Buffy and her friends encounter a powerful vampire bent on opening a portal to a dimension inhabited by demons.



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At night in the cemetery, Buffy saves Xander and Willow from vampires, later Giles explains their race descends from primeval demons. Meanwhile the vampires bring Jesse as offering to their master as the hell-mouth, before his ascension and 'harvest', but hearing about a slayer he rather keeps Jesse alive as chained bait for her. Buffy realizes the mausoleum must be the entry, and meets Angel again there; she enters alone- but Xander catches up, determined to help his mate. Giles reads up on the harvest. Jesse turns out to be a vampire already, but the heroes escape into safe sunlight. The master anoints vampire Luke as his killing, soul-devouring vessel. Xander guesses right Jesse will still go to the Bronze, the town's single cool club, like normal school-kids, and so does the whole vampire gang before Buffy's... Written by KGF Vissers

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10 March 1997 (USA)  »

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This was the first appearance of Harmony Kendall. See more »


When Cordelia and her friend are in the computer lab working on an assignment, their dialogue implies it's a database problem. And Cordelia says "goto end," implying they're using a database language. But when we see the screen shot the program is a graphics plotting function in the C programming language. See more »


Luke: Ladies and gentlemen! There is no cause for alarm. Actually, there is cause for alarm. It just won't do any good.
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References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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A so-so second episode.
13 June 2015 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Episode 2 Season 1 ties up The Master storyline for the time being, allowing for the introduction of more varied monsters in the forthcoming few shows. As far as the story for this one goes, it's not particularly memorable stuff: centuries old vamp The Master (Mark Metcalf) sends his minion Luke (Brian Thompson) to harvest victims, which will free him from the underground prison in which he has been trapped for sixty years. Buffy ensures that The Master stays put.

What this episode does do well is to build on the dynamic between Buffy and her pals, establishing each of them firmly in their roles: Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) as wise mentor, Xander (Nicholas Brendon) as comic relief, Willow (Alyson Hannigan) as brainiac sidekick, and Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) as the bitchy one. But for me, the series would really get going with the next episode…

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