A few thoughts and notes on the first episode
The opening scene was set-up nicely, and quite unexpected that the girl (Darla) turned out to be the "bad guy". And yes, the window smashing in the science lab did make me jump!
Another favorite scene was the dream sequence with some nice foreshadowing of what was to come (although you don't know this of course when you're watching it) you see the cross that Buffy receives in the ally and the start of the Harvest.
Overall I thought the Vampire make-up was very well done, considering the age of the show and all. Also, you could definitely tell it was a 90s TV show because of the scene with the band playing in The Bronze. Having a musical segment with a band rocking out on stage is quintessentially 90s!
Why was the locker room bolted shut when Buffy went to investigate the dead body? (stuffed in the locker by Darla) You'd think the forensics would be there and the body taken away by paramedics. Who would close the room up like that with the body lying there? That made no sense to me.
Also, Buffy is immensely strong, just breaking off a table leg with no effort to make a Vampire stake as she is searching for Willow hehe
But overall a good episode. Some great scenes and some really funny dialogue too. Anthony Head is perfect for the role of "The Watcher", he and Willow are my favorite characters so far
Yea pretty much. They're bros. lol. Actually do we know how long Jesse and Xander were friends? Cause we know Xander and Willow have been friends since they were little kids. But were Willow and Jesse friends? Neither of them seemed really affected by Jesse's death, so I'm guessing maybe he only knew them for a year or two. A friend they met in high school. But yea, basically Jesse was a character written to die, so they didn't really put a lot into him.Is it me or does Jesse feel like an exact copy of Xander in this episode. Just a bit less aware of his nerd status!
I never thought of it like that.Maybe the underdeveloped version of Xander. Jesse wants Cordelia. Later on, Xander dates Cordelia.
Yea pretty much. They're bros. lol. Actually do we know how long Jesse and Xander were friends? Cause we know Xander and Willow have been friends since they were little kids. But were Willow and Jesse friends? Neither of them seemed really affected by Jesse's death, so I'm guessing maybe he only knew them for a year or two. A friend they met in high school. But yea, basically Jesse was a character written to die, so they didn't really put a lot into him.
But were Willow and Jesse friends? Neither of them seemed really affected by Jesse's death
Let the rewatch commence!
20 years later and the subversion of Darla being the vampire, not the victim still works so well! Television has progressed so much since 1997 but – from my experience with new viewers – you still don't expect that plot twist. It's a subtle lingering shot but I love that the library doors are one of the very first things we see. Setting aside the movie, it's interesting how we begin the series with Buffy already knowing that she's the Slayer and I think that could be considered another subversion, since so many shows begin with the leading character(s) discovering this new world in the pilot.
The gleeful look on Giles' face as he slams down the VAMPYR book (do we ever see that book again? What exactly is in it?) and then nonchalantly saying "my mistake" is a scene that always make me laugh. As is Aphrodesia saying, "What kind of name is Buffy?" and also Angel's jacket.
I wish the Slayer dreams element was more prominent throughout the series; I'm not sure why, but I like them.
The shots of Buffy searching around the Bronze for the carbon-dated vamp - before she almost stakes Cordelia - are so pretty with all of shadows against the colourful posters.
Welcome to the Hellmouth definitely is not the best episode, but it does everything that it needs to do pretty well and I can't think of anything that I would change. The scenes in the Master's lair are kind of weird but they feel very season one, so ultimately they're fine. Also: everyone looks so young! They have no idea of all the drama that's to come. At this point, Buffy is certainly the most multidimensional character and Sarah does a great job at portraying Buffy's desire to have a fresh start and fit in, and her resistance to slaying. Of course the show evolves a lot but the most jarring thing to me from early-Buffy will always be how simple the dusting effects start off.
Tagline for Welcome to the Hellmouth: "This is Sunnydale. How bad an evil can there be here?"
Now let's see how long I can commit to discussing every episode...
Yes, it generates some interesting conflict where Buffy isn't running from her calling because her world has been flipped upside down and she doesn't know what life as the Slayer entails, she's running because she already knows firsthand of the badness it brings.Very true The opening is one of my favourite first scenes of any show. And most shows would start with the lead discovery they have are different or something happening to them to make them different. This is a fresh twist on it. Not only does Buffy know about her gift, but she's actually running away from it.