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Thoughts We Had While Re-Watching Center Stage (for the 40th time)

On May 12, the quintessential dance movie of our generation has its 20th birthday. No, not Black Swan! We’re talking something far better: a sweet, silly, bubbly confection full of actually great dancing that made every girl I knew want to be a ballet dancer: Center Stage.

We both rewatched the movie in honor of the big day — not that we don’t regularly rewatch it anyway — and found ample evidence to justify our predetermined conclusion that yes, this movie still rules. Continue reading →

Faith slams a knife into the wall next to Buffy's head, both of them staring intensely at each other.

BuffyWatch: Season 3, Episodes 16-18

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 3, Episode 16 “Doppelgangland”

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A Willow-centric episode! Sort of like Willow’s The Zeppo, but far more interesting. Willow is starting to get a complex about being the “good girl” all the time. Snyder basically forces her to tutor a dumb jock, who expects her to just do his homework for him. Giles asks her to drop everything to do research at the drop of a hat, and Buffy hits a nerve by calling her “Old Reliable.” Plus, her fashion choices have become 1000% more questionable since the previous episode, just in case you forgot she was nerdy:

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BuffyWatch: Season 3, Episodes 4-6

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 3, Episode 4 “The Beauty and the Beasts”

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Remember when Oz was a werewolf and no one ever talked about it again? It turns out that three nights a month, the gang locks him up in the book cage and Willow reads to him from Call of the Wild (hence the hilariously dramatic voiceovers, a Buffy staple). Willow lets Xander watch him so she can study, but he immediately falls asleep, and Oz gets out of his cage. I blame Xander’s sheer incompetence, but can they also just–stop trapping monsters in the book cage? Has this ever worked for them, even once? Continue reading →

BuffyWatch: Season 2, Episodes 16-18

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 2, Episode 16 “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”

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It’s Valentine’s Day, so everyone is having love trouble. Xander gets dumped by Cordy, who can’t deal with the possibility of getting kicked out of the Plastics. Buffy is dealing with the worst kind of post-breakup Valentine’s, since she has to contend with not just loneliness, but an ex who is known to nail his girlfriends’ puppies to their doors. Even Giles is still giving Ms. Calendar the silent treatment after the Angel debacle. Only Willow and Oz are happy, because Oz is a treasure, and Xander almost f*cks it up! Continue reading →

BuffyWatch: Season 2, Episodes 10-12

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 2, Episode 10: “What’s My Line, Part 2”

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We pick up right where we left off: Buffy is fighting with Kendra, who claims that she’s also a Slayer. They agree to a detente, and with Giles’ help, they figure out that Kendra was called when Buffy died for a few minutes in “Prophecy Girl.” Twist! Continue reading →

BuffyWatch: Season 2, Episodes 4-6

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 2, Episode 4 “Inca Mummy Girl”

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Buffy and friends go on a field trip to a museum, where they see a 500-year-old mummy. The mummy was supposedly an Incan princess who was sacrificed to the gods as a teenager (cue heavy-handed “Chosen One” parallels). A school bully named Rodney breaks a plate the mummy is holding, and she wakes up and throttles him. Later, the Scooby gang returns to the museum and finds Rodney mummified in the princess’ place. RIP Rodney. 

Buffy’s mom decides to take in an exchange student from South America (yes, they just call it “South America,” without specifying a country) named Ampata, and Xander is all put out because it’s a “man” with “man parts.” Shut up, Xander. (Advance warning: I’ll be saying that a lot this episode.)  Continue reading →

BuffyWatch: Season 1, Episodes 10-12

Janes (a True Stan) and Nerdy Spice (a New Fan) are watching all of Buffy together and comparing notes.

Season 1, Episode 10 “Nightmares”

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One of my favorite MOW episodes! We start with a random classmate named Wendell, never seen before and never to be seen again, who opens his book in class, only to find a bunch of giant tarantulas crawling out of the pages. The Scooby Gang gets on the case, and finds out that Wendell has a recurring nightmare about spiders attacking him. A bunch of other weird, nightmarish things start happening: Giles gets lost in the stacks of the library, time starts speeding up during Buffy’s history test, and then Xander spontaneously finds himself in his underwear in class. Classic. Continue reading →