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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ted

What an extraordinary episode this is. It’s like the first half was written to make the viewers really, really angry, and boy does it work. Ted is immediately a character we hate. We’re with Buffy every step of the way, … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: What’s My Line (Parts 1 and 2)

Buffy has been complaining about not being able to be a normal girl right from the start, and that is reinforced again here. There is a “career week” at school, but she doesn’t see much of a future for herself. … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Dark Age

Last week Buffy learned a tough lesson in life, summed up by Giles’ ironic speech at the end of the episode: there isn’t always going to be a clear line between the heroes and the villains. Sometimes that line will … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lie to Me

In Lie to Me, Buffy finds out that life is tough. She is betrayed by an old friend, who she discovers is dying, and that has driven him to horrific extremes. He is a member of yet another teenage cult, … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Halloween

Once the premise of Halloween is established we basically get a lot of running around until Ethan’s spell is reversed, and that follows a slow build-up to the moment people get turned into their costumes. Despite this, it’s a strong … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Reptile Boy

Time and time again, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is going to keep coming back to its favourite theme, and that has already happened several times: desire is dangerous, especially when it breaks the rules. In Reptile Boy, Buffy goes to … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Inca Mummy Girl

After the magnificent fresh start Spike represented last week, it’s a huge disappointment to be right back in the monster-of-the-week Season 1 rut, mining old horror tropes for inspiration. This is a fairly standard tale of a mummy coming back … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: School Hard

By the end of School Hard, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a fundamentally different series to the one that existed the week before. This is a pivotal episode, and in my opinion is the most significant episode of the entire … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Some Assembly Required

This might sound like heresy, but Frankenstein is a bit of a silly story, and that’s with a genius of a scientist creating life from body parts. When the scientist of the story becomes a couple of nerdy teenagers, trying … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: When She Was Bad

When Buffy says, “hey guys, miss me?” at the start of this episode, she might as well be addressing the viewers. We did miss her, but we don’t actually get her back, at least not until the end of the … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Prophecy Girl

Near the start of this finale episode we get some actual vampire slaying and it feels like a rare treat, because the first season has strayed far from who Buffy is and what she does. You can kind of see … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Out of Mind, Out of Sight

This week on Buffy the Anything-but-vampires Slayer we have another well-worn horror idea: the invisible… girl. Swapping genders from the usual way this story is done is a good starting point. Xander actually says what the usual plot would be … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Nightmares

The idea for Nightmares is very simple: bad dreams are becoming real. When that starts happening to everyone, the world eventually descends into chaos. We start with one of the obvious ones, with spiders going for a stroll across random-student-of-the-week … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Puppet Show

Sunnydale High has a new principal, or as Giles puts it the “new Fuhrer”. It’s immediately obvious that Buffy’s life has been made more difficult by his presence, because this one is paying attention: “There’s something going on with you. … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I, Robot… You, Jane

Sometimes rewatching Buffy makes me feel old, but never more so than I, Robot… You Jane. It’s not just that the technology seems so out-of-date that it looks prehistoric now, it’s the outdated attitudes on display that really seem alien, … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Angel

We are seven episodes into the series, but this is the one that really defines the nature of the show and the direction it is going to take. Writer David Greenwalt hints at a secret past for Angel for the … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Pack

I was not looking forward to rewatching this episode, as I remembered it as embarrassingly silly. On repeat viewing, and paying a bit more attention to what the writers are doing here, I was wondering how I could have been … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

What happens when your heart’s desire conflicts with your responsibilities? Buffy is obviously going to be a series that explores teenage issues, but it can do more than that, because Buffy is the Slayer, and that’s a job and a … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Teacher’s Pet

This week, Xander is mesmerised by an unattractive middle aged woman. Is something magical going on, or is this simply a representation of a teenage boy who is a slave to his hormones? Actually, it’s both, one literal and one … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Witch

When I first watched Buffy I found the first season entertaining enough to keep watching, but on repeat viewings I’ve always felt it doesn’t quite reach the standard of what followed later. I think that’s probably because it feels so … Continue reading

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