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Principal Cast

In order of character appearances

Regular Cast

In order of character appearances

Season Summary

The first season begins several months after the events of the movie, with Buffy Summers arriving in Sunnydale with her mother, Joyce.

After moving with the hopes of leaving her born slayer duties behind, Buffy inevitably comes into contact with her Watcher, the librarian Rupert Giles, and the two friends who would fight demons alongside her through the series. They soon realize that Sunnydale High is located on a Hellmouth, a portal to demon dimensions, which attracts supernatural phenomena to the area.

The first season included mostly standalone episodes, exploring the problems faced by the student population as a result of the centrality of the Hellmouth that it has. Such issues explored include: ignored students turning invisible; witches; demon teachers; and the never-ending supply of vampires.

With the high emphasis on teenage angst and metaphorical nature of the episodes, Buffy's inevitable love interest came in the form of Angel, who frequently turns up with cryptic warnings for Buffy. However, the relationship becomes complicated when the truth about Angel's past is uncovered. Angel is a vampire with a soul that was restored by gypsies many years prior to the series beginning.

The overarching plot concerned The Master's attempts to reach the surface. He is an ancient and very powerful vampire who was trapped by an earthquake caused by his attempt to open the Hellmouth decades ago. Buffy and her comrades manage to stop each supernatural threat, typically employing a combination of detective work, frequent physical combat, and extensive research of both ancient mystical texts and computer-accessible records.

Ultimately, The Master recruits a prophesied Anointed One who brought Buffy to her death in The Master's underground prison. He used her blood to escape to the roof of Sunnydale High, but she is quickly revived by Xander, who had tracked her with the help of an unfed Angel. She manages to throw the Master onto a shard of wood, and the Hellmouth is closed.

Season 1 Episodes

Aired: March 10 to June 2, 1997

Image Title Writer(s) Director(s) Airdate Code #


150px Welcome to the Hellmouth Writer: Joss Whedon Director: Charles Martin Smith March 10, 1997 4V01 001 1x01
Buffy Summers arrives in Sunnydale and is not happy to meet her new Watcher, Rupert Giles. A mysterious "friend" offers guidance, but Buffy resists her destiny until Willow Rosenburg and Jesse McNally are abducted. Buffy saves Willow from an ordinary vampire, but loses track of Jesse in a confrontation with Luke, the Master's vampire vessel.


Harvest The Harvest Writer: Joss Whedon Director: John T. Kretchmer March 10, 1997 4V02 002 1x02
After escaping from Luke, Buffy goes in search of Jesse, with a little help from Giles and Willow, from her mystery friend, Angel, and from Xander, who braves the dank, dark sewers with her. The Master plots the Harvest, a ritual designed to imbue him with strength enough to open the Hellmouth, but Buffy defeats his minions in a showdown at The Bronze.


150px The Witch Writer: Dana Reston Director: Stephen Cragg March 17, 1997 4V03 003 1x03
Buffy tries out for Sunnydale's cheerleading squad. The Scoobies at first suspect that Amy Madison is causing all the havoc but discover that her mother, also a practicing witch, has swapped bodies with her.


150px Teacher's Pet Writer: David Greenwalt Director: Bruce Seth Green March 24, 1997 4V04 004 1x04
Xander is smitten by the substitute biology teacher, Ms. French, who turns out to be a giant praying mantis terrifying enough to make vampires run for cover. Angel's warning gives Buffy a vital clue and she rescues the virgin male students—including Xander—chosen to fertilize the creature's eggs.


150px Never Kill a Boy on the First Date Writer: Rob Des Hotel & Dean Batali Director: David Semel March 31, 1997 4V05 005 1x05
Buffy's lovelife is looking up when she goes on a date with the normal Owen Thurman, but when Owen nearly gets killed during Buffy's battle to save Giles and the others from The Master's vampires, she decides that "normal" dating might be too dangerous after all.


150px The Pack Writer: Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer Director: Bruce Seth Green April 7, 1997 4V06 006 1x06
At the zoo, Xander and four other students sneak into the off-limits hyena habitat and become infected by an evil demon spirit. Xander and his pack grow more and more feral until Buffy, Giles and Willow reverse the spell.


150px Angel Writer: David Greenwalt Director: Scott Brazil April 14, 1997 4V07 007 1x07
Sharing their first kiss, Buffy is horrified to discover that Angel is a vampire. Bent on slaying him, Buffy learns that Angel's soul was restored by a Gypsy curse, making him unique—and reviled—among his fellow undead. Angel stakes Darla, the vampire who made him, as she attempts to assassinate Buffy for The Master.


Irobot I, Robot... You, Jane Writer: Ashley Gable & Thomas A. Swyden Director: Stephen Posey April 28, 1997 4V08 008 1x08
Willow meets a boy on the Internet, but "Malcolm" is really Moloch the Corrupter, an ancient demon released from bondage after Willow scanned his "book" into the school's computer. With help from Jenny Calendar, Sunnydale High's computer teacher, Buffy foils Moloch's plan to upload himself into a giant robot.


Puppetshow The Puppet Show Writer: Rob Des Hotel & Dean Batali Director: Ellen S. Pressman May 5, 1997 4V09 009 1x09
After Principal Flutie's death, the new sheriff in Sunnydale High, Principal Snyder, forces Buffy and her friends to participate in the school talent show. When a girl's heart is harvested, Buffy suspects a fellow student and his strangely talkative dummy.


Nightmares Nightmares Writer: Joss Whedon (story) & David Greenwalt (teleplay) Director: Bruce Seth Green May 12, 1997 4V10 010 1x10
Sunnydale residents find their worst nightmares coming true and Buffy learns that a little boy in a coma is the cause. To solve the problem, the gang must wake him up and help him confront his fears.


150px Out of Mind, Out of Sight Writer: Joss Whedon (story) & Ashley Gable & Thomas A. Swyden (teleplay) Director: Reza Badiyi May 19, 1997 4V11 011 1x11
Ignored by students and teachers alike, Marcie Ross literally becomes invisible, then uses her affliction to terrorize Cordelia and her friends. Sympathetic at first, Buffy nevertheless stops Marcie when she goes too far. Men in black come to take Marcie away.


Prophecygirl Prophecy Girl Writer: Joss Whedon Director: Joss Whedon June 2, 1997 4V12 012 1x12
Buffy quits Slaying when a prophecy predicts she will die in battle against the Master and The Anointed One, but soon puts aside her fear and enters the fray on her own timetable and terms. In fulfillment of prophecy, The Master indeed kills the Slayer and opens the Hellmouth, but learns too late that Buffy is resilient, unpredictable—and lethal.

Appearances

First Appearances

Regulars: Buffy Summers, Xander Harris, Willow Rosenburg, Cordelia Chase, Rupert Giles
Supporting: Angel, Joyce Summers, The Master, Principal Flutie, The Anointed One, Darla, Jenny Calendar, Principal Snyder

Last Appearances of

Supporting: Principal Flutie

Trivia

  • Cemetery scenes for this season were filmed at Rosedale cemetery in Los Angeles. [1]

References

  1. The Watcher's Guide, Vol.1 by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder, 1998.
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