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Despite the fact that it was barely nominated for awards when it originally aired Buffy the Vampire Slayer has gone on to be one of the most celebrated fantasy and action televisions series of all time.
2/32 The fourth season episode "Hush" in which monsters steal people's voices so no one can scream when attacked was written as a challenge for Whedon. He felt that he was directing on autopilot and having to create a story visually challenged him to be specific with his choices. In the end the episode only has 17 minutes of spoken dialogue.
3/32 Joss Whedon wanted to increase paranoia by making the vampires look like normal humans until it's time to feed and they transform into monsters. He wanted them to very clearly look like monsters though to ensure a certain level of fantasy on the show. It took 1 hour and 20 minutes to apply the facial prosthetic and just as long to remove it after filming.
4/32 When the pilot was picked up showrunners knew they needed to start looking for a new Willow. Riff Regan who appeared in the pilot just wasn't working for them. In casting they specifically looked for someone who had a more natural look and were impressed by Alyson Hannigan who brought an unbelievable tenderness and vulnerability to the role.