Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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Unaired Pilot 

Buffy Summers arrives for her first day at a new school, and already weird things are happening. She investigates a dead body that is found in the girls' locker room, and, with the help of ... See full summary »

Director:

Joss Whedon

Writer:

Joss Whedon
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Riff Regan Riff Regan ... Willow
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Mercedes McNab ... Harmony Kendall
Danny Strong ... Jonathan Levinson
Julie Benz ... Darla
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Principal Flutie
Amy Chance Amy Chance ... Aphrodesia
Persia White ... Aura
Nicole Bilderback ... Cordette
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Storyline

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 2003 (USA) See more »

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Mutant Enemy See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It featured many characters and hints to future story lines like Jonathan appearing being mocked, Harmony, by popular girls and a poster for "Dingoes ate my baby" on the bronze wall. Darla is killed off. See more »

Quotes

Aphrodesia: I mean, what kind of name is "Buffy"?
Cordette: Hi Aphrodesia!
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Connections

References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

See A Little Light
(uncredited)
by Bob Mould
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An underrated first attempt
23 January 2007 | by tomakalinusSee all my reviews

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


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