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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 [1997] (3 discs)

Composer:Nerf Herder
Length:528 minutes
(8 hours 48 minutes)
MPAA Rating:TV-14
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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. Ferchland => Collin (Never Kill a Boy on the First Date)
Geoff Meed => Andrew Borba (Never Kill a Boy on the First Date)
James Lew => Vampire (Never Kill a Boy on the First Date)
Armin Shimerman => Principal Snyder (The Puppet Show)
Brian Thompson => Luke (Welcome to the Hellmouth)
Eric Balfour => Jesse (Welcome to the Hellmouth)
Julie Benz => Darla (Welcome to the Hellmouth)
Chad Lindberg => Dave (I, Robot... You, Jane)
Joss Whedon => News Caster (voice) (I, Robot... You, Jane)
Mark Deakins => Moloch / Malcolm (voice) (I, Robot... You, Jane)
Pierrino Mascarino => Thelonius (I, Robot... You, Jane)
Robia Scott => Jenny Calendar (as Robia LaMorte) (I, Robot... You, Jane)
Clea DuVall => Marcie Ross (Out of Mind, Out of Sight)
Elizabeth Anne Allen => Amy Madison (Witch)
Jim Doughan => Mr. Pole (Witch)
William Monaghan => Dr. Gregory (Witch)
Jean Speegle Howard => Real Natalie French (Teacher's Pet)
Musetta Vander => Natalie French (Teacher's Pet)
Johnny Green => Way Cool Guy (Nightmares)
Sean Moran => Stage Manager (Nightmares)
Mercedes McNab => Harmony Kendall (The Harvest)
Bruce Seth Green => Director
Charles Martin Smith => Director
David Semel => Director
Ellen S. Pressman => Director
John T. Kretchmer => Director
Joss Whedon => Director / Writer
Reza Badiyi => Director
Scott Brazil => Director
Stephen Cragg => Director
Stephen L. Posey => Director
Ashley Gable => Writer
Dana Reston => Writer
David Greenwalt => Writer
Dean Batali => Writer
Joe Reinkemeyer => Writer
Matt Kiene => Writer
Rob DesHotel => Writer
Thomas A. Swyden => Writer
Nerf Herder => Composer
Alyson Hannigan => Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Head => Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Charisma Carpenter => Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz => Angel
Ken Lerner => Principal Bob Flutie
Kristine Sutherland => Joyce Summers
Mark Metcalf => The Master
Nicholas Brendon => Xander Harris
Sarah Michelle Gellar => Buffy Summers

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 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 Herder" poster in her locker. The Buffy theme is by "Nerf Herder", and it was Alyson Hannigan, who plays Willow, that turned Joss Whedon onto using them for the theme.
  • Charisma Carpenter is 26 years old in the pilot.
  • The Master's look originally featured a beard and long hair before Mark 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 Gellar (Buffy) originally auditioned for the part of Cordelia Chase and Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia), auditioned for the part of Buffy. Julie Benz also tried for the part of Buffy but eventually landed the role of Darla. Mercedes 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 Holmes and Selma 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 Tobolowsky.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Welcome to the Hellmouth (1997) is considered a continuation from the 1992 movie starring Kristy Swanson in the title role.
  • Brian Thompson (Luke) later plays unrelated character "the Judge" in [season two].
  • The Harvest -> Sixteen-year-old Mercedes McNab and nineteen-year-old Sarah 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 Whedon has said that originally he wanted to include Eric 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 Gellar.
  • Witch -> Introduction of Elizabeth 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 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 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 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.