So, with the big day less than 10 hours away, it's time to go over exactly what I'm going to be doing on Tuesday, plus answer some actual questions I've received about this project.
1. Why are you doing this?
Well, I wanted to do something special for the anniversary of the first episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Two years ago I did a marathon of the series finales. Last year I meant to do something, but forgot. So this year, I got the idea stuck in my head to re-watch an entire season. Season 5 was the obvious choice, but I couldn't just skip four seasons.
2. So did you really watch all of the first four seasons?
3. Wait, why?
I love "Buffy". OK. Can we move on?
4. Aren't I asking the questions?
You're fictional. You do as I say. And I say we're moving on.
5. So did you enjoy the first four seasons?
Yes and no. Obviously, if you read my recaps of each episode, I became increasingly frustrated with Season 4.
6. Yeah, what's up with that?
Well, Season 4 featured a major creative departure, it was the first season without Angel and Cordelia, Oz left early in the season, Riley was a douche, and the "villain" was really a shadowy government agency.
7. But you liked the first three seasons right?
8. So which one was your favorite season of the first four?
I would have guessed Season Two before starting this project, but based on my average rank, it turns out that of the first four seasons, it's Season Three.
9. And your favorite episode?
That would be "Becoming, Part 2", the season 2 finale. That didn't surprise me at all.
10. I was reading your recaps and noticed that they don't all have favorite quotes. What's up with that?
Well, I didn't start the Favorite Quote thing until “Innocence” and sometimes I honestly just forgot about it. Also, sometimes when I did it, it was kind of forced, because there isn't always a great quotable line I love in every episode.
11. I also noticed you stopped doing the inset pictures of the action figures. Why?
Two reasons: first, they screw up the formatting on the main blog page. Second, they were distracting from the actual recap. So I ditched them.
12. I also noticed in your recaps that there are no images of Angel/Giles/Willow/Xander/Cordelia/Anyone but Buffy. Why are you so obsessed with Buffy?
Well, for one, the show is called "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", not "Buffy and Friends." So I wanted to spotlight Buffy. Plus, I've got something planned for all those screenshots.
13. So now that you're done with the first four seasons, what's the exact plan for Season Five?
Well, I'm going to watch all 22 episodes on March 10th, the 12th anniversary of the first airing of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
14. 22 episodes. Won't that take all day?
Close. Don't forget, there aren't any commercials to watch, so that saves me a ton of time. I imported the episodes off the DVDs to my computer, which is hooked up to my TV, so I don't have to change discs. In addition, I've edited the opening and closing credits out, so that saves me another 90 seconds or per episode.
15. Still, that's a lot of TV, isn't it?
Close to 16 hours worth, so, yeah, I'm looking at being on the couch from 8 AM to Midnight.
16. Are you going to do individual recaps for each episode in Season Five?
No. I considered that, but it'd probably be too distracting for the first few minutes of each subsequent episode. So instead, I'll have a running liveblog, which will serve as the episode recaps.
17. Once you're done with Season Five, do you plan on watching Seasons Six and Seven?Right now, no. First off, this is called Project 310, and after Tuesday's episodes, it'll be March 11th, so that would kind of defeat the naming purpose. Also, I'm a little Buffy'd out right now, and I can't imagine 16 more hours on Tuesday really helping that.