Prophecy Girls: A Buffy Rewatch Podcast
Season 1 Wrap-Up

Season 1 Wrap-Up

April 22, 2021

We review the first season of Buffy in its entirety.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Notable episodes
  • Favourite character moments
  • Ranking the monster costumes
  • What we want from season 2
  • Xander slander and TikTok

 

Here's the link to Kara's other podcast with the episode about her being aromantic and asexual!

 

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S1E12: “Prophecy Girl”

S1E12: “Prophecy Girl”

April 15, 2021

The night of the school dance approaches, and so does the Master’s escape from his mystical prison. Giles uncovers a prophecy promising that if Buffy faces off against the Master, she will die. Against his wishes, Buffy chooses to go anyway. Season 1 ends, and nothing will be the same ever again.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Everyone Cordelia dates is now named Mitch!
  • Xander asking out Buffy is fine but her rejection is even better
  • SMG’s flawless portrayal of a 16-year-old girl at her breaking point
  • How great this episode is
  • How overrated Joss Whedon’s ideas are in general

 

Trigger warnings

Mass student death

 

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S1E11: “Out of Mind, Out of Sight”

S1E11: “Out of Mind, Out of Sight”

April 15, 2021

Cordelia thinks it’s all about her—and this time, she’s right! Someone is out to hurt Cordelia as she campaigns for the coveted May Queen role at the Spring Fling dance. Yet no one can see this menacing assailant, leading Buffy and the gang to deduce that they might be dealing with an entirely new threat. Meanwhile, Angel and Giles begin working together to uncover what the Master might be planning for the Slayer.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • A Cordelia episode, finally!
  • Buffy feels left out of everything
  • By the way, Angel is a vampire (and it’s a tragedy he can’t see his reflection)
  • This is the ultimate “high school as hell” plot
  • Why shady government agents are the true heroes

 

Trigger warnings

Ableism, bullying, misogyny, sexism, sexual harassment, torture

 

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S1E10: “Nightmares”

S1E10: “Nightmares”

April 8, 2021

Students at Sunnydale High, including Buffy, Willow, and Xander, start to slip into waking dreams. It’s not too long before the walls of reality themselves start to blur and crumble. The secret to saving Sunnydale, and perhaps the world, might lie in the mind of a comatose boy who just wanted to play baseball. But to save the day, Buffy will have to confront her greatest fear.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Stephanie tries to give Xander credit (and very nearly succeeds)
  • Asteroid bodies are cool
  • The trauma around divorce
  • How this episode sets up the psychology of Buffy for the seasons to come

 

Shout out to the Becoming Buffy podcast for their comments and Jen Campbell, a YouTuber recommended by listener Chloe on issues of disability.

 

Trigger warnings

Assault, child abuse, divorce, violence against children

 

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S1E09: “The Puppet Show”

S1E09: “The Puppet Show”

April 8, 2021

There’s a new sheriff—er, principal—in town, and his name is Snyder, and he wants YOU to perform in the talent show. But when one of the talent show participants is found dead in the locker room (yes, that locker room), stabbed with a knife, Buffy and crew will need to hope their talent for solving mysteries extends to the mundane as well as the mystical.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Talent shows in high school
  • Dolls and dummies: cool or creepy?
  • Stephanie knows all about the Power Circle!
  • Let’s just forget the word “nubile”
  • But seriously, so much objectification of a teenage girl here

 

Trigger warnings

Cancer, sexual harassment

 

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S1E08: “I Robot, You Jane”

S1E08: “I Robot, You Jane”

April 1, 2021

Willow has a binary beau! While helping Giles and the new computer teacher, Miss Calendar, scan library books into the computer, Willow meets Malcolm online. As her obsession deepens, strange things start happening to computer systems around Sunnydale and beyond. Even Buffy’s best spy look might not be enough to take on a demon loose in the internet.

 

Hear us discuss…

  • The show’s take on online dating
  • Kara’s personal story of an online friendship made flesh!
  • Stephanie’s obsession with cults
  • How much this episode gets right (and wrong) about the perils of computers
  • We cannot get Miss Calendar’s name right (sorry, Jenny)

 

Trigger warnings…

Cults, death by neck snapping, kidnapping, suicide (hanging)

 

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S1E07: “Angel”

S1E07: “Angel”

April 1, 2021

The Master dispatches three powerful vampires to take care of his Slayer problem once and for all. Buffy survives only with the intervention of Angel, at the cost of learning his terrible secret. Despite his actions so far, Angel might be less friend than foe. Will Buffy have what it takes to deal with this betrayal?

 

Hear us discuss…

  • Steph is All Angel, All the Time, Baby
  • Is dinner in a baggie the hot new trend?
  • Buffy’s mom’s priorities
  • So much new vampire lore, backstory for Angel and Darla
  • How this is one of, if not the, strongest episodes of the season!

 

Trigger warnings

Racism

 

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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.

 

Hear us discuss…

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.

 

Hear us discuss…

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.

 

Hear us discuss…

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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