Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Unaired Pilot (Jun. 2003)

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Buffy Summers arrives for her first day at a new school, and already weird things are happening. She investigates a dead body that is found in the girls' locker room, and, with the help of her new friends Willow and Xander, she fights a gang of vampires. Also, she meets Cordelia and her friends, and Giles, her new Watcher, tells her more about her destiny. Written by page8701

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This pilot was directed by Joss Whedon and financed out of his own pocket to sell the show to the networks. The plot is fairly similar to "Welcome to the Hellmouth", though Angel, Jesse and the Master don't appear. Also, it's only half an hour long. The main differences from the show as aired are the sets and casting. While most of the principals are in place, Riff Regan plays Willow and Stephen Tobolowsky plays Principal Flutie. They were replaced by Alyson Hannigan and Ken Lerner, respectively in the actual show. The library that appears is not the set from the show, rather it is the actual library from Torrance High School where much of the Sunnydale High material was filmed. See more »


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25 January 2007 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

So the only real difference between this and the series debut "Welcome To The Hellmouth" was the time format. This pilot, which never made it to the TV screen, is only roughly 24 minutes long, and this is it's main downfall. Things kind of just... happen, and the set up really isn't there. The 44 minute episode format which the show adopted after it was picked up for production works much better in a universe in which there is a lot of explaining to do. Obviously re-casting the role of Willow was a good step, as Riff Regans acting ability was very, very underdeveloped when this pilot was made. One thing I wish the production team had kept was the original library set from this episode. Through the course of the first three years of "Buffy" the main characters tackle many hours of lengthly exposition in the school library, and the grand set from this episode would have allowed for some more interesting visual combinations in the familiar space. Totally worth watching, despite the "incomplete" feel of the editing. After watching this, it's kind of a miracle the show got made. A beautiful miracle.

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