The Drudgeon reviews Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Episode 002 – The Harvest

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Episode 002 - The Harvest 45 min., 1997
Written by Joss Whedon
Directed by John T. Kretchmer
Language: English
My rating: ★★

Waiting for more…of anything.

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Episode 2 picks up where 1 left off, with Luke attacking Buffy in a mausoleum. Right at the kill, he (for some reason) grabs Buffy’s crucifix, then he leaves. We learn a bit more about the Master and the way the harvest is going down. Luke will drink the Master’s blood and then they will be “one.” In other words, when Luke drinks blood, the Master gets the essence. This is interesting idea, that helps, because the Master is trapped and needs to get stronger. Zander grows some balls and wants to help Buffy find Jesse. But it turns out at this point in time, Jesse is now a vampire. There is a little fighting and some more witty banter, then comes the final show down. Holy shit!!!!! They just did a slow motion death!!!! Wow. That is just really stupid, and I actually wanted to know more about him.  Damn—one potentially good character down. With the Master’s plan foiled, everyone goes back to normal everyday life.

Wait…what?…that’s really strange. At least 20 people got a damn good look at some vampires, and now no one speaks of it, really. Well, Giles tries to explain this and I just find it a really lame cop-out.

We at least get to learn more about…well, no one. We see more of Willow acting meek and shy, Zander acting more geeky, Mr. Giles reading, studying and talking about the apocalypse and Cordelia acting like a bitch. Don’t get me wrong, that’s okay, but I was hoping for a little more on any of them. It will probably come in time, but cookie-cutter characters get boring fast.

Oh, and by the way, Jesse really didn’t last long. If they continue to introduce characters the way they did with him, you can easily figure out who’s going to be around for a while and who’s going bye-bye fast.

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One Response to The Drudgeon reviews Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Episode 002 – The Harvest

  1. John Bruni says:

    Maybe the people of Sunnydale were in the throes of the vampire version of the Delirium . . . ? I can’t defend the first season or half of the second season. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have stuck with it if I hadn’t been introduced to the show with the two-part second season finale. To quote Rufus, “They do get better . . . .” Not to say there isn’t stupid shit in the future for you. There’s a metric shit-ton of it. But the good stuff is worth it.

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