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Day Seven: Least favorite episode of favorite show - Devil on Your Shoulder
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Day Seven: Least favorite episode of favorite show

Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best TV show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death

With Buffy, there're episodes that make the majority of fandom testy and many of those include the season six and seven flavor of Spike. I'm giving those a wide berth. I was thinking of choosing the season one episode I Robot...You Jane but it was the first season and the show was finding its feet, so I give that weak tea a pass. Then there's Amends and the magic snow and shmoopiness, but I feel Boreanaz did some solid work so again I give it a pass (though I do wish we'd never, ever had to deal with the First Evil again, ugh.)

Worst episode of Buffy - the finale Chosen.

Why? Because every main actor was done and had pretty much checked out.

On paper, this episode had so many great ideas including the payoff of the Potentials, Faith in the mix, everyone fighting together, some cute banter and, yes, Spike doing something noble for the right reasons. But the entire season was a series of good ideas (but a terrible Big Bad) joined by tenuous, half-hearted storytelling performed by actors whose passion had waned months before. Even the lighting, blocking and editing were weak. And I do believe that's on Joss. He ditched the date he'd brought to the dance for the fling that was Firefly and that ended badly, and Buffy suffered. Most of the final episode felt like fan fiction performed by actors who'd seen the original and tried to emulate the original cast chemistry, and failed.

A few years after the original airing, I saw the finale again and it really hit me that that thing, the "greater than the sum of its parts" magic, was missing from the episode. I imagined that the cast had already cleaned out their trailers and the sets were torn down and everyone was ready to get out of Dodge. Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended not with a bang, but with a "meh". That's a crying shame.

Full Disclosure: I do love Firefly, and all the Whedon shows and movies. But during the last season of Buffy, Joss was one overworked and angry man, and that fed into the shows. Give the man a large check and stay out of his way and what do you get? The Avengers. Suck on that, Fox television execs.

OH, OH, and during this whole thing I managed not to bring up the name "Noxon" and shake my fist at the heavens. OOPS! I just did.
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