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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1  (3 discs) ...
(8 hours 48 minutes)
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- Dark Comedy
- Suspense / Horror
Synopsis: Buffy moves to Sunnydale and finds her "calling" has followed her. She has to work to stop the ascension of The Master.
Reaction: A good, fairly solid start to a ground-breaking series.
Personal Rating: 7/10
Select Guest Cast
|Andrew J. FerchlandAndrew J. Ferchland|| => ||Collin (Never Kill a Boy on the First Date)|
|Geoff MeedGeoff Meed|| => ||Andrew Borba (Never Kill a Boy on the First Date)|
|James LewJames Lew|| => ||Vampire (Never Kill a Boy on the First Date)|
|Armin ShimermanArmin Shimerman|| => ||Principal Snyder (The Puppet Show)|
|Brian ThompsonBrian Thompson|| => ||Luke (Welcome to the Hellmouth)|
|Eric BalfourEric Balfour|| => ||Jesse (Welcome to the Hellmouth)|
|Julie BenzJulie Benz|| => ||Darla (Welcome to the Hellmouth)|
|Chad LindbergChad Lindberg|| => ||Dave (I, Robot... You, Jane)|
|Joss WhedonJoss Whedon|| => ||News Caster (voice) (I, Robot... You, Jane)|
|Mark DeakinsMark Deakins|| => ||Moloch / Malcolm (voice) (I, Robot... You, Jane)|
|Pierrino MascarinoPierrino Mascarino|| => ||Thelonius (I, Robot... You, Jane)|
|Robia ScottRobia Scott|| => ||Jenny Calendar (as Robia LaMorte) (I, Robot... You, Jane)|
|Clea DuVallClea DuVall|| => ||Marcie Ross (Out of Mind, Out of Sight)|
|Elizabeth Anne AllenElizabeth Anne Allen|| => ||Amy Madison (Witch)|
|Jim DoughanJim Doughan|| => ||Mr. Pole (Witch)|
|William MonaghanWilliam Monaghan|| => ||Dr. Gregory (Witch)|
|Jean Speegle HowardJean Speegle Howard|| => ||Real Natalie French (Teacher's Pet)|
|Musetta VanderMusetta Vander|| => ||Natalie French (Teacher's Pet)|
|Johnny GreenJohnny Green|| => ||Way Cool Guy (Nightmares)|
|Sean MoranSean Moran|| => ||Stage Manager (Nightmares)|
|Mercedes McNabMercedes McNab|| => ||Harmony Kendall (The Harvest)|
Random Trivia For This Title:
- Up until the third season, the school set had only one hallway and the Bronze was actually just an old warehouse.
- Joss WhedonJoss Whedon had originally planned for viewers to never see Buffy's parents. However, he realized this could get complicated and therefore wrote in Buffy's mother Joyce, who would become an important character for the rest of the series.
- Nightmares -> Willow has a "Nerf HerderNerf Herder" poster in her locker. The Buffy theme is by "Nerf HerderNerf Herder", and it was Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan, who plays Willow, that turned Joss WhedonJoss Whedon onto using them for the theme.
- Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter is 26 years old in the pilot.
- The Master's look originally featured a beard and long hair before Mark MetcalfMark Metcalf suggested the bald look as a homage to Count Orlok ([?] Max Schreck) in Nosferatu (1922).
- The Master has a name which goes unused on the show but was mentioned in the script: Heinrich Joseph Nest.
- Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy) originally auditioned for the part of Cordelia Chase and Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter (Cordelia), auditioned for the part of Buffy. Julie BenzJulie Benz also tried for the part of Buffy but eventually landed the role of Darla. Mercedes McNabMercedes McNab (Harmony, one of Cordelia's group), auditioned for the part of Buffy as well.
- Other actresses considered for the lead role as Buffy also included Katie HolmesKatie Holmes and Selma BlairSelma Blair.
- There was an Unaired Pilot of the show which was shot in 1996 it follows mostly the same plot except Willow was played by [?] Riff Regan and Principal Flutie was played by Stephen TobolowskyStephen Tobolowsky.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Welcome to the Hellmouth (1997) is considered a continuation from the 1992 movie starring Kristy SwansonKristy Swanson in the title role.
- Brian ThompsonBrian Thompson (Luke) later plays unrelated character "the Judge" in [season two].
- The Harvest -> Sixteen-year-old Mercedes McNabMercedes McNab and nineteen-year-old Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar were the only two cast members to be actual teenagers at the time this episode was filmed in 1996.
- Welcome to the Hellmouth -> Joss WhedonJoss Whedon has said that originally he wanted to include Eric BalfourEric Balfour (Jesse) in the opening credits for this episode, to trick viewers into thinking that he is a regular character, only to shock them by having him killed. This idea was eventually deemed too time-consuming (having to develop alternative opening credits for use with just this one episode) and was dropped.
- The Harvest -> The actor playing the vampire Colin ( [?] Christopher Doyle ) starred in Scream 2 (1997) along with Buffy actress Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar.
- Witch -> Introduction of Elizabeth Anne AllenElizabeth Anne Allen as Amy Madison, who played a major role in the [sixth season].
- The Harvest -> During the credits, Giles describes the origins of vampires to Buffy, Xander, and Willow. He states, "...waiting for their animals to die out, and the old ones to return." In [Season Seven], the old ones, the primordial vampires, return.
- Charisma CarpenterCharisma Carpenter had cheerleading experience from cheering for the San Diego Chargers in 1991.
- The Pack -> Buffy says that "Apparently Noah didn't want Hyenas on the ark because he thought they were an evil, impure mixture of dogs and cats." Hyenas are cats or at least, they're feliform, rather than caniform. They're related to cats, weasels, ferrets, and mongooses. Their doggy shape and pack behavior is convergent evolution.
- The Puppet Show -> Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar admitted having nightmares about puppets after filming.
- I, Robot... You, Jane -> The Circle of Kayless mentioned in the binding spell might be a reference to Kahless, the ancient warrior revered by Klingons in the [Star Trek] universe
- I, Robot... You, Jane -> The name of the demon, Moloch (a traditional Hebrew name for demons), was picked as an Easter egg reference to computer programmers. In C-based languages there is a function named malloc (short for 'Memory Allocate'). Since there are many references to computers and the internet, the name is a fitting call-out.
- Angel -> Producer and writer Marti NoxonMarti Noxon has stated this changed her negative impression on the series (before she was hired), which was based on the original film. Particularly, the scene Buffy offers her neck to Angel, .
- The Puppet Show -> Sid the dummy thought the demon he was hunting was Buffy. In [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Get It Done (2003)] it is revealed that the way the first slayer was created was by putting the essence of a demon in a girl. This is the source of every slayer's power. So Sid wasn't too far off.
|Episode Name||Disc||Disc Order||Directors||Writers||Synopsis||IMDB|
|Welcome to the Hellmouth||1||1||Charles Martin Smith|
|Joss Whedon||When teen vampire slayer Buffy tries to start a new life at Sunnydale High, she discovers that the school sits atop a demonic dimensional portal.||8.2|
|The Harvest||1||2||John T. Kretchmer||Joss Whedon||Buffy and her friends encounter a powerful vampire bent on opening a portal to a dimension inhabited by demons.||8.0|
|Witch||1||3||Stephen Cragg||Dana Reston||Buffy suspects she has a witch on her hands when the cheerleading squad falls victim to sudden blindness and spontaneous combustion.||7.8|
|Teacher's Pet||1||4||Bruce Seth Green||David Greenwalt||Buffy's biology teacher is killed by a giant praying mantis that assumes the form of a beautiful substitute teacher.||7.0|
|Never Kill a Boy on the First Date||2||1||David Semel||Rob DesHotel|
|With Buffy preoccupied by her date with Owen, Giles is trapped by a group of vampires seeking to raise a powerful leader.||7.5|
|The Pack||2||2||Bruce Seth Green||Matt Kiene|
|Xander and several other students are possessed by the spirit of a demonic breed of hyenas that wreak havoc at the high school||7.5|
|Angel||2||3||Scott Brazil||David Greenwalt||Buffy discovers Angel's dark secret and hesitates to do anything about it, which could spell danger for someone she loves.||8.6|
|I, Robot... You, Jane||2||4||Stephen L. Posey||Ashley Gable|
Thomas A. Swyden
|Willow's new Internet chat buddy turns out to be a powerful demon electronically unleashed from a centuries-old, newly digitized book.||6.8|
|The Puppet Show||3||1||Ellen S. Pressman||Dean Batali|
|Buffy suspects that a ventriloquist's dummy may be harvesting organs from classmates performing in a talent show.||7.8|
|Nightmares||3||2||Bruce Seth Green||David Greenwalt||A series of strange occurrences lead Buffy and her friends to discover that their worst nightmares have literally become reality.||8.3|
|Episode Name||Disc||Disc Order||Directors||Writers||Synopsis||IMDB|
|Out of Mind, Out of Sight||3||3||Reza Badiyi||Ashley Gable|
Thomas A. Swyden
|When an invisible menace starts attacking students and faculty at Sunnydale High, the Scooby Gang traces the problem back to Cordelia.||7.8|
|Prophecy Girl||3||4||Joss Whedon||Joss Whedon||Giles discovers an ancient book foretelling Buffy's death at the hands of the Master.||8.9|