Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 7

Once More, with Feeling (6 Nov. 2001)

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Sunnydale is alive with the sound of music as a mysterious force causes everyone in town to burst into full musical numbers, revealing their innermost secrets as they do. But some townsfolk... See full summary »

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Sunnydale is alive with the sound of music as a mysterious force causes everyone in town to burst into full musical numbers, revealing their innermost secrets as they do. But some townsfolk are dancing so much that they simply burst into flames, and it becomes clear that maybe living in a musical isn't so great after all. Written by Alex

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On the DVD commentary for this episode, Joss Whedon says that many of the songs he wrote for this musical were conscious references to different musical theater styles and composers. For instance, Whedon characterizes "Going Through The Motions" as an "I want" song in the tradition of the opening numbers sung by heroines of Ashman-Menken Disney musicals such as "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid (1989) and "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast (1991) (albeit with what he calls a Stephen Schwartz ending). He says that "I'll Never Tell" is his 1930s "Astaire/Rodgers" number, and he likens "Walk Through The Fire" to the four-part "Tonight Quintet" that introduces the climactic moments of the end of the first act of "West Side Story." See more »

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The demons that Buffy kills in the Bronze disappear and reappear, and change positions, between shots as she dances. See more »

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Anya: [about her duet with Xander, "I'll Never Tell"] It's just, clearly our number is a retro pastiche that's never going to be a breakaway pop hit.
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Features a happy, lighthearted 1960's TV show-style opening sequence with the cast members' faces, and ends with the Mutant Enemy monster singing his trademark "Grrr Aargh!" rather than growling it. See more »

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References Anchors Aweigh (1945) See more »

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Under Your Spell/Standing (Reprise)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Amber Benson and Anthony Head (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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Another creative episode from Joss Whedon
6 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joss Whedon was very daring with Buffy, and this episode is no exception. I watched the episode on DVD as opposed to during its original run, and prior to watching it all I knew was that season 6 had a musical episode. I didn't know why, and I was happy to see how they explained everyone's lives in Sunnydale turning into a musical - Sweet was one of the best demons of the series.

If I could give the episode a 9.5, I would. The only reason a point was taken off was because of the singing during the episode; at times it got hard to listen to. Tony Head, Amber Benson, and James Marsters were all excellent for their respective musical styles that they sung during the episode. I've seen a lot of people criticize Marsters' singing, but his solo was rock and he did a great job with it. Sarah Michelle Gellar was decent; I've seen her criticized a lot, too, but I have no problem listening to her on the soundtrack, and I've been trained in music. Emma Caulfield was also decent, but the biggest problem I had with her vocals was that they wobbled sometimes. Nicholas Brendon and Alyson Hannigan were the ones I had the most trouble listening to, and I wish Michelle T. had taken a few lessons, because she has a good voice but the singing wasn't great.

As for the songs themselves, I love them, especially when you watch them in the episode (as opposed to simply listening to the soundtrack). The musical styles and lyrics all fit their characters perfectly. "I'll Never Tell" is a great duet, regardless of the singing exhibited in it. Other personal favorites of mine are "Rest in Peace" and "Walk Through the Fire," as well as "Under Your Spell." From the overture to the final scene (I won't spoil it for you), the episode parodies musical films in general, at the same time paying homage to them.

I also love various lines like "this is my verse, hello" when Anya interrupts Xander during "I'll Never Tell," or "first I'll kill her, then I'll save her - no, I'll save her, then I'll kill her" during Spike's portion of "Walk Through the Fire."

Everything is all very clever, and if I were given the chance to change anything I disliked about the episode, the only thing I'd change would be some of the vocals.


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