Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Unaired Pilot 

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 ... See full summary »

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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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Principal Flutie mistakenly refers to Buffy as "Bunny." Willow's mother Sheila Rosenberg would later do the same thing in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Gingerbread (1999). See more »

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Principal Flutie: I don't think you'll have any problem adjusting here, Bunny.
Buffy Summers: Buffy.
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

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Salvation
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An underrated first attempt
23 January 2007 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This version of the pilot was written and directed by Joss Whedon himself (as opposed to the aired pilot, which was written by Whedon and directed by others). Many fans don't much like this version of the pilot, as it's lacking in some casting, a few important characters, and music. But it was never intended to be the finished product anyway, only a glimpse of what's to come to sell the networks on the idea. As such, it does a perfect job of distilling the main elements of the show, the most important characters and their relationship to one another, and the incredible balance of humor, horror and metaphor that would become the show's trademark. It does all that in under 30 minutes. That, I say, is quite an achievement.


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