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Beauty Vs Beast - SlayerFest 2014

JA from MNPP here with this week's new edition of Beauty Vs. Beast! As I noted over at my site last week, today is the 17th anniversary of the first ever episode of Joss Whedon's televisual masterpiece Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Welcome to the Hellmouth" aired on the WB on March 10th 1997, and some of us have been whooping it up inside that Hellmouth ever since.

If you're a fan you know what happened on Buffy's 17th birthday - let's just hope we can all make it through today without anybody's ancient Gypsy curse being activated by sexual relations. That Angelus, he was a nasty one... but Glorificus did her damage too, The Master and the Mayor - an endless list of memorable villains.

But it's Buffy's dark mirror that's always revved our engines the hardest... 

Welcome to SlayerFest '14!!!


Only one can make it out alive! The too good blonde, the too bad brunette - make your pick and then we'll all skip class and stake some vamps and dance crazy at The Bronze til the sun comes up and dusts our boyfriends.


"previously on..."
Before y'all hit the comments and give us your reasonings though, a look back at last week's (literal) face-off - we were talking the spray-painted ladies of Death Becomes Her, and sure enough, confounding nobody's expectations - MERYL WON. Team Madeline blew a shotgun hole through Goldie's Helen with about 2/3rds of the vote. (As if we needed to puff up Meryl's chest anymore!) As Rob put it in the comments:

"Hel does have a special place in my heart for eating frosting out of its container with her fingers while rewinding the footage of Madeline dying on film but over and over again. But, in the end, gotta go with Madeline, because FLAWLESS."

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Reader Comments (24)

Buffy has all the best puns.

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJen K

A lot of big SMG moments lately -- also the 15th for Cruel Intentions. That + Buffy are really her crowning achievements. I remember watching this pilot... so crazy!

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBia

nearly all my favorite Buffy episodes feature Faith (the 3rd season is just so magnificent) so I had to vote Faith. 5 x 5 !

March 10, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Well the REAL answer is Willow, the good turned bad became good again redhead. But I went with Faith. Now if we were talking about SMG's Kathryn Merteuil...

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Yeah, if it weren't for Faith, Buffy (the character) would have been much more boring. Love her (and Eliza Duskhu) to death - even if she was kinda a murderer and then took things WAY too far.

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

Buffy rules.

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Well I adore Faith but I gotta go with Buffy. However that episode that ends with the dialogue:

(Buffy) -You killed a man.
(Faith, cold as ice) - I don´t care.

nearly made Faith a winner. One of the greatest episodes among so many great ones.

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterhaajen

Buffy all the way. Buffy for life. etc

Can we do Beauty vs Beast for Cruel Intentions next? :p

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

I have to go with Buffy, but my brother LOVED Faith. Season Three was when I stopped watching the show regularly, and I only have 1-3 on DVD. I didn't follow Buffy to college, in part because this was in a pre-DVR time, and remember that they didn't air the Season 3 finale until the middle of July because of the violence in a school? (It was written and produced pre-Columbine)

And I am in full agreement with Hajeen's post. Faith's "I don't care" was one of the most memorable endings in a show that often led you gasping at the 'EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JOSS WHEDON'.

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJakey


March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

Faith for President (of my pants)!

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

I voted for Buffy, but I agree with Ryan T that Willow is the best, except for the lesbian thing.
Alyson Hannigan is also lovely in real life.

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobMiles

Willow: "She's like this cleavagey slutbomb walking around going 'Ooh. Check me out, I'm wicked cool. I'm five by five.'"
Tara: "Five by five? Five what by five what?"
Willow: "See, that's the thing. No one knows."

gotta go with the cleavagey slutbomb

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpar

I voted for Faith too. I loved her character arc on Buffy and Angel. Plus she was amazing in season 3 :

"Isn't it crazy how slayin' just always makes you hungry and horny?"

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRami

"cleavagey slutbomb" - the finest of fine compliments.

March 11, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I put out a plea on Twitter and Facebook calling on all Faith fans to vote. Somehow I got a bunch of Buffy fans arguing about non fat yogurt instead. That backfired in ways I wasn't expecting.

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

I launched a one-lady Twitter and Facebook campaign to get the Faith fans to vote. Instead I got a bunch of Buffy fans discussing non-fat yogurt. That backfired in ways I did not expect.

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

anne marie -- i haven't been able to rally Faith troops either. Perhaps not enough BtVS fans read The Film Experience to be interested though that makes me sad.

March 11, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

That makes me sad too! We should steal some of the Faith fans from The Toast. Those ladies are all about the Dark Slayer.

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

Team Buffy. Sorry. I'm greatly encouraged to see her actually winning this poll, Faith always seems to be the more popular of the two, which makes me sad. :)

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

Votes in my house:

2 - Faith
1 - Buffy
1 - Willow

March 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I adore Faith + Eliza, but I simply must vote for Buffy just for the way SMG said "Mom... Mom... Mommy?"

March 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJA

I voted Buffy but most likely I was simply voting for Sarah Michelle Gellar, who gave an acting masterclass for seven years on that show. Faith is definitely the more interesting character, but Faith's best episode was performed by SMG.

March 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJS

JS -- interesting point there. that episode is so so good.

March 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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