Friday, May 01, 2009

Buffy the vampire slayer- the best and the worst (will contain spoilers): Season 1

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of my favourite shows of all time, possessing wit and intelligence beyond many other programs, and exceeding most people's expectations of it. Certainly it had a slightly shaky start- some of the monster of the week episodes in season 1 are pretty terrible, but come season 2 it soon became it's own creature. So, for fun and profit, I have decided to list the funniest, the best, and the worst episodes from each season. Because I'm weird like that.

Season 1

This, as mentioned above, was not the strongest season, with the majority of its episodes being silly and stand alone, with rather hokey ideas.

The worst episode by far is probably "I, Robot... You, Jane" which shows a stunning lack of understanding of the internet, leading to a rather embarrassing story all round.

While many of the episodes are amusing, few are actually deliberately funny, so I'll just skip to the best episodes. These are easily the first and the last. Welcome to the Hellmouth
is a great introduction to the world of Buffy, which, with a few missteps along the way (some weird dialogue, Xander's skateboard and the soon to be eaten Jesse), ably lets us into the world of Buffy. Prophecy Girl
is in many ways where the show grows up a bit, with Buffy accepting her destiny, facing it and kicking evil in the face repeatedly.

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2 Comments:

At 8:04 am, Blogger Nicholas said...

It's worth mentioning that the first series is considerably shorter than the following series. Julie Benz is under-used as Darla, although (spoiler!) Angel turning out to be a vampire was one of the more interesting twists. Benz is used again in flashback sequences in the later series to great effect. The first episode especially shines for me, with Giles' line at the end of the episode being one of the more memorable. "The Earth is most definitely doomed"

 
At 10:20 am, Blogger Mr K said...

oh indeed, that is a great moment. Angel is a sort of awkward character for the first series, in that David Boranez (or howver you spell his name) acts a little bit like wood. And, indeed, Darla is actually quite awesome even in the few episodes she appears (the first two and Angel, really)

 

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