BtVS – Nightmares / Out of Mind, Out of Sight / Prophecy Girl

S1.10 – Nightmares
Teleplay by David Greenwalt
Story by Joss Whedon
Directed by Bruce Seth Green

First and Last Frames

Buffy the Vampire Slayer S1.10 First and Last Frames

First Joss Whedon story by credit since the 2 part pilot, with the Teleplay by David Greenwalt. And this episode has a lot of meat to it. Hank Summers, Buffy’s dad appears, and there is a lot of solid divorced parent fears. His performance is just cruel, and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s response is amazing. I would have said that this was a one off appearance by Buffy’s dad, read more

BtVS – I Robot … You Jane / The Puppet Show

S1.08 – I Robot … You Jane
Written by Ashley Gable & Thomas A. Swyden
Directed by Stephen Posey

First and Last Frames

First and Last Frames of I Robot ... You Jane

Yay! A Willow episode! Also, Jenny Calendar has arrived! The writing team worked on this, and a future Season 1 episode, and this is the only episode by this director. It is the first time we see inside Willow’s house, and Xander mentions his Uncle Rory, fleshing out the world a little bit. Charisma Carpenter appears in the opening credits, but Cordelia doesn’t appear.

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BtVS – The Pack / Angel

S1.06 – The Pack
Written by Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer
Directed by Bruce Seth Green

First and Last Frames

First and Last Frames of The Pack

Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer were story editors on the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They were credited with this episode, and an episode in Season 2, which we’ll cover when we get there. Bruce Seth Green we’ve seen before, and will see again. This episode explores the group dynamics of bullies, and how they are emboldened when in a group. Also, sometimes their actions read more

BtVS – Teacher’s Pet / Never Kill a Boy on the First Date

S1.04 – Teacher’s Pet
Written by David Greenwalt
Directed by Bruce Seth Green

First and Last Frames

First and Last Frames of BtVS S1.04

David Greenwalt is a producer on an awful lot of Buffy and a co-creator of Angel. Bruce Seth Green will direct 7 more episodes of Buffy after this one. All in all this is a monster of the week episode, which seems to stray a little too far from “High School is Hell”. The idea of sex between a student and teacher is already icky, without the supernatural element. And the Xander dream/fantasy, read more

BtVS – Witch

S1.03 – Witch
Written by Dana Reston
Directed by Stephen Cragg

First and Last Frames

First and Last Frames of Buff the Vampire Slayer S1.03

Season 1 of Buffy was made in it’s entirety as a 12 part mid season replacement show. A lot of the season was stand alone “Monster of the Week” episodes, and this is the first. The subtext is very much about mother/daughter relationships, so Kristine Sutherland gets some character building time. Elizabeth Anne Allen is introduced as Amy, destined to be more than a single episode guest star. Also, Giles gets read more