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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1
The story starts with Buffy and her mother arriving at Sunnydale, a small quiet sleepy town that rests on the hell mouth - a portal into demonic dimensions - other wise known as hell.
After getting kicked out of her previous school for all sorts of vamp related problems Buffy isn't pleased to find her new home brimming with the long toothed vamps and a selection box of other assorted demons, witches, cults and werewolves.
The first season centres around the new friendships made, her slowly coming to terms with her destiny and abilities and the difficulties that always ensue when a super-hero tries to save the world by night and have a normal teenage existance by day.
The series is very funny in parts with lots of comic relief being provided by the bumbling Xander. It references lots of popular pop culture of the 90's and despite it's age still feels like it could be something from today. The special effects are not always brilliant and certainly seem to get better in the later seasons than the first.
With vampires, werewolves and witches back in vogue it is time for the Vampire Slayer to dust off her crossbow and spikes and get back to kicking butt.
This is a great series and if you haven't seen it before it's time to get onto ebay and get yourself a copy.
Interestingly (or not) the cost of individual box sets has gone up massively at a lot of regular retailers e.g. Season 1 now sells at around £30 (last year you could pick it up for £15), they are also re-releasing the series individually with different covers that are costing around £49.99 per season.
There are also rumours that the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer Movie (which completely bombed and did not star the lovely SMG) is being completely re-made with a brand new cast, if this goes ahead it will of course increase interest in the TV series :)
Buffy Season 1
Ah, Buffy. Possibly the most bias review ever, as I am a HUGE Buffy fan, but meh. Why am I such a huge fan? Because Buffy is BRILLIANT.
There are books about all the different philosophical interpretations of Buffy, similar to the Matrix, which are quite interesting, but by far the best way to enjoy Buffy is to watch it.
Season 1 begins with Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) moving to the innocent town of Sunnydale to start a new life after she was kicked out of her old school in LA for burning down the gym. She's no hellraiser though, quite the opposite: the gym was full of vampires. She comes to Sunnydale hoping to leave the Vampire Slaying lark behind her, but there she meets the school librarian, Giles (Anthony Head) who is not all he seems (in a good way). She also befriends Xander (Nick Brendon) and Willow (Alyson Hannigan) who find out about her Slayerish ways.
The great thing about Buffy is that it is not what it seems to be on the surface. If you want a silly comedy about a high school girl slaying vampires then check out the movie of the same name, although it pales in comparison to the TV series as Joss Whedon's script was heavily re-written. The metaphor throughout the first 3 seasons is "high school is hell" which is quite literal as Sunnydale is on a Hellmouth, where there's loads of "vampires, demons and the forces of darkness". It is a metaphor in that for most high school is hell even without the demons, and this side is explored just as much if not more than the demon side. Such topics as relationships, being ignored, rejected, and even turning into a hyena are delt with with flair.
Another amazing thing about the series, is the wealth of genres. I watch Buffy with 2 friends, both loving it for completely different reasons. One loves the wit and imagination of the comedy, which is hilarious almost every episode. Another loves the relationship side of it, the Willow loves Xander, Xander loves Buffy, Buffy loves Angel (David Boreanaz), Angel is a (sssh!) so cant love Buffy. But he still does. Fantasy, romance, comedy, sci-fi, horror are all blended perfectly to produce an amazing TV series.
Best episodes? The 2 part pilot, ("Welcome to the Hellmouth, The Harvest"), 7. Angel (the surprise of the season!) and 12. Prophecy Girl. I also liked 6. The Pack mainly for one scene where the gang walk towards the camera to a great soundtrack, it just makes Xander look soooo cool. In direct contrast to 4. Teacher's Pet which makes Xander look like a complete fool. Which he is.
I could go on about the episodes forever, as there are so many great moments. The only thing left for me to do is urge you to buy this season, its not the best season, I personally think this is season 2, but Season 1 is still way up there, despite being only 12 episodes long. The creator, Executive Producer, writer, director and other things, Joss Whedon is an utter genius, and if you have seen any of his other work (Angel, Firefly, Serenity) then you'll know how brilliant he is. Buffy is completely timeless, Season 1 was made in 1997, but is still hugely enjoyable if not even better almost 10 years since its creation! Just about everything about Buffy is shere brilliance, and the more who see it the better in my opinion. Buy it now, enjoy it, for whatever reason as there are so many.
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still alive and kicking
One of the greatest television series of the 90s, great cast, fantastic storylines, all 12 episodes packed with special features on a 3 disk dvd. i love this show and decided to buy season one to watch the series again, full of horror action and humour which every great television show needs whether its fighting vampires or starting a new school, this show keeps your eyes pealed to the screen. five stars!!!
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Excellent start to an amazing series
The Buffy series have been immensely popular during their television run and who's to be surprised with a season like this to kick it off? Starting with Buffy's arrival in Sunnydale (home of the Hellmouth) this season has a great mix of kick-butt routines, gripping story lines and witty dialogue to give laughs, chills and thrills from start to finish! Highly recommended!
Seize the moment, 'cause tomorrow you might be dead.
Season 1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is excellent, but I still do not consider it worthy of the title of "one of the best Buffy seasons" because it simply isn't. For a start there are a total of 12 episodes in Season 1 compared to the 22 in all the other Buffy seasons. Secondly, there isn't a lot of character development, most of which comes later on in the splendid Season 2. Thirdly, 20th Century Fox gave Joss Whedon a limited budget on which to film 12 episodes, making most episodes rather poor in sound quality, picture quality and special effects. Despite these few let-downs the season in terms of scripts, humour and character personality is absolutely excellent. Anyway, I'll get on with my review...
Season 1 starts with a brilliant two-parter season opener in the form of Welcome To The Hellmouth and The Harvest. Both episodes were first broadcast on March 10th 1997 in the US to great critical acclaim. Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her mum Joyce (Kristine Sutherland) have moved from Los Angeles to Sunnydale, California. Buffy "fell in with the wrong crowd" and burned down the gym. What everyone doesn't know is that Buffy was trying to kill some vampires; she found out she was to be the Slayer before coming to Sunnydale. Figuring her Slaying days are far behind her, she hopes to make a fresh start at Sunnydale High School. On her first day, she makes friends with Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) - a nerdy, unpopular, computer whizz-kid with a heart of gold and a personality to make anyone who encounters her turn to slush! She also meets Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon) who is the best friend of Willow. She is also introduced to Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter), who is kind to her on her first day at school. "If you hang with me and mine, you'll be accepted in no time," she proudly states to Buffy. It's clear that Cordelia is obssessed with being popular and loved by everyone. But after Cordelia sees Buffy hanging around with Willow and Xander, she turns on her - spreading rumors about her that last up until the end of the season. Buffy also meets up with the school librarian, Mr Giles (Anthony Stewart-Head) who has secretly been sent to Sunnydale by the Watcher's Council in England to be the Watcher of a new Slayer. To Buffy, he's annoying - "a textbook with arms." He knows Buffy is the Slayer, yet she won't accept this. "Yeah, and I've both been there and done that and I'm moving on," she says. After Willow is snatched by a vampire, Buffy knows she must find her. Her Slayer instincts are instantly stirred and from then on, she realises being the Slayer is her duty. From then on, Buffy and the Scooby Gang (Willow/Xander/Giles) hunt the demons and vampires. Other top episodes include Witch, Teacher's Pet, The Pack, Angel, Nightmares and Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight. All the episodes have fantastic dialogue, witty one-liners and exciting storylines. This perfect combination is very hard to get right, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer manages to get it spot-on.
The seasons' main story arc focuses on the vampire legend, as does the second season. Yet Seasons 3, 4, 5 and 6 didn't really focus on Big Bad's of the non-vampire variety. The Master (Mark Metcalf) is a very powerful vampire that is stuck in between Hell and Earth who is desperate to get free and rule over the world. He makes many attempts to get free in episodes such as The Harvest, Never Kill A Boy On The First Date among others. In the season opener, we meet Angel (
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