Posted by: thebuffyrewatch | November 17, 2010

Cordia’s Review: S1, E02 – The Harvest

The Harvest
Season 1, Episode 2
Original airing: 3/10/1997

My Rating: 53

The Good: I like that the show killed off a guy who was set up to be a main character. The death of Jesse shows that the writers are willing to take risks. There were also several good comments and lines from characters which underscored the comedy or drama of the moment; ie, Willow’s reaction to learning vampires exist and Giles’ words of wisdom to Xander concerning the fact that Jesse is now a demon.

The Bad: I felt like the emotion in the episode was lacking from everyone except Xander, who seemed the most shocked and conflicted. His struggle to believe Jesse was irretrievably lost was the only thing that felt real to me. Of course, then Xander had a complete non-reaction to stabbing Jesse in the chest, so there goes that. This was extended to the fact that no one really reacted to the events in the Bronze at the end of the episode. Cordelia blew the whole situation off as rival gangs even though she was twice molested by vampires and almost killed. She also saw the doorman and random female victim bitten on the neck and killed by Luke. Yet there’s no lasting impression the next day. I can understand characters wanting to rationalize the cause of the situation, but that doesn’t change the fact that people died and it should have been traumatizing. Xander and Willow also have no lasting reaction to the fact that a person they have presumably known their whole lives is now dead, after first being turned into a blood sucking demon. This really undercut the show and damaged the ending for me.

Favorite Moment: Buffy tricking Luke with her “sunrise” gag. A clever way to end the battle and shows she doesn’t just kick butt, she’s smart, too.

The Bottom Line: In the end, I just wasn’t impressed by what should have been a big deal – the first time the main characters take on a bad guy together and win.

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