Once More, With Feeling has to be one of my favorite Buffy episodes of all time. When it first aired, it was well received by fans, even if it didn’t win an Emmy (helped in part by a ballot printing error).
We own the CD soundtrack and both Jean and I sing along. It’s a great album for staying awake when you are driving by yourself too. Last week, when we went to Kingdom Crusades, I listened to the album twice; once on the way down, and once on the way back up. I’m also 99% sure that we own the script as well, and that it was a Christmas gift for Jean one year.
It looks like we’ll never be able to either. Apparently:
Lawyers for Twentieth Century Fox Television, a division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., told a licensing company that had given the green light for the sing-along events that it had gone beyond limits of the show’s licensing agreements.
It’s best summed up by the opening line of the article which reads: Lawyers have driven a stake into the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" sing-along.
I’m sure that while the lawyers got to be the mouthpiece of the decision, many entertainment execs were also involved in the process. They weren’t making enough money to replace the white rhinoceros leather seat covers in their car more than once a year, so they decided if they couldn’t make money from the sing alongs, that the fans shouldn’t be able to do it either.
Fuck them. How many times can fans of shows be crapped on. This is a show which has been off the air for 4 years, but still manages to have a lively fan base. Many shows come and go on TV, but it’s only the truly great ones that survive the years. If you don’t think that Buffy was a great show, then you’re just looking at the surface appearances that turned many of the critics sour. Yet, even with its poor (comparative) ratings, it managed to have quite on impact on our culture and media. I don’t know if realizing that it made Time Magazine’s Best TV Shows of All-TIME would change your opinion… but it just might.