Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Once More, with Feeling 

In this musical extravaganza, Sunnydale residents find themselves bursting into song, and flame, when a demon attempts to make Dawn his bride.

Director:

Joss Whedon

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Joss Whedon (created by), Joss Whedon | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Dawn Summers
James Marsters ... Spike
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Hinton Battle ... Sweet
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
David Fury ... Mustard Man
Marti Noxon ... Parking Ticket Woman
Daniel Weaver Daniel Weaver ... Handsome Young Man
Scot Zeller ... Henchman / Tap Dancing Victim
Zachary Woodlee ... Demon / Henchman
Timothy Anderson Timothy Anderson ... Henchman
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Willow offers up the second theory in the song "I've got a theory." She states "I've got a theory, some kid is dreaming and we're all stuck inside his wacky broadway nightmare" This is a reference to S01E10 "nightmares", where a boy named Billy is in a coma, turning the Scooby Gang's nightmares into reality. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Dawn: [Signing] Where do we go... from here?
BuffySpike: [singing] Where do we go... from here?
Giles: [singing] The battle's done/And we kind of won
TaraGiles: [singing] So we sound our victory cheer/Where do we go from here?
XanderAnya: Why is the path unclear/When we know home is near?
XanderAnyaBuffySpikeDawnWillowTaraGiles: [singing] Understand we'll go hand in hand
[all join hands]
XanderAnyaBuffySpikeDawnWillowTaraGiles: But we'll walk alone in fear.
[all release hands and walk off in different directions]
Giles: [singing] Tell me!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Rest In Peace
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by James Marsters
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Another creative episode from Joss Whedon
6 July 2008 | by spriteobsessionsSee 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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