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Old 12-14-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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Re-Watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer SPOILERS!

Since this is a re-watch thread, there can be spoilers! I'm ready to kick it off, so...Ready? Here we go

S1E1 Welcome to the Hellmouth!!!
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:23 PM   #2
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So fun! I rewatched it with my husband a year or so ago. I also like to rewatch Once More with Feeling, Amends (at Christmas), Hush and some others periodically. Season one is my least favorite, however, so I often skip it.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:26 PM   #3
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Whats's the plan? One a week or what? I have season one, but I haven't watched it all....
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:42 PM   #4
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I haven't really made a plan yet. I don't know how long we want to make it last? I'm watching S1E1 right now. I'd like to watch at least 2 eps a week if that works for everyone?
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:57 PM   #5
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Earlier this year, Alan Sepinwall and Dan Feinberg (tv critics) did a Buffy rewatch and discussed the episodes on their "Firewall & Iceberg" podcast. Link: http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-wat...e-mad-men-more

Here's a link to the episode order guide, for those intending to add Angel into the mix: http://www.andrewmcdonald.net.au/my-...angel-post-tv/
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:18 PM   #6
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I watched along with Sepinwall this summer. It was fun to rewatch those first episodes.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:32 PM   #7
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I usually skip Ted. That episode really bothers me.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:52 PM   #8
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Huh. I just watched s01e01, and apparently I hadn't seen it before. I wonder if I've seen any of the first season. I can't recall at what point I first started watching. Everyone looks so young, and the acting and sfx were so bad!
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:20 AM   #9
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I was excited about this thread but since I'm a first time watcher, I'm going to skip it
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:37 AM   #10
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I was excited about this thread but since I'm a first time watcher, I'm going to skip it
I was going to try and rewatch Buffy. Last time I tried but only got thru season one and two and just couldn't get into it at all I stopped. I may retry again with this thread. I am a big Angel fan and love Firefly. For some reason Buffy never pinged me.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:59 AM   #11
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I was excited about this thread but since I'm a first time watcher, I'm going to skip it
When I suggested it, I was thinking more along the lines of a "watch along with Anubys" spoiler-free thread, similar to how we did the recent Supernatural thread with Photoshopgrl. I was also thinking it wouldn't start until he was ready for it. Looks like it took itself a different direction.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:01 AM   #12
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Huh. I just watched s01e01, and apparently I hadn't seen it before. I wonder if I've seen any of the first season. I can't recall at what point I first started watching. Everyone looks so young, and the acting and sfx were so bad!
I know, I was thinking the same thing. But I know I've seen it before since I have the DVD set and watched the whole thing when I first got it. I so did not remember that Darla was there! I'm just getting old.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:02 AM   #13
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When I suggested it, I was thinking more along the lines of a "watch along with Anubys" spoiler-free thread, similar to how we did the recent Supernatural thread with Photoshopgrl. I was also thinking it wouldn't start until you were ready for it. Looks like it took itself a different direction.
There's room on the board for an Anubys thread, too. Go for it!
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:38 PM   #14
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From very first the moment of S1E1, I knew that damned Whedon was gonna get me with more than a few gotchas!

The very first scene opens and we see some kids up to some mischief. I knew that sweet blonde schoolgirl was in danger, I just knew it.

Ooops! OMG! She's the vampire!! How cool was that?

I really only watched all of the first three seasons. I fell in love love love with Cordelia, and I had to follow her to Angel. I caught a few more eps of Buffy from then on, but nothing too regularly.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:42 PM   #15
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I always skip season 1 when doing a Buffy watch. I love that all of them are on Netflix.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:59 PM   #16
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Well, I watched the first two eps last night. It's not bad. But not like when I caught up with LOST or Breaking Bad, that's for sure.

quick question: is it all in 4:3 and SD?
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quick question: is it all in 4:3 and SD?
Yes. The show preceded (common) availability of both widescreen and HDTV in the United States. HDTV scripted programming didn't generally occur until the 2000's. Buffy began in 1997 and concluded in 2003.

(Also keep in mind that Buffy was broadcast on The WB initially, then UPN, both lower rated startup networks whose affiliates generally would not have had money or resources to be early adopters of digital or HDTV broadcasts.)

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Old 12-17-2012, 06:28 AM   #18
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Well, I watched the first two eps last night. It's not bad. But not like when I caught up with LOST or Breaking Bad, that's for sure.

quick question: is it all in 4:3 and SD?
Season 1 is relatively silly and more low budget than the other seasons. The following seasons get much better.

SMG was cute as a button for the first couple of years.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:45 AM   #19
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hmmm...ok...so I should tough out season 1 and it should get better?

I'll give it 7 seasons and then I'm bailing if it's not good enough
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Since I just watched them, I could safely say you could watch 3, 7, 9, 10, 12, and get the best of Season 1. Of course the other episodes may have some small great Whedon moments, parts of them are just bad. Those eps above would make sure you get most of the important overarching plot.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:17 AM   #21
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My OCD would never allow me to do that! I must watch every episode!

With all the shows out on hiatus until January, I have 2 long weekends to do some serious watching.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:25 AM   #22
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I finished S1E2, The Harvest, last night. Season 1 is pretty cheesy. I'd forgotten how cheesy it is, but I'm still enjoying it.

I'd also forgotten what a B Cordy was. I loved when Willow told her the way to save the program was "Deliver" and of course, Cordy hit the delete key. I'm easily amused.

Poor Jessie. He didn't last long.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:23 AM   #23
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Ah, Jessie. Our introduction to Joss's willingness to kill off anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Am I remembering right that he was in the opening montage for the pilot to make it more of a shock?
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I watched all 7 seasons in a blurry haze a few years back. I'm re-watching slowly now with my wife and a couple of friends. I remember thinking that the show started getting good at the beginning of season 2. I think I was mistaken - it only just started getting good near the end of the 2nd season. Until then it was "bad good" as my wife says - silly and campy but fun to watch so we can comment on the weird clothes and weird sayings of the day. We have taken to talking about "jacking in" since watching a related episode of Buffy. Also we mention "jamming on" things.
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I rewatched it earlier this year. It was so great going through it all again.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:10 AM   #26
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I'm in!

Welcome to the Hellmouth:

Alyson Hannigan! So innocently adorable, such a twist from Lily on HIMYM.

Aw, Principal Flutie. You tried to give her a fresh start.

Contrast to TVD:

I miss the days of bloodless bloodsucking. TVD seems to go out of their way to get everyone's mouths as bloody as possible. Seriously. Who eats like that?

I also laughed when they cut to the school after she'd been having nightmares. Very similar to TVD where the second scene is always something bright and chirpy at the high school.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:13 PM   #27
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hmmm...ok...so I should tough out season 1 and it should get better?

I'll give it 7 seasons and then I'm bailing if it's not good enough
Season 1 is a tough watch. Good thing it's short.

But other great shows (The Office, P&R) also had terrible first seasons and became something great. Of course, those two are half-hour shows and the first season was something like 6 eps, whereas Buffy was an hour-long show and the first season was 12 eps.

I'd be totally in for a re-watch, but I'm so hopelessly behind my regular shows due to a recent vacation that I have to catch up over Christmas or my DVR is going to explode. Maybe this summer...
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I also laughed when they cut to the school after she'd been having nightmares. Very similar to TVD where the second scene is always something bright and chirpy at the high school.
That can't be true. They only go to school three or four times a year on TVD.
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I watched all 7 seasons in a blurry haze a few years back. I'm re-watching slowly now with my wife and a couple of friends. I remember thinking that the show started getting good at the beginning of season 2. I think I was mistaken - it only just started getting good near the end of the 2nd season. Until then it was "bad good" as my wife says - silly and campy but fun to watch so we can comment on the weird clothes and weird sayings of the day. We have taken to talking about "jacking in" since watching a related episode of Buffy. Also we mention "jamming on" things.
I would say early in Season 2. I think we get introduced to certain new characters around episode 4. That's a good indicator that season 2 will be better and continue getting better.
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That can't be true. They only go to school three or four times a year on TVD.
Yeah, right before the Harvest Festival, the Big Game, etc...
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