I Robot… you Jane – clunky and outdated or startlingly relevant for today?

My Buffy the Vampire Slayer re-watch brings me crashing into a world of scary new technology in Season 1, Episode 7, I Robot… You Jane. It contains spoilers and a content warning for passing references to cyberbullying and grooming.

I have to confess that in 1997 I had little knowledge of the internet and was probably further behind than Giles. As Ms Calendar encouraged Giles to join us in the 20th Century with three whole years to spare, like Giles, I felt more comfortable “back in the middle ages”.

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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: The Pack, every school has it’s mean kids…

Continuing my Buffy the Vampire Slayer re-watch, containing spoilers for Season 1, Episode 6, The Pack. The episode sees Buffy dealing with high school bullies and a manipulative adult while another trustworthy adult is lost from Buffy’s world …

“You start a new school, you get your desk, some blackboards and some mean kids” – Xander Harris.

The Pack introduces a group of four extremely mean kids. They are mean in a different way from Cordelia and her friends, whose prime objective is to be popular. Cordelia and her friends – later known as the Cordettes – see the less popular kids as a nuisance to be mostly ignored and occasionally derided. Kyle and his friends however, actively hone in on kids to bully, and their meanness has an edge of danger and violence. When they attempt to provoke Buffy on a class trip to the zoo and get no reaction they move onto Lance, a more vulnerable student.

Principle Flutie intervenes referring to the students as “you four”. Although Kyle has been named by Lance, the group are usually not referred to individually by name, they are referred to as a group, given collective nouns – you four, the winged monkeys and eventually the pack…

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Buffy Season 11: a sharp message for our times

A quick break from my Buffy rewatch posts, where I am still right near the beginning in Season 1; I am also avidly reading the Season 11 comics. Things have taken a very serious turn for Buffy and all her supernatural friends and foes.

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Buffy re-watch: Never Kill A Boy On The First Date and learning to love kale

In this post – containing spoilers – I continue my Buffy re-watch. And between my thoughts on Season 1, Episode 5, go off on a tangent about kale and Soylent Green.

In this episode Buffy dates romantic Owen and we see the emergence of the Anointed One. I don’t get it when people say, “you have to get through Season 1 before Buffy gets good”. Even just the first minute of this episode is fab TV and sets the tone and style for many more happy hours of Buffy viewing to come. As for example, the funny moment when Giles pops his head up over a gravestone and provides a biting critique of Buffy’s slaying technique.

Buffy: I’m Buffy and you’re … history. Giles: Poor technique…

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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 Witch – mothers, brownies and cheerleaders

Continuing my Buffy re-watch with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Episode 3: The Witch. In this post I will be looking particularly at the theme of mother-daughter relationships which the episode explores. Spoilers? Of course.

In previous episodes Giles foretold that Buffy would face supernatural threats other than vampires, and by episode three the show fully embraced this “monster of the week” format. Although Buffy has accepted her role as slayer, she also wants normal and safe activities in her life, and so is planning to try out for the cheerleading squad, much to Giles’s disdain. We then see a bubbling cauldron and a doll with a cheerleader uniform on, not a good sign. Continue reading