Thursday, September 17, 2009

Round 3! September Silliness - The Buffy Episode Tourney


We're down to the top 32 episodes of Buffy as voted by you and us. It's been tricky and things sure are going to get ugly now...there are some real doozies this round. But before we get into that, let's quickly recap what happened in Round 2 b, yeah?

"Becoming Pt 1." beat "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered"
"School Hard" beat "Doomed"
"Helpless" beat "Gingerbread"
"Prophecy Girl" beat "The Replacement"
"Pangs" beat "Wild at Heart"
"Once More, With Feeling" beat "End of Days" but "EoD' managed to get 22 votes vs the musical!
"Fool for Love" beat "What's My Line pt. 2"
"The Body" beat "Grave"
"Doppelgangland" beat "Lessons"
"Enemies" barely beat "Homecoming"
"New Moon Rising" beat "Revelations"
"Surprise" beat "After Life"
"Faith, Hope & Trick" beat "Primeval"
"Band Candy" beat "Bargaining pt. 2"
"Tabula Rasa" killed "The I in Team"
and finally
"Welcome to the Hellmouth" beat "Beauty and the Beasts"

Round 3 will be broken into 2 parts, with 8 matches in each this time. Voting for this part ends Friday at 11:59 pm EST, at which point Round 3 b will begin.

If you need a refresher, click here for the full list of episodes and their descriptions.

Region 1: Sunnydale
Location: The Bronze

Region 2: LA
Location: Hemery High School

If your curious to see the entire bracket so far, click here to enlarge:


ScoobyGang13 said...

Restless vs. Selfless was really hard for me as they're both in my top five episodes. Ultimately I had to go with Restless. Poor Selfless.

Iceeh said...

What was this cruel torture?! Restless vs. Selfless?! The Gift vs. Who Are You?! -dies-

Anonymous said...

Every episode left in this bracket is great. That made the choices hard in one sense, but also easier, as they're all winners.

That said, I really want "Selfless" to beat "Restless." "Restless" is artistic and all, but I'm not one for the crazy dream episodes. Long dream sequences on TV just bug me, and they never seem to matter as much. I feel that learning about Anya's past, and seeing how much she's grown since she became human (again) is a much more powerful story. It's just a beautifully entertaining episode, that I love to watch again and again.

The Groosalugg said...

Restless vs. Selfless. I like both episodes, it’s a bit unfortunate they ended up against each other, but I’ll be happy either way.

Hells Bells vs. Consequences. I really don’t get why Hells Bells is still in the tournament. Consequences on the other hand is one of the series best episodes.

The Wish vs. Becoming part 2. The Wish is quite stellar for a one off, but Becoming part 2 is epic.

The Gift vs. Who Are You?. Quite even, but I think Who Are You is a bit more special.

Amends vs. Hush. One of the weakest remaining episodes against one of the strongest.

Crush vs. This Years Girl. Quite close in quality. I’ll be happy either way.

Innocence vs. The Prom. Innocence is a great epic, but The Prom has something special going for it.

Halloween vs. Graduation Day part 2. Halloween is an ok ep, but Graduation Day part 2 is another one of the great Buffy finales.

I see I happened to vote the second choice each time this round.

skyroom80 said...

Here's where the gut-wrenching choices were. :-(

"Restless" over Selfless - not that hard, but not that easy, either.

"Consequences" over Hell's Bells.

"Becoming Part 2" over The Wish -- and I HATE that I had to make that choice!

The Gift over Who Are You - fairly easy.

*sigh* I let emotion take over, so "Amends" over Hush -- mainly because I know Hush will win this round. But Amends is part of my yearly holiday viewing.

"This Year's Girl" over Crush.

Two episodes that are emotional favorites, but, of course "Innocence" over The Prom *more grief from remembering Angel showing up at Buffy's prom; mitigated only by the excellence that will always be Innocence*

"Graduation Day Part 2"over Halloween. No contest, by golly!

DivaDea said...

Gah! Restless and Selfless two of my favorite episodes, possibly the top two. I chose Selfless.

mandy jojo said...

Ugh, this was really hard, Innocence v. Prom, love them both but ended up going with Innocence. And I just had to vote for Amends, I know Hush will win, but Amends is one of my favorites

Zacki said...

Restless was probably my least favorite episode of any TV series I've watched. Only after reading some of these comments I see that some people really liked that episode. I guess I just didn't get it.

Michelle said...

Some difficult choices, but in the end it was:

"Restless" because it made watching lame Adam all season worth it.

"Consequences" because it's The Mayor and Faith.

Voting against "The Wish" sucked, but "Becoming Part II" is brilliant.

I can't put into words how much I love "The Gift".

"Amends" took it easily for me. "Hush" was good, but doesn't move me like the other.

I'm surprised "Crush" is still in this. I went with "This Year's Girl."

Wow, the next choice was tough. I went with "Innocence" in the end because it was a huge shocker when Angelus came on the scene.

I hated voting against "Halloween", but "GDII" was so good.

Order Soma Online said...

I'll have to go with Restless. I remember staying up late just to catch it (Buffy airs late here)

Michael (mbatz) said...

Restless all the way...It's a dream ep, yeah, but one with tons of meaning. Selfless, I'm kind of meh about. Like Grossalugg, I don't get why Hell's Bells is still around, so Consequences. Becoming Pt2..of course. The Gift - another easy choice. Hush over Amends. I mean these are pinnacle eps we're talking about (Hush, Becoming, The Gift)...This yrs. Girl over Crush (not that it matters, they're both going away). Innocence over The Prom - that was tough! And my only strange pic...I took Halloween - it's one of my favs. Takes me back to early Buff when everything was fresh.

Dalton said...

Restless over Selfless. Toughie, particularly because I so loved when Anya dispatched with all those loser frat pricks.

Consequences over Hell's Bells. I love Anya, but Consequences carries more weight in my book.

The Wish is one of my favs, but Becoming is just too important. Plus, I loved seeing Angel sent to hell.

The Gift was an easy choice for me.

Hush over Amends. I just like Hush too much to vote for the syruppy sweet goodness of Amends. I kind of wish Angel would have stayed on top of that hill until the morning....

This Years Girl over Crush.

I voted for The Prom. It carries more weight and is better than Innocence, imo. Plus, the Willow/Buffy closeness in this ep always gives me the goosebumps, "I can't breath, Will." That's so sad. There's plenty more about this ep that is so good...

Halloween and Grad Day was a terribly tough choice, but had to go with Grad Day.

Tough round....