Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1, Episode 2

The Harvest (10 Mar. 1997)

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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Jeffrey Steven Smith ...


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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Action | Drama | Fantasy


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10 March 1997 (USA)  »

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During the credits, Giles describes the origins of vampires to Buffy, Xander, and Willow. He states, "...waiting for their animals to die out, and the old ones to return." In Season Seven, the old ones, the primordial vampires, return. See more »


Cordelia says they're going to The Bronze that night because there's no cover, yet the bouncer is counting a handful of cash when the vamps show up. See more »


Buffy Summers: Look, if you're gonna be popping up with this cryptic wise man act on a regular basis, can you at least tell me your name?
Angel: Angel.
Buffy Summers: Angel. It's a pretty name.
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References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »


Ballad For Dead Friends
Performed by Dashboard Prophets
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The Harvest Is Averted!
13 January 2014 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Continuing where the pilot left off, Buffy Summers manages to avert death, save Willow & Xander, but The Harvest is still planning to commence. Jesse is still in grave danger with the vampires. At first they plan to kill him, but decide to keep him alive to lure him as bait for Buffy. Buffy wants to go in it alone, but reluctantly lets Xander & Willow tag along. After finding out Jesse is now, a vampire, Buffy must show more courage than ever to stop The Harvest. As much as I enjoyed the pilot, this episode was a lot better. It has much more suspense & action. As I explained in the pilot review. I'm essentially a brand new viewer to this show. Buffy's continued growth is very evident here. She is starting to get a little more comfortable as her duty, as a slayer. She's prissy, but a lovable badass. Even Willow gets out of her comfort zone to pull a great gag on Cordelia. It didn't take long for this group to be dynamic. The finale is filled with tremendous action, great stunts, and lots of thrills. My only carp is that Jesse turned into a vampire too soon. I don't know if they grew impatient or unsure, but more tension and buildup would have made Jesse's switch to the darkside all the more riveting. Buffy fans should love this episode.


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