Man… 10 years ago. I’d like to pretend that I remember what I was doing that night but I don’t. I do know I had just moved out on my own for the first time ever, I was in a new city all by myself, and I was spending a lot of time with my TV. So, is it any surprise that I bonded with a girl who was also new in town?
Yep, I’m one of those who has been a Buffy fan since the very beginning. I didn’t find Buffy fandom for years after that and, even then, I was only on the fringes. Still, over the years Buffy helped me through lonely times and brought me several great friends. For that I will always be grateful to her and Joss.
What better way to look back than to actually look back? So, here ya go… the first episode in pictures. Uh, really not dial-up friendly.
We begin at Sunnydale High…
“Are you sure this is a good idea?”
“We’re just going to get in trouble…”
“Yeah, you can count on it.”
“Are you sure?”
Ok, so one of the things I love about this opening scene is that Joss chose to play with our expectations of this type of scenario. Instead of the guy being the “bad guy,” he is actually the victim. That was our first clue that this show was not your standard TV fare.
What? I had to include the credits…
Smidge! She’s like a lil’ kid here.
I never realized Nicky had second billing in the beginning.
Awww. Alyson also looks so young there!
And Charisma too…
ASH! Sigh. It’s very possible that I miss him the most.
I couldn’t leave out Joss! This is my second favorite “created by” shot that was in the credits throughout the seven seasons.
Note: In these first credits, there’s a bowl of green stuff boiling up. I can’t recall what episode it’s from but it freaks me out every time I go back and re-watch these episodes because it’s the one scene in those credits that you can “hear” and it’s just randomly stuck in there so you’re never expecting it. Trust me, you’ll notice it now.
Our first glimpse at Casa Summers. I miss that room.
Awww. Joyce. Sniff.
“Have a good time.
I know you’re going to make friends right away,
just think positive.”
“And, honey? Try not to get kicked out?”
“Ok. I feel good.” Oh, Xander.
FLUTIE! Principal, the first. Poor, Bob. He has no idea of his bleak future.
“Can I have you? Uh, can I HELP you?!”
“I don’t know you, do I?”
“I’m Buffy, I’m new.”
“Xander… is, is me. Hi.”
“Hey, you forgot your…. stake.”
“Hi, I’m Cordelia.”
“I would kill to live in LA, that close to that many shoes!”
“Willow, nice dress. Good to know you’ve seen the softer side of Sears.”
“Oh, well, my Mom picked it out.”
“No wonder you’re such a guy magnet! Are you done?”
Buffy’s first foray into the library…
“Can I help you?”
“I was looking for some, well, books. I’m new.”
“Good call. Guess I’m the only new kid, huh?”
“I’m Mr. Giles… the librarian. I was told you were coming.”
“I know what you’re after.”
“That’s not what I’m looking for.”
I forgot to cap it but there’s a scene right here that makes me laugh every time. The two girls who end up finding the guy in the gym locker are talking about Buffy as they walk to their lockers. The one says, “What kind of name is Buffy?” Then some random girl passing by says to her, “Hey, Aphrodisia!” Heh.
“I don’t mean to interrupt your downward mobility, but I just wanted to tell you that you won’t be meeting Coach Foster, the woman with the chest hair, because gym was canceled due to the *extreme* dead guy in the locker.”
“What do you know about this town?”
“It’s two hours on the freeway from Neiman Marcus?”
“Dig a bit in the history of this place. You’ll find a, a steady stream of fairly odd occurrences. Now, I believe this whole area is a center of mystical energy, that things gravitate towards it that, that, that you might not find elsewhere.”
“Like zombies, werewolves, incubi, succubi, everything you’ve ever dreaded was under your bed, but told yourself couldn’t be by the light of day. They’re all real!”
“Prepares me for what? For getting kicked out of school? For losing all of my friends? For having to spend all of my time fighting for my life and never getting to tell anyone because I might endanger them?
Go ahead! Prepare me.”
“Something’s coming, something, something… something is, is gonna happen here. Soon!”
“Gee, can you vague that up for me?”
“The signs, as far as I can tell, point to a crucial mystical upheaval, very soon. Days. Possibly less.”
“Oh, come on! This is Sunnydale! How bad an evil can there be here?”
Sigh. She had to ask, eh? Luke blah, blah, blahs,
“The sleeper will wake and the world will bleed. Amen.”
“It’s hard. New town and everything… It is for me, too. I’m trying to make it work. I’m *going* to make it work.”
“Oh, you’re a good girl, Buffy, you just fell in with the wrong crowd.
But that is all behind us now.”
“It is. From now on I am only going to hang out with the living.
I mean, lively. People.”
Well, I didn’t capture it all that great but one of my favorite
shots/reveals in this entire episode. Good thing she didn’t
wear the dresses she was thinking about!
“Ah, heh. Is there a problem, ma’am?”
“Yeah, there’s a problem. Why are you following me?”
“I know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry, I don’t bite. Truth is, I thought you’d be taller, or bigger muscles and all that. You’re pretty spry, though.”
“Do you really think that’s an option anymore? You’re standing at the Mouth of Hell. And it’s about to open. Don’t turn your back on this.”
“You’ve gotta be ready.”
“For the Harvest.”
“Who are you?”
“Let’s just say… I’m a friend.”
“Yeah, well, maybe I don’t want a friend.”
“I didn’t say I was yours.”
The cross of throat burning!
What Buffy picspam would be complete without a shot of the Bronze?
“Um, I’ll be back in a minute.”
“Oh, tha-that’s okay, you don’t have to come back.”
“I’ll be back in a minute.”
“So, you like to party with the students. Isn’t that kinda skanky?”
“Oh, right, this is me having fun. Watching… clown hair prance about is hardly my idea of a party. I’d much rather be at home
with a cup of Bovril and a good book.”
“You need a personality, stat!”
“This… guy. Dark, gorgeous in an annoying sort of way.
I figured you two were buds.”
“No. The Harvest. Did he say anything else?”
“Something about the Mouth of Hell. I *really* didn’t like him!”
“Look at them, throwing themselves about, completely
unaware of the danger that surrounds them.”
“The point is, a Slayer should be able to see them anyway. Without looking, without thinking. Can you tell me if there’s a vampire in this building?”
“God! What is your childhood trauma?!”
“Have you guys seen Willow? Did she come by here?”
“Why? Do you need to attack her with the stick? Jeez! [to her groupies] Excuse me, I have to call *everyone* I have *ever* met, right now.”
“So, uh, what’d you say your name was?”
Darla… before she had a history with Angel. Ok, ok, that’s not fair but everyone knows the Darla we met in the pilot is not the Darla of the rest of the series. She’s too… unknowledgeable and meek.
And then there’s the Master… rising. I just love the visual.
“Was there a… a school bulletin? Was it i-in the newspaper? Is there anyone in this town who doesn’t know I’m the Slayer?”
Which leads us nicely to…
DARLA: “Who are you?”
BUFFY: “Don’t you know?”
LUKE: “I don’t care!”
“You think you can stop me? Stop us?
You have no idea what you’re dealing with…”
“…And like a plague of boils, the race of man covered the Earth. But on the third day of the newest light would come the Harvest. And the blood of men will flow as wine. When the Master will walk among them once more! The Earth will belong to the old ones. And Hell itself will come to town…”
Oh no! Is this the end of Buffy? So soon?!
Happy Anniversary, Buff. I miss you every day.