Buffy re-watch: “Angel”, how did you react to Buffy and Angel’s first kiss?

My re-watch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1, episode 7, Angel – with inevitable spoilers – Angel’s a what now?!

How did you react when you first saw this episode with Buffy and Angel’s first kiss? Had you realised that Angel was a vampire? Or did it come as a huge shock? Were you still shipping Buffy and Angel after the initial reveal?

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Buffy re-watch: Teacher’s Pet, what have we learned?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Episode 4: Teacher’s Pet is not known as one of the strongest of Buffy episode, but it has it’s moments. Spoilers? Count on it.

Buffy’s dreams – usually prophetic – often feature in Buffy. Alternatively Teacher’s Pet opens with a dream by Xander, in which he saves Buffy from a vampire, she is grateful, attracted to him and he plays a guitar solo. He wakes to Buffy saying, “you’re drooling”, as he has nodded off in Biology class. Continue reading

The Harvest – or whatever happened to Jesse?

Continuing the Buffy re-watch with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1, Episode 2: The Harvest. Will there be spoilers? Why, yes, of course.

So much for two episodes a week … This week I had a total set back due to being sucked into a hell of PC blue screens of pain. Damn those dread machines. But I am back, and normal service will be resumed. So where were we?

Left on a cliff hanger, that’s where … Buffy about to get bit by Luke, but it’s ok, he is suddenly repelled by the large cross on the necklace which Angel handily gave Buffy earlier. Phew, Buffy is able to get out of the crypt in time to stop other vampires feeding on Willow and Xander. But where’s Jesse? Buffy repeats his name as the theme tune rolls, which is so familiar and comforting. I know exactly the moment to look away – because spiders – yuck. All the main characters are accounted for in the credits, but not Jesse oh dear, that’s worrying…

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Being Human’s final redemption is a reality check

When the the fourth series of Being Human began I asked Can Being Human survive without Mitchell, Nina and George? The answer turned out to be yes, but not for long. 

SPOILER ALERT- CONTAINS HEAVY SPOILERS OF “THE LAST BROADCAST”. SERIOUSLY, DON’T READ ANYMORE IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED IT YET!

As the fifth series began to air in February, the BBC announced that it would be the last. The departures of the original cast caused inevitable anxiety among fans. But during the fourth series, new vampire and werewolf Hal and Tom settled in well at Honolulu Heights, and were joined by new ghost Alex in time to take over from Annie. Her exit to eternal bliss involved blowing up baby Eve to save the world. That was a daring plot choice, and one that a less brave show might have shied away from and found a loop hole for. Now, the final episode “The Last Broadcast” has aired and the series is over. And I have to say I think the final episode was one of its finest.

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The Chosen One’s right to choose

“Into each generation, a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world, a chosen one.”
Giles, Welcome to the Hellmouth, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season One, Episode One.

Spoiler Alert: Buffy Season Seven, Buffy Season Nine comics

From the beginning Buffy has been a “chosen one”. Now, while Buffy’s story continues in comic form the Chosen One is exercising her right to choose an abortion.

Having been chosen as a slayer rather than making a choice about it is one of the few ways in which Buffy might be considered a weak or passive character. The title of the final episode of the TV show, Chosen, which aired in 2003 reinforced the nature of her calling. But Buffy created a chance to escape the burden of being the only chosen slayer of her generation.[1] Continue reading

Can Being Human survive without Mitchell, Nina and George?

Warning: Spoilers

It’s always risky killing off a major character, but sometimes taking that risk is what a show needs. Joss Whedon was not afraid to take the character kill off risk, and his shows and films benefited no end from the power of such bold steps.

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Welcome to Vampires These Days

This is a blog for fans of vampire fiction who are interested in engaging in critical discussion.

I’ll be exploring contemporary vampire fiction – but also looking back at some of the influential books and films of the last two hundred years and attempting to uncover the roots of some of the current trends and popularity of all this vampire material.

So why discuss vampire fiction at the moment? Obviously it is popular, with vampires cropping up everywhere from teen romance novels like Twilight to house dramas like Continue reading