43 min., 1997
Written by Joss Whedon
Directed by Charles Martin Smith
My rating: ★★
Extremely stereotypical characters in a completely unbelievable environment is not a really good start.
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In the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer we are introduced to the main cast and the main villain. The settings are firmly placed in front of you, so you know where the action will mostly be taking place. So shall we dive into the beautiful part of Sunnydale, California? Let’s!
Sunnydale High School is the place where the teens go to school (duh), and most of the problems are going to be occurring.
The Bronze is a club that anyone can go to, but is still really cool(?). This will be the second place where most of the action will take place.
Buffy Summers is obviously the main character (as long as there is a show named Buffy The Vampire Slayer, she will never truly die for good). She is the “normal” popular girl who likes to talk about clothes and movie stars, but she also likes to talk to the geeks of the school (sorry, this is problem number one. I don’t know many kids in high school that go out and play football or are cheerleaders and then go and hang out with the total losers —that is how they are portrayed—of the school). But that aside, she is also known as The Slayer, the only girl in all the world who has to fight the vampires. Which is what the overall story is getting us ready for: fighting vampires. Neat!
Willow is the ultimate nerd in every sense of the word. The only part of the stereotype that’s missing is the glasses and pocket protector. Other than that, she comes off as a really nice and trusting person. They meet when Buffy is looking for help with her homework.
Xander is the average, everyday teen boy. Horny! All he wants is to have sex with any girl that comes his way (just not Willow who is fawning over him, in a very painfully obvious way). Buffy meets him when he rushes to help her pick up her fallen books.
Jesse is the friend of Xander and he…well, he…not much is really shown about him, so I guess that means that he is going to die soon.
Cordelia is the bitch of the school, but is also really nice. Wait…what??? How can there be a complete bitch of a character who is actually really nice at the same time? Okay…I’ll just let that play out. She meets Buffy in class when Buffy realizes that you need to bring books to class, which Buffy didn’t, and Cordelia lets her share the book.
Buffy’s Mom works and takes care of her daughter. Normal.
Mr. Giles is Buffy’s “Watcher.” He is the guy that helps out by doing research and telling Buffy about things that are coming up in prophecies. He is almost only ever in the library.
Mr. Unknown is a man that was following Buffy when she was going to The Bronze. He says that he is on her side but not much else is revealed about him.
The Master is the “Ultimate Bad Guy” (until he is killed…and then next season there is another Ultimate Bad Guy). He’s trapped underground, waiting to gain strength and the right time to break free.
Darla is a vampire that is acting like a student and trying to get “food” for the Master and herself.
Luke is the tough and been-around-forever bad guy that may (I stress may) give Buffy a run for her money.
The first episode of almost any show will have its problems: shoddy sets, bad acting, bad effects, etc…everyone just needs to get into the swing of things before the show can really take off. Taking that into account, it was an entertaining first episode. Most of the characters are firmly set in stone, the way they act now is how they will act until the end. That’s okay, but I really hope that there is going to be some real work done to move the story along. I hope it won’t just turn out to be another “monster of the week” show.
The last thing of the show that I will write about is my main problem with the show. I really don’t think that Joss Whedon went to a real school. Maybe he was just dreaming his way through school. The popular kids did not (sorry, I mean DID NOT) hang out with the dorks. There was no crossover. So don’t give me this shit that Buffy is able to be in the cool crowd and the geek crowd: it’s just the most unbelieveable thing in the show, except maybe The Bronze (I won’t even get started on that retarded place that was created for the show). Yes, it is a world of fantasy and there are vampires and monsters, but that is the fantasy part of the show. I thought that maybe someone who is always called a genius about getting the character of his shows and movies to be the most realistic wouldn’t fail so much right off the bat. I’m not impressed with his characters or there relations to one another. Time may tell if the characters get better or not. I will continue to watch and see.Have You Read...?