Uni stuff nearly done for the week, so I'm having a little break and typing up the required quirky facts for The Einstein Factor. I've got 4 out of 5 so far. Thanks for all the ideas and thoughts. Now here they are for you to pick over, and tell me that I've gotten the facts wrong (or my research sources did). Who better to check out Buffy details ...
Two episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer were delayed from airing (ETA - thanks talesofspike) IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in the wake of the
massacre. Both episodes involved violence or shootings occurring on the campus of Sunnydale High. Episode 3:18 "Earshot" was about a student planning to kill himself on the school campus, although early in the episode the impression is given that a mass murder was planned involving an assault rifle. It was scheduled to air a week after the Columbine shooting and was delayed until the next season. The season finale, episode “Graduation Day Part II” involved the graduating class battling vampires and blowing up the high school to defeat an ancient demon. This one I'm a bit uncertain on, as I've cadged info from several sources. Columbine High school
Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is a third generation television writer. His grandfather John was a successful writer of 1950/60s sitcoms such as The Donna Reed Show and Leave It To Beaver. During the 1960s and 1970s Joss’ father Tom wrote for shows such as The Golden Girls, Alice and Benson. Joss has also written scripts for movies such as Alien Resurrection and Toy Story, as well as the comic series Fray and Astonishing X-Men.
In Buffy the Vampire Slayer the characters of Spike and Wesley are both English. Many viewers were surprised to learn that the actors who played the roles, James Marsters and Alexis Denisof, are in fact American. James Marsters has recently been listed in an article in the British newspaper The Guardian as having the third best character accent for Spike, behind Alessandro Nivola in
and Tim Roth in Reservoir Dogs. Mansfield Park
Australian singer Angie Hart from the now defunct band Frente (who had a big hit with Accidentally Kelly Street in 1992) co-wrote the song Blue with Joss Whedon. She can be heard singing this song in the episode "Conversations with Dead People" in Season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She also appeared in two earlier episodes singing a selection of her songs.
On a side note I'm totally loving Lost (1:20 "Do No Harm" was excellent) and Veronica Mars, thank the powers-that-be for the internet and broadband.