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Episode 1 - Welcome to the Hellmouth / The Harvest (feat. Nikki Stafford)

10Mar

Pull up a headstone and make yourself comfortable, because we have a lot to talk about over the next 100+ episodes! Joining me to get the conversation started is author, blogger, and fan-scholar (or is that scholar-fan) Nikki Stafford! Taking it from the top with Buffy the Vampire Slayer 101, “Welcome to the Hellmouth” and 102, “The Harvest” we discuss the show’s origins as a film, it’s unaired-but-very-available pilot, and trying to sell people on the goofy (but brilliant) series title. How well do these early episodes realize the potential of the characters and ideas that will be explored for years to come? Can we reconcile the Angel and Darla we meet in the beginning with the characters we know they will become? Is the supernatural biology of vampirism effectively established from the start? And what are Paul’s issues with Buffy Summers anyway? The long, long conversation begins right now.

 

Next: Elizabeth Rambo, Associate Professor of English at Campbell University and frequent contributor to Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies joins me to discuss episodes 103, “The Witch,” 104, “Teacher’s Pet,” and 105, “Never Kill a Boy on the First Date.”

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Intro / Guest (00:00 - 5:17)

Main Topic (5:17 - 1:08:55)

Outro / Next (1:08:55 - 1:15:02)

 

THE LIBRARY

Bite Me!: The Chosen Edition The Unofficial Guide to Buffy The Vampire Slayer ( Seven Seasons One Book), by Nikki Stafford

 

THE LINKS

Nikki Stafford’s Great Buffy Rewatch Archive

 

THE MUSIC

“Conversations (feat. Wesley Mead)” by Azura (2017)

“Believe” by Sprung Monkey, Swirl (1995)

 

THE SCHOLARS

Whedon Studies Association is a non-profit academic organization devoted to the study of the works of Joss Whedon and his associates. They put out Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies, and Watcher Junior​: The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies, both blind peer-reviewed twice-yearly online publications. They also host the biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, which brings all these incredible scholars together to present papers, discuss ways of incorporating Whedon Studies in education, and basically just geek out together.

http://www.whedonstudies.tv/

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