10 Most Bizarre Things In Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 & 9

Buffy was always a bit weird but yikes...

Buffy Comics Back in the misty days of 2003, when social networking had yet to engulf our lives and mobile phones were still used to make calls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer came to the end of his historic 7-year television run. It was a bittersweet farewell as, though many agreed that the show had its fair share of ups and downs over the years and had more or less run its course, it would still be sad to see some of their most beloved fictional characters go. Fortunately, however, they weren't gone for long, as in 2007 Dark Horse Comics started publishing Buffy Season 8, an official continuation of the series sanctioned, executive produced and occasionally written by creator Joss Whedon. The comic proved so popular that it was followed by a Season 9 and the recently-begun Season 10 which both also incorporate a continuation of Buffy spinoff Angel in the form of Angel & Faith. As you can tell from that description alone, that's a lot of comics. And if you thought there was some weird stuff in Buffy on TV, just wait 'til you get a load of what the creators put on the printed page. One of the obvious appeals telling stories with comics is that there are almost no budgetary concerns, which means that you can pretty make anything you want within the limits of your imagination. That said, as you're about to learn from this collection of weird and bizarre moments from Buffy Seasons 8 & 9, just because you can do anything you want it doesn't necessarily mean you should...

10. Spike Is The Captain Of A Bug Ship

Presented without context, that might come across as incredibly strange. And that's because it is - both incredibly strange and presented without context. Toward the end of Season 8, the Scoobies are fighting to defend their lives from this season's Big Bad, Twilight, and his army of demons and humans alike (as they try to bring about the apocalypse, natch). It's at this moment that Spike decides to make his dramatic appearance by literally crashing onto the scene in no less than a genuine spaceship manned by a race of sentient cockroach-like creatures. Of course, Spike is the leader of this motley crew, and has them do his bidding without a moment's hesitation. The crew sticks around long enough to even share a mini-series with Spike in Season 9 and are charming enough that it's actually quite moving to see them leave the series when they do. Not bad for a bunch of disgusting insectoid aliens, really.

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