Editor’s note: Hypable reader thegoodshipdestiel continues her three-part series in which she shares her favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Read Part 1 here.

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6. ‘Lover’s Walk’ (season 3, episode 8)

Yeah, well, I told you this list was going to have a Spike heavy slant. So how could I not include his only episode of season 3 in which he serves up one of the best doses of Spike wisdom in the show’s history? A drunk and inconsolable Spike drives through the Sunnydale sign and back into our hearts to drop some truth bombs. Some may see this as a depressing episode, but I always enjoyed seeing Xander and Willow get caught out. Firstly because I have never and will never like Xander, but secondly because how dare Willow cheat on Oz, who is the best. But mostly I love seeing the first signs that Spike is eventually going to become one of the good guys. He and Joyce talking about his Dru troubles will always be one of my favorite scenes EVER, as will Spike’s “Love’s bitch” speech.

7. ‘Doppelgangland’ (season 3, episode 16)

Is there anything quite as glorious as Vampire Willow? I say there is not. It is hardly surprising that Joss cooked up a genius way to get trampy, corseted alternate universe Willow back for another episode. Lunchtime be damned as the Scoobies deal with finding out Willow is dead, Willow is an undead fiend, oh wait Willow is totally fine. Fuzzy Willow then tries to fake at being dominatrix Willow in order to save the day. Hijinks ensue, but no one can quite bring themselves to do away with evil Willow when it’s all over. So they send her and her equal opportunity groping back to her own dimension. Oops.

8. ‘Earshot’ (season 3, episode 18)

The secrets that are revealed when Buffy becomes temporarily telepathic give some pretty interesting insight into the minds of Sunnydale High. Oz is having a Decartesian crisis, Cordelia is Cordelia, Angel is a funny guy, and Giles sexes like a sailor. Obviously the school shooting subject matter in this episode is pretty serious (the original broadcast was actually delayed due to the shooting at Columbine), but as a whole I find this episode surprisingly funny and it is a favorite of mine to revisit.

9. ‘Something Blue’ (season 4, episode 9)

The writers really gave fans what they had been gagging for in this episode, as a spell gone wrong has Buffy and Spike swooning all over each other in magic-induced attraction. Giles is (blind) drunk, Riley is confused, and poor Amy just wants to be a real girl. Seeing Buffy and Spike both act completely out of character is thoroughly hysterical and watching the rest of the characters react to it is almost as good. Fortunately, it won’t be the last time that a spell has multiple characters going completely bonkers.

10. ‘A New Man’ (season 4, episode 12)

I know, I know. Ethan again. But you can’t deny that he makes the funny stuff happen! Turning Giles into a demon is no exception. It’s a good old-fashioned case of mistaken identity aided by none other than our always reluctant anti-hero, Spike. He drives, he translates, he makes pit stops so you can scare the hell out of bitches who deserve it. All in all, the buddy cop vibe of this episode is a fun departure from the norm.

11. ‘Superstar’ (season 4, episode 17)

A lot of people apparently don’t like Jonathan. I don’t know what is wrong with those people and I am certainly not one of them. “Superstar” definitely ranks as one of the top five weirdest episodes of this show – right up there with “Restless” (the whole thing is a dream) and “Normal Again” (the whole thing is a hallucination… maybe?). There is not a single fact about Jonathan in this universe that I do not laugh at. And it wasn’t totally filler, okay? Jonathan tells them how to kill Adam in this episode. So there. I also feel like it is really progressive that everyone, regardless of gender, is obsessed with him.

12. ‘Fool for Love’ (season 5, episode 7)

You may be wondering what I love more than Spike. Why, Spike flashbacks, of course. This episode includes some truly astounding reveals. Spike likes buffalo wings. Spike used to write poetry. Spike was actually turned by Drusilla (there goes all your Spangel fantasies). Spike can really rock some eyeliner. Watching Buffy throw down the same lines that Cecily does earlier in the episode about Spike being beneath her is ROUGH. But it doesn’t stop him from halting his plans to murder Buffy to offer her some backyard comfort instead. Get it?? The whole episode was to make you realize that deep down he’s been the same sensitive softie his whole life, Vampire or not.

13. ‘Crush’ (season 5, episode 14)

Oh, Spike, Spike, Spike. My poor oblivious blondie bear. A recently jilted Spike is feeling ripe for the taking when Drusilla the burn victim shows back up feeling nostalgic for the good old days (when Angel tortured her in nicer ways). What else is there to do but chain up his old girlfriend, his current girlfriend, and his future girlfriend for some bondage fun? This may not be as out and out funny as most of the other episodes on this list, but I love seeing Drusilla come back even if it’s only for a hot minute. Not to mention Spike trying to woo Buffy in the saddest excuse for a stakeout I’ve ever seen. But I do have to mention that Spike getting the door slammed in his face at the end is seriously the most pathetic ever on this show.

Check in next week for the final installment, part 3!

Sherlock finally made it to Hall H at Comic-Con and the creative team brought a few surprises. Steven Moffatt, Sue Vertue, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Abbington, and Benedict Cumberbatch were on hand to the thrill of fans.

Benedict Cumberbatch and crew definitely know how to work a crowd. Here are the top highlights of the panel that played to a crowd of thousands.

1. Season 4

They are currently two weeks from finishing Sherlock season 4. Cumberbatch said that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.”

They have 26 pages to film this Tuesday. Cumberbatch states that the monologues are very challenging and take a lot of work.

As for actors’ favorite lines this season:

Gatiss: “Sherlock.”

Abington: Not a line but a beckoning gesture.

Cumberbatch: Can’t say.

Key names for next season (change from doing key words):

  • Moffat: Smith
  • Gatiss: Thatcher
  • Vertue: Sherinford

2. Keeping the show fresh

By not making as many episodes, the creators feel they actually keep the quality. They joked that under normal standards they’ve actually made about half a season of a standard TV show, or 13 episodes.

There are no plans for any other Victorian Era shows. Moffat feels that it would be less interesting if the mind palace returned there.

3. Learning curves and drugs

Gatiss stated that with 90-minute episodes you “really have to put [Sherlock and Watson] through the ringer.” Moffat added that because of this, Watson has to evolve. Watson can’t keep being amazed by Sherlock. As for Sherlock, “he can’t be the weird scary amoral man we met in the first episode… geniuses learn… he has to learn.”

Sherlock’s drug addiction comes back when he is not working. It’s hinted that the addiction will be a bigger issue this season than in the past.

4. The coat and the hair

There is apparently a big debate every year over changing the iconic coat. Sue Vertue wants to change it, and Steven Moffat wants to keep it. Benedict Cumberbatch dove into the debate stating, “I’m quite hung up on the coat…. but sometimes it has to come off.” The audience reaction was predictable.

Cumberbatch joked that he loved playing Sherlock in the Victorian era because of the slicked back hair. In the modern era it takes forever for his hair to get done. On a serious note, he loved the more straight-laced, clipped version of Sherlock.

5. First ‘Sherlock’ season 4 trailer

The teaser trailer featured this phrase over and over: “Something’s coming. It may be Moriarity, maybe not.” Literally every character we know and love looks like they are scared, angry, or worried on an epic scale.

One of the best moments is Mrs. Hudson saying with supreme venom to Mycroft, “Get out of my house you reptile.” Watch below:

6. Improv and family

There is actually, according to Cumberbatch, very little improvisation on set. It’s about how to do what’s there, and not messing with the script. He firmly believes that what is there is what is needed for the show.

Cumberbatch genuinely loves having his mom and dad play his TV mom and dad. Every now and then he can see his mother struggle to call him “Sherlock” and not “Ben.”

7. Mary in the know

Abbington didn’t know she was an assassin until well into the last season. When she found out, she told partner Martin Freeman, “My God, [the fans] are going to hate me.” Despite this, she loves the flawed characters of the series.

8. When will the series return?

No date was given for either the BBC release date or the PBS release date. We only know that it will premiere in 2017.

9. The dog photo

According to Cumberbatch the dog (depicted above) was a nightmare. “The dog wouldn’t fucking move,” he said. The companion was supposed to drag Sherlock all over London, but the dog didn’t like people, concrete, crowds… really anything about an urban setting.

Moffat and Gatiss resorted to writing a new scene on the spot to account for the lack of the dog’s interest in roaming. According to Gatiss all it did was drool on the concrete.

10. Future seasons?

Touching on the future of the series, Moffat stated, “Why is everybody assuming they survive season 4?” Gatiss joked, “We’re skipping season 5 and doing season 6.”

Moffat clarified that — contrary to recent reports — he never said that this season would be the last one (He’s right: All he said was the schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman are only getting more difficult to work with). Gatiss added that they want to do more seasons, and they hope that they are able to.

Sherlock will be back in 2017. What do you think of the first season 4 trailer?

Marvel presented at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday evening and offered new looks at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and more.

“We only want to come to Hall H when we have a lot to show you,” teased Marvel’s Kevin Feige at the start of the panel. Indeed, they had a ton to offer — including news of a new Marvel theme park attraction!

Everything we’ve learned at Marvel’s SDCC panel

  1. Marvel kicked off their panel with a new logo and updated fanfare by composer Michael Giacchino.

  2. Black Panther had some casting news to share: Lupita N’yongo will be playing one of the guards at Wakanda named Nakia. Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan will be playing Erik Killmonger. We also received brand new casting news: Danai Gurira has joined the movie — She’ll play Okoye, head of Dora Milaje! Finally, a new logo for the film was revealed:


  3. Thor: Ragnarok unveiled a behind-the-scenes look at the new film which included a look at Cate Blanchett as Hela. They also showed a documentary-style clip (think The Office) explaining where Hulk and Thor were during the events of Captain America: Civil War! In it, Thor had a tiny bed for Mjolnir and a crime board that tried to connect the Infinity Stones and discover their purpose. There is also mugshot of Loki. Like Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok had a new logo to show off with a retro looking subtitle:


  4. Doctor Strange’s portion of the panel kicked off with a smoke and laser show to introduce Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Tilda Swinton was also at the panel and spoke about the Ancient One. “The truth is, anyone can be The Ancient One,” she said. A clip from Doctor Strange was also showed in which Steven Strange meets Tilda’s character (It won’t be online).

  5. Thankfully, a brand new and wholly epic Doctor Strange trailer was released. Watch below:

    A new poster was also unveiled:


  6. Next up was Spider-Man: Homecoming. Director Jon Watts described the film as a high school movie about a 15-year-old Peter Parker who’s in the 10th grade. A new clip was unveiled and had a strong John Hughes vibe — Peter Parker is just your average high schooler trying to get through the day. There was also this great moment:

  7. Next up: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which kicks off a few months after the first movie. The entire cast was there to introduce a new scene in which a very adorable Baby Groot helps Yondu and Rocket break out of prison. Baby Groot even has a little outfit! Adorably, the Ravengers — who captured Yondu and Rocket — refuse to hurt Baby Groot because of how cute he is.

    This movie got a new logo as well.


  8. Speaking of Marvel’s space dramedy, the studio also confirmed rumors of a Guardians of the Galaxy theme park attraction. It’s called Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and debuts Summer 2017 at Disneyland’s California Adventure theme park. Sadly, it’s replacing the classic Tower of Terror ride. Check out a behind the scenes video of the attraction:

  9. Marvel ended their panel by confirming that Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel, as was previously rumored. She took the stage to say hi to the adoring audience, and participated in a giant Marvel selfie:

All in all, Marvel had a ton to share. What do you think of all the developments?

DC kept the trailer train trotting along today with an all new trailer for Suicide Squad!

Though Suicide Squad is just a few weeks away from hitting theaters, DC kept the momentum going today with an all new trailer featuring music from the soundtrack, new footage, and a better look at what exactly we can expect from the upcoming villain-focused super hero movie. Check it out below.

The new (and likely final) Suicide Squad trailer comes after surprise premiere of the Wonder Woman trailer and an even bigger surprise with our first look at the Justice League trailer. As with the other trailers today, this one debuted publicly alongside its Comic-Con Hall H premiere.

In this trailer, we hear a lot from Will Smith who plays Deadshot and arguably the most decorated and respected actor among the cast. “They’re gonna blame us for the whole thing. We’re the patsies, don’t forget. We’re the bad guys.” The trailer is jam-packed with all of the villains and their powers and skills on full display.

We also get a better look at the leader of the pack, Jared Leto’s The Joker. “I can’t wait to show you my toys,” Leto’s Joker says while slapping around a man.

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn also gets a lot of screen time in this trailer. Though, most of it features close ups of her back side, which stays close to the adult, rugged tone of the other trailers we have seen thus far.

There’s no doubt that fans will be flocking to theaters rooting on the bad guys when Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5th. Suicide Squad features

What did you think of the thrilling, action-packed trailer for Suicide Squad?