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You know, I don't think you watch The Body. You experience The Body.

What an emotional wringer. I always lack coherent words to give credit to the episode (which is brilliant on many, many levels). The extent of my reaction is pure sympathetic feeling for the Scoobies.

*needs chocolate now*


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Oct. 5th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, I always cry really hard.

I was watching season 5 in Guatemala a few months ago and my mom joined in. Her mom died when she was 18 and she had to walk away in the middle she was crying so hard. She cried for the rest of the night. It was Dawn being told that got to her, because she had just gone to college when she got the news.

And the lack of music is so, so haunting and great, because the emotions themselves almost become music.
Oct. 5th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
Same here.

I haven't lost any close relatives, so I can't connect to it like some people can. But it still gets to me through my connection to the characters. And even though I've never been through that, I can feel some semblance of that feeling of shock and loss and grief. It's just a remarkable episode.
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Oct. 5th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Ditto. SMG kills me dead every time. Why did this woman not get an Emmy? Cause the whole, "Should I make her warm?" line just tears me apart. *hugs Buffy*
Oct. 5th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
*hands over chocolate* That episode always makes me cry. It's in my top 10 Buffy episodes, to be sure.
Oct. 5th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
Ah, I knew someone would have chocolate! :)

The Body and Restless always seem to be warring for the #1 spot on my Top 10 list. I just can't decide. They're both brilliant in completely different ways.
Oct. 5th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
That's one of the single finest hours on television ever.
Oct. 5th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
*nods in agreement*
Oct. 5th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
This episode is one of my favorites, but I've only been able to watch it twice. It makes me cry from like two minutes in.

*hot chocolate!*
Oct. 5th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm pretty much gone from the very beginning thanks to SMG's performance there.

Oddly, I think I've watched the commentary on the episode more than the episode itself. It's my favorite Joss commentary.
Oct. 5th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
You know that part when Willow is freaking out about which blouse to wear? I've been there when my grandma died. I love it when shows touch me that way, put in something I've experienced.
Oct. 5th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
That's what Joss is good at. He was apparently drawing from his own experiences with the episode and trying not to go the route of the TV cliche when someone dies. Instead, he wanted it to be like what you would get in real life.
Oct. 5th, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
I found my baby sister dead when I was 10. I can't watch this episode again... ever.
Oct. 5th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. *gives you hugs*
Oct. 5th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
This is one of the two BtVS episodes I've never seen... and likely never will. I understand it was incredibly well done and is one of the best hours of television ever... but when it comes down to it, I like a little escapism with my escapist entertainment, so I made the decision to just avoid the episode entirely.

(The other episode I have never and will never watch is "As You Were" -- for completely opposite reasons.)

Edited at 2009-10-05 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oct. 5th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
The Body is my emotional purge episode of all time. There are certain books or movies or TV eps that just take you through this completely traumatic emotional whirlwind and spit you back out feeling better and a quart low on salt. If that's the kind of mood you're in - if I'm actually sad, I would just get even more maudlin.
Oct. 6th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Yes! Same here!
Oct. 7th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
That episode....used to be, I couldn't rewatch it. I've been able to recently, but I end up crying for a good hour afterwards.

And Emma Caulfield totally sold Anya to me in it.
Oct. 7th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
Anya breaks my heart. She's so earnest in trying to understand, and she just doesn't. *huggles Anya*
Oct. 7th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
I just rewatched The Body over the weekend and my mom, who is not a Buffy fan, sat down with me and watched it. It actually made her sit and watch two more episodes with me, which I thought would never happen. Joss really has a way of just ripping my heart out and smashing it to bits and this episode is a prime example of it.
Oct. 7th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Ah, so your mother got to see Intervention then. :)

I've found The Body is a wonderful episode to show people who aren't ordinarily into genre shows. Even if they don't like vampire stuff, they can appreciate the episode.
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