Saturday, June 27, 2009

2001 : 13 "Under Your Spell" by Joss Whedon (feat. Amber Benson)

I know the idea of a musical episode of a TV show sounds like a bad thing. I know that the idea of all the singing and dancing sounds like it will lead to folly. We can all make jokes about how Cop Rock was on of the biggest flops in TV history. Of course the idea of a musical episode of a hit TV show is a bad idea.

That was, of course, until we saw the episode. The musical episode of Buffy was great. Not only was it one of the best episodes of the series, it was one of the best episodes of the decade. According to TV Guide is it one of the best episodes of all time.

With this episode not only did Joss Whedon show he understood his characters, but he understood the show's fans also. I knew a lot of Buffy fans at the time and none of them disliked the episode. Most people I talked to loved the episode. It was better than many of them expected.

The episode was not only a chance to have his characters sing and dance, but it was a way to have them tell a story with the musical numbers. The characters explore themselves in this episode in a way that they do not in other episodes. This episode has key plot points for the season. It is everything that anyone who loves the show could ask for.

There are so many good songs from this episode I could pick. Several of them still give me goosebumps. I picked "Under Your Spell" because Amber Benson as Tara knocks this out of the park. Her voice is just amazing. She expresses the character so well. It is just the best.

I am amazed at how well this song has held up over this decade. Most of the time things like this tend to age poorly. Even watching this episode now it still works, maybe better than the rest of the show.

Rich Thomas

Listen: Joss Whedon / Amber Benson >> "Under Your Spell"

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