Principal Snyder: "My predecessor, Mr. Flutie, may have gone in for all that touchy-feely relating nonsense, but he was eaten. You're in my world now. And Sunnydale has touched and felt for the last time."
Ever since I posted the short film, Callalilly (here), I've had creepy dolls on my
mind, and creepy dolls have lead to thoughts of evil clowns and demon children.
As I continue to revisit Buffy, it's interesting to be reminded that all three archetypes are represented in the short, twelve episode, first season.
After hapless Principal Flutie is devoured by a pack of students possessed by hyena spirits, we are introduced to his unpleasant replacement, Principal Synder, in the episode, 'The Puppet Show'. Synder orders Giles to run the school talent show,
while Buffy, Willow, and Xander are recruited as unwilling performers. The Scoobies, however, are diverted from their life in the theatre by a sinister ventriloquist dummy, named Sid, who appears to be stalking the show.
In 'Nightmares', the residents of Sunnydale are subjected to their darkest dreams
and imaginings suddenly manifesting in physical form. Xander finds himself being pursued by a knife wielding clown in the episode, but he faces his childhood terror, and strikes a vicarious blow for all those suffering from coulrophobia (fear of clowns) in the process.
Then we have the Anointed One. In spite of his innocent visage, he is a vampire
child who wants nothing more than to see the Slayer, and the good folk of Sunnydale, dead. The Anointed One proves that one should never underestimate the abilities of
a sinister kiddie, especially when Giles discovers an ancient prophecy stating that young Collin will be the little devil responsible for leading Buffy to her death at the hands of the Master.
Collin proved he had tenacity, too. While the doll and the clown were each
dispatched within the space of a forty minute episode, the Anointed One was
a recurring character who became something of a Mini-Me for the Master throughout Season One. In fact, even though the season finale is imminent, and as such, the Master's demise is at hand, that pesky little demon child is not destined to get his comeuppance... not yet, anyway.