For whatever reason, I have had this idea to watch all of the Buffy episodes again. I mean, I own the big honkin’ DVD set, I should actually use it.Â Oh wait, I do know the reason. I’ve been listening to some audiobooks of Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, which are narrated by James Marsters, aka Spike. I guess it got my mind-a-yearnin’ for some Spike and friends. And on a side note, Mr. Marsters has totally spoiled me for audiobooks. He is awesome. Maybe it’s the difference between an actor reading a book, and a reader reading a book. Cuz I’ve recently discovered some of the most annoying voices, as well as some seriously monotone readers. Why can’t he just read all my books to me? End side note.
In order to make myself feel like I’m actually doing something useful and not just watching hours of old television, I shall review BTVS as I go. I know you’re so stoked.
Season 1, Disc 1
1×01 Welcome to the Hellmouth & 1×02 The Harvest
Wow. I watch this now, and I have a hard time believing I saw this back in 1996, and thought… yah, I want to watch this every week and get all weird & giddy about it. I’m thinking it must have been a few episodes in before I had this aforementioned giddiness.
Giles: Something’s coming, something, something… something is, is gonna happen here. Soon!
Buffy: Gee, can you vague that up for me?
After the events of Joss Whedon’s original Buffy Motion Picture script (not the actual end result, that he did not like), Buffy has to relocate to a new school. She thinks this means she can forget about the whole “chosen vampire slayer” thing.Â She quickly learns this isn’t the case, due to the whole mystical convergence at the mouth of hell, which happens to be right under the town Buffy just moved to.
The writing is awesome, the acting was a little less awesome. But I can’t blame them, they were young, it’s a first episode. They haven’t had a chance to really get settled into the characters. But still, it’s Buffy. I love it. Cheese and all.
Cordelia: I just am not the type to settle, you know? It’s like when I go shopping. I have to have the most expensive thing. Not because it’s expensive, but because it costs more.
And no Mike, that is not my personal motto :P
1×03 The Witch
Cheerleading tryouts are in full swing, and our Miss Summers wants to try to capture that glory she once had in her pre-Slayer days.Â But of course nothing can be that easy in Sunnydale. Many of the cheerleaders start dropping off the squad like flies via spontaneous combustion, sudden blindness and a mouth that just goes missing. Buffy and the gang think that dark magicks are involved. Magicks are different than magics. Cuz it looks cooler, and it’s probably all old-school or something.
Catherine: She said I was wasting my youth. So she took it.
This feels a bit better. A little low looking on the production values. But I guess the whole first season has this feeling. Story is your basic girl is young, but doesn’t do anything with it, so jealous mom decides she’ll use her youth for her. Who hasn’t had that thought? I thought the two actresses playing mother and daughter did really well together. They played each other really well. Believable as that sort of situation can be.
1×04 Teacher’s Pet
A teacher finally believes that Buffy isn’t a complete delinquent and we see a bit of a spark in her because of it. So, naturally, this teacher must die immediately and gruesomely. And of course a new mysterious substitute hottie of a teacher takes his place. No, she can’t possibly have anything to do with any of the bad stuff going on.
Principal Flutie: We all need help with our feelings. Otherwise, we bottle them up, and before you know it powerful laxatives are involved.
The lady ends up being this bug critter who’s seducing and devouring people. And the most annoying part? The chic’s accent. It was one of those – is there an accent? but there’s obviously an accent, but you can’t tell what it is really. Annoying. And the special effects were cheesy, but not the cool cheesy. Just cheesy.