Buffy the Vampire Slayer – S1x02: The Harvest – TV Review

I review the second episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, entitled The Harvest.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer S1x02

I seem to be a bit behind on my reviews for Buffy at the moment, as I’ve seen Seven episodes so far, but with this review, have only covered the first two. But the second one here is The Harvest, which acts as the conclusion to the two-part premier that ended on a cliffhanger that wasn’t quite as unpredictable as it was perhaps lead to believe. It’s a pretty kickass episode though, but things start to go a bit downhill after this – until The Pack, episode six – where things start to look better again.

This episode pretty much focuses on Buffy and the gang trying to stop the Master and his minions from harvesting lives, thus freeing the Master from his underground prison. There are several key elements that unfold in this series – and show us that nobody outside of the main cast is safe, with someone who you’d expect to be a key figure going forward meeting an early death after being turned into a vampire, which is oddly something that’s not even mentioned again. Given the character’s significance, you’d think his death would be brought up more as the season goes on. But seven episodes in – and it’s not mentioned again.

The action sequences in this episode are pretty cool, with the end fight being particularly awesome – the way that Buffy tricked a vampire into thinking that it was sunrise  was pretty cool, and provides one of the slightly more humorous tones in this episode. Whedon has provided the episode with some great lines, and I think one of my favourites has to be the following:

Willow:I need to sit down.

Buffy: You are sitting down.

Willow: Oh, Good.

Willow and Giles continue to kickass, with both getting some excellent scenes, like Willow’s one above. They’re easily the best characters on this show – Xander & Buffy are still somewhat meh in my opinion – I’m not warming towards Buffy herself as much as I probably should. We’re getting into the rough layout of the main gang – and it’s also good that whilst Cordelia gets a fair amount of screen-time in this episode, she doesn’t get much of a focus in the future ones – or at least the ones that I’ve currently seen, as she is probably the character that I dislike the most on this show so far – closely followed by Xander. However, each characters have their own strengths and weaknesses, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they grow and adapt over the course of the next seven (eight?) series that Buffy has to offer, as well as the subsequent comic series.

At this point, Buffy is starting to blend well, with the pop-culture jokes, references and humour fully integrated into the show after a certain element of cheesy moments in the first episode, and although future episodes don’t quite match the Whedon-level funny dialogue that we’ve seen in this episode, it’s still fun and enjoyable to watch, however – the editing perhaps needed work, as several of the fight sequences shown throughout this episode needed a big improvement, and they were a somewhat letdown from the first, and as a result – the end finale wasn’t as quite entertaining as it probably should have been. However, all that said – The Harvest was still a strong conclusion to the first part, and it really creates a great look for how the show will be going forward.

VERDICT: 3.75/5

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 1 (1997): S1x01: Welcome to the HellmouthS1x02: The Harvest, S1x03: Witch, S1x04: Teacher’s Pet, S1x05: Never Kill A Boy on the First Date, S1x06: The Pack, S1x07: Angel, S1x08: I Robot… You, Jane, S1x09: The Puppet Show, S1x10: Nightmares, S1x011: Out of Mind, Out of Sight, S1x012: Prophecy Girl

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