"Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The
A genuine curiosity, this
is the film that came out in the cinema and didn't do very well. But
thinking the premise was still sound and with out interference, Joss took
his slayer to TV land. The rest is history. But is it any good? Frankly,
no. The story is just…strange, with scenes that don't really have any
payoff. The death of Merrick is rather lame and it's not clear what
Rutger's character is exactly beyond a bad ass vampire. Everything just
seems slightly off, especially the 'funny' vampires at the dance. You can
see what the intent is, but the execution just isn't there. It's like
watching one of those badly translated anime films from the 80's. The
mythology is slightly altered from the TV show as well, sometimes not for
the better. The Watcher is now reincarnated everytime a Slayer dies,
vampires can fly (sometimes) and have pointy ears, but no sloping brow.
Also when they get staked they don't disappear. Buffy has a 'spidersense'
when Vamps are around but she doesn't get a tingle. She gets cramps. Thank
god that was dropped for the TV show.
It's not all bad though. Pike
(Luke Perry) is actually very cool. Certainly you could see him fitting
into the TV show, perhaps as a Jessie type character and as another male
Xanders age. Kirsty Swanson is also good as Buffy, but SMG has made the
role her own now after 5 years. It's the William Shatner thing. He is
James T Kirk. Sarah Michelle Gellar is Buffy Summers. I didn't really like
the idea of one Watcher being reincarnated over and over. It's better to
simply have him human. So, not a great movie then, but viewed as a 'pilot
episode' that got turned down it's interesting to watch. - 2/5
Buffy - 1.1/2 - "Welcome to the Hellmouth"
--- 10 - June - 2001 ---
Summary: Buffy Summers is starting her
first day at school when a dead body is found, bearing the unmistakeable
mark of a vampire. Giles manages to convince her to follow her destiny as
a slayer, but Xander overhears and eventually Willow finds out too. It all
climaxes in The Bronze, as Luke tries to free the Master by killing as
many kids as possible. Buffy saves the day though and the Master is
confined underground. For now.
Buffys first day at school was something everyone can emphasise with.
Being the new kid is never easy. Xander establishes himself here as the
Chandler of the group. Almost every thing he says is funny. The scenes
with Buffy talking to Principal Flutie were great as well. Angel looked
Worst Scenes: Evil Jesse
looked pretty lame to me. It would have been nice to see Cordelia do more
as well. What websites is Willow visiting to get all this
Best Character: This was Buffys
episode as it was the pilot. But honestly, Xander made me laugh every time
he was on screen. He was my fave scooby after two episodes.
Most Underused Character: I don't know if Joss
wasn't sure whether Cordy was going to have a bigger role in the series or
not, but she didn't really do much in the pilot. Still came away with a
few great one liners though.
Funniest Scene: When
Angel is talking to Buffy in the Crypt. The banter between the two is
great. Brilliant chemistry from the outset.
Laugh Line Of
The Week: "Can I have you, duh, can I help you" - Xander making a
freudian slip to Buffy.
Quality Of The Villain:
Luke was really just a minion, someone to do the wetwork. The real villain
was, of course, The Master. His makeup looked really solid to me, very
beliveable. I wonder if that's what you turn into if you never revert back
to human form?
Things That Make You Ponder: As a
pilot episode setting the scene, "Welcome to the Hellmouth" did a great
job. The cast are all really likeable, especially Buffy and Xander. One
thing I didn't like was the reliance on the Internet to move forward the
story. How do people find these sites? Who creates them? I was a bit
suprised that the school wasn't shut for a few days after the corpse was
found. And a massacre in The Bronze and it's open for Biz the next week?
Sunnydale must have the keystone cops as a police force.
Final Verdict: Really good opening episode. Great
characters, good special effects, and a nice setup for future shows. 4/5
Buffy - 1.3 - "The Witch"
--- 10 - June - 2001 ---
Summary: Buffy tries out for the
cheerleader squad. A girl called Amy also desperately wants in, more for
her mother than anything. After weird stuff starts taking out prospective,
cheerleaders, the gang suspects she is a witch. The twist is that Amys mom
has switched bodys and Amy is in fact the psychopathic mother. They switch
back at the end thanks to Giles and Buffy reflects Amys Moms spell back on
her. She disappears but ends up trapped in a cheerleaders trophy, only
able to move her eyes.
Best Scenes: The
Cheerleader tryouts were nice on the eye (ahem). I genuinely didn't spot
the twist, although it was a bit daft. More great one liners from Xander.
Worst Scenes: The actual premise of this episode,
namely that a mother swaps minds with her daughter is a bit off the wall.
It brings back memories of "Spocks Brain" and the flood of poor 80's
movies like "Vice Versa" and "18 again"
Character: Buffy by a mile. No one else really had much to do,
though Giles came good with his casting.
Character: Cordy again for the second week in a row. She goes
blind and that's about it really.
Xander drooling when he enters the cheerleading tryout hall.
Laugh Line Of The Week: "I laugh in the face of
danger. Then I hide until it goes away" - Xander proving that telling the
truth doesn't automatically make people think you are a brave person.
Quality Of The Villain: Not really all that
impressed to be honest. Old school witch with a cauldron filled with
bubbling green unindentifiable stuff. I didn't really think Buffy was ever
really threatened this episode.
Things That Make You
Ponder: Cordy suddenly going blind was pretty scary stuff. I know
I would have a few sleepless nights if there were people running around
who could do that at whim. Although Willow wasn't really a witch yet, it
makes you realise how restrained she was in future episodes. Must be very
tempting to use that power when somebody's giving you a hard time. Surely
somebody like a cleaner or something is going to notice a statuette with a
pair of eyeballs staring out.
Final Verdict: Not
a great episode this. Lightweight and pretty forgetable really. 3/5
Buffy - 1.4 - "Teachers Pet"
--- 10 - June - 2001 ---
Summary: New substitute teacher Miss
French has all the boys panting to help her. What they don't know is that
she's a killer Mantis who kills virgins. There's also a vampire with a
razor claw hand wandering around. Buffy takes him out, then the Mantis
before saving Xander.
Best Scenes: The day dream
at the start was funny. Xanders attempts to be smooth with with Miss
French were hilarious as well. Angel's always interesting to see.
Worst Scenes: Like last week, this is a dumb
premise. A killer Mantis, in the form of a teacher?! But it works. Just.
The Vampire with the Claw was really pointless. It just seemed that
someone realised there had been no vampires killed since the Pilot and
shoved him in.
Best Character: This was a Xander
episode, so he really was the star. I liked Willow though.
Most Underused Character: I'm fed up using
Cordelia, so Giles is going to get the wooden spoon this week.
Funniest Scene: Xander in Miss French's house,
trying to be James Bond and failing miserably.
Of The Week: "He's a very attractive man. How come that never
came up" - Xander checking out Angel, but still being comfortable with his
Quality Of The Villain: Hey now, it's a
she/killer/preying/mantis type thing. When you finally see Miss French in
the flesh as it were, she looks very...rubbery. To be fair, I don't think
anyone was expecting a scary creature and it seemed to be played for
laughs, so there's no point critizing it.
Things That Make
You Ponder: So everybody knows Xander is a virgin now. Perhaps
this will quiet him down and cause a bit less jealousy when Angel's
around. Or it could do the opposite. The eggs in the cupboard at the end
were quite scary. The thought that we might see another killer mantis in
the show is not a nice thought.
Very much a Xander episode. Taken as a piss take, it's a good watch. 3/5
Buffy - 1.5 - "Never kill a boy on the first date"
--- 10 - June - 2001 ---
Summary: Giles finds out that the Master
is going to raise the Anointed One, a great warrior. Meanwhile, Buffy is
seeing Owen, a poetry loving student. The two storys collide at the
Cemetry and Owen is nearly killed. Buffy Kills the Anointed One and breaks
up with Owen. It turns out though that the Anointed One is in fact an 8
year old boy.
Best Scenes: The scenes with Buffy
akwardly trying to ask out Owen were fun. Angel being jealous that Buffy
was on a date. The way the vampires attacked the bus was cool.
Worst Scenes: Owen himself was really boring.
What did Buffy see in him? Owen following Buffy to the mortuary was
irritating. In fact I really hated Owen full stop.
Character: I quite Liked Giles this episode. He was always trying
to help, even if he did it in a bumbling way.
Underused Character: Cordelia, again, had some great lines, but I
really would like to have seen more of her.
Scene: Angel, after he found out Buffy was on a date. Instead of
just vanishing as he usually does, he sticks around, just out of pure
jealousy with Owen.
Laugh Line Of The Week: "If
the Apocalypse comes, beep me" - Buffy, showing that she can be flippant
Quality Of The Villain: The
vampire Buffy was fighting was just a goon. The real Anointed One was a
young 8 year old boy. I find this very creepy for some reason. Plus the
kid looks spooky anyway.
Things That Make You
Ponder: I still find it hard to belive that Buffy struggles so
much to find dates. Are these people blind? Owen was really boring and I
trust he will never show again. Where was the staff at the mortuary?
Final Verdict: Not a bad episode, but not great.
The story arc of the Anointed One starts here, so it's worth watching just
for that. 3/5
Buffy - 1.6 - "The Pack"
--- 10 - June - 2001 ---
Summary: A group of students, including
Xander, are possessed by the spirits of Hyenas. After devouring the
Principal, they turn on Buffy and co., but she is able to stop them and
reverse the spell.
Best Scenes: It was fun
watching Nasty Xander going around school. The death of Flutie was a real
shocker. Good twist featuring the zoo keeper.
Scenes: The rest of the pack were pretty boring. Not really the
best acting either. Killing of Flutie was a shame as well. He was always
funny. Hyenas possessing people sounds a bit silly in the light of day.
Best Character: Gotta be the Xan man. Great
performance when he turned evil.
Character: I thought Willow should have had more interaction with
evil Xander, maybe even be possessed as well. A missed oppertunity.
Funniest Scene: Buffy trying to convince Giles
that Xander is possessed.
Laugh Line Of The Week:
"I cannot belive that you, of all people, are trying to Scully me!" -
Buffy introduces Giles to pop culture references.
Of The Villain: Not really a villain, but a bunch of Hyena
spirits possessing folk. Not as daft as it might sound. It's all in the
Things That Make You Ponder: I wish
Xander hadn't been locked up when Flutie was killed. Would have made for
an interesting moral puzzle in the future. And is Sunnydale school
officialy the most dangerous place to work. Being a soldier in war would
be safer. I hope all the teachers have wills.
Verdict: Another Xander episode, but the story's not really
great. The cast of the pack let the side down slightly and it really is a
shame that Flutie is dead. 3/5
Buffy - 1.7 - "Angel"
--- 16 - June - 2001 ---
Summary: Buffy is being attacked by The
Three when Angel saves her. They run off and hide out at her house. Angel
unwittingly reveals he is a vampire after kissing Buffy and flees. he is
then framed by Darla to make it look like he attacked Joyce, Buffys mom.
Buffy, Angel and Darla all face off in a shoot/flying-stake out and Darla
ends up being dusted by Angel.
Best Scenes: When
Buffy finds out that Angel used to be called Angelus and was not a nice
person was good. All the scenes between Buffy and Angel were tense,
through sexual desire or hatred. Darla going John Woo stylie with the guns
Worst Scenes: Angel's reaction when he
learns he's been framed really annoy's me. Why not just try and least
explain that it wasn't him?
Best Character: The
title of the episode says it all. This was an Angel
Most Underused Character: Why was
Cordelia even in this episode? Seriously, if you are in the main credits
you should have at least something to do.
Scene: Xander desperately trying to clutch at reasons why Buffy
should not go out with Angel.
Laugh Line Of The
Week: "You're in love with a vampire? What are you, out of your
mind?!" - Xander, showing his sensitive understanding side.
Quality Of The Villain: Darla was a great
opponent for Buffy and Angel. She's probably the first person to work out
that a Slayer might not be able to outrun a speeding bullet. It was only
when Buffy & Angel teamed up that she was beaten.
Things That Make You Ponder: The scene where
Buffy and Angel hide in the house and the other Vampires can't cross the
threshold. Well, how did that hand manage to get round the door? In fact,
Buffy shouldn't even have had to struggle to close the door. The vamps
should have been stuck just outside the doorway. Also when she told Angel
to get in, could one of The Three have interpreted that wrongly on purpose
and assumed she was talking to them so they could get in the house? Who
decides exactly what an invite constitutes? Is it the intent of the
inviter? Can you invite one person from a crowd without inviting them all
Final Verdict: Great episode, showing the
early signs that Buffy has a definite story arc and won't simply be a
monster of the week show. 5/5
Buffy - 1.8 - "I Robot, You Jane"
--- 23 - June - 2001 ---
Summary: Willow has an online boyfriend.
Unfortunately it's a demon called Moloch whom she accidently released into
cyberspace while scanning a book he was trapped in. Moloch attempts to
have Buffy wiped out and when Willow rejects him, he gets a goon to kidnap
her and take her to a factory. Willow finds he has created a robot body
for himself. Meanwhile Giles and Ms Calendar invoke a binding spell and he
is released from the net and trapped in his new body. Not best pleased, he
takes it out on Willow and the scoobys by trying to kill them. Buffy
outsmarts him though, by tricking him into electrocuting himself.
Best Scenes: The interaction between Giles and Ms
Calender is great. It was also good to see Willow get the lead in a story.
The two mesmerised students, Dave and Fritz, were kind of spooky.
Especially when Fritz started mutilating himself. And i've got to say,
Buffy seemed to be wearing very low-cut tops and mini skirts throughout
the episode. Was this a ploy to get more viewers in?
Scenes: Lets be honest: Moloch in robot form looked laughable. He
reminded me of a badguy from the Power Rangers. No amount of metallic
sound effects could convince me that suit wasn't made of rubber. I didn't
like the way Giles was such a technophobe. It seemed a bit stereotypical
of the englishman out of his element. Giles is a smart guy you know. And
where the hell was Cordelia?
Willow all the way. it was good to see her in the limelight and possibly
establishing herself as the strongest actress on the show
Most Underused Character: Remember that plotline
where Cordelia walked in on the group and found them talking about an
internet demon? And the bit where she said snide remarks to Willow about
an online relationship? No, neither do I. And that's because she wasn't in
the bloody episode. What is going on here? Has she fallen down a well?!
Funniest Scene: When Moloch was walking about in
his poor man's Robocop oufit and doing the robot dance was pretty funny,
albeit unintentionally. But the scooby gangs faces at the end when they
realise they are doomed never to have a normal relationship was funnier.
Laugh Line Of The Week: "It's great! It's your
best hair ever!" - Xander, lying quite frankly.
The Villain: When Moloch was confined to the net and Fritz was
walking about trying to kill people was good. It seemed sinister,
especially when Fritz started carving letters into his arm. Then Moloch
came out of the net. And turned into a rubbery transformer. I think maybe
he was supposed to be funny because he had some cracking one liners.
Things That Make You Ponder: The whole Moloch on
the internet kind of opens a can of worms. Fair enough, he's a centuries
old demon and probably isn't au fait with how the web works. But he seemed
to grasp it pretty quickly, breaking into scholl records, using webcams
and commandering a factory. So the question is why didn't he create a back
up copy of himself? Why not semd himself round the world to every e-mail
box? Why were certain people not affected by his mesmerising power? And
where the hell was Cordelia?
Final Verdict: While
it was good to see Willow take center stage, the fact is that this was a
pretty lame episode. The robot Moloch killed of any credibility it had.
Buffy - 1.9 - "The Puppet Show"
--- 14 - July- 2001 ---
Summary: The talent show approaches
Sunnydale High and unfortunate Giles is in charge, drafted by new
Principal Snyder who also catches the Scoobys making fun of it and orders
them to particpate. The gang soon have more worries when a girls heart
goes missing. A demon among the students participating in the show is
Giles first guess, namely a weird kid with a creepy looking ventriloquists
dummy. The Dummy then become the no.1 suspect but It transpires that it is
in fact a human being, cursed to live in the wooden body until the demons
that trapped him are killed. He teams up with the Scoobys and they rescue
Giles before he is killed by the real demon, an ordinary kid nobody
Best Scenes: Starting back to front,
but the scene with the trio at the end performing a stage play and being
quite awful was very funny. The Dummy really was creepy looking and looked
quite scary in parts. Funny stuff from the new Principal as the guy kids
love to hate. Also, excellent misdirection from the script. I totally
thought the Dummy was the Demon.
Although it was cool seeing the Dummy sitting talking to the gang and
helping them out, it looked a bit ridiculous in parts. It was bizarre,
seeing Buffy talking to him and required a large suspension of disbelief.
Where was Angel? Not even a 2 minute subplot?
Character: Giles was unusually in the middle of the plot,
organising the Show. He was also very funny, especially near the end when
it was nearly time for the curtains to raise.
Underused Character: Angel was AWOL this week, but once again he
can't really be counted since he wasn't in the episode at all. It's got to
be Cordelia, who had some funny lines, but wasn't crucial to the outcome
of the episode at all.
Funniest Scene: Giles
using Xanders trick to get rid of Cordelia. Namely, mention her
Laugh Line Of The Week: "There are things I
will not tolerate; students loitering on campus after school, horrible
murders with hearts being removed... and also smoking." - Principal
Snyder, giving Buffy a sneak preview of how the new school charter will
Quality Of The Villain: Well, the whole
entire episode, I thought the Dummy was the Villain. And he wasn't. Which
doesn't make him less creepy. There is something spooky about an inanimate
object being made to look human, a gross caricature of a human being at
that. The real monster, was some demon that needed organs. Not scary or
threatening. But that Dummy. Even when you know he's a good guy, you would
still be looking over your shoulder at those cold staring eyes.
Things That Make You Ponder: It would have been
very amusing if the Dummy had remained alive and stuck around with the
Scooby gang. I can just imagine story lines revolving round him helping
out the gang and sitting in on Library meetings. He might even have got a
spin off instead of Angel. He could have wandered round LA on his tiny
legs, solving crimes and drinking hard liquor…Possibly not though. And
where was Angel?
Final Verdict: The Dummy was
really creepy looking and there was great red herrings this episode. But
at the end of the day, it wasn't the best ever Buffy you're ever going to
see, but certainly not the worst. And that Dummy was spooky. 3/5
Buffy - 1.10 - "Nightmares"
--- 22 - July - 2001 ---
Summary: After a boy in class has
spiders crawling all over him, Buffy loses an hour of time in a test and
Giles loses the ability to read, the Scooby gang spot a pattern.
Nightmares are coming true and it all stems around a young boy in a coma
who has gained the ability to have peoples fears come to life in the real
world. The gang solve it when the boy is confronted with his own monster,
a violent ugly man who actually turns out to be his baseball coach who
beat him into a coma in the first place.
Scenes: The nightmares were very different and imaginative.
Willow singing with a soprano was funny, but Xanders was downright spooky.
The nazi crosses and the clown was very creepy. Buffy turning into a
vampire was quite a novelty. Giles feeling of dread when he sees Buffys
gravestone was very touching. Cordelia as a nerd was great. The scene
where the ugly monster beat up Laura was brutal.
Scenes: No Angel? It would have been interesting to see his
nightmares. Becoming Angelus again? I thought Buffy would have clicked
that her nightmare version of her dad wasn't real and simply walked away.
Easily said I guess, but emotionally draining.
Character: Xander, mainly because he had the best monster to run
away from. That clown was scary. And he beat it as well. So gold star for
the Xan man then.
Most Underused Character: Angel
by his very lack of being in the episode once again escapes this 'honour'.
Once he's in the opening credits though. Then he's fair game. So Cordelia,
again, takes the wooden spoon.
Cordelia being dragged by nerds into a chess
Laugh Line Of The Week: "If there's
something bad out there, we'll find, you'll slay, we'll party." - Xander,
feeling super confident.
Quality Of The Villain:
The kid was making nightmares come to life, but not on purpose. He was as
much the victim as anyone. The real villain was the coach, who beat him so
violently that he suffered brain damage and went into a coma. An unusually
undemonic villain for Buffy and possibly more frightening than any vampire
could ever be.
Things That Make You Ponder: The
episode never got into the actual physics of how the kid nearly brought
down reality. But if every thing that came to pass was real, it makes for
interesting ideas. The nerds who pulled Cordy into the chess room. Were
they real with personality's? Just because they were her nightmare,
doesn't mean they didn't have feelings. And Buffy as a vampire. She
actually died then. Although everything was reversed, see was a member of
the undead for a while. That means she died twice in season one! Pretty
unusual to kill of the star of your show. Twice! It's a shame Angel never
got to meet her in this state. I don't know what he would have thought.
Final Verdict: Good episode, very apocalyptic.
The nightmares were all fully realised and well done. The only downside
was no Angel to see the vamped up Buffy. 4/5
Buffy - 1.11 - "Invisible Girl" aka "Out of Sight, Out of
--- 30 - July - 2001 ---
Summary: Cordelia's friends are being
attacked, seemingly by an invisible force. Buffy finds a secret hideaway
place with food and living materials. She also finds a yearbook and
deduces with the help of the Scooby's that the invisible entity is in fact
Marcie Ross, a girl who simply wasn't noticed by anyone. Eventually she
literally faded away and became invisible, unhinging her already unstable
mind. She blames Cordelia, who has turned to Buffy for assistance, but
Marcie manages to capture them both. Meanwhile, Angel is helping Giles by
looking for a book called The Codex and also saves the gang after they
have been trapped in the basement with leaking gas. Buffy manages to free
herself and using her hearing manages to beat Marcie without the need to
see her. Marcie is taken away by Men in Black who take her into a class
where everybody is invisible. We leave her learning the useful art of
Best Scenes: Cordelia really came
good this episode, finally justifying why she is in the main credits. Her
defence of her lifestyle to Buffy was very emotional and shows she's not a
Harmony bimbo. Principal Snyder is possibly the funniest man in the series
after Xander. Everything he says makes me laugh. Very cool ninja type
fighting from Buffy at the end as she blocked out everything and
concentrated on her hearing. Marcie was actually quite spooky, especially
her intended threat that she was going to disfigure Cordy. Nice playoff
with Giles and Angel.
Worst Scenes: Pretty
convenient that Angel found the Scooby's in the basement. Also what about
Marches parents? Surely they must have been wondering where their daughter
was? Mind you, that might have been part of her problem if they ignored
her as well. The explanation of why she turned invisible was fair enough;
The Hellmouth caused it, but what about the other cases across the land.
Is there more than one Hellmouth?
Hurrah! First time ever, Cordelia is the star of the show! With her
opinions in class and revealing to Buffy she is alone as well, she really
came good this episode.
Most Underused Character:
Willow seemed a bit out of the picture this episode. She did have stuff to
do, but everybody else seemed to have more.
Scene: Whenever Cordy went to the Scooby's for help, she always
ended up insulting them in some way. Great to watch.
Line Of The Week: "There are no dead students here. This week." -
Principal Snyder, staring to recognise a possible problem emerging in
having your school next to a Hellmouth.
Quality Of The
Villain: Marcie was strangely an unsympathetic character. She was
ignored by everybody because she decided she didn't want to belong in a
bottom rung social group. But she was never going to get into Cordys
group. So she fell between two stools. It's also not much to aspire to.
Becoming another Harmony. She was quite brutal though. Suffocating a
teacher just because she liked Cordelia and thinking about stabbing Buffy.
Then the talk about cutting up Cordelias face…brrr, very creepy stuff.
Very dark the more you think about it.
Things That Make You
Ponder: Turning Invisible is every child's dream. Being able to
hide from people, spy on girls, see things that you shouldn't see but all
the time nobody knows you're there. Sure, it's creepy and bad if somebody
else has the power, but if you have it, it's fine. Of course, the only
problem is if you can't turn it off. If you can't see yourself. How do you
define yourself? Would you lose touch with perspective. How could you
function in a group capacity? At what point would you lose your sanity.
Angel is Invisible to himself, but people see him, react to him. If he
looks angry, he knows people are going to behave in a certain way. But not
Marcie. All she can do is scream into the silence and hope somebody hears.
Final Verdict: At last, we have an episode in
which Cordelia takes the centre stage. I don't know how many times she has
been woefully underused. There seemed no real difference between her or
Harmony or any of the other Cordettes. Why was she in the credits? What
did she bring to the show? She showed in this episode who she really is
and how she might develop in the future. 4/5
Buffy - 1.12 - "Prophecy Girl"
--- 6 - August - 2001 ---
Summary:All the signs that an apocalypse
are coming seem to be getting stronger. While Giles tries to decipher The
Codex, Xander finally plucks up the courage to ask Buffy out.
Unfortunately, she turns him down and he leaves a very unhappy man.
Meanwhile, Giles has worked out that Buffy is going to face The Master…and
lose. Buffy, accidentally overhearing this, takes the news of her
impending death not very well and decides her best move would be to quit.
The vampires are getting stronger though and after a bunch of students are
found massacred, she faces her destiny and fights the Master. And is
killed. Angel and Xander find her face down in a pool of water but manage
to revive her. She doesn't feel weak though, if anything she is stronger
than ever after her miraculous resurrection. In the library, Giles and co.
fight a large monster that has risen from the not quite fully opened
Hellmouth yet. Overhead, Buffy faces off against the Master again, but
this time beats him and throws him through a glass skylight onto a sharp
piece of wood. The Master dies and the Hellmouth closes. The gang retires
to the Bronze, happily exhausted having survived the year and prevented
the Hellmouth from opening.
Best Scenes: Lots and
lots. In no particular order; first of all the directing was top notch.
Really liked the slo mo on Buffy fighting the vamp at the start. Great to
see Cordelia play a part in the episode. Xander asking out Buffy was good
closure on a storyline that had run it's course. The whole scene between
Giles, Buffy and Angel when she finds out about her destiny was
beautifully played. The monster at the end was really quite cool. Looked
very impressive. The final battle between Buffy and the master was great.
Worst Scenes: The actual resurrection of Buffy
was very strange. How exactly did she come back to life? I suppose her
slayer strength could account for it, but an explanation would have been
nice. And one of my pet hates, the one thing that Buffy the television
show seems to rely on too much. The 'accidentally overhearing/seeing
something by accident' scene. It's the only flaw I've ever seen in this
great show. But it comes up more than a few times. The scene where Buffy
accidentally overhears Giles and Angel talking was really irritating.
Sure, it gave us a great emotional three-way argument, but it's totally
cliched. I wish she could have found out her fate some other way.
Best Character: Well, no real suprises, Buffy
takes it again. And quite rightly. It was her death scene and her
climactic fight with The Master that made this a great
Most Underused Character: Willow wasn't
hugely influential this episode. She had a nice scene with Xander, but
nothing much beyond that.
Funniest Scene: I liked
Xander and Angel reluctantly working together. Especially when Xander
accuses him of staring at his neck.
Laugh Line Of The
Week: "That's okay. I don't want to go. I'm just going to go
home, lie down and listen to country music. The music of pain." - Xander,
not in a happy place.
Quality Of The Villain: The
big three headed monster that came out in the library looked very cool
indeed. All slime and tentacles. You can't go wrong with that. But it
wasn't the real villain. That was The Master, finally freed and ready to
cause havoc. He killed Buffy after all. You can't get more threatening
than that! But he succumbed like all the others. Although if he handily
hadn't landed on a stake then who knows how the battle would have
Things That Make You Ponder: Buffy takes a
very sensible and rational attitude when she finds out she is going to
die. She runs away from it. If she isn't the slayer, then she can't be
killed by The Master. It's a very logical way of looking at it. Sure, it
means the Hellmouth will open and that won't be nice. But if she was going
to die anyway, what difference would it make if she didn't face The
Master? Of course she did face him and lost. But perhaps she couldn't have
beaten him without being 'reborn' and gaining some sort of temporary
superpower that made her strong enough to face him.
Verdict: Well, the Season 1 finale more than lived up to it's
billing. Storylines were ended, a couple of new ones introduced, some
great scenes and as I said before, brilliant directing. Truly a great
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