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.
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?
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…
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 →