The Harvest (2)

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (41)

  • Cordelia: So she comes running at me, screaming: "I'm gonna kill you!" I swear! She had this stick and attacked me with it! Boy: Who? Harmony: Buffy!

  • Giles: For as long as there have been vampires, there's been the Slayer. One girl in all the world, a Chosen One. Buffy: (to Willow and Xander) He loves doing this part.

  • Xander: Jesse, man. I'm sorry. Jesse: Sorry? I feel good, Xander! I feel strong! I'm connected, man, to everything! I can hear the worms in the earth! Xander: That's a plus.

  • Luke: (to Jesse) I thought you nothing more than a meal, boy. Congratulations, you've just been upgraded. To bait.

  • Willow: Buffy, I'm not anxious to go into a dark place full of monsters. But I do want to help. I need to. Giles: Well, then help me. I've been researching this Harvest affair. It seems to be some sort of preordained massacre. Rivers of blood, Hell on Earth, quite charmless. I'm a bit fuzzy, however, on the details. It may be that you can wrest some information from that dread machine. (Everyone stares at him) That was a bit, um, British, wasn't it? Buffy: (smiles) Welcome to the New World.

  • Xander: Okay, so, crosses, garlic, stake through the heart. Buffy: That'll get it done. Xander: Cool! Of course, I don't actually have any of those things. Buffy: Good thinking. Xander: Well, the part of my brain that would tell me to bring that stuff is still busy telling me not to come down here.

  • Xander: You've done some beheading in your time? Buffy: Oh, yeah. There was this time I was pinned down by this guy that played left tackle for varsity... Well, at least he used to before he was a vampire... Anyway, he had this really, really thick neck, and all I had was a little, little Exact-O knife... (Xander laughs nervously) You're not loving this story. Xander: No, actually, I find it oddly comforting.

  • Harmony: Are we going to the Bronze tonight? Cordelia: No, we're going to the other cool place in Sunnydale. (Harmony looks confused) Of course we're going to the Bronze. Friday night? No cover?

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Notes (13)

  • Despite the fact that no actual decapitation was shown, the scene of Buffy slaying a vampire with a cymbal was removed when the episode aired in Britain due to "graphic content".

  • Originally Julie Benz's character Darla was supposed to die in this episode when Willow attacks her with holy water. But Joss Whedon decided to keep her for the episode "Angel".

  • The scene of Buffy and Xander escaping from the vampires in the tunnel was shot using a camera on a skateboard.

  • Joss Whedon originally wrote the scene in which Buffy tricks Luke by telling him the sun will kill him for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. This was to have been the way that Buffy (Kristy Swanson) would kill Amilyn (Paul Reubens).

  • After editing, this episode ran too short, so they had to add a lot of scenes later on. One of these scenes was the one where Xander and Willow are talking in the hallway, just before Xander follows Buffy. Because it was recorded a lot later, Xander's hair was shorter and had to be combed down. The other scenes include the Master putting out a vampire's eye, Cordelia talking about senior guys in the Bronze, and the only Angel scene in this episode.

  • In Buffy's comic-book spin-off "Fray", it is shown how this dimension was before the pure demons left.

  • Featured Music: Right My Wrong by Sprung Monkey - As Buffy tries to leave school grounds Wearing Me Down by Dashboard Prophets - As Cordelia dances at the Bronze Ballad For Dead Friends by Dashboard Prophet - As the vampires approach the Bronze

  • The song playing in The Bronze as Darla and the vamps arrive is "Ballad for Dead Friends" by The Dashboard Prophets and can be heard on the second Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack, Radio Sunnydale.

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Trivia (10)

  • Goof: Luke feeds on several people on stage at the Bronze, then lets them fall lifeless to the floor. Yet after Buffy kills Luke, an overhead shot of the stage area shows no bodies lying on the floor.

  • Goofs: In the scene where Principal Flutie stops Buffy at the school gate watch Buffy's left arm. When the camera faces Buffy, her arm is bent with her hand on her hip. When the camera is behind Buffy, her arm is straight. Also, when Buffy says "Mr. Giles", her left hand is on her hip, but is suddenly held away from her body when seen from behind.

  • In this episode when the vampires underground are after Buffy and Xander, they move very slowly, like zombies. This is one of many things that apparently changed after the pilot. In every other episode vampires are far faster, and all seem to know at least some rudimentary fighting style. Joss Whedon himself mentions this inconsistency on the DVD commentary.

  • In this episode, we learn from Giles that demons came before man.

  • Nitpick: Mr. Flutie locks a gate in an attempt to keep Buffy on school grounds. But the entire school isn't fenced in, so anyone could still leave school grounds by going around the fence or leaving by the front of the school.

  • Goof: After Buffy drops from the rafters in The Bronze onto the pool table, she cartwheels to the floor, picking up a pool cue. As she grabs it, the pool cue visibly bends.

  • Nitpick: Cordelia says that she wants to go to The Bronze because there is no cover. But we see people giving the bouncer money at the front of the club.

  • In this episode, Darla is very complacent, almost deferential towards both The Master and Luke. This seems very unlike the Darla we get to know as the series progresses.

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Allusions (2)

  • The Master: My blood is your blood. My soul is your soul. Similar words are used in many religions, and the ritual enacted here bears a striking parallel to the Christian ritual of Communion.

  • Buffy: Don't go all wild bunch on me.
    The Wild Bunch is a 1969 Western directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Ernest Borgnine and William Holden. It was one of the first films to feature excessive violence as it is known today. Buffy warns her friends not to attack the vampires.