(2014: 10/12-10/18) Buffy S01: Welcome to the Hellmouth

Watching one episode of Buffy per week until they synch up with Angel and then watching a Buffy and an Angel each week. There will be one topic per episode.

(2014: 10/12-10/18) Buffy S01: Welcome to the Hellmouth

Postby Teep_P12 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:39 pm

Show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season: 01
Title: Welcome to the Hellmouth
Original Air Date: Monday, March 10, 1997
Network (in the US): The WB
Watch: October 12, 2014 to October 18, 2014
Production Code: 4V01
Written By: Joss Whedon
Directed By: Charles Martin Smith
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Re: (2014: 10/12-10/18) Buffy S01: Welcome to the Hellmouth

Postby Teep_P12 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:22 pm

Running commentary...

-Maybe Julie Benz didn't get the part of Buffy because she didn't dye her eyebrows to match the hair?
-Darla's vamp food in Welcome was much cuter than in the unaired version.
-Love having opening credits.
-Pretty cool that the opening theme song was actually chosen from a contest.
-Ooh, slayer dream!
-Nicky was sooo fun and cute in this.
-Nice to see Eric Balfour as a young 'un (and still LOVE him on Haven)!
-Buffy's outfit in Welcome is much cuter. Definitely like the boots.
-Cordelia's first discussion with Buffy was about how much she would love to be in LA!
-Cordy is bitchy & friendly.
-Cordy & Jesse look pretty good together. Soooo sad he doesn't last very long.
-It's just a whole big sucking thing.
-She sounds & acts like season 6/7 depresso Buffy already.
-Definitely the underlying threat of a Big Bad, an apocalypse, and a Hellmouth are a big improvement over the unaired pilot.
-Really miss Joyce... :(
-Angel lurking already.
-Nice hiding trick Buffy!
-Gives him a chance just because he says he doesn't bite. Already puts the stake away. Stupid.
-Yipes David's acting was HORRIBLE back then! Worse than I remember!!!
-A crucifix from the undead...how romantic.
-I miss the old tween shows with the concert vibes.
-Life is short...just one step away from YOLO!
-She said she really didn't like him...wish it stayed that way.
-Never did find out why Buffy didn't get vamp tinglies like other slayers.
-The Master, blech!
-James really can't use the "vampires don't age" excuse for his arbitrary Spike movie deadline. Plenty of ways to get around any "aging" issues...
-Of course Willow wouldn't notice the outdated clothes. She'd think they were "quirky."
-Willow looked a bit like Dawn. More so than Dawn looks like Buffy.
-Eric's definitely a much better actor now.
-I like the "violence, adult content" warning.
-YAY for better fx budget!
-Darla would know what a slayer is. I'm not going to resent it too much since I do like Julie B.
-And the dreaded "To Be Continued!"
-Joss drew the Grr Argh monster.
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Re: (2014: 10/12-10/18) Buffy S01: Welcome to the Hellmouth

Postby Teep_P12 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:11 pm

Out of the 26 aired episodes that Joss wrote or co-wrote, he directed 21 of them. He wrote but didn't direct the aired pilot. The other episodes he wrote but didn't direct were "The Harvest," "Nightmares," "Out of Mind, Out of Sight," & "Ted." However, IMDB does list his as an "uncredited" director of this episode.

Harmony was the only character that appears in both the very first Buffy episode (although the unaired pilot and not Welcome to the Hellmouth) and very last Angel episode. Angel appears in both Welcome to the Hellmouth and not Fade Away. So the bookend character is either of these two depending on perspective.

Thought everyone might like to know how old the actors were when the episode aired. I'll try to remember to do this every time a new regular airs for the first time.

The "Kids"
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers ... 20
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris ... 26
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg ... 22
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase ... 27
Eric Balfour ... Jesse ... 20
J. Patrick Lawlor ... Thomas ... 25

The "Adults"
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles ... 42
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers ... 42
Ken Lerner ... Principal Bob Flutie ... 49

The "Vamps"
David Boreanaz ... Angel ... 28
Julie Benz ... Darla ... 25
Mark Metcalf ... The Master ... 51
Brian Thompson ... Luke ... 38

The "Missing"
James Marsters ... Spike ... 35
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Re: (2014: 10/12-10/18) Buffy S01: Welcome to the Hellmouth

Postby Xane » Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:59 am

Giles was only 42???
42 is so young to me now!
Isn't Alyson Hannigan 42 now?
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Re: (2014: 10/12-10/18) Buffy S01: Welcome to the Hellmouth

Postby Berengaria » Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:54 am

Her birthday is usually listed as March 24, 1974 (age 40) . But whether that's a normal 40 or an actress 40, I don't know. :mrgreen:
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Re: (2014: 10/12-10/18) Buffy S01: Welcome to the Hellmouth

Postby Teep_P12 » Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:14 am

Xane wrote:Giles was only 42???
42 is so young to me now!
Isn't Alyson Hannigan 42 now?


The main reason I decided to post the ages was because I was watching the show and realized that I'm now the same age as Giles was on that first episode. I was 25 when it started and 42 now.
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Re: (2014: 10/12-10/18) Buffy S01: Welcome to the Hellmouth

Postby Xane » Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:48 am

Time marches on. I'm older than Flutie and the Master. For that matter so is James!!
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Re: (2014: 10/12-10/18) Buffy S01: Welcome to the Hellmouth

Postby tactile » Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:18 pm

Thanks for the commentary - and additional info, Teep. Very interesting, the variation in ages. I agree with you that, getting around the 'aging' issue would not have been a problem for James.

Sadly, me thinks I’m older than the Hellmouth. :?
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Re: (2014: 10/12-10/18) Buffy S01: Welcome to the Hellmouth

Postby roland » Sun Oct 19, 2014 8:48 pm

A rewatch is a great idea (but I'm not sure I'll have time to watch each episode). I really enjoyed reading your reactions and info, Teep. :D
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Re: (2014: 10/12-10/18) Buffy S01: Welcome to the Hellmouth

Postby Pasty » Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:08 pm

I just watched it, and OMG they are all look so young. :lol:

I hate to admit it but I don't think I ever watched the whole 1st episode, and probably missed a couple of episodes in season 1, so it's nice to watch now.

I didn't like the to be continued and I don't think they ever did that again, did they?
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