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BUFFY-VERSE SERIES    (16) SONNETS #17-20 of 154 (21-24)
[INSPIRED-BY/CONCERNING:
BtVS EPISODE #1 (1.1)
"Welcome to the Hellmouth"

ONE-HAIKU (EPISODE) RECAP:
The one where Buffy
awakens in Sunnydale ...
(and her tale BEGINS)

 
[R.I.P. SEPT '02]

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Posted by: forensicpoetry - Mar 31, 2002, 2:30 PM

 
(BUFFY-VERSE SERIES) SONNETS #017-020 of 154
IN THE BEGINNING (RE BtVS #1:
"Welcome To the Hellmouth")

rhetorical verse in Shakespearean sonnet form
(a 4-sonnet sequence)

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{BVS_017_01.01} TO FULLY UNDERSTAND when Joss began

{BVS_017_01.02} to form the Buffyverse within your mind,

{BVS_017_01.03} we must go back before the first film can

{BVS_017_01.04} for "Welcome To The Hellmouth" filled. Rewind . . .

 
{BVS_017_01.05} . . . to when the Buffy character was cast.

{BVS_017_01.06} When Gellar read, she read for Cordy's role.

{BVS_017_01.07} And only when sweet Katie Holmes had passed

{BVS_017_01.08} (turned up her button nose at vamp patrol) . . .

 
{BVS_017_01.09} . . . did Sarah Gellar put on Buffy's shoes.

{BVS_017_01.10} (A snotty, little "bitcha's" Sarah's style --

{BVS_017_01.11} much better matched to Cruel Intentions' hues.

{BVS_017_01.12} She's much more fun to watch when she plays vile.)

 
{BVS_017_01.13} To sweeten her, Joss gave her baby talk.

{BVS_017_01.14} And taught her how to do the hero's walk.


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{BVS_018_02.01} "THE SOFTER SIDE OF" SARAH was designed

{BVS_018_02.02} by Joss to win our hearts. And it rang true

{BVS_018_02.03} enough for those who aren't completely blind

{BVS_018_02.04} to Sarah's vivid charms (more than a few).

 
{BVS_018_02.05} If this seems an attack on what we love,

{BVS_018_02.06} please note that I've watched ev'ry episode.

{BVS_018_02.07} If S.M.G. did not quite fit the glove

{BVS_018_02.08} of Joss's vision, that flaw prob'bly sowed . . .

 
{BVS_018_02.09} . . . the seeds of better balance of the show.

{BVS_018_02.10} Would I've loved Giles and Willow quite as much

{BVS_018_02.11} if Buffy'd stolen scenes like Dawson's Jo?

{BVS_018_02.12} Is B. too short and mean? Well, just a touch.

 
{BVS_018_02.13} That may be why the show worked out so well.

{BVS_018_02.14} (But if you see Ms. Gellar, please don't tell.){grin}


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{BVS_019_03.01} BUT THOSE ARE "LONG SHOT" COMMENTS, let's zoom in

{BVS_019_03.02} on how the story grows in that first show.

{BVS_019_03.03} Let's versify the TEASER scenes, wherein

{BVS_019_03.04} the tone is set for where we are to go.

 
{BVS_019_03.05} WE OPEN ON A HIGH SCHOOL -- LATE AT NIGHT.

{BVS_019_03.06} WE TRACK past Giles' lair to a SCIENCE LAB. . .

{BVS_019_03.07} WE "CRAWL" across the floor to |

OUR FIRST FRIGHT:

{BVS_019_03.08} A "THING" outside the window |

MAKES A STAB . . .

 
{BVS_019_03.09} ... and BREAKS THE GLASS!|

BUT IT'S just GIRL and BOY.

{BVS_019_03.10} TWO TEENS. THE BOY SAYS come, let's go inside.

{BVS_019_03.11} The boy is confident. Is this some ploy?

{BVS_019_03.12} For her -- it seems -- this is a spooky ride.

 
{BVS_019_03.13} SHE HEARS A NOISE. She's scared -- or so it seemed.

{BVS_019_03.14} He says they're all alone . . .|

THEN VAMP TEETH GLEAMED.


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{BVS_020_04.01} THE BIG SURPRISE, of course, was |

it's THE GIRL

{BVS_020_04.02} who was the vampire. HE who was the prey.

{BVS_020_04.03} And with this scene, Joss did his flag unfurl.

{BVS_020_04.04} With this, the Buffyverse went on display.

 
{BVS_020_04.05} To tell the episode in all details

{BVS_020_04.06} would take more verses than I mean to write.

{BVS_020_04.07} The characters we meet as they raise sails

{BVS_020_04.08} on Whedon's sea... For us, love at first sight.

 
{BVS_020_04.09} Relationships begin. And vampire dust

{BVS_020_04.10} begins to clog the sew'rs of Sunnydale.

{BVS_020_04.11} Trajectories of story gain their thrust

{BVS_020_04.12} and set our orbit. Joss has made the sale.

 
{BVS_020_04.13} I now shut up to let more voices fly

{BVS_020_04.14} about ep number one. Please testify. {

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