Buffy is 20: Nicholas Brendon counts down his top 3 episodes
From beginning to end, Nicholas Brendon starred as Xander Harris and fought the forces of evil alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Buffy Summers.
To commemorate Joss Whedon’s iconic and revolutionary series, I asked Nick to count down his top three favorite Buffy episodes.
“Working on Buffy was like a dream and there are so many amazing episodes to pick from. These are my favorites because they’re so different from what we were used to shooting,” Nick says.
3. “Buffy vs. Dracula” (Season 5, episode 1). “I really enjoyed playing Renfield. When you get used to playing a character, you can sit in your trailer and just look over the lines and the scenes you’re doing next. With Renfield, I had to really study. I was a different character and that was refreshing.”
2. “Hush” (Season 4, episode 10). “‘Hush’ is the most terrifying Buffy episode. The Gentlemen scared the sh!t out of me. And no dialog. Everyone did an amazing job. If you ask the cast, I think ‘Hush’ is among everyone’s favorites.”
1. “Once More, With Feeling” (Season 6, episode 7). “‘Once More, With Feeling’ is my favorite. When Joss Whedon wrote and directed an episode it was magic and I loved it. Some of the cast thought Joss was crazy to write a musical episode. James (Marsters who played Spike) was stressed and Aly (Alyson Hannigan who played Willow Rosenberg) was scared, but I didn’t question it. I wasn’t nervous about it either. I trusted Joss and I didn’t care if I screwed up or sucked. I wasn’t hired to sing and dance, so all that didn’t matter to me. This one was so special.”