Prophecy Girls: A Buffy Rewatch Podcast
S1E06: “The Pack”

S1E06: “The Pack”

March 25, 2021

A trip to the zoo leaves Xander acting strange—well, stranger than usual for a horny teenage boy. He and his new group of friends think they rule the school. It’s up to Buffy, Willow, and Giles to save Xander from his animal self before he crosses lines that shouldn’t be crossed.

 

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The absolute lack of class supervision on a field trip. Also, bullying, of course. And this is an episode with some extremely racist content. Hey, is Giles ok with all this head trauma? Finally, Kara and Stephanie both dig deep into how poorly this episode handles issues of rape culture, masculinity, and sexual assault.

 

Trigger warnings

Animal death, bullying, implied cannibalism, racism, sexual assault/rape

 

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S1E05: “Never Kill a Boy on the First Date”

S1E05: “Never Kill a Boy on the First Date”

March 25, 2021

An ancient prophecy threatens to derail Buffy’s date with sensitive Owen. Buffy needs to balance her desire for hot teenage romance with her responsibilities to stop the rise of the Anointed One, a super-powerful vampire who will further the Master’s designs to escape his prison and wreak havoc on Sunnydale.

 

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Buffy’s dating pool in Sunnydale. Is Owen a better choice than Angel? Also, jealousy never looks good on anyone, but Xander somehow makes it look even worse. Giles might be overworking Buffy, and she deserves the break.

 

Trigger warnings

Child death, fatphobia, internalized misogyny, traffic collisions

 

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S1E04: “Teacher’s Pet”

S1E04: “Teacher’s Pet”

March 18, 2021

After the disturbing death of a teacher who had the gall to be kind to Buffy, the substitute teacher is hot for students. Especially male students like Xander. But Buffy might have other problems, because Angel is back to warn her of a dangerous old enemy of the Master’s in town.

 

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Totally inappropriate teacher–student relationships, ew! This is such a horny episode, in the worst possible way. Fortunately, Buffy and Willow come through. Also, the existence of a “she-mantis” monster raises interesting questions, both about the nature of monsters in the Buffyverse, and whether or not this show is Othering female sexuality. What do you think?

 

Trigger warnings

Rape, sexual abuse of a minor

 

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S1E03: “Witch”

S1E03: “Witch”

March 18, 2021

Buffy just wants some normal in her life, so she tries out for cheerleading. But some girls, it seems, will stop at nothing to get a coveted spot on the team. When cheerleaders begin falling one by one to mysterious, magical ailments, there’s only one possibility: there’s a witch at Sunnydale High, and Buffy is going to be her next target.

 

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Xander’s unhealthy obsession with Buffy and the pervy POV the show foists upon us. Buffy really steps it up in this episode in terms of everyday heroism, plus we see new (but definitely not better) sides to Cordelia. Also some discussion of mother/daughter relationships and what makes them healthy (or not).

 

Trigger warnings

Child neglect/abuse, disordered eating, fatphobia

 

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S1E02: “The Harvest”

S1E02: “The Harvest”

March 11, 2021

Picking up literally where the previous episode left off, this episode reveals the Master's grand plan to escape and unleash hell on Sunnydale. But Xander and Willow are reeling from learning that Buffy is the Slayer, and there's still the matter of how they can rescue Jesse from the Master's clutches.

 

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More about the mysterious stranger who has helped out Buffy--his name is Angel, and Steph stans him. We also learn about some of the mythology behind vampires and Sunnydale here. Steph and I are keen on Buffy and Willow's character development in this episode, less so on Xander's.

 

Trigger warnings

sexual assault

 

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S1E01: “Welcome to the Hellmouth”

S1E01: “Welcome to the Hellmouth”

March 11, 2021

In this first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, we meet the main characters and the first season's Big Bad, the Master. Buffy is reluctant to resume her role as Slayer in her new town of Sunnydale. Nevertheless, when her newfound friends are threatened by vampire activity, Buffy must rise to the occasion while the Master plots to escape from a magical prison.

 

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Buffy’s first meetings with Xander, Willow, and Giles, as well as on Buffy's relationship with her mom. This is a horny episode in a show that in general talks a lot about sexuality! Hear our thoughts on Xander and Jesse's inappropriate boy perviness, a hot boi Buffy has to tackle in an alley, and how the very first scene sets the tone for this entire series.

 

Trigger warnings

bullying, mentions of death, sexual harassment

 

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Intro Episode: Meet Your Hosts & the Show

Intro Episode: Meet Your Hosts & the Show

March 11, 2021

Stephanie and Kara introduce themselves and this podcast! Learn how they met, their Buffhistories, and their favourite seasons, episodes, and characters in Buffy.

 

Check out Kara’s book reviews: https://kara.reviews/ and her other podcast: https://wejustliketotalk.com/

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