“I may be dead, but I’m still pretty. Which is more than I can say for you.”
It’s the end of all things. Or, more accurately, the end of the specific thing that is Season 1 of the television program Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Expect (literal) blood! Expect (literal) tears! Expect (unexpected) references to old Yellow Pages ads!
Boo at stinky Xander. Cheer at awesome Buffy. Feel all the hots for Giles. Ask Willow for a raisin.
It’s ‘Prophecy Girl’.
And nothing will ever be the same (till next week).
From The Buffy Trivia Guide, a website Jess created back in the heady early 2000s.
- Buffy’s mother buys her daughter a long white dress for the dance in Prophecy Girl (a sacrificial garment, if I ever saw one – what was Joyce thinking?!) Everyone comments on it. At the end of the episode, when the gang are walking away, Angel says “I like your…”, and Buffy quips back “yeah, yeah. It was a big hit with everyone.” This was added in post production and wasn’t in the script.
- Alyson Hannigan claimed that she filmed a much stronger version of the scene in Prophecy Girl where Willow and Cordelia discovered the bodies the students: “We did the tame version for America and…a bloodier version that we thought we could get away with in Europe. We poured blood everywhere…It’s probably non-existent now.” Source: Interview with magazine DreamWatch
- The budget for filming Prophecy Girl didn’t allow for any major CGI, so the Hellmouth’s monster eventually became a massive tentacled thing, made by Special Effects studio Optic Nerve. Each of the tentacles had a person inside it, operating it. Source: The Watcher’s Guide by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder
- In a scene scripted for Prophecy Girl but never filmed, it rains stones on Sunnydale High School after Buffy rejects Xander when he first asks her out:
Xander bails, wandering off under the archway.
Buffy sits by herself on the bench, bummed. Which is when the hail of pebbles starts.
The first few get Buffy’s attention, tiny hard pellets hitting the ground around her. She stands as more start coming down.
People – including Buffy – all run for cover as the real shower starts. Buffy stands under the archway, watching the hail come down.
Walking away, not near Buffy. He hears:
Student: “Check it out! It’s raining stones!”
Xander looks back over his shoulder.
[The Watcher’s Guide, Volume 1 by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder]
Buffy: “I don’t care! I don’t care. Giles, I’m sixteen years old – I don’t want to die.”
Buffy to the Master: “I may be dead, but I’m still pretty. Which is more than I can say for you.”
Jenny: “The part that gets me, though, is where Buffy is the vampire Slayer. She’s so little.”
Master: “You were destined to die! It was written!”
Buffy: “What can I say? I flunked the written.”
Buffy: “Sure! We saved the world. I say we party!”
Xander: “You were checking out my neck! I saw that!”
Giles: “As the soon-to-be-purple area of my jaw will attest, I did not ‘let her go’!”
Giles: “Tomorrow night Buffy will face the Master, and she will die.”
Xander: “Look, I’m sorry. I don’t handle rejection well. Funny, considering all the practice I’ve had, huh?”
Xander: “I’m just gonna go home, lie down and listen to country music. The music of pain.”
Willow: “I’m not ashamed. It’s the computer age. Nerds are in. … They’re still in, right?”
- 07.31 minutes: When Buffy and Xander sit down on the bench, the strap of Xander’s shoulder bag keeps moving in every shot. Sometimes it’s under his collar, sometimes it’s over the collar and in some shots the strap is not there at all.
- 27.04 minutes: When Buffy walks through the sewers, you can see the shadow of what seems to be a production member on the wall.
- 33.04 minutes: When Buffy drowns, she falls into the pool with her hair tied up and her arms under her. When she is discovered by Angel and Xander, her arms are by her sides and her hair is loose.
- 35.22 minutes: When Willow and Jenny get into Cordy’s car, Cordelia’s mouth doesn’t move when she’s talking, when we see her in the shot from behind.
- 40.31 minutes: When Buffy has her big fight with the Master on the roof you can see her white shoes. But later when she kicks him you see that she has on brown boots. When did she change?
- Buffy’s death in Prophecy Girl, albeit very brief, was enough to activate another Slayer, Kendra. The two meet in season two’s What’s My Line? (Part 1). Giles says in that episode that the event was unprecedented.
- Angel gave Buffy a cross necklace when he first met her in Welcome to the Hellmouth. She can be seen wearing the necklace in The Harvest and Prophecy Girl.
- Xander says to Buffy in Prophecy Girl, “I want to dance with you”. His wish comes true when Buffy dances sexily with him in the very next episode – When She Was Bad.
- Xander saved Buffy’s life by giving her CPR after she drowned in Prophecy Girl. He helped to bring her back from the dead again in Bargaining (Part 1). In season seven’s End of Days he tells Buffy that if she dies again he’ll bring her back. “It’s what I do”.
- Buffy punches Giles twice in the series: In Prophecy Girl, to stop him preventing her from facing the Master, and in Passion, after he attacks Angelus.
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