Last week week, the Great Buffy ReWatch covered the pivotal linked episodes that marked the first of Buffy’s traumatic birthday episodes, 2.13/14 “Surprise” and “Innocence.” These episodes, written by Marti Noxon & Joss Whedon, often turn up on top-ten lists, and series creator/producer/writer/director Joss Whedon said they “fulfilled the mission statement” of the show more than any other—at least up to that time, in embodying “the idea of the emotional resonance of horror and the idea of the High School experience.” That, and as he also notes, “rocket launchers” (see photo).
This week–on this date, March 10, 1997, fourteen years ago, Buffy the Vampire Slayer first aired on the WB network. HeroPress shares a rarely-seen promo for the show about “one girl in every generation, a chosen one…”
I was among those who watched that first episode live. Next week, I’ll be introducing students to some of the “narrative complexities” of BtVS as fiction in Intro to Lit (freshman comp) with “Surprise”/”Innocence”