All Episodes, Season 1

1.01 Welcome to the Hellmouth

 

Buffy: “To make you a vampire they have to suck your blood. And then you have to suck their blood. It’s like a whole big sucking thing.”

Join us as we criticise Joyce’s parenting. As we ‘admire’ Angel’s velvet coat. As we try to figure out if, like Giles, we’d choose a cup of Bovril over being stuck in The Bronze with a 90s post-grunge band.

 

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Watch as Darla pauses, the light changes and her CGI vamp face appears. Or just run away.

Buffy’s little bonnet on the wardrobe box

Oh Joyce. We are making notes of your parenting choices and doing the exact opposite with our own child. But you’ve had a rough time so we’ll let you off for now

Jess was very distracted by Cordy’s lime green (velvet?) trousers. Even John noticed them

 

We ❤️ Willow

 

Jess has Issues with Jesse. He does not represent the Jesses of the world.

 

Giles disrespecting Buffy’s personal space

 

We’re not entirely sure what Luke is saying most of the time

 

Angel, what are you wearing, and why are you saying those things? Angel makes Bad Choices in this episode


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High protein beef paste or Sprung Monkey? You decide!


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The ‘white dog poo’ staking effect from the original unaired pilot

 

Mid-90s James Spader need not call me.

Trivia

from The Buffy Trivia Guide

  • The following description of Willow is from the original shooting script:

    “[Willow]…is shy, bookish, and very possibly dressed by her mother. The intelligence in her eyes and the sweetness of her smile belie a genuine charm that is lost on the unsubtle high school mind. It’s certainly lost on Xander, though he brightens considerably to see her…[Willow’s] excitement at the sentiment [that Xander’s so happy to see her] is sweetly pathetic, and typically unnoticed.”

    Source: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Script Book, Season One, Volume 1, Pocket Books

  • This description of Xander comes from the original shooting script:

    “[Xander]…is bright, funny, and will one day be suave and handsome. Till that day arrives, he’ll do the best he can with bright and funny.”

    Source: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Script Book, Season One, Volume 1, Pocket Books

  • Kristine Sutherland (who plays Buffy’s mother Joyce) revealed in a magazine interview a blunder she made during filming of her first scene in Welcome to the Hellmouth:

    “It was the very first scene of the very first episode, where I was dropping Buffy off at school. I had done TV before but never really been involved in a series, so I was very nervous. Things went pretty well with the dialogue, but when Sarah got out of the car, I put my foot on the gas and lurched backwards! Fortunately, I didn’t hit anything but I had that flash of ‘Oh, my God, what if I plowed into the car behind me?” In my panic, I was also sure that Charlie [Martin Smith, the director] was thinking, ‘What kind of incompetent do we have here?’ and I would be fired immediately. Of course, I wasn’t.”

  • The scene in which Giles and Buffy are in the library arguing about Buffy’s reluctance to assume her Slayer duties was actually shot eight months after the rest of the episode. In the original version, Sarah had come across as far too angry and so the scene was completely reshot.
    Source: Joss Whedon’s DVD commentary for Welcome to the Hellmouth
  • For the first season, there was only one hall for Sunnydale High school because of a tight budget so they reused the same hall over and over again, redressing it in different ways.
    Source: Joss Whedon’s DVD commentary of Welcome to the Hellmouth.

Continuity (Spoiler warning!)

  • The character Aura is a friend of Cordelia’s who discovers the body in her locker – the first victim Buffy saw at her new school. As a nice bit of continuity, we hear Cordelia chat to Aura on the phone in the Angel episode ‘RM W/A VU’.
  • Buffy’s motto “seize the day” is carpe diem in Latin. In Welcome to the Hellmouth, Buffy tells Willow “seize the moment, because tomorrow you might be dead.” In Surprise, Willow reminds Buffy about “Carpe diem” in their chat about whether Buffy should sleep with Angel. And look what happened then.
  • All of the visions in Buffy’s first prophetic dream are clips from later episodes from the first season. Most of the clips are from Welcome to the Hellmouth and Prophecy Girl.
  • Angel says about vampires to Buffy, “You want to kill them. You want to kill them all.” In the season two episode When She Was Bad, Angel asks Buffy how she is going to distract the vampires to which she responds, “I’m gonna kill them all.”
  • Cordelia says to Buffy that she’d “kill to live in L.A.” Her wish was fulfilled (and she only had to kill a couple of vampires!) when Cordelia left Sunnydale after graduation to move to Los Angeles.
  • Joyce’s parting words to Buffy when she drops her off at her new school are “try not to get kicked out”. Buffy was, of course, expelled in season two’s Becoming (Part 2).
  • Darla doesn’t seem to know what a Slayer is but we know from future Buffy and Angel episodes (such as Fool For Love) that she does. She should have known straight away that Buffy is the Slayer.

Goofs

  • 02.05 minutes: In the opening sequence, Darla’s top button on her shirt is undone but when she vamps up, the shirt is closed.
  • 07.02 minutes: When Buffy drops her purse on the floor, there’s a girl in a striped skirt in the background walking down the hall. In the next shot (where we see Xander) the same girl is walking down the hall but in the opposite direction.
  • 15.27 minutes: Darla’s bitemarks on the dead boy run horizontally. It would be impossible for Darla to have positioned her head to get bitemarks like this.
  • 17.41 minutes: When Buffy and Giles are arguing about Buffy being the Slayer, Giles hands her some books. When he gives them to her the spines of the books are facing one way and when she gives them back to him they are facing the other way. They alternate like that a few times before they are finally put down.
  • 25.11 minutes: In The Bronze, there is a close-up of the drummer playing. The beat in the song and the drummers hands are out of synch.
  • 25.54 minutes: When Willow and Buffy are talking in the Bronze, Buffy has a drink with a straw and some cherries. In the shots where we see Willow, Buffy is sometimes eating a cherry or drinking from the straw, but in quick cuts to Buffy’s face, she’s not. This occurs a few times in this scene.

Links

 

 

Hush: is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcast, where we’re watching every Buffy episode, one at a time. Hush is presented by long-time Buffy fans Jess Beeley and John Byrne, who live in Limerick, Ireland.

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2 thoughts on “1.01 Welcome to the Hellmouth”

  1. Comments:
    1. Buffy aired on TV3, too. It was one of their first shows!
    2. Eric Balfour had two stints on 24.
    3. We never see Xander’s skateboard again because it’s really hard to light so much space, especially outdoors, so any skateboarding scenes would have taken too much effort and time.
    4. My guesses for your least favourite episode are: Doomed (straight after Hush) or that episode Spike tries to rape Buffy.
    5. I really liked the cheap production of the first two seasons, and it’s corny aspects. It gave it a wonderful B-movie look – which also allowed the writing and acting to shine through. One of the magic things about Buffy is that it’s an amazing show that forged its way from the garbage TV medium.

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