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Rewatch with my granddaughter

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I suspect this is in the wrong forum but I do that a lot and I am very sorry mods!

I first watched Buffy with my granddaughter when she was 9. It's not an age I recommend but she was interested and I was there to answer questions. We talked about everything - and when things got rough for Buffy we talked about the decisions she made that led to them.

Tonight she told me she was ready for a rewatch - she's 13, and in 7th grade. The first thing she noted was how young Buffy looked. There were a few comments on the styles - she knows that Buffy is the same age as her mother so that's fun for her. Kinda like seeing Mom as a teen.

I haven't told her that I'm gonna blog this - she was almost asleep at the end of Welcome/Harvest. My impressions were actually unexpected. While I browse Buffy, I haven't watched first season much.

Giles was positively Wesley - in fact, I suspect Wesley might have done just as well if not better if he knew Buffy from the start. Meeting Buffy the first two times clearly rattled him, and he was so very British. It's a credit to Giles how he rolled with the punches, because he seemed like he had walked out of Downton Abbey at first.

Xander - I like Xander. Early on he's an interesting character and he holds his own. In fact, he made more of an impression than Willow did when he followed Buffy to rescue Jesse. Willow was great - but she was so passive. It's one thing to move if someone means tells you to - and another to assume that just because someone talks to you they want you to leave, and offer to do it.

Universe issues:
Buffy needed Xander to help her close a door - that isn't going to happen again.:D
The vamp who chased Buffy apparently climbed a tunnel into full sunlight - and grabbed her hand. Even holding on to her, he just steamed lightly rather than bursting into flames.
All vampires come from one demon, and demons have souls. That one seems worth considering so I'm gonna start a thread on that.

I'm gonna ask for her opinion for the next episodes - since she's seen the show before it won't have any real surprises.Exceept maybe, a few things she forgot - we did run into those already.
 

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Great idea and an interesting opening post:) I think both Willow and Xander take a bit of time to form as characters although Hannigan's performance is there from the off. Barely a bum note. What I like is the contrast between Willow being scared of dating or socialising and Buffy giving her advice in this episode and then the contrast in season 4 when Willow is the one trying to wise Buffy up to Parker's shit.
 

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I am going to be doing this with my grandson too. The other night we were watching School Hard (I'm going to start at the beginning, he just wanted to see how Spike first showed up).

My daughter and her boyfriend were in the other room. She came out and said that my grandson needed to get ready for bed, and he's "But I want to see Buffy". A few minutes later her boyfriend came out an he was like "Darn, I thought there was going to be Buffy..." So I'm thinking that we might be turning this into a family thing.

Just like ten years ago!
 
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I wanna watch Buffy with my son but he gets scared easily and flat out refused to watch it. :(

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I am going to be doing this with my grandson too. The other night we were watching School Hard (I'm going to start at the beginning, he just wanted to see how Spike first showed up).

My daughter and her boyfriend were in the other room. She came out and said that my grandson needed to get ready for bed, and he's "But I want to see Buffy". A few minutes later her boyfriend came out an he was like "Darn, I thought there was going to be Buffy..." So I'm thinking that we might be turning this into a family thing.

Just like ten years ago!
Post with me - the grandchild rewatch thread!
 

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Buffy needed Xander to help her close a door - that isn't going to happen again.:D
In "Primeval" Buffy needed Xander and Giles to rip the elevator door open. Those two poor normal people did the physical job while the superpowered two just stood there like idiots.
 

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In "Primeval" Buffy needed Xander and Giles to rip the elevator door open. Those two poor normal people did the physical job while the superpowered two just stood there like idiots.
Cut to the cemetery that night. Giles and Xander are digging while Buffy
and Willow relax and watch.

Xander: Y'know, this might go a lot faster if you femmes actually
picked up a shovel, too.

Giles: Here, here.

Buffy: Sorry, but I'm an old-fashioned gal. I was raised to believe
that men dig up the corpses and the women have the babies.

:D
 

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So - we just finished Angel.

Last night we watched - NKABOTFD - or Owen. She loved Owen, and for some reason she was sure that he would die. And she was completely amazed that the Annoying One was the kid. Overall she like the episode, but once Owen was out of the picture she sorta thought it was over.

Then we watched The Pack. Dealing with middle school bullies, I think this hit harder. She was pretty appalled at Xander for being mean, particularly toward Willow. That one hit close to the bone. The death of Herbert hit her as hard as the death of Flutie. She was truly afraid for Willow when she was left alone with Xander - talking out loud and telling Willow to watch out, and then when the pack came. She was also concerned about the lady with the baby, and the family in the car. The ending was a surprise - that the zookeeper was in on it. And she hated the 'let's not tell the girls' ending between Giles and Xander.

She's realizing how little she remembers, and how much she enjoys it. Hey - almost no cell phone usage!

Sadly, she got sleepy during Angel - so the end was kinda anti-climactic. The attack on Joyce was a surprise because she was certain Darla couldn't make it into the house - and the diary speech made her very sympathetic. She wanted to know why Angel had the cross burned into his chest after the snogging at the end, and so did I since they never got close enough to burn him.

She has one of the lead roles in a local theater production so that's gonna mean rehearsal every Fri - Sun evening. So we'll be taking it slowly.

Last watch - cell phone .5
Buffy - 2.5
:D
 

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How old is she?

Really enjoying these. What did she say to the reveal about Angel being a vampire?
 

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She's 13 - we watched it the first time when she was 9.
She did remember Angel was a vampire, but I suspect even popular media makes that one obvious. She really enjoyed the entire scene at the Bronze - the tension between Buffy and Angel. It really is one of their best scenes. I mean in the killer showdown - with her dropping her crossbow and just 2wwalking up to Angel and offering her neck.

Have I mentioned that Buffy really tend to do things by instinct?!
 

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Okay - last night we watched 3 - and she never turned on her phone!!

I Robot, You Jane - I never expected her to get into this one. In fact, I offered to skip it - I mean the tech of the 90's is laughable today. But she was hooked. Very worried about Willow, and had no problem with the idea of a demon being scanned into the internet. I will say I did find Giles to be prescient:


MS. CALENDAR
You're a big snob. You think
knowledge should be kept in
carefully guarded repositories
where only a handful of white guys
can get at it.

GILES
That's nonsense. I simply don't
adhere to the knee jerk assumption
that because something is new, it's
better.

MS. CALENDAR
This isn't a fad, Rupert. We're
creating a new society.

GILES
A society in which human
interaction is all but obsolete.
In which people can be completely
manipulated by technology. Thank
you, I'll pass.


Scary progress we've been making.

After that we watched Puppet Sow - and she was sure it was evil Puppet Sid who was the bad guy....she was kinda snarky until the show started taking some unexpected twists. That was fun from my point of view. She really was affected b the ending.

Then we watched Nightmares. I think this was her favorite. Because we could talk about connections - like the fact that Buffy's nightmare was digging out of her grave, and Giles nightmare was losing Buffy. She liked the resolution, and the only nightmare she remembered was the chocolate trail to the clowns. Xander hitting the clown and Billy finishing thing with his coach were thoughtfully received.

We may finish season 1 tonight - we'll see.
 
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Wow. She never turned on her phone! Thats earth shattering.

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Last night my grandson wanted to see Principle Snyder get eaten by a snake. After that he said "Ok, now lets watch Spuffy!"
That's how we've been doing it, and episode or two in sequence, then we wander off to Spuffy land.
 

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Last night my grandson wanted to see Principle Snyder get eaten by a snake. After that he said "Ok, now lets watch Spuffy!"
That's how we've been doing it, and episode or two in sequence, then we wander off to Spuffy land.
We discussed how much therapy the kids who ate Principal Flutie would need.:D
 

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Are you still rewatching with your granddaughter, @bespangeled? How far along are you now.

I Robot, You Jane - I never expected her to get into this one. In fact, I offered to skip it - I mean the tech of the 90's is laughable today. But she was hooked.
Lol, I love this episode. So many great lines. I love Giles saying "that dreadful Calendar woman". :D
 
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