Based on a reader's suggestion, I rented Buffy
, Season 5, Disc 5, and watched "The Body" with Joss Whedon's commentary. It's fascinating to watch his stuff with commentary because I usually don't see the seams in what he's done until he points them out. Then, there they are. The episode is shocking because it's about Buffy's mother's death -- from entirely natural causes. To see the ordinary horror of death in a show about spectacular, supernatural horror, is somehow even more alarming than it would be elsewhere, especially since, of course, in the Jossverse, death comes unheralded.
Worth watching for its notes on how the script is constructed, as well as nifty points on the cinematography.
That was a really well done yet disturbing episode, wasn't it.
That episode is amazing. I start crying from the moment Buffy walks in that door until the credits roll... and sometimes through the credits. As some one who's been through the death of a parent it hits waaaaay too close to home so I can very rarely watch it. But when I'm able to I revel in it's brilliance.
I love the lack of soundtrack/music.
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