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 »


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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The second part of the series premiere
13 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is part two of the series premiere, picking up right where "Welcome to the Hellmouth" left off. Buffy's trying to stop the Master and his minions from "harvesting" lives and freeing the Master from his underground prison. This is an okay episode that is still working to build the series' back story. The Master isn't my favorite villain,(I like Angelus, Spike & Dru, the Mayor & Faith, Glory and the Trio & Dark Willow all better), but he does have a certain evil glee that's pretty entertaining. The episode also establishes Willow's talent with computers, gives Angel a name and introduces us to Harmony. Before Harmony was Angel's unicorn loving secretary or Spike's ditsy girlfriend, she was terrorizing Sunydale High at Cordelia's side. This is Harmony's first episode and even though she's not technically evil... She's still pretty evil. Watching Harm and Cordy bad mouth Buffy and Willow and Willow's sweet "push the deliver key" revenge is pretty fun. And Sunnydale's willful blindness towards super-natural happenings is illustrated for the first time at the end of the episode. Xander's right, it's no wonder property values in that town are so low.

On the downside, why is Jesse never mentioned again? You'd think his death would be worth at least a comment or two somewhere along the line. It could have been another reason for Xander to hate Angel and Spike. A "vampire killed my friend and now Buffy's dating one?!?" sort of deal. I even sort of hoped that Jesse'd be brought up again in season seven, as a image of the First and all, but no. He gets dusted and that's the end of it. Poor Jesse.

My favorite part of the episode: Buffy tricking Luke about sunrise at The Bronze, "It's in about nine hours, moron."

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