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28 September 2003 @ 01:36 am
a few random things I love about season one  
BtVS really had its own special visual style going on, which they moved away from over time, I think. I love the way they use light, especially in eps like "The Pack" and "Nightmares." That scene in "Nightmares" where Buffy has the history test, and you have all those huge slatted windows and the brilliant sunlight falls against her face as she panics--that's amazing. The whole point of that episode was of course to dramatically highlight the nightmares by having most of the episode take place in beautifully lit daylight scenes.

I also like the scene where Buffy meets up with Billy outside the gym and they talk, and the shots intercut, and every time we see Billy there's a street in the background with cars going by. It's so obviously a *real* place--real school, real road with real traffic. My sense is that they lost those moments of atmospheric versimilitude in later seasons as they relied more and more on sets.

The shot in "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" when Angel comes to the library to talk to Giles and they use the bookshelf case glass to demonstrate he has no reflection--showing Giles but not him.

One of the opening shots in "Prophecy Girl" when the camera point-of-view slides in across that deeply cool library roof and then descends inward to show Giles below. Then we get another shot of him through a window before we enter properly into his office. Nice.

I actually quite like Moloch the robot. I think that's pretty clever. Plus he looks like a comic book villain.

Owen in "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date" is proto-Riley.

Xander in "Teacher's Pet" walking into the chick's house and gaping in awe at her breasts the entire time she's talking to him. That's hysterical. Most shows on TV would be too timid to play it that way or they'd do it crudely, with a cringe-worthy laugh track. But Xander--NB--makes it perfect.

The scene in "The Puppet Show" where they get roped into performing and Giles smirks. The bit where they backlight Armin Shimerman's ears suggestively, capturing an image of devil horns. The ending, of course. To die for.

Buffy's mesmerizing excesses in leather and mini-skirted hookerwear throughout the season.

Xander's shirts, both terrible and wonderful, and his floppy hair and his edge of darkness, his teen-boy lust and single-mindedness, and the prop of his negelected and soon to be abandoned skateboard.

Willow in the Bronze as Xander is practicing to ask Buffy to the dance, at the beginning of "Prophecy Girl." Leaning in toward him with her big, puppy-girl eyes, happy just to be fake-asked on a date by her best friend.

Giles's insane paisley scarf. The hell?

twistedchick on September 28th, 2003 05:27 am (UTC)
Buffy balancing in a handstand on the beam in the alley over Angel's head -- and swinging down to slam him, with the camera above all of it, neatly dismissing the cliche about who is weak in a dark alley.
xanphibian on September 28th, 2003 06:55 am (UTC)
Oh, how I miss the floppy haired boy.
Sophia: and then (peaceful)sophia_helix on September 28th, 2003 10:46 am (UTC)
Oh, I *love* the light in S1. The first episode I ever caught from it was "Invisible Girl," and I was stunned at the very pale, naturalistic quality of it, especially when they're in the cafeteria. The light is more slick and Hollywood later on, and points to a bigger budget, but I liked the way it looked more real before.

Joanna K. Blaiddjkb on September 28th, 2003 12:36 pm (UTC)
This has nothing to do with your post, but -- where does the image in that gorgeous icon come from?
Anna S.eliade on September 28th, 2003 01:35 pm (UTC)
I can't recall where I found it; it's just one I have in my image folder at work and I rotate it through my home page there. It's actually much larger and wider--if you send me an e-mail I can send it to you as attachment later. If you want a copy. :)

(eliade @ drizzle.com)
Lumenara Dhahm: geeklumenara on September 29th, 2003 06:18 pm (UTC)
Where is this insane paisely scarf of which you speak? I must know.
Anna S.eliade on September 29th, 2003 06:30 pm (UTC)
Gah--sorry, I was going to mention the episode title at the time but didn't because I couldn't remember. But when you see it you'll know it. *g*
Lumenara Dhahm: geeklumenara on September 30th, 2003 09:05 am (UTC)
My first thought was the one gay!director!Giles wears in Willow's dream in "Restless," but then I remembered you were talking about season one. But I'm sure I'll know when I see it.