Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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The Initiative 

Spike finds himself targeted by a group of commandos after he escapes from a military lab underneath the Sunnydale campus.

Director:

James A. Contner

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), Douglas Petrie
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
James Marsters ... Spike
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Marc Blucas ... Riley Finn
Mercedes McNab ... Harmony Kendall
Adam Kaufman ... Parker Abrams
Bailey Chase ... Graham Miller
Leonard Roberts ... Forrest Gates
Lindsay Crouse ... Professor Maggie Walsh
Mace Lombard Mace Lombard ... Tom
Scott Becker Scott Becker ... Lost Freshman
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Storyline

Spike is captured by the paramilitary commando in the campus, but escapes from a hi-tech facility unable to bite or fight against humans. Meanwhile, Riley Finn (Marc Blucas) finds that he likes Buffy, but is incapable of establishing a dialog with her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joss Whedon was glad that James Marsters (Spike) agreed to join the show full time because he felt that Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) having moved to Angel, the show lacked a character who was openly rude to the other characters. He described it as "having that awkward neighbour that is like "Hi can I borrow a cup of sugar and insult you?"" See more »

Goofs

Although his chip is supposedly operative since before his escape from the Initiative, Spike manages to harm several humans between then and the end of the episode. During his escape and again during the fight in the dorm hallway, Spike chokes people, throws them into walls, and hits one in the head with a fire extinguisher, none of which appears to activate his chip. The only time it's shown to work at all is when he attempts to bite someone, which distinctly contrasts with the chip's functioning in all subsequent episodes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Forrest Gates: Women. Young, nubile, exciting. Each one a mystery waiting to be unlocked. Think any of them are gonna show? 'Cause the party'd be lame if we lack for hotties. Professor? You with me?
Riley Finn: No. I'm with this large pile of ungraded papers due at 3:00.
Forrest Gates: How are you gonna learn anything if you keep doing schoolwork? Oh... Check her out. Is she hot, or is she hot?
Riley Finn: She's Buffy.
Forrest Gates: Buffy? I like that. That girl's so hot, she's buffy.
Riley Finn: It's her name, Forrest.
Forrest Gates: You've established first contact? ...
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Connections

References The Terminal Man (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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