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 »


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 »


Rupert Giles: We are at the center of a mystical convergence here! We may, in fact, stand between the Earth and its total destruction.
Buffy Summers: Well, I gotta look on the bright side. Maybe I can still get kicked out of school.
Xander Harris: Oh yeah, that's a plan. 'Cause a lot of schools aren't on Hellmouths.
Willow Rosenberg: Maybe you could blow something up, they're really strict about that.
Buffy Summers: I was thinking more along the lines of excessive not-studying.
Rupert Giles: The Earth is doomed.
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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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Great Second-Half of the Pilot Episode
26 June 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The Harvest picks up right where Welcome to the Hellmouth left off, and it is just as good and just as promising as the first part. We've already been introduced to the main characters, so this episode just continues on from that. Already, their quirks are becoming clearer and the dialogue is sharpening, showing hints of the greatness that is to come. Xander's growing crush on the Slayer is becoming all too clear, while Willow's crush on Xander goes unnoticed by him but obvious to the viewers. The fight scene in the Bronze is kind of cheesy, true, but it shows us more of Buffy's fighting style. She quips the whole way through, and her "There's something you forgot about too - sunlight" trick is fantastic. My favourite scene in this episode is the ending, where as Buffy, Willow and Xander walk away, Giles turns and says "The earth is doomed." It is fantastic if you are a huge fan of the show and know that this scene will be repeated in the very final episode of season seven. Having watched the series already and knowing everything that is to come between now and that scene in season seven... honestly the amount of tears, drama, laughs, action and everything else that is still yet to be revealed, is staggering. My only negative is that I find Darla so immensely irritating. Her voice, the way she speaks - she is so annoying. Thank goodness she gets killed off later in the season. Overall - The Harvest is a great second half of the pilot episode. Greatness is being created before your very eyes.

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