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…
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.
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.
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.
My Buffy re-watch brings me to The Puppet Show, with spoilers. Like many Season 1 episodes it is often criticised. Some Buffy fans would even go so far as to say skip it. But not me. I am a firm believer that watching every episode helps in appreciating the relationships and humour between the key characters.
Ok, so this episode has a corny talking dummy, but the character’s reactions to it make it well worth the watch. When I first saw this episode I particularly loved the awkward final dramatic scene played out by Buffy, Willow and Xander. This was a moment when I thought, ok, this TV show is really on to something.
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”.
It’s always good to see folks celebrating Buffy the Vampire Slayer, especially by answering lots of quizzy questions and possibly drinking beer. The Stoke Newington Literary Festival 2017 is holding a Buffy Pub Quiz on 3rd June.