Witch is my favorite episode of S1. As the first non-pilot episode (Welcome to the Hellmouth and Harvest both count as a single pilot in my opinion), and it definitely feels less . . . pushy. It’s a chance for the writers to start relaxing into the rhythm of the show without being mired in exposition-ville.
The Harvest is a stronger episode than Welcome to the Hellmouth, primarily because Xander and Willow soften the exposition with questions. After watching this episode, my friend was hooked.
Welcome to the Hellmouth does some things incredibly well, including introducing the series’ tone and characters. But it fails miserably in the exposition department. Thankfully, this did not scare my newbie friend away.
I often encourage others to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In this blog series, I explore Buffy with the help of a newbie – a friend who has never seen the show (or any other Whedon show) and is prepared to share her experience as she watches for the first time.
Although I have been running the JWFC for 10 years now, last night was the first time I had an opportunity to meet the man. I finally had the opportunity to tell him that he changed my life.
If the Joss Whedon Fan Club had started out with a mission statement, it would have had the word “celebrate” front and center. The Joss Whedon Fan Club is a celebration.
What makes Whedon’s work so compelling is not that he creates strong female characters. It’s that he creates strong human characters, and some of them are women. If he backed down and only gave us women who are solely superheroes, he’d be doing a disservice to his audience.