no one can talk about them – perfect timing for Sweet’s intervention.
Music – The songs are catchy, singable, and totally support the story lines in play.
Serious Funnies – Bunnies, I want boys now, Xander is Sweet’s Queen, giggles aplenty!
Guest Appearances – Marti Noxon trying to squirm out of a ticket, David Fury picking up his dry cleaning, and the great Hinton Battle as Sweet. That’s some great casting.
Here’s the Squealing Part
Dizzy Color grabs my face and demands attention for the four Club shipments inspired entirely by this single episode. Let’s
gloat talk about them, shall we? If those mail delivery folks knew what they had in their hands…
It Must Be Bunnies is 400 yards (113 grams) of SuperWash Merino and Lurex (92/8); two mini cakes of sparkly rock-star glamyarn.
I’ll Never Tell is 400 yards (100 grams) of SuperWash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon (80/10/10) in those gorgeous colors of Xander’s and Anya’s jammies. That retro pastiche was both kicky and fashion conscious! Too bad it didn’t take off…
Under Your Spell is 400 yards (100 grams) of SuperWash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon (80/10/10) in those gorgeous colors of Tara’s bustier and skirt. All the boys wanted her… neener neener neener!
Walk Through the Fire / Give Me Something to Sing About is 400 yards (100 grams) of SuperWash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon (80/10/10) in a gorgeous collection of rich blues, deep oranges, and swoony burgundies, the colors of Buffy’s final dance number outfit and that fire she kept complaining about. But if all that whinging led to this colorway, we can deal, right?
And this installment included four twinkly stitch markers hanging on a G Clef charm for your bracelet!
But Wait, There’s More
Rebecca Conner designed our pattern for the Patrol, the They Got the Mustard Out Shawl.
If you haven’t already checked your Ravelry library for the pattern, it’s there, or the link has been sent to your Inbox.
Some Quotes from Once More with Feeling
Spike: Life’s not a song. Life isn’t bliss, life is just this. It’s living. You’ll get along. The pain that you feel can only heal by living. You have to go on living. So one of us is living.
Mustard Man: They got… the mustard… out!
Willow: We did a whole duet about dueling mushrooms…
Anya: …and we were arguing and then everything rhymed and there were harmonies, and a dance with coconuts.
Willow: …with the couscous.
Xander: It was very disturbing.
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