Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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While it's never explicitly stated in the series what the actual process is, it is shown that the Watchers Council has magical means of locating the Slayer and potential Slayers. Also every Slayer has a Watcher who not only trains her, but chronicles her time as the Slayer and reports this back to the Council. Edit
Never. The show ended years ago. However, Season 8 has begun in comic book form. Best of all? It's being written by Joss Whedon and other alumni script writers. You can find more information on the series from Dark Horse Comics. - http://www.darkhorse.com/profile/profile.php?sku=14-798 - or skip to the bottom of this FAQ to find all the nitty gritty details. Mutant Enemy is also still producing films (most recently Serenity (2005) and the upcoming Goners) and television (Dollhouse (2009)). Edit
Joss Whedon has signed on to write 20-or-so issues of a BtVS comic for Dark Horse, set a year after final episode Chosen (2003), in what will essentially be Season 8. Edit
The short answer is to simply start with Buffy and alternate back and forth episode by episode for the first three years that both series were on the air (although there are no actual crossovers between Buffy season six and Angel season three). Things don't get out of sync until Buffy season 7/Angel season 4.
Angel: Season 1 / Buffy Season 4
4.1 (Buffy) The Freshman: 5 October 1999..... 1.1 (Angel) City of...: 5 October 1999..... 4.2 (Buffy) Living Conditions: 12 October 1999....... 1.2 (Angel) Lonely Hearts: 12 October 1999.... 4.3 (Buffy) The Harsh Light of Day: 19 October 1999....... 1.3 (Angel) In The Dark: 19 October 1999....... 4.4 (Buffy) Fear, Itself: 26 October 1999....... 1.4 (Angel) I Fall to Pieces: 26 October 1999....... 4. 5 (Buffy) Beer Bad: 2 November 1999....... 1.5 (Angel) Rm w/a Vu: 2 November 1999....... 4.6 (Buffy) Wild at Heart: 9 November 1999....... 1.6 (Angel) Sense and Sensitivity: 9 November 1999....... 4.7 (Buffy) The Initiative: 16 November 1999....... 1.7 (Angel) The Bachelor Party: 16 November 1999....... 4.8 (Buffy) Pangs: 23 November 1999....... 1.8 (Angel) I Will Remember You: 23 November 1999....... 4.9 (Buffy) Something Blue: 30 November 1999....... 1.9 (Angel) Hero: 30 November 1999....... 4.10 (Buffy) Hush: 14 December 1999....... 1.10 (Angel) Parting Gifts: 14 December 1999....... 4.11 (Buffy) Doomed: 18 January 2000....... 1.11 (Angel) Somnambulist: 18 January 2000....... 4.12 (Buffy) A New Man 25 January 2000....... 1.12 (Angel) Expecting: 25 January 2000....... 4.13 (Buffy) The I in Team: 8 Febuary 2000....... 1.13 (Angel) She: 8 Febuary 2000....... 4.14 (Buffy) Goodbye Iowa: 15 Febuary 2000....... 1.14 (Angel) I've Got You Under My Skin: 15 Febuary 2000....... 4.15 (Buffy) This Years Girl: 22 Febuary 2000....... 1.15 (Angel) The Prodigal: 22 Febuary 2000....... 4.16 (Buffy) Who Are You?: 29 Febuary 2000....... 1.16 (Angel) The Ring: 29 Febuary 2000....... 4.17 (Buffy) Superstar: 4 April 2000....... 1.17 (Angel) Eternity: 4 April 2000....... 4.18 (Buffy) Where the Wild Things Are: 25 April 2000....... 1.18 (Angel) Five By Five: 25 April 2000....... 4.19 (Buffy) New Moon Rising: 2 May 2000....... 1.19 (Angel) Sanctuary: 2 May 2000....... 4.20 (Buffy) The Yoko Factor: 9 May 2000....... 1.20 (Angel) War Zone: 9 May 2000....... 4.21 (Buffy) Primeval: 16 May 2000....... 1.21 (Angel) Blind Date: 16 May 2000....... 4.22 (Buffy) Restless: 23 May 2000....... 1.22 (Angel) To Shanshu in L.A.: 23 May 2000.......
Angel Season 2 / Buffy Season 5
5.1 (Buffy) Buffy vs. Dracula: 26 September 2000....... 2.1 (Angel) Judgment: 26 September 2000....... 5.2 (Buffy) Real Me: 3 October 2000....... 2.2 (Angel) Are You Now or Have You Ever Been: 3 October 2000....... 5.3 (Buffy) The Replacement: 10 October 2000....... 2.3 (Angel) First Impressions: 10 October 2000....... 5.4 (Buffy) Out of My Mind: 17 October 2000....... 2.4 (Angel) Untouched: 17 October 2000....... 5.5 (Buffy) No Place Like Home: 24 October 2000....... 2.5 (Angel) Dear Boy: 24 October 2000....... 5.6 (Buffy) Family: 7 November 2000....... 2.6 (Angel) Guise Will Be Guise: 7 November 2000....... 5.7 (Buffy) Fool for Love: 14 November 2000....... 2.7 (Angel) Darla: 14 November 2000....... 5.8 (Buffy) Shadow: 21 November 2000....... 2.8 (Angel) The Shroud of Rahmon: 21 November 2000....... 5.9 (Buffy) Listening to Fear: 28 November 2000....... 2.9 (Angel) The Trial: 28 November 2000....... 5.10 (Buffy) Into the Woods: 19 December 2000....... 2.10 (Angel) Reunion: 19 December 2000....... 5.11 (Buffy) Triangle: 9 January 20001....... 2.11 (Angel) Redefinition: 16 January 2001....... 5.12 (Buffy) Checkpoint: 23 January 2001....... 2.12 (Angel) Blood Money: 23 January 2001....... 5.13 (Buffy) Blood Ties: 6 February 2001....... 2.13 (Angel) Happy Anniversary: 6 February 2001....... 5.14 (Buffy) Crush: 13 February 2001....... 2.14 (Angel) The Thin Dead Line: 13 February 2001....... 5.15 (Buffy) I Was Made to Love You: 20 February 2001....... 2.15 (Angel) Reprise: 20 February 2001....... 5.16 (Buffy) The Body: 27 February 2001....... 2.16 (Angel) Epiphany: 27 February 2001....... 5.17 (Buffy) Forever: 17 April 2001....... 2.17 (Angel) Disharmony: 17 April 2001....... 5.18 (Buffy) Intervention: 24 April 2001....... 2.18 (Angel) Dead End: 24 April 2001....... 5.19 (Buffy) Tough Love: 1 May 2001....... 2.19 (Angel) Belonging: 1 May 2001....... 5.20 (Buffy) Spiral: 8 May 2001....... 2.20 (Angel) Over the Rainbow: 8 May 2001....... 5.21 (Buffy) The Weight of the World: 15 May 2001....... 2.21 (Angel) Through the Looking Glass: 15 May 2001....... 5.22 (Buffy) The Gift: 22 May 2001....... 2.22 (Angel) There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb: 22 May 2001.......
Angel Season 3 / Buffy Season 6
3.1 (Angel) Heartthrob: 24 September 2001....... 3.2 (Angel) That Vision Thing: 1 October 2001....... 6.1/2 (Buffy) Bargaining: 2 October 2001....... 3.3 (Angel) That Old Gang of Mine: 8 October 2001....... 6.3 (Buffy) After Life: 9 october 2001....... 3.4 (Angel) Carpe Noctem: 15 October 2001....... 6.4 (Buffy) Flooded: 16 October 2001....... 3.5 (Angel) Fredless: 22 October 2001....... 6.5 (Buffy) Life Serial: 23 October 2001....... 3.6 (Angel) Billy: 29 October 2001....... 6.6 (Buffy) All the Way: 30 October 2001....... 3.7 (Angel) Offspring: 5 November 2001....... 6.7 (Buffy) Once More, with Feeling: 6 November 2001....... 3.8 (Angel) Quickening: 12 November 2001....... 6.8 (Buffy) Tabula Rasa: 13 November 2001....... 3.9 (Angel) Lullaby: 19 November 2001....... 6.9 (Buffy) Smashed: 20 November 2001....... 6.10 (Buffy) Wrecked: 27 November 2001....... 3.10 (Angel) Dad: 10 December 2001....... 6.11 (Buffy) Gone: 8 January 2002....... 3.11 (Angel) Birthday: 14 January 2002....... 3.12 (Angel) Provider: 21 January 2002....... 6.12 (Buffy) Doublemeat Palace: 29 January 2002....... 3.13 (Angel) Waiting in the Wings: 4 February 2002....... 6.13 (Buffy) Dead Things: 5 February 2002....... 6.14 (Buffy) Older and Far Away: 12 February 2002....... 3.14 (Angel) Couplet: 18 February 2002....... 3.15 (Angel) Loyalty: 25 February 2002....... 6.15 (Buffy) As You Were: 26 February 2002....... 3.16 (Angel) Sleep Tight: 4 March 2002....... 6.16 (Buffy) Hell's Bells: 5 March 2002....... 6.17 (Buffy) Normal Again: 12 March 2002....... 3.17 (Angel) Forgiving: 15 April 2002....... 3.18 (Angel) Double or Nothing: 22 April 2002....... 3.19 (Angel) The Price: 29 April 2002....... 6.18 (Buffy) Entropy: 30 April 2002....... 3.20 (Angel) A New World: 6 May 2002....... 6.19 (Buffy) Seeing Red: 7 May 2002....... 3.21 (Angel) Benediction: 13 May 2002....... 6.20 (Buffy) Villains: 14 May 2002....... 3.22 (Angel) Tomorrow: 20 May 2002....... 6.21 (Buffy) Two to Go: 21 May 2002....... 6.22 (Buffy) Grave: 21 May 2002.......
Angel Season 4 / Buffy Season 7
7.1 (Buffy) Lessons: 24 September 2002....... 7.2 (Buffy) Beneath You: 1 October 2002....... 4.1 (Angel) Deep Down : 6 October 2002....... 7.3 (Buffy) Same Time, Same Place: 8 October 2002....... 4.2 (Angel) Ground State: 13 October 2002....... 7.4 (Buffy) Help: 15 October 2002....... 4.3 (Angel) The House Always Wins: 20 October 2002....... 7.5 (Buffy) Selfless: 22 October 2002....... 4.4 (Angel) Slouching Toward Bethlehem: 27 October 2002....... 4.5 (Angel) Supersymmetry: 3 November 2002....... 7.6 (Buffy) Him: 5 November 2002....... 4.6 (Angel) Spin the Bottle: 10 November 2002....... 7.7 (Buffy) Conversations with Dead People: 12 November 2002....... 4.7 (Angel) Apocalypse, Nowish: 17 November 2002....... 7.8 (Buffy) Sleeper: 19 November 2002....... 7.9 (Buffy) Never Leave Me: 26 November 2002....... 7.10 (Buffy) Bring on the Night: 17 December 2002....... 7.11 (Buffy) Showtime: 7 January 2003....... 4.8 (Angel) Habeas Corpses: 15 January 2002....... 7.12 (Buffy) Potential: 21 January 2003....... 4.9 (Angel) Long Day's Journey: 22 January 2003....... 4.10 (Angel) Awakening: 29 January 2003....... 7.13 (Buffy) The Killer in Me: 4 February 2003....... 4.11 (Angel) Soulless: 5 February 2003....... 7.14 (Buffy) First Date: 11 February 2003....... 4.12 (Angel) Calvary: 12 February 2003....... 7.15 (Buffy) Get It Done: 18 February 2003....... 7.16 (Buffy) Storyteller: 25 February 2003....... 4.13 (Angel) Salvage: 5 March 2003....... 4.14 (Angel) Release: 12 March 2003....... 7.17 (Buffy) Lies My Parents Told Me: 19 March 2003....... 4.15 (Angel) Orpheus: 25 March 2003....... 4.16 (Angel) Players: 26 March 2003....... 4.17 (Angel) Inside Out: 2 April 2003....... 4.18 (Angel) Shiny Happy People: 9 April 2003....... 7.18 (Buffy) Dirty Girls: 15 April 2003....... 4.19 (Angel) The Magic Bullet: 16 April 2003....... 4.20 (Angel) Sacrifice: 23 April 2003....... 7.19 (Buffy) Empty Places: 29 April 2003....... 4.21 (Angel) Peace Out: 30 April 2003....... 7.20 (Buffy) Touched: 6 May 2003....... 4.22 (Angel) Home: 7 May 2003....... 7.21 (Buffy) End of Days: 13 May 2003....... 7.22 (Buffy) Chosen: 20 May 2003....... Edit
The short answer is that Joss, warped as he is, always wanted to kill off a character on his or her first episode in the credits. Joss had originally planned to kill off a main character in the pilot episodes (Unaired Pilot (1996) and The Harvest (1997)); that character being Jesse. However, it proved too costly to add his character to the credits, as they would have had to pay him more than their budget allowed. Benson has said in interviews that she'd have taken a place in the credits if they wanted her to, but they never asked. Speculation suggests that, since she was originally due to die by mid-Season Five, adding her in meant paying double what she was worth to Mutant Enemy, the production company. Still, it's all pure speculation.
It may also be worth noting that Amber Benson was not the first cast member to have a delayed listing in the opening credits. Edit
The reason being is that Sarah became a "big star" during Buffy with her many movies, and she likely did not have the time to dedicate to the DVD extras. This was also the reason why the show ended with the seventh season. The other reason is her agent. Most top notch agents do not want the big stars to be seen making mistakes. She was in the Easter Egg for the musical episode, and there are some bloopers with her on YouTube. She also showed up for the reunion. Edit
Note, these are region 1/USA. A few episodes (notably "Wild At Heart," missing from Region 2 discs) change between countries.
Season One: Welcome to the Hellmouth (Joss Whedon), The Harvest (Joss Whedon).
Season Two: Reptile Boy (David Greenwalt), What's My Line Pt. 1 (Marti Noxon), What's My Line Pt. 2 (Marti Noxon), Innocence (Joss Whedon).
Season Three: Helpless (David Fury), Bad Girls (Doug Petrie), Consequences (Michael Gershman), Earshot (Jane Espenson).
Season Four: Wild At Heart (Joss Whedon, Marti Noxon, Seth Green), Hush (Joss Whedon), The Initiative (Doug Petrie), This Year's Girl (Doug Petrie), Superstar (Jane Espenson), Restless (Joss Whedon).
Season Five: Real Me (David Fury and David Grossman), Fool For Love (Doug Petrie), I Was Made to Love You (Jane Espenson), The Body (Joss Whedon).
Season Six: Bargaining (Marti Noxon and David Fury), Once More with Feeling (Joss Whedon), Smashed (Drew Z. Greenberg), Hell's Bells (David Soloman and Rebecca Rand Kirshner), Normal Again (Rick Rosenthal and Diego Gutierrez), Grave (James Contner and David Fury).
Season Seven: Lessons (Joss Whedon and David Solomon), Selfless (David Solomon and Drew Goddard), Conversations with Dead People (Nick Marck, Jane Espenson, Drew Goddard, Danny Strong, and Tom Lenk), The Killer In Me (David Solomon and Drew Z. Greenberg), Lies My Parents Told Me (David Fury, Drew Goddard, James Marsters, and D.B. Woodside ), Dirty Girls (Drew Goddard and Nicholas Brendon), Chosen (Joss Whedon). Edit
They fill in various bits of the Slayer mythology throughout the series; the basics are as follows: thousands of years ago, the Shadowmen used magic to fuse the essence of a demon into a young girl, to give her the strength to fight off the demons and vampires that were threatening humanity. When she died, her power was passed on to another girl, and so on until we come to Buffy. Buffy dies in 'Prophecy Girl', but is brought back with CPR - despite this, her death is enough to activate a replacement (Kendra) who, in turn, later dies and activates Faith. The reason some girls have been trained for years before activation (as Kendra was) is that the Slayer isn't picked randomly, but is selected from a group of Potentials - thousands of girls around the world born with the power to one day be chosen. Even if there are dozens of girls trained to fight vampires, until the end of the first season there is still only one "Slayer".
As for "one in every generation", it sounds better than "one for a couple of years, until she's horribly murdered". Or in other words, one living slayer, per generation. That is until Buffy was resuscitated. She remained a slayer, however, the lineage transferred to the next tapped when she died for a few minutes. Though the theory was never fully explored, it's common belief that before the episode "Chosen" the next slayer would only be tapped were Faith to die, which is why Buffy was able to die in Season 5 without another slayer being activated. Edit
Jamaica, apparently. And, believe it or not, we have it on good authority (well, Marti Noxon) that the accent is 100% correct and was verified by an accent specialist from Hollywood. Edit
Magic, literally. The Watcher's Council use a variety of spells (as seen in Season Seven) to track down Potentials, but they can't find every single one of them, so some (like Kendra) are trained from a young age, while others (such as Buffy) are only located once they've been called (which presumably makes them much easier to find). One possibility is that the magic is linked to the Shadowman's bag which was in the possession of Slayer Nikki Wood when she was killed by Spike in the 1980s and retained by her son Robin Wood rather than returned to the Watcher's Council. Edit
There is no canonical answer. Fans came up with this sometime after the series ended: "When Buffy dies in Season One, her replacement is called (Kendra), so the Slayer line no longer moves through her. When Kendra dies, Faith is called, and any future line would move through Faith. By the time Buffy dies in Season Five, whatever power activates new Slayers no longer recognizes her. From that point, another Slayer would not have been called unless Faith died." There are rumors that Joss later confirmed this in an interview but so far there has been no proof of it. Edit
Multiple possibilities. One is that they're genuinely mistaken. Another is that they're lying to avoid having to confuse the Potentials with the whole "second Slayer" issue (or dishearten them by mentioning that Buffy already died twice). A third is that because Buffy was resurrected by magic, it could mean that she's back on the radar of whatever calls new Slayers, and so her death would call a new one. The fourth is that the writers *beeped* it up. Pick any one, or a combination. Edit
Slayers are not demons. After Get It Done (2003), a lot of people got the false notion that Slayers are demonic based on the original source of their power (as given to the First Slayer). The source of the Slayer's power is the "heart of a demon", but a Slayer herself is still a human girl infused with that demonic essence. The only one that can be described as "demonic" is Buffy herself: Spike could hurt her even with the chip functioning. This was because of her resurrection by Willow using magic. Tara explained that Buffy's body came back slightly different on the molecular level due to the rapid healing. It's important to remember that Spike's chip was designed by the government, who at that time didn't recognize magic, and so it relies entirely on technology to do its demon sensing, which would include anything whose cells aren't structured like a standard human's. Edit
What's up with Buffy's selective Slayer superpowers (TM)? In 'Into The Woods', she takes out 10 vampires at once without breaking a sweat; in Seasons 6-7 she got knocked around by one or two; in 'I Robot, You Jane' she outruns a car; in 'Spiral' she can't outrun Glory (who's wearing high heels), etc.
Buffy's strength varies from depending on how the writers want the plot to progress. Generally speaking, she became progressively stronger as the show advances. For example: in The Harvest (1997), an early episode, she mentions that the door of The Bronze is too thick to break through, whereas in Once More, with Feeling (2001), a Season Six episode, she kicks it down without breaking her stride. This probably culminates in Season Five when she was utterly focused on her training and on the Slayer powers. Her death at the end of this season literally sucked a lot of the life out of her, causing her to not seem as strong as she was then. There's also the fact that Buffy (like all of us) has off days. If a vampire or demon catches her on one of those (as happens in Season Five's Fool for Love (2000)), she could easily be hurt. Additionally, in 'Fool For Love' we also see that her moods (such as her "death wish", as was the case in this episode) affect her performance in the field. And of course, Glory is a Hell Goddess, therefore more powerful than vampires or demons, so her ability to best Buffy is explicable in context. Edit
Spike's actual Sire is Drusilla which was discussed in the season 5 episode of Destiny (2003) where Drusilla states "Look what I made. It's called 'Willy'." Spike affectionately (or arrogantly) tends to refer to Angel as his Grandsire (kind of like Grandfather in the siring sense). A term which is used in the episode Just Rewards (2003) where Spike was offered a deal from a necromancer. However, "sire" does have other meanings:
Straight from Joss himself: a "sire" can refer to any vampire in your lineage, not just the one that turned you (which basically fits with the dictionary definition of "sire," if you warp it for the vampire part). Some people see this as a continuity error (since Spike was meant to die before the end of Season Two, they had to start planning ahead for him and changed their minds about his sire). Technically speaking, the one who sired him was Drusilla, but it appears Angel was the one who tried to teach him what it was to be a vampire. Edit
Yes. - Drew Goddard said on the commentary for Selfless (2002) that they were the same person, which is why they switched that flashback to the Russian Revolution from the Renaissance. She greets Spike as "William" (his human/real name - the name Cecily knew him by) in Older and Far Away (2002), but in the Joss-scripted Lessons (2002) she refers to the Crimean War (between 1854-56, at which time Cecily would have been about 5). Halfrek posed as Cecily to exact vengeance on someone, thus making it possible for her to know human William while still being around during the Crimean War. Kali Rocha (who plays the character[s]) personally believes that they're the same character, and that she was at the party on assignment. Spike and Cecily recognize each other in season six's "Older and Far Away". Edit
It's a thought - Willow does state in many episodes that she is gay, but there is evidence to suggest she might have a bisexual side to her, such as her strong (heterosexual) relationship with Oz and her twelve year crush on Xander (until Season Four). She also later revealed her former crush on Giles and said that Dracula was sexy (however, it's supposed that any human who meets Dracula falls under his spell). Also, Vampire Willow from The Wish (1998) and Doppelgangland (1999) displays overt bisexuality, and Angel reveals that a vampire's personality is a reflection of who that vampire was as a person. This could suggest that Willow is choosing women but is capable of loving men. If she was not with Tara when Oz came back into the picture, it seems very likely that she would have taken up her relationship with him again.
This evidence might just have been a character quirk - in some other shows, characters have been shown to have gay mannerisms (like Chandler in Friends and Elliott in Scrubs), so it could work both ways - that a gay character have straight mannerisms.
However, it's also worth remembering that a person's sexuality isn't always consistent throughout their life. A lot of people (of different ages) find themselves feeling attracted to a different sex than they were used to. Some will then like both genders, whereas others change interests completely. Some people will be/feel bisexual, but later find that they haven't been interested in the opposite sex for a long time, and then feel/identify as gay/lesbian. For many, the new preference is permanent, but for others it's not. So, it could be that Willow felt straight when she had her heterosexual crushes, felt bisexual when she fell for Tara but was reminded of old feelings for ex-boyfriend Oz (Season Four's New Moon Rising (2000)), and later felt and identified as gay when her love for Tara deepened (and when she continued to feel attracted to seemingly only women throughout the series after Tara's death). Edit
Yes, it's Lehane. She was given one after Joss had to come up with a last name for her to put in an official RPG book, and chose to emphasize her Boston roots by giving her a Boston-Irish surname (it means "grey", apparently). She was confirmed to be named Faith Lehane in the last issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight. Kendra was also given a last name (Young) despite saying in the series that she doesn't have one. Edit
Basically, Jesse was Xander's best bud (and Willow's friend) until he died, at which point Buffy replaced him in their lives (though she was introduced to them before Jesse's death) and they never spoke of him again. The main reason they killed off Jesse so quickly was that Joss wanted to kill someone in the credits in the first episode - and although he couldn't afford to get Eric Balfour into the credits, he stuck with the idea of killing someone close to the main characters right off. As for why he's never mentioned in the TV series again, there's no real reason, but probably the sad fact is that in terms of the show, he's a two-episode character that only got a few scenes and was killed off twice in that space of time. While he'd be important to Xander and Willow if they were real, I guess a throwaway character from a Season One episode wasn't seen as being worthy of airtime later on in the run.
Jesse was supposed to make an appearance in the Season Seven episode Conversations with Dead People (2002), where he was meant to have scenes with Xander, but Eric Balfour was unavailable at the time. The writers/producers then decided to cut the whole bit, making 'Conversations...' the only episode of the entire series that Nicholas Brendon was not in.
In the official comic book continuation of the series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine, an angry and grieving Xander finally remembers his friend, stating that every time he slays a vampire he sees Jessie's face instead. Edit
Vampires eat. Part of becoming a vampire is how it affects your sense of taste. Angel says in his own series that he can eat food it just doesn't sustain their lives like blood does. They can still enjoy it. Spike seems to have a preference for spicy and fried foods as a vampire. He also likes to mix weetabix in his blood. Edit
Much has been made of the fact that vampires do not have souls -- with one exception. Angel (David Boreanaz), a broody Irish vampire, was given back his soul as a punishment via a Gypsy curse. Now he suffers (and does he) from guilt over his past misdeeds and is constantly striving -- both on "Buffy" and now on his WB spin- off, "Angel" -- to redeem himself. Along the way, he fell hard for Buffy, but ultimately had to give her up to pursue his destiny.
But, as the last couple of seasons have shown, even a vampire without a soul can love Buffy. Spike (James Marsters), a Britpunk vampire introduced as a villain in season two, has also fallen for the Slayer. Prevented from killing by an experimental microchip in his brain, he not only has been a fool for Buffy's love, but has shown definite inclinations toward doing good for its own sake.
So, that begs the question, what is the role of the soul in the Buffy-verse, if one can love and do good without one? Says Whedon, also from March 2001, "A soul is the thing that separates a human from a demon. It's the thing that points you north instead of south, that makes your instinct to do good instead of to do bad."
"Therefore a vampire can feel love. They can have all the whims and quandaries of a normal person, if they're a vampire or a demon, but their basic instinct is to create chaos and evil and destruction, instead of love and bonding and nurturing and stuff. That's the basic difference."
"A lot of demons, like Spike, for example, are not that different from a lot of people we know. It's not cut-and-dried. He is capable of great love, but great love is usually a very selfish thing, but he's trying."
David Greenwalt partnered with Whedon on "Buffy," and now is the show-runner and executive producer of "Angel." From Aug. 2001, he says, "Are we human because we have a soul, or do we become human and therefore gain a soul? Certainly there are people in the world without souls." "Angel's soul is based on the fact that he must feel guilt and pain and sorrow for all he's done. The Slayer had an incredible effect on Angel. Angel saw her and wanted to be a better person, seeing her, and he'd had a soul for 100 years at that point."
"Same thing, Spike, to his incredible horror, has fallen in love with the Slayer and wants the best for her. To me, he's become a little bit human because of that." }
Harmony trying to figure out what is right and wrong says, ""I mean, it's not like I have a soul - I have to try a lot harder."
In Season 4 episode 2 we get a taste of what Buffy would be like without a soul when her roommate is trying to remove hers to use it to hide from the people who try to take her back to her own dimension.
In Angel season 1 episode 14 we see that a human can be without a soul. Proving that a soul is not a separate person or being.
Angel did not suddenly drop the "us" on his name as soon as he was cursed to feel the impact of what he has done as a vampire. He more than likely modernized it sometime in the early to mid-1900's.When he is called Angelus by Darla he doesn't stop and say, "Oh your mistaken thats a completely different person than me." It's Cordelia who basically says that to Darla which Angel just ignores. Angel is, by nature of his personality, very selective in what he has ever told anyone about himself at any given time.
Buffy says this to Ford in Season 2 during a heated conversation, "You die, and a demon sets up shop in your old house, and it walks, and it talks, and it remembers your life, but it's not you." Slayers and the watchers council, just like soldiers in a war, often dehumanize the enemy to process what they do. This is contrary to what Angel himself (and he would know) told Buffy in the season 1 episode Angel which is that he is a vampire with a conscience. Buffy saying this to Ford showed her mindset of what the vampires she slays are, not what they actually are. Edit
The short answer: We don't know. We see her dressed as a bunny, the most frightening thing she could think of, in an episode in which it's Halloween. We also see her express fear at the word "bunny"; at the sight of a stuffed bunny; and at the sight of many live bunnies, so we write it off as a generic phobia. However, to confuse things further, we see Anya (as her human self 'Aud') loving and (inadvertently) breeding bunnies during a flashback in Selfless (2002). So, what's the deal? One interpretation: it's just a funny character quirk. We're never given a clear explanation. It's been suggested that Anya's fear of bunnies comes from the fact that she associates the worst period of her life (Olaf cheating on her, and the losing of her mortal life) with the bunnies that were breeding in her home at the time, thus explaining both her rabid capitalism and her phobia. How well this theory holds together psychologically is another matter. It's notable that the one thing Anya retains about herself (after temporarily losing her memory of who she is, etc.) in Tabula Rasa (2001) is her fear of bunnies, suggesting how deep-rooted this phobia is.
It's also possible that bunnies remind her not of the sadness, but of the happiness in her life - one of her happiest pastimes as a human seemed to be keeping bunnies. Once Olaf cheated on her and she became a Vengeance Demon, she developed a hatred of humanity and tried to distance herself from it. Because of this, she may have also developed a strong hatred of bunnies. After 1,000 years, it might have developed into an irrational fear out of complete forgetfulness of her humanity.
Further speculation suggests that it was a result of another dimension she visited, such as the ones like the 'World Without Shrimp', that may have caused an irrational fear on her part due to her experiences. Edit
Their sirings are all shown in flashbacks: Angel was turned in 1753, Spike in 1880, Drusilla in 1860, and Darla in 1609. Angel is 26, Drusilla is 19.
Those dates seem to be from whence they count their ages. However, we do know that Liam (Angel) was born as a human in 1727. Angel also spent 100 years in a Hell dimension (though this was only a few months in 'normal' time), but never seems to count these when calculating his age. As to why their ages are sometimes fudged in the series, there are three possibilities. One is that Giles' books are wrong. Another is that, after a few centuries, you begin to forget your exact age. The third (and most likely) is that the writers either forgot or they changed the dates to make other events possible. Edit
She was born in 1981 (revealed on her tombstone in The Gift (2001)). Yet, her date of birth was given differently on the computer screen in I, Robot... You, Jane (1997), but that was just Moloch screwing the system up, or something. Her birthday is around 19/20 January (she mentions she's "Capricorn, on the cusp of Aquarius" in Doomed (2000)).
Joss Whedon finally decreed Buffy's birthday to be 19 January 1981. Edit
According to the storyline for the Buffy/Angel crossover, only Spike's physical body dies in the episode Chosen (2003). The amulet itself, basically uses Spikes soul to amplify the "good" to destroy the hellmouth, but also then traps in inside itself. Spike is also in the Angel series the next year. It's the Buffyverse; people die and come back to life sometimes. If you want to know the specifics: Spike dies in 'Chosen' using a magic amulet to close the Hellmouth (a self-sacrifice). Lindsey, a recurring Angel character, later digs up the amulet and mails it to Angel. This would also explain why Spike can remember the dying. Spike's ghostly essence, trapped inside the necklace, is released as soon as Angel opens the envelope. As the season goes on, Spike is eventually made corporeal again whilst Lindsay (who hoped to screw with the Shanshu Prophecy, another long-running Angel plot line, by introducing another ensouled vampire to the Wolfram & Hart apocalypse) is captured and eventually killed. As for the hows and whys of all this, nobody knows. They never actually explained how the amulet works, what Lindsay did to it, how Spike became real again... just go with it.
It has been speculated, however, that the amulet held his in transit, as it were, until such a time as the Wolfram and Hart senior partners could retrieve it for their personal use, or that the amulet was meant to remove a key player from the mix of "THE" apocalypse (which goes back to the fact that the amulet was meant for Angel, and not Spike). Edit
She cheated on Spike and abandoned him in Brazil (mentioned during her visit to Spike in Sunnydale during Crush (2001)). She later appeared on Angel in Season Two and killed a bunch of people in L.A. She comes back to Sunnydale in said Season Five episode, "Crush," trying and failing to win back a Buffy-obsessed Spike. Once she leaves at the end of this episode, we never see her again - any later Drusilla appearances are either flashbacks or The First appearing as her.
Non-canonically, she later appears in the IDW Angel comics (written by actress Juliet Landau herself) where she's killed by a crazed mob of psychiatric patients during the apocalypse triggered at the end of Not Fade Away (2004), sacrificing herself to save the lives of her doctors. Her soul goes to heaven where she is reunited with her beloved family whom Angelus killed. In her final scene she is being called to dinner by her mother, Drusilla wondering how long this paradise she's experiencing can last. The implication being that it lasts forever.
Canonically, Drusilla is featured in the IDW Spike comics set between Angel: After the Fall and Dark Horses's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight. In Las Vegas, Drusilla is recruited by Wolfram & Hart as part of a plan to assist a sociopathic murderer named John in stealing Spike's soul. Although she was sleeping with John, after her initial encounter with Spike, she later joined him in his journey with his team consisting of firestarter Beck, telepathic fish Betta George, a possessed Jeremy Johns, and Willow Rosenberg. Drusilla briefly had her soul granted back but had it extracted as it made her crazier. Later in Angel & Faith (which is part of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine), Angel and Faith meet a sane Drusilla in London. She was cured by a demon and is later thrown back to the depths of her insanity before the issue ends.
Another Dark Horse canonical Drusilla one-shot was announced, written by Juliet Landau, but cancelled for scheduling conflicts. Edit
Age takes different vampires in different ways. seems to have gone ugly ("moved beyond the curse of human features") before he was 300, while Darla remained normal in her 388th year. , Russell Winters, and the Master all looked animalistic in different ways - as did the Nosferatu-esque "Prince of Lies" that Angel staked on that submarine back in World War II (Why We Fight (2004)). So presumably the differences were more than just skin deep. It's also possible that Angel's "vampire form" as seen in Pylea is what Angel will turn into after a certain age. Suggested factors include how much blood was taken from the victim when they were sired, how much blood they swallowed from their sire and what sort of person they were when alive. After all, the four main vampires weren't "evil" when alive: Darla was a seemingly good hearted prostitute, Angel a rebel and a drunkard but not violent or evil, and Drusilla and Spike both being meek persons. Edit
She died. Sorry. Dawn shot her with a crossbow bolt sometime off-screen between mid-Season Five and late Season Seven - she reminds Xander of it in End of Days (2003) (or, to be completely accurate, she says that she left the crossbow lying around - how exactly it went off and killed Miss Kitty Fantastico isn't explained). Edit
Because they're a gang of teenagers who fight monsters (a reference to the gang in Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) and subsequent series who do the same thing). The term was first used in What's My Line?: Part 1 (1997), when Xander tells Cordelia "You want to be a member of the Scooby Gang, you gotta be willing to be inconvenienced every now and then."
Note that the gang in the Scooby Doo cartoons never called themselves "the Scooby Gang": the name "Mystery, Inc." was occasionally used. Edit
It would seem that vampires' supernatural healing abilities mean that they don't scar like humans do. As for Spike's scar, the most plausible theory is that the sword was blessed in some way to make it more powerful against vampires, and this allowed it to leave a permanent mark. (We've seen both blessed swords and vampire-specific poisons on the show, so it makes sense.)
Another reason as to why Spike has a scar is because the scar is actually real - James Marsters was mugged in NY. Todd McIntosh, the make-up artist for Buffy, liked the scar and accentuated it for the role of Spike in the early seasons.The scar becomes less noticeable after Season 5 of Buffy. Edit
There are many possibilities. You could suggest that the magical implications of re-ensouling tens of thousands of vampires would be catastrophic; or that it's a cruel and unnecessary punishment that only affects the good half of the vampire (which can feel guilt and does have a conscience when given a chance - i.e. when the vampire has a soul), which wasn't responsible for their bad behavior. The most likely explanation is that the amount of magic needed to pull off just one resouling is seen to be quite great, and therefore is not practical on a worldwide scale. Willow, who performs the magic, is drained afterwards - and that was just for one vampire. It's also possible that the curse was written by the gypsies specifically for Angel, and therefore couldn't be used to create a blanket effect. This seems likely as the curse, once cast, does effect only Angel (rather than every vampire, like one would assume it would if the spell was not specifically for him).
Another possibility would be the danger of re-ensouling EVERY vampire. All souls, human and non, have both good and evil. This point was made by Holland Manners in Reprise (2001) where it was found that Wolfram & Hart's home office was in fact the same place as reality. Edit
Nothing at all. Joss (creator) has even gone on record stating that he means nothing - he's there to show that dreams always have something in them that makes no sense at all. So, you can look for all the hidden meanings you want, but the official line is that he's meaningless.
However, it's worth mentioning that the cheese theme appears again in the Season 8 comics from Dark Horse. One can only assume (and hope) that the idea will be given further explanation. Edit
1) The guy was in another dimension when the wishes were reversed, and so missed out on the magic.
2) Giles' book was wrong.
3) This wish was still in progress, while the 1920's wish had long since been completed. There may have safegaurds in place to prevent every wish granted over thousands of years from suddenly unravelling, as that could be catastrophic on several levels.
4) It was stated by Anya in Something Blue (1999) that she used magic to curse people before becoming a vengeance demon, so it's possible that she used a magic spell to curse the guy instead of using the necklace's power.
5) The writers screwed up.
6) It only affected the most recent wishes at that time. Edit
It's true that time passes more quickly in that demon dimension, as Ken tells Buffy and Lily, but only in reference to our dimension. In the demon dimension, an hour is still an hour. Rickie was missing for only a day or so in real time, but from his perspective he'd been in the demon dimension for decades - long enough to live his remaining life and become an old man. Buffy and Lily only spend a few hours there, so they don't noticeably age, and in the normal world they would've been absent for maybe only a few seconds. Edit
The basic answer is that we don't know. A number of entities have claimed or been given responsibility over the course of the two shows, and there's never been official confirmation. In Amends (1998), the First Evil claims it brought Angel back from Hell to make him into Angelus again and have him kill Buffy. At the start of Angel, Angel believes he was brought back from Hell by the Powers That Be (see I Will Remember You (1999), etc.) to be a warrior for good and to seek redemption - a belief enforced by the prophecy from To Shanshu in L.A. (2000), which says that a vampire with a soul will play a vital role in the apocalypse (this was before Spike was made into Angel Redux, so he naturally assumed it was about him). In Inside Out (2003), Skip claims that Jasmine, a fallen Power, arranged for Angel to be released to bring about her birth (Angel being her grandfather). Basically, (Joss) Whedon and Mutant Enemy are unlikely to reveal the answer (if there even is one) as long as there's still the potential to use it as a storyline in a spin-off Angel movie, so until either of those is actually made, we're pretty clueless. Edit
The Master in the Wishverse was freed during the Harvest (with no one around to stop it), so Buffy's blood wasn't necessary. If Buffy hadn't stopped the Harvest in the usual reality, he would have been freed then (rather than needing her blood later on).
As for the Hellmouth thing, that's just a goof. But if you want an explanation, Anya can shape the universe she's creating with a temporal fold in just about any way she wants, and she opts to not have the world be sucked into oblivion. Could also be that Angel or some other party (Giles, Wolfram and Hart etc) managed to prevent the Hellmouth from opening but not the Master being freed. Edit
This is unknown. You can presume that Xander was sired by Darla, and Willow by the vampire in the "carbon-dated" outfit (but if you want to get technical and say that since Buffy wasn't there to tell Willow to "seize the day", she was turned another night). The two seem to be the Master's 'top' vampires, which implies that they were probably turned at the age the Gang were in Season One (or at least early on). Edit
Well, multiple possibilities: Cordelia decided not to go out the night of the Harvest because Buffy wasn't there; Giles and the White Hats managed to save her if she became in danger of being killed or sired; or Anya merely transported Cordelia from the real world into the alternate one and moulded the events to have her be human there, etc.
Cordelia begins her stint in the alternate dimension with no knowledge of that world's prior events, so it would appear that Anya dropped her in at the same moment that she (Cordelia) left the 'real' world, and therefore she was not subject to any events that would've naturally befallen her had she actually lived there her whole life.
However, unlike Xander and Willow, not every character we know is a vampire in this reality. Harmony is still human, and (upon seeing Cordelia at school) addresses Cordelia as if Cordy had always been human. This implies that the Cordelia in this reality (before being replaced by the unknowing Cordelia of the usual Buffy reality) had so far been kept safe from vampires. This seems likely as Cordelia has things to keep her safe that Willow and Xander wouldn't have had (e.g. a car to drive around in and no desire to protect anyone but herself!).
Also, Anya grants wishes to women looking to seek revenge (or "vengeance") in some way. Cordelia made the wish (that "Buffy Summers had never come to Sunnydale") because she blamed Buffy for her (Cordelia) not being popular any more (amongst things). Therefore, Anya (despite being evil) is likely to have moulded the reality so that Cordelia was at least the way she wanted to be (i.e. popular in school - which I doubt a vampire Cordelia would be!).
The most likely possibility would be that since it was Cordelia's wish, all things are affected by it except Cordelia's person itself. In example, in the episode "Superstar" where reality was bent so Jonathan was the best at everything, everyone around him was affected to believe this version, however he did in fact know the truth of it. Anya explains the endless possibility of realities in this episode as well. Edit
Sandy? Yes. The Sandy that Willow bites in this episode is the same one who shows up in Season 5 as Riley's vamp interest. As for how she got turned when Willow clearly doesn't turn her here, insert your own explanation as to how it could have happened (e.g. Willow came back and turned her later; Sandy survived this attack and got vamped later, etc.). Tara? No. That's not Amber Benson, despite a vague resemblance. Edit
The only strong one was from Doppelgangland (1999), when Willow encounters her seemingly bisexual vampire self and comments "I'm all skanky and evil... and I think I'm kinda gay." Buffy assures her that the vampire is nothing like the person it was (shushing Angel when he tries to correct her) and it's not hinted at again until Willow starts a friendship with to-be lover Tara.
It is also referenced in the Season 6 episode Tabula Rasa (2001), when Willow loses her memory and repeats the "I think I'm kinda gay" line. At the end of 'School Hard' Cordelia and Willow end up 'in the closet' together. In 'Phases' both she and Cordelia complain about the men in their lives and think they should just give up on them. In 'Smashed' the girl whom Amy selects for Willow at the Bronze looks very like Cordelia (and is actually her stand-in/stunt double). In the official Sunnydale High 1999 Yearbook Willow is pictured in one photo grinning with an adoring cheerleader on each arm and a very bemused Xander looking on.
Also, in Prophecy Girl (1997), Xander says (about Willow) "But she doesn't want to date you, and if she does she's playing it really close to the vest." This isn't an out-and-out hint, but it's kind of suggestive.
Although, technically, these weren't really hints. Joss was uncertain of whether or not he was going to have Willow be gay or have it be Xander. This wasn't decided until season 4 was officially being written. They just lucked out with that single line they had from a past episode - technically speaking, there were no hints to Willow being gay. Edit
From the Watcher's Guide Vol. 2. GILES: "-the house where we're all sleeping. All your friends are there having a wonderful time and getting on with their lives. The creature can't hurt you there." XANDER: "What? Go where? I don't understand." GILES: "Oh, for God's sake, this is no time for your idiotic games." ANYA: "Xander! You have to come with us now! Everybody's waiting for you!" XANDER: "Honey, I don't - I can't hear you..." ANYA: "It's not important. I'll take you there. Edit
The reason is that the first time they used it, the Slayer power nearly killed them all in their dreams (Willow, Giles and Xander had been defeated - if Buffy hadn't overcome it just in time, they'd all have died), and pissing off a Primal power more than once? Not such a good plan.
Also, in the books written about Slayers, it's stated that "She alone will stand against the darkness." Everyone uniting with Buffy to create a super-Slayer goes against the Slayer law - hence the primal power being mightly pissed off.
Another reason could be that the items needed for the spell are extremely rare. Edit
It's completely explained in Season 5 (the first episode of this season is also Dawn's first appearance), but in short: Dawn is "The Key"; a magical energy force that can be used to open a portal between worlds. Glory, a Hell God banished to this (Buffy's) dimension, wants to use the Key to get home again. A group of monks who were hiding the Key (which was originally a ball of energy) sent it to Buffy in the form of a sister (rewriting history and everyone's memories using magic) so that Buffy would protect it from Glory with her life. After Glory was defeated and the portal was closed, Dawn simply became a normal human. Edit
Graduation Day: Part 2 (1999): Faith is in Buffy's dream and says, "Little Miss Muffet counting down from seven-three-oh." There was a "Little Miss Muffet" theme with Dawn in Real Me (2000): a crazy guy comes up to Dawn and says, "I know you. Curds and whey. I know what you are. You.. Don't.. Belong.. Here!" And in No Place Like Home (2000), during Glory's insane ramblings she says "..someone's going to sit down on their tuffet and make this birthing stop!" The seven-three-zero represents the two years (730 days) that pass between 'Graduation Day' and The Gift (2001).
This Year's Girl (2000): Again in a dream, Faith tells Buffy to get ready because "Little sis is coming". Restless (2000): Tara tells Buffy in a dream to "be back before Dawn", and the time on the clock reads 7:30 (seven-three-oh...) Also, Buffy and Tara are looking at the bed Faith and Buffy made in This Year's Girl (2000).
It is also rumored that Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn) was one of the kids in front of Xander's ice cream van in the same episode, but there's no definitive word on that. Edit
Apparently, Joss had always planned to kill Buffy, and there are several hints throughout the show to back this up (the expiration date on the credit card in Who Are You? (2000) being 05/01, for example). There's no denying that it worked as a good send-off for The WB, but even if the show hadn't moved networks, the plan was still to have Buffy die and come back to life.
It has also been suggested that the dream sequence with Faith and Buffy (seen in 'Graduation Day: Part 2') is also hinting at Buffy's demise: "Miles to go... Little Miss Muffet, counting from 7, 3, 0." This has been represented in two ways: 1) Little Miss Muffet is Dawn (Joss' hinting at Michelle's arrival) or 2) Little Miss Muffet is Buffy with only 730 days left of her life, which happens to be two years, which takes us to the end of season five, The Gift (2001). Therefore, it could be seen that the First Slayer is already attempting to guide Buffy, but appearing as Faith rather than herself (the First Slayer doesn't make her first appearance until Restless (2000)). The First Slayer is telling Buffy her purpose, even before Buffy realises it herself in Intervention (2001) - "Death is your gift." Edit
Sweet's final lines are "Say you're happy now - once more with feeling!" - he's cursing them to do one last song (and since Buffy and Spike don't finish the first one, they get to sing their own mini-song in the alley).
Also, the last couple of lines we hear the group sing from 'Where Do We Go From Here?' are "The curtains close/on a kiss/God knows/we can tell the end is near". So it would appear that after Buffy and Spike kiss, the spell (and episode) would be ended. Edit
We don't know - they leave it deliberately vague, so you can choose your own ending. Of course, if you believe that it's all in Buffy's head, all of the Buffyverse is in her head as well, a la St. Elsewhere. Of course, in that scenario, the whole world of 'Angel' would not exist, either.
It seems unlikely that 'Normal Again' could be true as Buffy is always up to date with cultural references which she couldn't be as a mad girl in an asylum. Also things happen in the Buffyverse that she doesn't know about and never finds out about which wouldn't be the case if she had created it all in her mind. Equally characters from her life in LA such as Joyce, Hank and Ford couldn't exist in both the real world and her delusion. In various eps such as 'Anne' Buffy attempts to run away from her calling and live an ordinary life so her delusion would be the last thing she would want to maintain.
The final scene in the episode seems to be saying, "Surprise; that was more than just an hallucination". This would either mean that the Glarghk Guhl Kashmas'nik created an alternate reality, complete with an alternate Buffy, and linked the two Buffys' minds together...or that the alternate reality already existed. If that is the case, the alt. Buffy was never a Slayer, but had been having visions of the Slayer's life which have driven her insane. Whichever is the case, it certainly is interesting to consider all the possibilities.
In the final scene of the show Buffy has destroyed the Hellmouth, literally defeated her demons and triumphed over herself in the form of the First Evil. Faith tells her that from now on she has to live as a normal human being and Dawn asks what they're going to do now? If mad-Buffy is the real one then she now wakes up in the asylum with her sanity restored after 7 years, still only 23. Equally both worlds could be true with the alternate Buffys maintaining some form of psychic link across the dimensions. This means that at the end of 'Chosen' asylum Buffy is cured of her delusion in her early 20s and able to live a normal life once more because whilst Sunnydale Buffy still has the odd supernatural threat to contend with due to the thousands of new Slayers it no longer dominates her life and she too can now live more or less like a regular person. The post-Chosen comic continuations of the series are the dreams of/successful fictional creations written by ex-asylum Buffy in her world now that she's sane again but reality for Sunnydale Buffy in her universe, hence the change in format. Edit
That's an easy mistake to make, mostly since they made the dialogue suggest that and told James Marsters to play it that way. But Joss said in the post-season interviews that Spike wanted the soul all along.
They were trying to purposely trick the audience so it would be a surprise when his soul was returned. Joss confirms this on a season 6 DVD special feature that it was supposed to fool the audience. James Marsters himself was kept in the dark as to Spike's true journey. He was told to act like Spike was getting his chip out, and was surprised when he found out that Spike was actually fighting for his soul. Edit
Halfrek's 'undoing her wish' was simply lifting the curse and letting them out of the house - it didn't change/erase what had already happened because of the wish. Anya presumably could have gotten rid of the spider demon with a wave of her hand, but the 12 frat guys would still have been dead - getting their lives back (i.e. erasing the whole event) required a sacrifice.
As for her pendant, it took a great deal of magic to create this alternate world. Many townspeople of Sunnydale lost their lives (i.e. Xander, Willow, etc.) and many dead vampires came back (i.e. The Master). Anya's locket, according to the writers the source of her power, was what was holding all of that together. Destroying it destroyed the magic that was holding that reality in place. It is not known however why no other vengeance demon, including Anya in Season 6/7, had any obvious power source after this.
The locket had to be smashed because Anya did not want to undo the wish; she said she liked the new world. Presumably, she could have undone it if she wanted to.
Examples for each so far include the pendant only being needed for reality altering wishes (and not for simple transformations) or D'Hoffryn not trusting her with one again. It could also have been a one-time condition, i.e. D'Hoffryn wishing to punish Anya for what he considered a betrayal of his trust, having already once taken her back under his wing after he previously decided to leave her as a human (following the events in 'The Wish').
Another explanation could be that new (or, in this case, recently reinstated) vengeance demons don't get a necklace. It may have only been needed for more complicated wishes, such as creating the alternate reality in 'The Wish'. This would make sense, considering that Halfrek does have a necklace, and that Anya even tries to get it from her while she is passed out in 'Older And Far Away'. Edit
Kennedy states in Showtime (2003) that she's probably too old to be called as a Slayer. This has led to a rough estimate of her age at about 18-19, which is at or over the age of consent in California. Buffy received her powers at 15, so it is likely a younger potential would be called to be the slayer. Edit
Dawn's experience here was meant to be a teaser for original plotline of season 7, intended to explore Dawn's Key-ness and how it affects her place in the universe now that it's gone. However, when Sarah Michelle Gellar decided to leave the show, the writers were forced to pursue a different plotline to give viewers a satisfactory ending. So it was supposed to be Joyce when the episode was written, but subsequent reinterpretation implies that it is actually the First. Edit
There's the usual fan explanations - the first one was some kind of Uber-Champion, mass production has weakened them, the Scythe mixed with confidence makes the Slayers-in-training super-strong, the First did the same thing it does with Caleb (where they merge and Caleb gets all strong and black-eyed) to the first one...the truth is, as Joss has acknowledged in interviews, that he ignored the earlier story arc to make the final fight better. Whether or not you think it worked is a personal thing. Edit
It could be argued. Especially since she was quite close to being able to make a sun spell in Season 5, had grown exponentially in power since then, and was channeling serious magic anyway for a far less certain spell that would probably have serious world-changing ramifications. However, while it may have made sense, it would be less interesting dramatically.
Also, Willow would have been unlikely to protect herself from the army of vampires down there (without using magic, and she wouldn't be able to do this if she was also casting the sun/other spell/s). The chance that Buffy and the rest of the girls could definitely protect her whilst she performed the magic would not be 100%. Additionally, the sun spell would have to be extremely song to wipe out the whole army, and presumably this would cause Willow and the other women to be blinded... Edit
The basic answer is that Joss wrote it to be deliberately vague (he freely admits that he didn't want to come down on the side of Buffy/Angel or Buffy/Spike supporters, which is why he left that ambiguous "Did they sleep together again?" scene in, too), so looking for an answer here is pointless. That said, there are numerous "in-show" theories:
1) Spike meant it - he knew she didn't love him the way he wanted her to, and said as much just two years earlier ("I know you'll never love me"- 'The Gift'). She may have felt affection, even a "mutual trust" kind of love, but as he said to Riley, Spike wasn't the long-term guy and he knew it. She was saying it to comfort him as he died, and while he appreciated it, he's not the type to tolerate deception. Of course, Spike (while usually insightful about everyone else) has tended to display a shocking lack of self-awareness when it comes to himself and his own relationships (witness his delusional "She loves me" rants about Drusilla), but one can write it off to "pre-death clarity".
2) Spike was letting Buffy off the hook - he knew she'd stay and die with him if he asked her to, but he wanted her to live and be free, so he gently and selflessly turned her down.
3) Joss Whedon's take on things from the commentary: "Spike is the person in her life right now...What I basically told [James and Sarah] was, 'Play the romance, be proud of him, love him when you say you love him, love her when you say she doesn't love you. Forget about the crumbling world; for that period of time, it doesn't exist.'" Edit
The reason the First appears as so few former characters was mainly due to poor planning and scheduling by Mutant Enemy - various actors were unavailable for timing reasons, conflicting projects and the like - but some had more specific reasons for not wanting/being able to come back to the show:
Robia LaMorte (Jenny): Has very strong Christian beliefs. Signed on to play the First in season 3 without fully realising that she'd be playing the Buffyverse version of Satan, and as such was unwilling to come back.
Amber Benson (Tara): Didn't want to have the fans' last vision of Tara be as an evil creature telling Willow to kill herself, as she thought it would be disrespectful to them and to the character.
David Boreanaz (Angel): Was the lead actor in a WB show - they were reluctant to let him cross over to a show that they lost to another network. It reportedly took a hell of a lot of work from Joss to secure even the few scenes they got.
A more "in show" explanation could arguably be as follows: Willow, being so powerful by the time that she was visited by The First, and also having loved Tara so much, may have easily sensed that it was not the real Tara, thus ruining The First's plan to get her to commit suicide. Angel's appearance likely wouldn't have had much affect on anyone but Buffy, and as we saw in End of Days (2003), it wouldn't take long before she tried to kiss (or at least hug) him and realize he was non-corporeal. It could be argued that appearing as Jenny wouldn't have served The First's purposes much, as Giles was likely over her death by that time. As far as Joyce goes, it was never fully explained whether or not Dawn's vision of her mother was or was not The First. However, in the commentary for the episode Conversations with Dead People (2002), Jane Espenson mentions a deleted exchange between Dawn and Joyce, which went: (Dawn) "They told me I couldn't bring anyone back [from the dead]. (Joyce) "Maybe I'm the first," implying a double meaning to the line which would've become apparent later. Espenson went on in the commentary to confirm that when she was writing the scene, Joyce was The First. Edit
Season 8 had 40 issues. It was originally planned to be between 20-30 issues. Joss later said that it could be "well over 30".
Here is a list of all the issues of season 8: Issue #1: "The Long Way Home, Part 1" by Joss Whedon Issue #2: "The Long Way Home, Part 2" by Joss Whedon #3: "The Long Way Home, Part 3" by Joss Whedon #4: "The Long Way Home, Part 4" by Joss Whedon #5: (standalone issue) by Joss Whedon #6: "No future for you. Part 1" by Brian K. Vaughan Issue #7: "No future for you. Part 2" by Brian K. Vaughan Issue #8: "No future for you. Part 3" by Brian K. Vaughan Issue #9: "No future for you. Part 4" by Brian K. Vaughan Issue #10: "Anywhere but here" by Joss Whedon Issue #11: "A beautiful sunset" by Drew Goddard Issue #12: "Wolves at the gate, Part1" by Drew Goddard Issue #13: "Wolves at the gate, Part 2" by Drew Goddard Issue #14: "Wolves at the gate, Part 3" by Drew Goddard. #15 "Wolves at the gate, Part 4" by Drew Goddard. #16: "Time of your life, Part 1" by Joss Whedon and Karl Moline. #17: "Time of your life, Part 2" By Joss Whedon and Karl Moline #18: "Time of your life, Part 3" By Joss Whedon and Karl Moline #19: "Time of your life, Part 4" By Joss Whedon and Karl Moline "20: "After these messages..Well be right back" By Jeph Loeb and Eric Wight #21: "Harmonic divergence" By Jane Espenson. #22: "Swell" By Steven S. DeKnight. #23: "Predators and pray" By Drew Z. Greenberg #24: "Safe" By Jim Krueger. #25: "Living doll" By Doug Petrie. #26: "Retreat, Part 1" By Jane Espenson. #27: "Retreat, Part 2" By Jane Espenson #28: "Retreat, Part 3" By Jane Espenson #29: "Retreat, Part 4" By Jane Espenson #30: "Retreat, Part 5" By Jane Espenson #31: "Turbulence" By Joss Whedon. #32: "Twilight, Part 1" By Brad Meltzer #33: "Twilight, Part 2" By Brad Meltzer #34: "Twilight, Part 3" By Brad Meltzer #35: "Twilight, Part4" By Brad Meltzer #36: "Retreat, Part 1" By Jane Espenson #37:: "Retreat, Part 2" By Jane Espenson #38: "Retreat, Part 3" By Jane Espenson #39: "Last gleaming, Part 4" By Joss Whedon and Scott Allie #40: "Last gleaming, Part 5" By Joss Whedon
A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine brand started in 2011 formed by two titles: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (exploring the Season Eight aftermath) and Angel and Faith (exploring Angel and Faith's missions in London). Both titles continued with the current Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten, which started in 2014. Season 11 has now been announced and an additional series launched concentrating on the high school years. Edit
From Buffy's point of view, twice: once in "Prophecy Girl" and once in "The Gift." From our point of view, at least three times, and perhaps up to six. In "The Wish," we see alternate reality Buffy get killed by The Master just before Giles ends the wish by smashing Anya's necklace. In "Normal Again," we possibly see an alternate reality Buffy die. However, this death is arguable, since it is never clearly stated whether this is a hallucination, as the other characters believe, or an alternate reality, as might be inferred from the final scene in the episode (although it should be noted that Buffy had not yet taken the antidote at that point). It also never said that Buffy is dead in the final scene, merely that "we've lost her" and that she is non-reactive, which could also indicate a comatose state. There was also a moment in the season one episode "Nightmares" where she was arguably dead because she'd become a vampire. In season six, Buffy's heart monitor flat-lined because of the bullet for a moment right before Willow revived her with magic. Edit
Several factors restrict the demons besides the Slayer. The Watchers' Council is obviously much larger than it would need to be to simply guide the Slayer; much of their energy is directed toward gathering information for their own use against the demons. They have elite teams (seen in season 3) for Special Forces-style offensives. There are also innumerable witches and warlocks around the world, some of whom fight for good (like Giles' coven from the end of season 6) and all of whom would be attracted to the energies of the Hellmouth. Some demons like Whistler (end of season 2) exist to balance the forces of darkness with the forces of good and would handle their share as well. The existence of the Initiative (season 4) shows that the world's powerful elite are aware of the demon world to some extent and take measures to address it. Lastly, there are always some civilians who take part in the battle because they become aware of the existence of demons, like Kain from "Phases", Gunn's gang from Angel, and Wood from season 7. Obviously, there's a whole lot more than just the Slayer defending the world, but no one else can really match her firepower. Edit
Anthony Stewart Head wanted to spend more time with his family in England, and so Giles was given a lesser role in season six. A deleted scene in Hell's Bells (2002) has Dawn and Willow discuss his absence, explaining that he couldn't come to the wedding because he was fighting a "nasty demon" back in England. He sent flowers instead. Edit
Dawn was originally a glowing ball of energy known as The Key, but made human by an order of mystic monks using Buffy's blood. Therefore, technically, Dawn is Buffy's clone, but the process introduced enough differences so that they are not carbon copies of one another; Dawn is more like Buffy's non-identical twin. So for all intents and purposes they are blood relations; she is Buffy's physical sister and Hank and Joyce's daughter, containing a DNA combination from all three. However, there are hints throughout the series that Buffy and Dawn are MORE than just sisters, that their relationship runs far deeper than that. In 'The Body' and 'All the Way,' Buffy seems to be able to just sense that Dawn is in peril and where to find her. In 'Bargaining,' Dawn seems to instinctively know that Buffy has returned from the dead and where she has gone. In 'Never Leave Me,' both siblings use exactly the same fighting move at the same time when the Bringers attack the house and in 'Tabula Rasa,' they are able to work out that they are sisters within minutes of meeting one another, even though they're both suffering from amnesia. In 'The Gift', Buffy describes Dawn as more than a sister to her, saying that their relationship is 'physical' and that Dawn feels as though she's 'part of me'. Edit
Officially Buffy has had four lovers, Angel in 'Surprise', Parker Abrams in 'The Harsh Light of Day', Riley Finn from late season 4 to early season 5, and Spike in late season 6. She certainly enjoys advanced foreplay and may or may not have progressed to actual intercourse with schoolboy RJ in 'Him', the timing is left ambiguous. There's also the strong possibility of Dracula and her new boyfriend 'The Immortal' in the Angel:TS story 'The Girl in Question'. She has had several boyfriends/recurring dates that she has at very least kissed-Jeffery and Pike in the Buffy movie, Owen in 'Never Kill a Boy on the First Date' and Scott Hope in the early episodes of season 3, although it's plain that it is Angel who takes her virginity in 'Surprise'. The Master's mauling and biting of her in 'Prophecy Girl' and the Shadowmen's demon's multiple penetration of her in 'Get it Done' could also be construed as sexual assault/rape, as could her being overpowered by the mutated swim team in 'Go Fish'. In the season 8 comics she has a lesbian affair with a young Japanese Slayer called Satsu. In strict terms of the TV series however the answer is 4 for definite, Angel, Parker, Riley and Spike. Edit
Very old vampires such as Kakistos in 'Faith, Hope and Trick', The Master in season 1 and the 'Prince of Lies' in the Angel story 'Why We Fight' tend to lose even their human appearance and begin to devolve until they start to resemble the feral, primordial Turok-Han vamps we see in season 7. With other vampires the amount of humanity they retain tends to vary. In 'Surprise' Spike's lackey Dalton retains enough of his human essence for the Judge to burn him but Angelus does not in the next episode. One explanation is that it depends on the amount of blood taken from the new vamp by their 'sire', the more they retain the less evil they are. This would explain why Sandy from 'Dopplegangland' and Harmony who was sired during 'Graduation Day pt2' remain very human, they didn't lose that much blood when they were bitten. An alternative explanation is that Drusilla stays extraordinarily human (genuinely grieving for her family who Angelus murdered, loving Spike etc) because she is a Seer and retains her link to the 'Powers-that-Be'. Others she sires therefore also retain more humanity, for example, Spike being human enough to fall in love with Buffy and fight to get his soul back for her in seasons 5 and 6. A vampire's sense of devotion to their sire also seems to vary from vamp to vamp. Some like the vampire messenger Angelus sends to Buffy in 'Becoming Part One' are loyal enough to them to kill themselves in their service. Others such as Mr Trick in 'Faith, Hope and Trick' don't seem to care at all and abandon Kakistos to his fate. Again it may depend on how much blood the sire took from them or simply what sort of person they were when they were human. Alternatively it may just be that vampires have different levels of evil in them as do humans. Edit
In 'Buffy vs Dracula' it's clear that Joyce is unaware that Tara and Willow are lesbian lovers, the pair sharing a look of amusement when Joyce remarks to them that she feels like giving up on men altogether. However in 'The Real Me' when writing in her diary Dawn recalls an incident where she remarks to Joyce that she'd like to do some of the stuff that Willow and Tara do (meaning spells) after which Joyce 'Got real quiet and told me to go upstairs'. It seems that due to Dawn's arrival Joyce is now aware of something which she wasn't before so there may be other changes to the world. Edit
More time has elapsed between Buffy finding Joyce and Kralik breaking down the door than is seen on screen. Remember Buffy has never actually seen Kralik take his pills and wash them down with the glass of water, Joyce must tell her about it giving her the idea of swapping it with the holy water so they must have had a minute or so alone together before he enters. Edit
The victims of Glory's brainsucking seem to retain some sort of psychic link with her and she calls them to her in order to build the tower in 'The Gift'. After Giles kills Ben all the people she has brainsucked appear in the background looking like they've just come out of a trance so presumably with the death of Ben/Glory their sanity has been restored. Edit
Presumably the characters also make additional kills offscreen (especially Faith) but going purely on what we see during the course of the Buffy Movie, Buffy;TS and Angel;TS plus remarks made by various characters during the course of the series the figures are;
Buffy: 133 vamps, 62 demons, 6 monsters, 11 humans, 1 spirit warrior & a robot- so this gives Buffy 215 kills in all
Faith (including kills made on Angel;TS): 24 vamps, 6 demons, 4 humans - 34 kills
Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons-25 kills
Spike; (after he became a Scooby but not including season 5 of Angel;TS) 16 vamps and 7 demons+1 human-24 kills
Giles: 10 vamps, 2 demons, 4 humans/1 god- so 16 kills for Giles
Xander: 8 vamps, 2 zombies, 1½ a demon, 3 humans-15 kills
Will: 6 vamps + 3 demons +1 fawn+1 human-11 kills
Woods; 8 vamps and 2 demons-10 kills
Kennedy; 3 humans+6 vampires-9 kills
Amanda; 6 vampires
Vi; 1 human+5 vamps- 6 kills
Oz: 3 vamps, 1 werewolf, 1 zombie- 5 kills
Anya: 2 vamp and 1½ a demon+1 human-5kills
Dawn; 4 vamps + 1 demon- 5 kills
Buffybot; 2 vamps
Tara; 1 demon
(Angel, Cordelia's Sunnydale kills etc listed on the IMDB Angel FAQ) Edit
In the movie vampires can fly or at least levitate, don't transform into 'vamp-face' and they don't 'dust' when killed as they do in the TV series (the special effects simply didn't exist yet). In the movie Buffy's vamp-sense is more pronounced whilst in the series she largely relies on her 'keen fashion sense'. There is no indication that Faith, Kendra or any of the other Slayers seen have the Slayer birthmark Merrick refers to. Merrick refers to himself constantly being reincarnated, whilst in the series Watchers are made so by family tradition.
The movie is much more overtly Christian than the series with Merrick declaring 'I am his (Christ's) sword', possibly a scene rewritten by Donald Sutherland given Joss Whedon's self-professed atheism. In the first season, it is often claimed that Buffy burned down her gym to kill the vampire horde, which is how the film ended. In the film, Buffy's mother is negligent and distant from her daughter while in the series Joyce is attentive and it is Buffy who becomes the distant one due to her Slayer routine. Edit
Yes, several sci-fi magazines carried such stories with Team Angel, Oz, Riley, Faith etc showing up to help fight Glory but they seem to have been Joss spreading disinformation to keep the real storyline secret. It was also rumored that season 5 would see Buffy seduced by the darkness and allowing herself to be sired, Vamp Buffy creating her own undead Scoobies and Faith being released from prison in order to lead the original Scoobies against her. In the end Buffy would have bitten Dawn and been restored to normal by the taste of The Key's magic blood. Once again this turned out to be disinformation although elements of the idea can be found in stories such as 'Buffy vs Dracula', 'The Gift' and the Angelus arc in season 4 of Angel. Edit
The definition of a true Scooby varies but is generally accepted as a character being customarily involved in Scooby meetings and taking part in the evil fighting without any specific explanatory backstory. Therefore the 16 Scoobies are; Buffy, Giles, Xander, Willow (the 'Core Four'), Cordelia, Oz, Jenny, Angel,Anya, Tara, Dawn, Faith, Riley, Spike, and Andrew. Excepting the Potential Slayers in season 7 the Scoobies are at their most numerous in 'Surprise' with Buffy, Giles, Xander, Willow, Cordelia, Oz, Jenny and Angel and at their least numerous at the beginning of season 7 with just Buffy, Xander and Dawn. Edit
Pretty much or at least has some supernatural element to her. We see him romance;
1) Miss French; a giant preying mantis in disguise who wishes to eat his head after he fertilises her eggs
2) Ampata; a reanimated Inca mummy he dates who sucks the lifeforce from her victims
3) Cordelia; regular girlfriend who is not a demon per se but becomes a partial one later
4) Willow; a witch whom he cheats on Cordelia with.
5) Faith; a Slayer with an essence drawn from an earth demon spirit whom he loses his virginity to.
6) Anya; ex-Vengence demon who becomes his regular girlfriend.
7) Lissa; demonic girl Xander dates who tries to sacrifice him to the First Evil.
He also lusts after Buffy who is also a Slayer with an essence drawn from demonic essence, the Potentials who are Slayers in waiting and Glory who is a hellgod. In 'Him' he professes an attraction for Dawn who is the human form of The Key, a type of supernatural energy and in 'Wild at Heart' for Verruca who is a werewolf. The only woman he is ever attracted to with no supernatural element whatsoever is Buffy and Dawn's mother, Joyce Summers. Edit
Angelus is the Latin for Angel which is what he was called by his sister. He modernized it in the 1950s going only by the English form Angel from then on. Angel is occasionally called Angelus by people when he has a soul and Angel when soulless and usually doesnt object to the interchange of names. Calling soulless Angel exclusively Angelus is mostly used in universe with characters who have little practical knowledge of what not having a soul anymore really means. That it is not a separate person, but the loss of Angels humanity and conscience. The name Angelus is often used as an identifier for soulless Angel among fans of the show even though he spent about forty to fifty years using the name Angelus while he had a soul. Angel is really not as different souled and un-souled as is often thought. He's just happier when he doesn't have a soul, able to finally enjoy the things he wants to do, but suffers for when he has a soul. David Greenwalt compared Angel to an alcoholic. He can't handle not having a soul because he enjoys the way it makes him feel too much. Which is why he acts like he doesn't have a soul in ATS when he gets drugged by the movie star. The drug rids him of his inhibitions and emotional pain. This is why when he thinks he doesn't have a soul anymore he acts accordingly.
We see hints of Angel's often hidden dark nature.
In Lover's Walk Angel taunts Spike about Drusilla's faithfulness right in front of Buffy who has no idea of the history behind his comments. History from not only a hundred years ago, but as recently as the previous season. Angel knows what he is saying, how he's hurting Spike, and he knows Buffy has no clue about what's behind it.
Angel in Lover's Walk taunting Spike about Drusilla:
SPIKE: I used to bring her rats... With the morning paper... BUFFY: Oh, good, more moping. That's really gonna win her back, Spike. SPIKE: The spell's gonna get her back. ANGEL: Lot of trouble for someone who doesn't even care about you. SPIKE: Shut your gob. ANGEL: She's just kind of fickle... SPIKE: Shut up!
In "Enemies" Angel reveals parts of himself that come out when he is soulless. Parts that he lets loose to fill the role he is playing. He is, in reality, as much what he shows Faith as he is what he shows Buffy. Not a flip side of himself, but who he is as a complex being. The cumulation of his life as a human, his deeds as a vampire, and being alone with a soul for a hundred years. Edit
According to David Fury when he questioned Joss Whedon about this he replied "You're just way overthinking it. The Hellmouth should be able to provide us with anything we want to do; the energy that comes out of it makes mad scientists out of humans who then go ahead and create something evil". This explains how Ted's creator is able to build a lifelike android in the 50s, how Chris Epps is able to able to bring his brother back from the dead and Warren's various fantastical inventions. It may also affect Willow and Oz who are off the chart clever. Edit
Absolutely - if you already have a basic understanding of the show, you could begin in Season Two without getting too confused. However, if you've never ever seen any of the show before, and you haven't read much about it, just go ahead and buy Season One. . . it's worth it.
Not a whole lot happens in the first season in relation to the entire series story arc, but you would miss the introductions and some basic information about the characters and their relationships. You would also miss the deal with the Master, the series' first main villain. There are instances mentioning , including flashbacks (in Buffy and in Angel), in later seasons, including in the first episode of Season 2. You'd also miss Buffy's first death and the earthquake beforehand, both of which are referenced in later episodes/seasons with the occurrence of different events.
Or you can just watch Season One here on IMDB (only available in the US). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118276/episodes Episodes are also available to watch on http://www.tvduck.com/Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer.html (some links work outside of the US).
Also, if you have Netflix, every season of BtVS is available for your viewing pleasure via the Watch Instantly option on your computer or next-gen console. Edit
1. The Harsh Light of Day (1999) to In the Dark (1999)
-Spike follows Oz, who has the gem/Ring of Amara, from Sunnydale to L.A.
2. The Bachelor Party (1999) to Pangs (1999) to I Will Remember You (1999)
-Angel goes to Sunnydale to 'help' Buffy, and she follows him back to L.A.
3. This Year's Girl (2000), Who Are You? (2000) to Five by Five (2000), Sanctuary (2000) to The Yoko Factor (2000)
4. Fool for Love (2000) to Darla (2000)
-Flashback to earlier vampire days first from Spike's perspective, then Darla's.
5. Redefinition (2001) to Crush (2001)
-Drusilla travels from L.A. to Sunnydale.
6. Out of My Mind (2000) to Disharmony (2001)
-Having departed Sunnydale, Harmony visits her friend Cordelia in L.A.; Willow appears briefly.
7. Lies My Parents Told Me (2003) to Orpheus (2003) to Dirty Girls (2003)
-Andrew/Willow receive a phone call from Fred that takes Willow to L.A. Willow returns to Sunnydale with Faith.
8. Home (2003) to End of Days (2003), Chosen (2003)
-Angel takes the Amulet to Sunnydale.
Some Minor Crossovers:
1. The Freshman (1999) to City of... (1999)
- Angel phones Buffy.
2. The Gift (2001) to There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb (2001)
-Willow goes to L.A. with news of Buffy's death.
3. Flooded (2001) to Carpe Noctem (2001)
-Buffy and Angel meet offscreen.
4. Chosen (2003) to Damage (2004)
- The consequences of the destruction of Sunnydale are viewed from L.A.
The finale's aftermath is told in the official comic book continuity published between 2007 and 2011, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight.
In the comics, Buffy continues her mission with thousands of new Slayers militarily trained and organized throughout the world. Facing vampires and demons everywhere, somes Slayers become the enemy as well, and are labeled as "Rogues". They are also targeted as a threat by Government whose leader is a mysterious, masked and superpowered being. In the climax, Buffy is eventually forced to destroy the Seed of Wonder, a mystic egg-like casing that is revealed to be the source of all magic in her world. After Buffy breaks the Seed with her Scythe, the Slayer line is cut and no more Slayers are called, which left many of them upset and against Buffy after her "betrayal" on their legacy (even though many of them are still in action or on her side). In Season Nine, many Slayers integrate a security agency founded by Kennedy, with Buffy and Faith (the latter in the current Season Ten) eventually joining the team. In the end of Season Nine, the Seed is recriated anew by Illyria (from Angel (1999)), but it's currently unknown if the line was recomposed.
In Whedon's 2001-2003 futuristic miniseries "Fray", for a (still) uknown reason there are no more Slayers until the title character Melaka Fray is called and becomes one, and the first to a (presumed) new Slayer line. During Season Eight, Buffy was accidentally taken to the future, met Fray and became confused and shocked with this reality. Edit
The accepted version is that Angel will only experience "perfect happiness" with someone he truly loves; therefore, as long as he isn't in love with his intimate partner, he won't lose his soul. This is backed up by a Wesley quote on Angel stating that "perfect happiness is one in a million" (or something like that). Another example of this is shown in season 4 of Angel. In Awakening (2003), where in the illusion in his mind, he loses his soul after being intimate with Cordelia. It is not the act, but the emotional connection that causes the 'pure happiness'. However, this is sometimes misunderstood since on the television show, Angel, it wasn't just the fantasy about sex with Cordelia that caused him to lose his soul; it was the combination of all the things going right in life, such as his problems with Connor were no more, Wesley and him were on good terms, etc..
There's other theories about him being able to control it now that he knows about it (once he knows that he has to watch out for the perfect happiness, he can just not be that happy during sex...). Usually when he had sex in Angel, he was under some sort of condition (either drugs, hate, or despair).
However, during the last season of Angel, he does have a semi-regular girlfriend and does sleep with her (though she does keep a stake handy just in case). It has also been put forward that it is not the sex that caused the loss of Angel's soul (again), as he does not revert immediately after consumating his relationship with Buffy, but the feelings of closeness and happiness which he felt while sleeping in her arms after the event. Wesley suggests to him that perfect happiness is a very rare occurrence, even in healthy relationships. Edit
Although being referenced as dead or undead creatures, vampires are mostly like demon-human hybrids, or a demon inhabiting a dead corpse. In the Season Two episode "Lie to Me", Buffy decribes them: "You die, and a demon sets up shop in your old house, and it walks, and it talks, and it remembers your life, but it's not you".
In the series' mythology, the vampire was originated after massive, titanic beasts, pure demons known are the Old Ones, were expelled from Earth after a long time ruling it. One of the Old Ones was Maloker, a bat-like beast, who managed to infect a human and making him the first vampire. The vampire infected another one and so on, creating the vampire species. Vampires are sometimes referred to as "half-breeds". In the Buffyverse, the vampire bears classic weakenesses such as sacred objects, fire, decapitation and stakes through their hearts. If staked, they immediately desintegrate into dust/ashes. The creation of a vampire made by another is known in this universe as "siring". Their bodies cast no reflection on reflective substances such as mirrors or water, even though both Buffy and Angel have several goofs with this particular aspect (such as Angel reflection in the water in the opening sequence). As part of their powers, they have super-strength and fighting skills. There are some special circumstances, such as ancient vampires, who can grow special abilites such as the Master and Dracula. Drusilla had psychic powers before she was sired by Angel, and her powers remained from her human counterpart.
When a person is made a vampire, her soul is lost, but it can be returned following a proper ritual. Angel and Spike eventually have their soul granted back, extracted and returned.
The reason vampires can be photographed and videotaped can be explained in a simple line of dialogue that was cut from one of the episodes. In it, Buffy asks Angel about cameras. Angel responds, "It's not physics. It's metaphysics." However, notice that in some scenes Angel does not appear on films but does on older recordings. This would go along with the concepts of technology advancing. Newer cameras use at least one or two mirrors, whereas the older cameras did not. This is why Angel's picture was pulled from a video before they moved into the Hyperion in Season 3 of Angel. Edit
This is actually answered in an episode from season six, Dead Things:
TARA: I-I've double checked everything. There's nothing wrong with you.
BUFFY: Then why can Spike hurt me?
TARA: Well, I said that there was nothing wrong with you, but ... you are different. Shifting you out of ... f-f-from where you were ... funneling your essence back into your body ... i-it, it altered you on a basic molecular level. Probably just enough to confuse the sensors or whatever in Spike's chip. But it's all just surfacey physical stuff. It wouldn't have any more effect than ... a bad sunburn.
Nothing is wrong with Buffy. The resurrection spell simply confused the sensors in Spike's chip. That's all. The chip hasn't changed and only Buffy's basic molecular level has. It has nothing do with the demonic essence in her power (which we learned in season seven that's where her power is rooted from). Edit
Buffy's and Dawn's mother, is a main character for the first five seasons (until her death). Her father, , the early seasons he was a relatively involved dad - flaky, but still a part of Buffy's life (although rarely seen in the show). Following Dawn's appearance, he was magically transported out of the country and didn't ever see his daughters again (as far as we know), although he apparently called occasionally. We're informed that Buffy and Dawn have an Aunt Arlene and had a cousin Celia whom we see die in 'Killed By Death'. Presumably she is Joyce's sister rather than Hank's as Joyce goes to visit her in 'Pangs' and must have children other than Celia as 'her family' is referred to so Buffy and Dawn have more cousins.
Willow's mother is named Sheila Rosenberg; she only appears in the episode Gingerbread (1999) as a member of "Mothers Opposed to the Occult": she is portrayed as a career-obsessed academic who is unable to communicate with her daughter, eventually trying to burn Willow at the stake for being involved in witchcraft. Her father does not appear on the show but we know that he is called Ira and is quite strictly Jewish, Willow thinking that he would object to her having a cross in her bedroom in 'Passion'.
Xander's parents, Tony and Jessica Harris, both unpleasant alcoholics, are mentioned and heard many times through the series but only appear onscreen at Xander's wedding in Hell's Bells (2002).
Giles' father is presumably deceased and was a Watcher like him.
Tara's father (unnamed) and brother Donny Maclay appear in Family (2000). They claim that because of demonic heritage, all of the women in their family turn evil when they become adults; however, this is revealed to be a myth maintained by the Maclay males to keep their women frightened and subordinate to them. In The Body (2001), Tara says that her mother died when she (Tara) was 17 years old. Edit