Mark Re-Watches ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’: Welcome to the Hellmouth

NOOOOOO, EVERYONE IS A BABY, AND GILES IS A BABY, AND THEY ALL HAVE SO MUCH HOPE, AND THEY ARE ALL NICE AND EVERYTHING IS BABIES.

All right, I’m being ridiculous. Let’s just do this.

  • Thank you to my Twitter/Shoebox Project buddy @gimjunmyeon for commissioning this because BABIES. BABIES.
  • I honestly think this pilot holds up remarkably well in hindsight. It’s much easier for me to ignore the things that date it and appreciate the way this story is set up. We’ve got a reversal of horror tropes right in the opening scene with BABY DARLA. We have  Willow and Xander learning of Buffy’s secret identity/the existence of vampires in the first episode. We have what is essentially a person with superhero powers who does not want them. H E L P.
  • Oh my god, I forgot about the cliffhanger at the end of this. This show opens with a two-parter!!!
  • BABIES BABIES BABIES. At this point, each of these characters is far more categorizable than they ever will be. The nerd. The “nice guy.” The teen queen. The stuffy librarian. Then it’s all destroyed (for better and for worse) over seven seasons and oh my god.
  • do like The Master a lot. He’s got the camp and the ridiculousness you normally associate with vampires, but it’s played up in a way that is both satirical and then, at times, fucking terrifying. But he’s such a memorable antagonistic force because of what he means to Buffy in this first season.
  • Joyce. Joyce. Oh god, there was once a time when she didn’t know who Buffy was, and she is just too precious for words.
  • Remember when I didn’t even know that Angel was a goddamn vampire I AM ALWAYS SO UNPREPARED.

I spend a lot of time shrieking about babies in this. Just be warned if you watch it.

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About Mark Oshiro

Perpetually unprepared since '09.
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