Buffy: "If the apocalypse comes, beep me."
The last time I re-watched any Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a couple of years ago and then it was just seasons 5, 6, and 7, so it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I made the commitment this week to start again from the first episode. It will probably be a long journey because I really haven't got the time to watch the show in marathon chunks, and after Season 3, I will need to start watching Angel, too, in order to keep the crossover episodes in chronological order.
So I'm five episodes in, and it's fascinating, and a little frightening, to see how young the cast all look. I can't believe that the first season was made in 1996. Sarah Michelle Gellar is so baby-faced and I am trying to remember if girls really were wearing the mini-dresses and go-go boots that she sports in the early Buffy days.
The other thing that struck me was the lack of cell phones. The idea of teenagers without cell phones is almost inconceivable, now. Giles keeps tabs on Buffy via a beeper.
Granted, some of the monsters, like the sexually predatory teacher who turns into a giant praying mantis, are sort of ridiculous, but somehow the show is so charming that I don't care. All in all, I'm looking forward to Buffy revisited.
And, I had forgotten how much I had missed the Master until he poked one of his minions in the eyeball with a sharpened fingernail, and uttered the words, "Hold on... You've got something in your eye."