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Dushku’s on board for “Buffy” and “Angel”!

“Once More With Feeling”: The "Lost" Scene!

Here’s "Big Ed from Texas":

Hi Harry,

Love the website, been visiting it for years. Happened to hear about this thing called Comic-Con going on here in San Diego and I thought I'd check it out. Attended a session with Joss Whedon where he mentioned some cool Buffy tidbits. He confirmed some information that was leaked by Emma Caufield(Anya) during her panel on her new movie Tooth Fairy.

In Episode 5 of next season, we're supposed to see a flashback to the time during Once More With Feeling and Anya will be having a new musical number. Joss said this was all about expanding and exploring the character of Anya.

He also mentioned that the very sexy Eliza Dushku will be returning to both Buffy and Angel to reprise the role of Faith. He mentioned she finally had a break in her schedule that will make her return possible.

Also caught a cut of some of Joss's new show Firefly. I was impressed. It had all the drama with comedic flare he's known for. Some pretty cool special effects too. I really liked the frontier-like rustic look to everything. Don't know if this information has been out yet, but it was all news to me.


Big Ed from Texas

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  • Aug. 5, 2002, 12:01 a.m. CST

    yay! A Buffy Talkback!

    by kobayashi

    I don't post in them often, but they sure are fun to read!

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 12:27 a.m. CST

    got milk?

    by Voice O. Reason

    I'm glad to see ME's milking "Once More With Feeling..." the way Rick Berman milked TNG's "Best of Both Worlds". Flashback (DS9), mention (TNG), flashback (FIRST CONTACT), mention (the entire latter part of Voyager), etc...until the fans fucking hate you and wish they'd never even heard of "OMWF".

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 12:58 a.m. CST

    OH GOD- With Faith back the slash and/or hetero fanfic writers w

    by TheMatarife

    I can just see them getting ready to write all kinds of perverted fanfic involving faith.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Let me clarify that.... I don't hate most fanfic

    by TheMatarife

    However, I do hate some of the really damned perverted stuff out there. Ive seen all kinds of b/d fanfic and other stuff that kinda crosses my comfort level. Hell, ive seen voyager simulated rape fanfic between b'lanna and seven. I'm sure theres all kinds of freaky buffy stuff out there too. It just kinda weirds me the hell out. I'm sure some of you guys have seen faith fanfic that makes most "normal" X rated erotic fanfic look like the family circus.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Good news

    by ph27

    This news just started me thinking about how much faith there will be? Will she be out of jail? Will she continue her path to redemption? wouldn't it be good if she came to sunny dale and her and anya had problems with each other over xander? I just love an annoyed anya.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Praying that this is the last season of Buffy...

    by Rick McCallum

    Let's have this show go out while it's still (sorta) on top. Seven seasons is plenty and I look forward to seeing more future work by Sarah Michelle, Anthony, Alyson and James in (hopefully) feature films. (As for the rest of the cast, not to be mean, but let's be honest, gang: Nobody gives a fuck about them outside of the show.) PLEASE, Whedon, don't drag this thing out, especially if SMG wants out. Don't force her to commit to a half-assed 8th season (like David Duchovny was coerced into doing with X-Files). God, Im scared Fox is going to try to force Alyson Hannigan to renew for at least two seasons after this one, locking her into this series when it slides into its death spiral, like what they tricked poor Gillian Anderson into with X-Files! >:^[

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Go Anya!!

    by Thalya

    Woohoo! Sweet news Herc. And it still goes to show that Willow didn't seem to be doing much singing. Anya getting an expanded role this year should be wonderful to see after all this time. Now we just need people to speculate on how her role is going to grow. She's a vengeance demon people, grr..argh...How is she going to fit into the big plot now?

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Emma Caulfield leaving earlier?

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Rumor has it that Anya will be written out of the series early on this upcoming season. (Caulfield has already said this is her last season, by her own choice, she implied.) Could it be that Episode 5 will be her final farewell? I doubt she'll be killed off. I see her simply leaving Sunnydale, deciding to move on with her life. And it looks like the Scoobies may not have the magic shop to hang out at anymore, unless Giles passes it on to Buffy (which doesn't seem to fit since she's supposed to be busy working at the new Sunnydale High). Getting rid of Anya early would benefit the character development of Xander. Newly single Xander could be written into various wacky predicaments. Imagine the souled Spike, Jonathan, Andrew and Xander being forced to work together, and they wind up bonding. And let's not forget the return of Faith and how that would factor with Xander if Anya is no longer around. Over at Angel, I think dark-Wesley should make a move on Faith, which would be kind of perverse -- a somewhat "incestuous" take on the Watcher/Slayer relationship they once had. Remember the way she teased him when she kidnapped and tortured poor Wes? Maybe her observation about Wes towards her back when they first met in Sunnydale was on the mark.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 1:47 a.m. CST

    You gotta have Faith...

    by macdanife

    ...but we really need Oz!!! We can all watch Willow pull an Anne Heche free-agent and switch teams again. I really think that's why so many people hated Tara. She really made it impossible for Oz to return as a regular. But we still hope. Greg the bunny is sucking it up so maybe, just maybe, He will find the room in HIS schedule.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Something you're all forgetting.....

    by RobinP

    Last season, when Buffy went to UPN and Angel stayed with Warner, it was stated...several times...that the actors could appear or one or the other BUT NOT BOTH ! Hence the reunion between Buffy & Angel occurred offscreen and was only mentioned, and even then in no great detail. If Faith comes back and appears on both shows, doesn't that also imply that they're stepping in to the other no-no territory....crossovers ? Don't get me wrong, I miss the crossovers and the guest appearances, but unless things have changed drastically from last year, it ain't gonna happen. Still cool that Faith's back, though.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Twice More, With Flashback

    by DyslexicHeart

    Another song for Anya...hmm...must be for further beating the dead horse that is the "Evil Rabbits" joke. Spike has a soul, Sunnydale High is re-opening, Big Bads from the past are returning, Amber is returning in some form other than Tara, Faith is coming back and Giles will be around more. Season seven has the possibility of kicking ass and putting this baby to bed, gracefully. And "Angel" would be a better place for a Buffy vet or two to end up instead of another spin-off, especially if Xander can finally meet up with Cordelia again.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 2:24 a.m. CST


    by Voice O. Reason

    Reading your post reminded me that I'm a Buffy/Xander shipper. Having admitted that, I'm now preparing to be flamed.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Did someone say fan fiction?

    by BoringFanFiction

    Dawn squirmed anxiously in her seat, polishing the gently curved surface with her bottom. Her gaze lingered over the face of the wall clock. Ten more minutes. She couldn't concentrate. Faith was back, and one thing was certain: Good or bad, Faith was going to make things interesting. Suddenly, she gasped in horror, "Who's been chewing on my pencil? Oh, gross!"

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Cool Faith is back

    by spike fan

    Thats the only thing that has really generated my interest about S7 since the other spoilers seem a bit shitty. But hopefully if they get Faith back we can see some love action with Buffy Those two always had the hots for each other

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Emma....could she be rolling out earlier

    by Lauryn2000

    I'm aware Sarah and Emma have not signed beyond season seven.Could this possibly be her farewell?it's not like they can develop her character anymore.She seems to have gone full circle...vengence demon-in love with Xander-back to temp Vengence Demon. "Bring it on Faith!"

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Actually, I think Anya's arc is only 3/4 of the way done...

    by RenoNevada2000

    Vengence demon, becomes mortal and falls in love, has heart broken and reverts to old job, THEN dicovers that love and hurt are part of the human condition, that some possible good may come from the hurt and that there sometimes there really is no one person to blame when a relationship goes wrong and the permanently quits her vengence demon gig.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Anya's a complex character...

    by Chilli Kramer

    She seemed a basically nice person as a human, so what's it going to be like if she turns evil again? Will she say she's 'just following orders' or something, to justify her evil? Faith's another one who is (or has been) caught between good and evil. So is Willow. And Spike. There's a whole lotta grey areas this season coming...

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 9:39 a.m. CST

    ONCE MORE WITH FEELING Soundtrack...

    by RenoNevada2000

    Is that thing ever going to come out? A bud of mine heard September 17th, but I don't see it available for preorder at either Amazon or TwoerRecords websites. Anyone got info?

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Reno, OMWF soundtrack comes out...

    by Chilli Kramer

    Sept 17th, as you say. See for details.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by RenoNevada2000

    Thanks for the info. Something else to pick up when I buy the EARTH VS FLYING SAUCERS and YOUNG ONES DVDS!

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Keeping the Faith

    by Bramton1

    Eliza is not a cast member, she's a guest star. Meaning they can probably get away with her being on both shows. As for the Magic Box, I think it was effectively destroyed by Evil Willow last season.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Dusku film

    by mrk

    I followed the link to the ... Wow, a site with more buffy news than here! :) Last week a notice was posted on my mailbox indicating a traffic jam will be filmed next week for an upcoming film "Wrong Turn" a block or two away from my house.. Slayage linked a story indicating that Eliza's in the film. I'll have to check out the street, assuming I can get anywhere near it. Glad to hear she's set to work again with Mutant Enemy though.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Anya's stupidity...

    by magic_ninja

    How is is that Anya goes from a semi-intelligent character in season 3 to a complete bimbo in season 7? It seems that the blonder her hair gets, the more moronic her character gets. And is it so much to ask that Xander actually gets some friends that aren't of the female gender this season? Poor guy ain't got no one to go drink beer with.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Anya Blank

    by SallyHousecoat

    What is Anya's last name? She sings..."the name I made, I'll trade for his..." but, I don't think I have ever heard her say her last name. Maybe I should watch "The Wish" again.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Anya's name

    by ArchDiver

    Her full name is Anya Christina Emanuella Jenkins, twenty years old, born on the fourth of July. From 'Checkpoint' S5. **** More Faith?!? More Anya?!? I'm so very happy. And the twit that thinks Anya has been getting stupider, shut the hell up you nit. AD out

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Whedon Twist

    by LiveWire1986

    When considering Anya's exit, let's not forget that for the most part Whedon places a cruel twist when writing off a character. Tara ad Willow found happiness the moment before Tara was killed. Buffy wanted Reily to stay, but he would never know. Oz returns to proclaim his love to Willow... who has discovered she was a lesbian during his absence. Considering this, the main issue concerning Anya's whether or not Anya will embrace mortality or remain a vengeance demon. With the Whedon twist, I'd expect something as cruel and unusual as Anya deciding to become human to reunite with Xander. On her way to tell Xander the news, she is killed by a random vampire. Cruel? Yes. Probable? Sadly, very much so.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by Onyx

    That news is five by five. I don't know five whst by five what, but it sounds good. Can anyone outthere tell where that expression comes from?

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 2:34 p.m. CST


    by brother_seamus

    According to the watcher's guide, her last name is Emerson but i guess since all her family is looooooong dead she can make it pretty much whatever she wants (which would explain the lengthy Christian name she comes up with in "Checkpoint") I for one am very sad to hear that there will be no more Anya as i think she is my favorite character (with Giles running a close second.) BTW, what's up with those two? Besides the amnesia influenced affection, there has been something kinda brewing there for a while. Well, here's to seeing as much of Anya as possible before she leaves the 'Dale for good. Woo-Hoo!

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 2:36 p.m. CST

    SA and Onyx

    by ArchDiver

    Very cool notion, and it fits the the paradigm we've previously discussed. I say that this is highly likely, though I doubt the Spike dusting part. ***** 5 by 5 is an old military phrase that I believe related to radio traffic. I think it originated from there being a 5 item checklist, and 5 by 5 came to mean all five items were OK. I think it has come to mean everything is running the way it's supposed to. AD out

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by mmmspike

    I could see Spike biting Anya if only he didn't have the chip in his head. About the dusting of Spike: JM is signed for BtVS as long as all of the regulars (except Emma and SMG). That would mean he's in the series for another 2 years if Joss decides to continue.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by SallyHousecoat

    Thank you to Archdiver and Bother_Seamus. I completely forgot about Checkpoint.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Much More Spoilage On Faith...

    by DefyThis

    Jeez Herc, you're dropping the ball and it's rolling away from you if this is the best you could do on the Faith angle. Glad this guy reported in, but there's so much more info available... Seems Faith will be squaring off against none other than ANGELUS on Angel. The show's exec-prod (Simkins) already let on that Angel's darker half will show up by mid-season, and it's gonna take a Slayer to confront him. It'll be a multi-episode arc. Also, to all you people on about Buffy and contracts, everyone is signed part season seven except Emma and Sarah. Which means Alyson can't be forced into a contract, SHE'S ALREADY IN ONE. And talk is that *IF* SMG isn't interested in returning, they'll do a spinoff with whoever IS interested from the ensemble - potentially, any of the Scooby Gang in other words. Plus Emma supposedly relented a bit on this being her last season when asked at the con. Ho-hum... and Gunn's still NOT gonna die, there's no big Angel death.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 5:58 p.m. CST

    MORE ANYA!!!!

    by Anyawatcher

    Dreams do come true-more Anya stuff. though you never know with Joss and Co. they will say more Anya and she'll be gone in episode 5. If she does can all us heterosexual write crap about how they lied to us like all the gays did with Tara?

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 6:29 p.m. CST

    not being critical, but...

    by Frank Black

    Firefly looks a lot like Joss watched his share of "Cowboy Bebop." Even my wife noticed from the commercial the similarities in the character breakdowns.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Like all the gays?

    by cooper2000

    Hey Anya Watcher? You an idiot or just type like one? You sound like one of them Biggots.

  • Aug. 5, 2002, 9:35 p.m. CST

    yep like all the gays

    by Anyawatcher

    How many dumb ass posts and articles did I read where the gay community wanted to lynch Joss and Co. for killing "the only positive gay relationship on tv" or "the evil lesbian cliche". It doesn't matter that no Buffy character ever stays happy for long or that it isn't their fault other shows don't have gay relationships. All the backlash was fucking annoying. It didn't matter that Joss planted the seeds for evil going bad when she was researching the black arts in Season 2. Killing the lesbian community's "hero couple" was wrong. It was annoying as hell-like you.

  • Aug. 6, 2002, 12:08 a.m. CST


    by ogonekenobi

    I love faith, i'm glad eliza could take time out of her busy blockbuster movimaking schedule to return to buffy. I agree that a lot of gay and straight buffy viewers took tara's death way to fucking seriously. Joss gave all the fans a character that they cared about and then he took her away. Wow, a dramatic twist on a dramatic serious, how cruelly homophobic. I realize that there might not be a lot of homosexual characters on tv, let alone a character that is realistic and personal, but life is cruel and the death of tara hit straight viewers as hard as gay viewers. Those of you that look at her death as an attack to all things gay need to get a fucking life. OGone-Kenobi has spoken

  • Aug. 6, 2002, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Five by Five

    by locke1230s

    This is from Deja. It comes from radiotelephony and radiotelegraphy. The first number is "readability" and the second number is "signal strength". A subjective scale of one to five is used, five being best/strongest, one being almost completely unreadable or very weak barely discernable. A loud but very distorted voice transmission could be one by five. Not used very much any more, usually you only hear "five by five" to indicate a good clear signal. It was also used by the pilot in Aliens "in the pipe, 5 by 5". My guess would be that it is military slang for perfect or good.

  • Aug. 7, 2002, 12:57 p.m. CST

    5 by 5

    by Onyx

    Thanks, I did guess how it was used now, but I could not figure were the expression came from. So, Thank you.

  • Aug. 10, 2002, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't there be a THIRD SLAYER?????

    by BJC0410

    Buffy died. When a slayer dies there's supposed to be another one that rises. So shouldn't there be another slayer out there? what's up with that? i hope they adress that this season. And the new slayer better not be dawn... that would be lame.

  • Aug. 13, 2002, 7:26 p.m. CST

    To Shanshu for Spike?

    by EvilWillowsPuppy

    Hmm, that open ended "it doesn't refer to you by name, just as 'the vampire with a soul' from the prophecy in Angel suddenly looks different. How pissed off would it make Angel if Spike ends up being the one stealign the limelight. :)

  • Sept. 1, 2002, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Oh for God's sake faith IS the slayer

    by ukbuffy

    The reason there is no third slayer is that when buffy died the first time when the Master killed her Faith came along. Technically Faith is the 'new' slayer. So UNTIL Faith dies there will be NO 'NEW' SLAYER - simple really

  • Sept. 1, 2002, 2:15 p.m. CST

    We were just talking about the shansu proph. the other day

    by ukbuffy

    And agreed that would be bloody hilarious but just a little tedious - I mean that would also mean that Spike would then have to have a child - blah blah blah de blah - the parallels between him and Angel just too much already.