9 of the best recurring minor characters introduced in Season 1 of Buffy

I’ve had fun re-watching and writing about the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now that I have finished watching the season my impression is that it is generally underrated. There have been calls from many critics to skip Season 1 altogether. But in my opinion the season sets the scene and tone for the show as a whole. It also references coming conflicts and develops the shows core themes.

Before I move on to Season 2, I am pausing to consider some of the often overlooked recurring characters introduced in Season 1.

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Buffy re-watch: Prophecy Girl – In which she flunks the written

Well, it’s been a while. As is often the case school holidays tends to delay my Buffy Re-watch progression. So where was I. Oh yes, nearly at the end. Of Season One at least. So now school’s back and I have a little more time on my hands. Let’s locate the box set, fire up the DVD player and watch the season finale, Prophecy Girl. Spoilers ahead…

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Joss Whedon: No more heroes anymore?

I’m a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – you may have noticed. As such I have also been a long time fan of Joss Whedon. Not only were Buffy and his other shows great, but Whedon is also a self-proclaimed feminist, who has become as well-known as the show he pioneered. All good so far. But last night I read Kai Cole’s account of how Whedon treated her during their marriage, including having multiple affairs and lying about it. It left me feeling sad and sickened.

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Buffy re-watch: Out of mind, out of sight. Don’t watch, listen

Out of Mind, Out of Sight is the penultimate episode to Buffy season 1. Here’s the episode in a nutshell and some themes that come to mind. Beware, as usual spoilers will not be invisible!

  • Students and staff are being mysteriously attacked at Sunnydale High School, but thankfully with no fatalities. “There are no dead students here. This week.” celebrates Principal Snyder.

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Buffy keeps coming back and I keep coming back to Buffy

When you are aware of something you see it all around you. Thinking about a holiday? Holiday adverts will jump up around you on the streets. Do just a little bit of dusting and then see dust everywhere.

It’s been like that with Buffy the Vampire Slayer for me this last week.

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Buffy re-watch: Is Nightmares Buffy’s Wizard of Oz?

Continuing my Buffy the Vampire Slayer re-watch and nearing the end of Season One, we come to Nightmares. Spoilers for the episode lie ahead. With it’s surreal atmosphere, I felt like this was one of the stand out episodes of Season 1 when I first saw it. And I still love it now. It opens with Buffy’s nightmare that she confronts The Master and he defeats her. Fortunately it was not real, she wakes and gets on with her usual day.

But soon everyone’s worst nightmares begin to become real.

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Quick guide to Buffy and Angel comics and other news

Some news for y’all. I want to branch out and write on subjects broader than vampire fiction and have started blogging at spanglesplace.com

Here’s a vampire fiction related post from over there. I have often heard from fans who would like get into the Buffy and Angel comics but don’t know where to start, so I thought a quick guide of the comics since the shows ended could help a lot of people out.

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