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Unaired Buffy pilot on YouTube

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 5th 2006 12:04PM

buffyI like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I don't love it, but I like it. I didn't watch the show when it was on, but about a year ago I wound up living with some people who worshiped at the altar of Joss Whedon so I got a crash course in both Buffy and Angel thanks to the DVD sets. I'm sure the more fanatical Buffyheads may have already discovered this, or perhaps it's already on one of the DVD sets, but for anyone who missed it, YouTube has the original unaired pilot of the series. Sarah Michelle Gellar still stars as the slayer of the undead, and regulars Nicholas Brendon and Charisma Carpenter appear also, but Alyson Hannigan has yet to be cast as Willow. You can tell by watching this little gem just why it never made it to air, because it's not that good. Watch at your own risk here.

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(UPDATE: Commenter Sav mentioned this back in one of our Retro Squad reviews.)

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kachina321

THE STAR OF THE SHOW IS A WASTE OF A HUMAN BEING. I WORKED ON BUFFY FOR A SEASON. THEN WENT TO ANGEL FOR A FEW SEASONS. NOW DAVID BORIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE NICEST ACTORS IN HOLLYWOOD. BEFORE HE WAS AN ACTOR HE WAS A CARPENTER. I BUILT SETS FOR BOTH SHOWS. DAVID WOULD SAY GOODMORNING TO THE WHOLE CREW. THE SNOB ON BUFFY WOULD'NT EVEN LOOK AT YOU TO SAY JACK. SHE WON'T BE DOING MUCH MORE IN HOLLYWOOD. YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE. SHE THOUGHT THE WORLD REVOLVED AROUND HER. IT DIDN'T THEN AND STILL DOESEN'T. YOU WILL SEE MUCH MORE OF DAVID. HIM AND TED DANSON ALONG WITH , BELIVE IT OR NOT TOM CRUISE ARE THE NICEST PEOPLE TO WORK WITH. I WAS IN THE BIZ. FOR 30 YEARS AND I AM NOW RETIRED. I WORKED ON MANY TV SHOWS AND MANY FILMS. THERE ARE MANY NICE STARS OUT THERE. THE ONES THAT ARE NOT MAKE IT REAL BAD FOR THE NICE ONES. THE REASON FOR THAT IS PEOPLE NEVER REMEMBER THE GOOD. THEY ALWAYS REMEMBER THE BAD.

July 14 2006 at 5:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
B

i thought it was extra funny and am glad that willow got recasted. i cant see her fighting vamps alongside buffy. but i did like the little flip off of the stair rail. that was awesome
B

July 11 2006 at 3:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Christina

It's not really fair to judge the pilot as you would a regular episode, because it's just for presentation purposes and was never meant to air. I think it's interesting how Xander seems to be set up much more as Buffy's romantic interest than in the actual pilot. Another difference is that Giles is more of an uptight jerk. He was really harsh at the end. Also, no stutter! And did anybody notice Jonathan standing next to Buffy in line for the Bronze?

July 07 2006 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mat

Are you kidding? This is a GEM! It's like getting to the bottom of a Cracker Jacks box, and finding a second prize. This was great!!!

July 05 2006 at 11:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SenorWeird

How can you not mention Stephen Tobolowski as the Principal. The pilot sucks, but I still pretend he was the real Principal when the show aired.

July 05 2006 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arc|Angel

I remember seeing this years ago. The fat willow was humerous. I believe the vampires lured her to danger with cookies.

July 05 2006 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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