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Joss Whedon has said that the idea for Buffy came from all the horror movies he had seen featuring a helpless young blonde who would almost always be the first to die. He felt she needed a better image.
Up until the third season, the school set had only one hallway and the Bronze was actually just an old warehouse.
Charisma Carpenter is 26 years old in the pilot.
The Master has a name which goes unused on the show but was mentioned in the script: Heinrich Joseph Nest.
"Mutant Enemy", Joss Whedon's production company, was the name he gave to his first typewriter when he was 15. The logo was created in 20 minutes when he was told he had to have one
The scene where Buffy confronts Giles about her fate was shot twice because the first one was rejected by Joss Whedon, arguing Buffy was too emotional. Whedon wasn't on set the day director Charles Martin Smith shoot the moment, although Sarah Michelle Gellar told Smith she thought Whedon would prefer less emotion. When Whedon saw the scene, didn't like it and waited until he directed the series finale to re-shoot it.
Joss Whedon had originally planned for viewers to never see Buffy's parents. However, he realized this could get complicated and therefore wrote in Buffy's mother Joyce, who would become an important character for the rest of the series.
This is the only episode in which Xander rides a skateboard. He is seen holding it in other episodes, but he never actually rides it again.
The scene where Jesse asks Cordelia to dance is actually from Joss Whedon's school experience. However, in answer to the girl's reaction "With you?," he said nothing and left, unlike Jesse.
The scene where Angel warns Buffy about the Harvest was David Boreanaz's audition scene. According to Boreanaz, it was shot at two in the morning in "some god awful street".
The scene with Buffy and Giles at the Bronze was Anthony Head's audition scene.
Other actresses considered for the lead role as Buffy also included Katie Holmes and Selma Blair.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy) originally auditioned for the part of Cordelia Chase and Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia), auditioned for the part of Buffy. Julie Benz also tried for the part of Buffy but eventually landed the role of Darla. Mercedes McNab (Harmony, one of Cordelia's group), auditioned for the part of Buffy as well.
The high school used for external and some internal scenes in the series is Torrance High, the same school used for Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990).
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Rupert Giles visits the Bronze, a rare occurrence in the series.
On the original airing of this episode, the WB provided a teaser briefing the history of past Slayers. It revealed horrific events in towns that were halted when a particular woman arrived. This teaser, however, does not appear in syndication or on DVD.
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The Master was originally supposed to rise from a pool of blood and be covered with the blood for the entire episode; this was abandoned after being discovered to be too difficult to create.
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Some of the clips used in Buffy's dream at the start of the episode are from future episodes such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Harvest (1997), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I, Robot... You, Jane (1997), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Puppet Show (1997) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Prophecy Girl (1997).
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The Master's look originally featured a beard and long hair before Mark Metcalf suggested the bald look as a homage to Count Orlok (Max Schreck) in Nosferatu (1922).
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The following exchange was cut for time: Mr. Flutie: - "Oh! Buffy! Uh, what do you want?" Buffy: - "Um, is there a guy in there that's dead?" Mr. Flutie: - "Where did you hear that? Okay. Yes. But he's not a student! Not currently." Buffy: - "Do you know how he died?" Mr. Flutie: - "What?" Buffy: - "I mean - how could this have happened?" Mr. Flutie: - "Well, that's for the police to determine when they get here. But this structure is safe, we have inspectors, and I think there's no grounds for a lawsuit." Buffy: - "Was there a lot of blood? Was there any blood?" Mr. Flutie: - "I would think you wouldn't want to involve yourself in this kind of thing." Buffy: - "I don't. Could I just take a peek?" Mr. Flutie: - "Unless you already are involved..." Buffy: - "Never mind." Mr. Flutie: - "Buffy, I understand this is confusing. You're probably feeling a lot right now. You should share those feelings. With someone else.
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James Spader is mentioned by Cordelia. Joss Whedon later cast him in his movie Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
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When Buffy is in her room deciding what to wear to the Bronze, the Sprung Monkey's "Saturated" is played in the background. Incidentally, Sprung Monkey appears on stage at the Bronze. They first perform "Believe," followed by "Swirl" and "Things Are Changing." The original score is written by Walter Murphy.
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There was an Unaired Pilot of the show which was shot in 1996 it follows mostly the same plot except Willow was played by Riff Regan and Principal Flutie was played Stephen Tobolowsky.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Joss Whedon has said that originally he wanted to include Eric Balfour (Jesse) in the opening credits for this episode, to trick viewers into thinking that he is a regular character, only to shock them by having him killed. This idea was eventually deemed too time-consuming (having to develop alternative opening credits for use with just this one episode) and was dropped.
Cordelia says she could kill to live in LA. Later, in Angel (1999), she does live in LA and performs some killings.
Angel speaks to Buffy as though he had never met her, but in the two-part episode, "Becoming" reveals that he has fallen in love with Buffy from afar when her first Watcher reveals her destiny as a vampire slayer. Later, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Helpless (1999), Angel confessed that he has been in love with her before they are acquainted in this episode and followed her from Los Angeles since.
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