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March 27 2006

Attack of the TV Dream Sequences. "Restless" ranks in USA TODAY Pop Candy's five best dream sequences.

Restless is in the TOP 5 Best Episodes on my list.
Top 5? Heck, it's my favorite TV episode ever. I so wish that Joss, as soon as he finds the time, would do something similiar in a feature format. He certainly has the skills for it, just look at what he accomplished in just 8 days. Imagine 3 months. *dreams off*
I love Restless and it's probably in my top 5 Buffy eps, but it certainly depends on four years of knowledge and characterisation. It's not just eight-production days worth of creativity.

The article's top 5 is pretty reasonable, though.
"Men!!And your sales!" Locked it at number one for me.
"I showed up early and got to be the cowboy"- just for that it deserves to be in the top 5.:P
And then of course there's the justly famous "Sometimes I think about two women doing a spell . . . and then I do a spell by myself," which I think is the line of Joss's I love the very best.

Twin Peaks gets the eerie prize though: "I feel like I know her but sometimes my arms bend back." Just writing those words gives me goosebumps. Joss knows dream country well, but David Lynch lives there.
"Restless," all by itself, is enough to make season 4 worthwhile for me.
"Restless," all by itself, is enough to make season 4 worthwhile for me.

Season 4 continues to be underrated. When will it ever end!??!!
Slighly off-topic...

Did anyone click on the link to where fans criticize The Sopranos' dream sequences?

"They are trying to make you work to figure out what's going on," said Mary Murphy of Tewksbury. "It's so darn complex. I don't want to do that. I want to watch and be entertained, and I didn't find it entertaining."

Wow. That is just...sad. And the dream sequences weren't even that complicated (except I know the whole Kevin Finnerty pseudonym has got to mean something). It's depressing that so-called "fans" of the series are so upset when there aren't a lot of murders and violence...
Season 4 continues to be underrated. When will it ever end!??!!

When the Season 7 bashing comes to an end. ;)
Restless is one of my top five eps. Some of the best lines, as mentioned above, but for me the appeal lies in it's overall feel/mood. Giles and Spike on the swings, the exposition song, the blown out look with Buffy in the desert and sandbox, the pocket watch as pendulum shot, etc... As close to perfection as one can get on tv.
David Lynch is the king of that thing. I sat through TWIN PEAKS and loved every minute of it, even if half the time I had no clue what was going on.
I was going to say that it was not as close to perfection as one can get on tv because it does depend so heavily on knowledge of the characters and the story but then I realized that if you can't count on that knowledge in a TV show, when can you? That in fact, it is so good precisely because Joss was depending upon us knowing the characters. He wrote it because he knew that it would be dreamlike to us and not just a confusing mishmash.
It is an awesome show, but she's right, she did leave off Scrubs. That one episode with Brandon Frazier Brendan Fraser was a doozy.

[ edited by zeitgeist on 2006-03-28 16:50 ]
Not really dream sequences as such but one of my favourite things about Farscape were John's conversations with "Harvey", a mental clone of Scorpius, that went on inside his mind. Very funny and very surreal.

Season 4 of Buffy is highly underrated. It's actually my second favourite, narrowly beating season 2 and only just surpassed by season 3.

[ edited by Primeval on 2006-03-28 17:15 ]
Favorite Restless pieces: Spike posing for photographs and Armin Shimerman channeling Marlon Brando as Kurtz in Apocalypse Now (and Xander getting to say "You know, I never got the chance to tell you how glad I was you were eaten by a snake.") Armin Shimerman was brillaint in that sequence.
Every character in that episode had memorable moments. Even Anya's attempt at stand-up was hilarious, but not for reasons you would expect.
"You think you know...what you are...what's to haven't even begun."

By far my favorite part of the episode is when Tara speaks that line. Everything in that episode is just leading up to something and then Buffy looks into that room and Tara's voiceover plays and I got the chills. Then I got the hurt, because I had to wait 4 months for the next season.
Slightly off-topic, re: The Sopranos dream sequences:

Not counting the latest coma purgatory/death sequences, which I loved to death, but the problem for me with Tony's previous dreams is not that they're hard to grasp, it's that they don't reveal anything new about him. David Chase just kept hammering the same character traits over and over again.

Uh, I got it already.

ETA: And Restless? The Buffy ep I've watched the most. Again and again and again. Awesomely wonderful, funny, scary, odd, and awesome. It set up everything that came after.

[ edited by pat32082 on 2006-03-28 19:08 ]
I really enjoyed "The Test Dream" episode, pat32082, and the dream where Ralph had the butterfly on his head...but, yeah, I agree these coma sequences have been absolutely brilliant.

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