For those who haven’t seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the premise can be pretty off-putting. A show about a high school student who slays vampires and demons sounds rather ridiculous, and it is.
Joss Whedon and his team of writers pushed the boundaries of television storytelling. Even Season 1 – which is much more formulaic than the other seasons – has plenty of twists and turns. Indeed, the unpredictability of the first scene is essentially a blueprint for many story beats throughout the show.
All seven seasons are rife with experimentation and peculiarities. But whenever you take risks, it isn’t always going to work. Some of the weirdest Buffy episodes are also amongst the worst. They’re so odd, they’re almost funny. Equally, however, some of the most experimental episodes are held in high esteem by fans and critics alike. And if it wasn’t for the outstanding performances and the stellar writing, such episodes could easily have been disastrous.
Despite the spectrum of quality, none of the following episodes are boring. Even when the execution doesn’t land, the Scooby Gang’s adventures never fail to be entertaining...