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7 November 2001

> Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001
> From: [a friend]
> Subject: Re: Best. Episode. Ever.
> Hmm... 10 am, no clients calling. I think I'm gonna go watch the
> musical again now.

3:55 PM: In case you weren't scared enough:

"This is an evil man that we're dealing with. And I wouldn't put it past him to develop evil weapons to try to harm civilization as we know it."
Also, he's the Midnight Bomber what bombs at midnight. Sigh.

Well, at least we can sleep soundly at night, knowing that General "Can't Bead A Dead Man" Ashcroft is keeping us safe from those roving gangs of euthanasiasts.

4:44 PM: Or depressed enough.

5:25 PM: OK, now we can talk about something really important.

ANYA (belting)
Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes!
They've got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses!
And what's with all the carrots?
What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?
It must be bunnies!
...Or maybe midgets.
Last night's episode of Buffy, "Once More, With Feeling", has to be one of the best things to appear on television, anywhere, ever. Full stop. Other shows have done musical episodes, sure. But that's like dismissing Artur Rubenstein by saying, "Hey my kid plays piano, too."

Because, you know, I hate musical theater. Hate hate hate. I went to a "performing arts" school and I can tell you from painful experience that if there is a Hell, it is very much like being in an elevator with three actor/singer/dancer/waitrons. So "Buffy - The Musical", this is not a concept that inherently sings to me. So to speak.

But OMWF was fucking brilliant. The music was great. The songs weren't just funny - though they were, when they wanted to be - they were cool. The music was interesting. The lyrics were as affecting in all possible directions as the dialog of the show ever is. And Amber Benson! Hey Zeus, she can sing! And so can Marti Noxon, of all people (she was the woman trying to get out of the parking ticket). How does he do it? Joss is gonna tease that poor shark to death.

Now how do we convince Fox and UPN to just this once, pretty please, don't be self-destructive pinheads and put this out on DVD NOW. Or even better - a theatrical release! THEN a DVD. We would go. We would buy the soundtrack CD and the DVD. We are big fools. Exploit us! G'ahead!

Willfully blind self-indulgent nebbish or amusingly quirky old coot? And how bout that local sports team? Discuss among yourselves.

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