Welcome to the Hellmouth

Season 1 Episode #1
Overall Episode #1; Original air date March 3, 1997
Written by Joss Whedon. Directed by Charles Martin Smith.

Slay Me - episode rating
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French Title: Bienvenue A Sunnydale, Premiere Partie
German Title: Das Zentrum des Bosen

The Story:
- - The New Kid - -
Sixteen year old Buffy Summers is starting her sophomore year at a new school, Sunnydale High. Besides worring about making new friends, getting caught up in her classes, or having last month's hair Buffy also has to face her destiny of being the vampire slayer, the one in girl in all the world chosen to save the world from vampires and the forces of darkness. On her first day Buffy meets and befriends Xander Harris, who develops an instant crush on her, shy and brainy Willow Rosenberg, and their friend Jesse. After choosing to spend time with the 'losers' of the school Buffy alienates herself from the popular Cordelia Chase. The school's new librarian, Rupert Giles, turns out to be her new Watcher and she meets a mysterious stranger who alerts her to the presence of a very old and powerful vampire living under the city. Buffy is forced to save her new friends after Jesse and Willow leave the local club, The Bronze, with two of the Master's minions.

Say What? - quote of the week... More Quotes
Giles: A, a Slayer slays, a Watcher...
Buffy: ...watches?
Giles: Yes. No! He, he trains her, he, he, he prepares her...
Buffy: Prepares me for what? For getting kicked out of school? For losing all of my friends? For having to spend all of my time fighting for my life and never getting to tell anyone because I might endanger them? Go ahead! Prepare me.

Slayage - 1 - The vampire Thomas staked by Buffy.

Body Count - 1 - Boy bit by Darla in teaser.

Credits - the cast: *Sarah Michelle Gellar - Buffy Summers; *Nicholas Brendon - Xander Harris; *Alyson Hannigan - Willow Rosenberg; *Charisma Carpenter - Cordelia Chase; *Anthony Stewart Head - Rupert Giles; Mark Metcalf - The Master; Brian Thompson - Luke; David Boreanaz - Angel; Ken Lerner - Principal Flutie; Kristine Sutherland - Joyce Summers; Julie Benz - Darla; J. Patrick Lawlor - Thomas; Eric Balfour - Jesse. Natalie Strauss - Teacher; Amy Chance - Girl #1; Tupelo Jereme - Girl #2; Persia White - Girl #3; Carmine D. Giovinazzo - Boy.

Rock On - Soundtrack: Buffy Theme Song by Nerf Herder (opening credits);No Heros by David Aragon; Losing Ground by Mindtribe and Sprung Monkey's Believe, Swirl, Saturated, and Things Are Changing. Episode score by Walter Murphy.

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