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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season One Episode Two: The Harvest
Original Air Date: 3/10/97
Special Notes: Continuation from “Welcome to the Hellmouth”, character death occurs

Andrew Webster

Action: 3
Comedy: 2.5
Plot/Story 4.5

What “Welcome to the Hellmouth” began, “The Harvest” finished. The main characters are fleshed out more, more details about the history of supernatural activity are revealed, and the whole mythology of Buffy The Vampire Slayer is played out more. The episode picks up directly from where the previous ended and does not disappoint. Following the mess that Jesse, Willow, and Xander got themselves into, Buffy needs to make a daring rescue of Jesse. Can she fend off the vampires in order to do so? And what is the “Harvest” that was brought up before. Combined with the first, this episode allowed for the entire series to grow. This episode itself also provided a step up. The action was more riveting and the comedy was more frequent and funnier. Though it still isn’t up to the caliber of future episodes, it is one of the best early episodes in the series.

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Scott Tofte

Action: 3
Comedy: 2
Plot: 4

This is a nice finish to "Hellmouth". Aside from rounding out the storyline, we get some key character development along the lines of Xander and Willow mostly. Their roles are more clearly defined, and we get a better taste of their personality. The comedy is less Xandery, it's more spread out, but there's a little less of it. This episode is more intense than ep1, and the action is a bit more intense and there is more of it. The gang really pulls together for the first time, each person helping in their own special way to try to solve the problem, as they will do so many more times in the future. It's amazing that it never ever got boring. Go Joss! This episode should really only be watched after recently viewing "Welcome to the Hellmouth".

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Discussion....

Eaglefreak2k: The Harvest, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ep 2
Webby2299: the continuation of Welcome to the Hellmouth
Eaglefreak2k: ok, lets get some basic plot out of the way
Webby2299: take it away
Eaglefreak2k: We find out what this "harvest" is, and buffy tries to rescue the useless friend Jesse. She's already leaving school property during school, and we deal with "rain of toads"
Eaglefreak2k: OOH
Webby2299: what?
Eaglefreak2k: and the first trip underground for buffy
Webby2299: one of many
Eaglefreak2k: so your take on the plot?
Webby2299: Good term for Jesse first of all. He was useless. He was like a second less funny Xander. We also get to see more of Joyce's concern for Buffy, and how the gang will work together to solve a problem.
Eaglefreak2k: speaking of the gang
Eaglefreak2k: this is the episode where roles are really defined
Eaglefreak2k: Buffy is the go-to girl
Eaglefreak2k: Giles is the Demon know it all
Webby2299: ah yes
Eaglefreak2k: Willow is research girl
Eaglefreak2k: and xander is the one who is just there, and he hates it
Webby2299: We are shown the two main antagonists, and the big one for the 1st season. Luke, and The Master
Eaglefreak2k: Ah, the Master
Eaglefreak2k: lets talk about him
Eaglefreak2k: Mark Metcalf portrays the evil undead vampire king guy
Eaglefreak2k: and he is so great at it
Webby2299: he is
Webby2299: I love the attitude he brings to the role
Eaglefreak2k: his subtle humor can be both funny, and incredibly dark and morbid
Eaglefreak2k: he's almost mayor-like in his delivery
Webby2299: yes, I love that comedic undertone
Eaglefreak2k: serious, serious, serious, then FUNNY
Eaglefreak2k: then he jabs someone in the eye
Webby2299: the perfect end to a monologue
Eaglefreak2k: always works
Webby2299: and not used often enough
Eaglefreak2k: And as far as Luke, he always struck me as a mix of two people
Eaglefreak2k: remember the guy on the bus that the gang thinks is the annointed one. he's all preachy about the end of the world
Eaglefreak2k: ok, well him
Webby2299: and?
Webby2299: yes, I remember him
Eaglefreak2k: and the psycho vamp from season three
Eaglefreak2k: ya know, the one they kept in the box in the watchers testing house
Eaglefreak2k: ?
Webby2299: so, like Billy Graham on steroids mixed with Charles Manson
Eaglefreak2k: ok
Eaglefreak2k: with a bit of the judge thrown in for good measure
Webby2299: he played the judge you know
Eaglefreak2k: hence, i said that
Eaglefreak2k: i know all
Eaglefreak2k: or at least most
Eaglefreak2k: but anyway
Webby2299: this is what happens when you listen to commentary tracks
Eaglefreak2k: or have eyes
Eaglefreak2k: :-D
Eaglefreak2k: but anyway (again)
Eaglefreak2k: lets get to the action
Webby2299: yes, lot's more action in this compared to the 1st episode
Eaglefreak2k: The narrow escape from the Tunnels for one
Eaglefreak2k: i like that whole scene
Webby2299: it was very tense
Eaglefreak2k: because it shows a) that xander wants in
Eaglefreak2k: and b) that Joss will kill the good guys (Jesse(
Webby2299: yes, I thought the death of Jesse was actually a really powerful statement
Eaglefreak2k: thats my point
Eaglefreak2k: but elaborate
Webby2299: Well, it adds a constant sense of urgency to every battle. If a character can die off as easily as Jesse's, it could happen at any time. It gives the viewer more to worry about, because Willow, Xander, even Buffy herself may suffer badly in any battle.
Eaglefreak2k: which is why Joss is a god
Eaglefreak2k: but back to business
Webby2299: the battle with Luke
Webby2299: part 2
Eaglefreak2k: The last fight scene at the bronze, although tame by later standards, it pretty awesome
Eaglefreak2k: anytime you can incorporate a crash cymbal into fight, im on board
Webby2299: and a pool cue
Eaglefreak2k: and of course, it's the first apocolypse
Eaglefreak2k: of like 7 or something
Eaglefreak2k: i say we count
Eaglefreak2k: how many have there been?
Eaglefreak2k: this one
Webby2299: umm, the one in the Zeppo
Eaglefreak2k: the one in "the Zeppo"
Eaglefreak2k: yep
Webby2299: lol
Webby2299: eh, end of Season 2
Eaglefreak2k: yep
Eaglefreak2k: season 5 ender
Eaglefreak2k: so thats 4 so far
Webby2299: there was an episode where three demons were trying to crawl into the Hellmouth
Eaglefreak2k: season 7 finale
Eaglefreak2k: ah yes, season 4
Eaglefreak2k: in the burned down school
Eaglefreak2k: so thats 6
Eaglefreak2k: is that it
Eaglefreak2k: ?
Webby2299: it may be
Webby2299: I can't think of any others
Eaglefreak2k: ok then
Eaglefreak2k: moving on
Webby2299: that was odd
Eaglefreak2k: but we agree, action is good
Eaglefreak2k: a little tame, but good
Webby2299: very good. Especially with beheadings and light tricks
Eaglefreak2k: yes, very true
Eaglefreak2k: and finally comedy
Eaglefreak2k: not so xander-centric this time.
Webby2299: no, but still he had a couple shining moments
Eaglefreak2k: Giles gets a bit, buffy has the some, cordelia gets hers
Eaglefreak2k: xander in this episode is more of action "i hate vamps" guy
Eaglefreak2k: he starts off funny, but gets more serious once he goes underground
Webby2299: well, the threat of death to Jesse helped that
Eaglefreak2k: true
Eaglefreak2k: speaking of
Eaglefreak2k: id like to take another small sidetrack as i sit here watching the episode
Webby2299: go right ahead, the reader won't mind
Webby2299: ...they better not....
Eaglefreak2k: I love how once a dork becomes a vampire, they automatically get cool, ie Jesse. And don't forget dopplegang Xander and willow in season 3
Eaglefreak2k: you don't see dorky vampires, unless they die really quickly
Eaglefreak2k: but back to humor
Webby2299: yes, the raining toads you briefly mentioned earlier
Eaglefreak2k: the last good joke in the ep, when buffy throws the cymbal stand through the window and fakes luke into thinking its daytime
Eaglefreak2k: then kills him
Eaglefreak2k: i liked that
Webby2299: it was a great scene, showing Buffy is smart, as well as strong
Eaglefreak2k: too true
Eaglefreak2k: so, is that it?
Webby2299: I think so, that pretty much wraps it up.
Eaglefreak2k: Oh, wait one more
Eaglefreak2k: its the first time cordelia is almost eaten
Webby2299: what's that?
Eaglefreak2k: we should keep running tallys
Eaglefreak2k: overall rating?
Webby2299: I'd have to say a 4.5 again, same as the first episode because what it looses in plot, it makes up for in Comedy and Action. It's one of the best episodes of the first season.
Eaglefreak2k: I didn't find it particularly comedic as a whole, it was much more intense than the first one, but it doese resolve the plot more of the first episode. Im gonna say 3.5 though, because i look at some of the other episodes in the series, and i can't put this one too high among them.
Eaglefreak2k: so that leaves us with an overall 4
Webby2299: slightly lower than the first episode but we should note, that they should really be watched together
Eaglefreak2k: true, as a whole story, i give this short arc a 5
Eaglefreak2k: but as stand alones, they don't really work all that great
Webby2299: except for conveying plot, that's what saves them
Eaglefreak2k: one last thought to leave you with, i love the cheesy music in the backround of season 1
Webby2299: what about the Nerf Herder theme song?
Eaglefreak2k: i like the season 3 version better
Eaglefreak2k: its a fatter sound, more full and reckless
Webby2299: You're the music expert, I can't argue
Eaglefreak2k: ok, so thats episode 2.
Webby2299: Good, but shouldn't be watched without the 1st
Eaglefreak2k: Ok, this is us, being done
Webby2299: until next time
Eaglefreak2k: Ciao!