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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Xander Willow Nightmares Buffy

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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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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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

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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Welcome to the Hellmouth

Spoilers… do I really need to say?

The first post from my Buffy re-watch adventure, not a blow-by-blow account exactly, but some random reflections and thoughts…

So here I am watching Welcome to the Hellmouth. Of course it is often noted that Joss Whedon wanted to turn around the stereotype of the helpless blonde girl who is killed in the opening scene of a horror movie, by having a young woman who would be strong and fight back.

What always struck me is that in the opening scene of this first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is that the stereotype is turned around in a different way.

We see a nervous young blonde woman who looks like she is about to become the victim of a predatory guy, who has brought her into the school to make out in the dead of night. Surprise, it’s actually Continue reading