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June 04 2006

Toyfare Magazine's 100 Geek moments that drove fans wild. Colossus' return in Astonishing X-Men #4 comes in at no. 68 and Buffy killing Angel in Becoming Part 2 is at no. 61.

"Becoming, Part II" was also named as one of the best "season-ending cliffhangers" in the latest Creative Screenwriting Weekly newsletter. For those who don't subscribe here's the relevant quote:

"Becoming, Part 2" (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Written & Directed by Joss Whedon
Aired: May 19, 1998, on the WB
Creator Joss Whedon, wary of shows cancelled after jaw-dropping cliffhangers, took great pains to finish each season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the year's villain vanquished and Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her friends riding off into the metaphorical sunset. This propensity for closure didn't stop Whedon from pouring a bit of salt into dramatic wounds before suturing them up. The emotional ramifications of "Becoming, Part 2" are as epic as the battle that would claim Buffy's life three years later. Throughout the latter part of the season, Buffy's vampire lover Angel (David Boreanaz) had reverted to his demonic nature, torturing and murdering Buffy's friends. As the finale looms, Angel procured a fossilized demon capable of destroying the world, and Buffy was forced to sate the demon's hunger with Angel's blood. Not only was Buffy forced to kill the love of her life, but a magic spell returned Angel's soul -- his essential goodness -- at the moment of her strike, forcing the vampire slayer to finish the deed with Angel's face awash in confusion and pain. Add to the mix Buffy's mother (Kristine Sutherland) discovering her daughter's mystical calling and Buffy's subsequent, self-imposed exile from Sunnydale, and there could be no question that the aftermath of the finale would be felt throughout the following year.

I'm surprised the Yoda fight from Attack of the Clones isn't in there. That was awesome, and I'm not even a huge SW fan...
I'm surprised that the first glimpse of the Firefly Serenity in the BDM didn't make the list.
I don't know about anyone else, but when the title came up and the camera pulled out to reveal our BDShip floating in space? I got goosebumps, teary-eyed and a hotflash.
I'm just sayin'.
; )

Oh, and a Hell Yeah for #38-XFiles episode "Bad Blood".
And my list would have their #2 as #4, their #3 as #1, their #4 as #2, and their #1 as #3.

[ edited by AmazonGirl on 2006-06-04 17:34 ]
Seeing the Serenity trailer for the first time is one of my favourite moments. Waiting all day to see it, Herc posting that announcement that it would be coming later than thought, people figuring out what the URL would be and then lo and behold up it pops and who was the first person on screen? Simon of course ;). It was a wonderful experience.
I'd have probably felt the same way about the trailer, if I hadn't channelled unholy amounts of willpower into not watching it before seeing the movie ;)
That was sweet indeed. We only folded their site over three times that day.
AmazonGirl, I'm with you on seeing the ship for the first time with David Newman's beautiful music accompanying it. Every time I saw Serenity in the theatre with one of my friends, we'd smile at that scene.

I have to admit that watching the trailer for the first time and see "from the mind of Joss Whedon" on the screen was a very emotional moment for me, as well.
I teared up at the "Written and Directed by…" over "We're going for a ride."
Just got to say:-

Star Wars Cantina/Han shot first

and while we're on the subject...

"But a droid doesn't pull peoples' arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookies are known for that."

Ah, Mr Lucas. How many times have you undermined the great characters you created?

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