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Season One Overview

As the core group begin to set up the 'New Council' they find themselves faced with thwarting the efforts of surviving 'Old Guard' members determined to take control. They meet a watcher named Rowena Allister who becomes one of their greatest allies and joins their team. During their struggles to build the new council they find themselves facing off against an unstoppable foe, The Presidium.

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Season Four Season Five Restoration


Season One Recap

The first episode, Something Ventured, Something Gained opens with the gang buying a two-building complex from a real estate agent named Bonnie. Willow also finds out she was destined to be a Watcher through a spell. In Lake Eerie boaters go missing on Lake Erie and the gang springs into action when they learn of a lake demon but not before Faith's felonious past returns to haunt her. Willow, however, uses her hacker skills and a little magic to clear Faith’s record. In our third episode, Foreign Presence, Rowena Allister arrives claiming to be a Watcher from the Old Guard with a book called the ‘Opus’. In Untimely Arrivals, James Tyrell and the rest of the Old Guard arrive in Cleveland to wreck havoc with the New Watchers Council. In Broken Allies, Tyrell and his son Jordon, a former lover of Rowena, make a final power play that threatens to split the New Council apart. Rowena is faced with a choice of who should receive the book and gives it to Giles. Giles asks her to stay on staff. On the Wiccan holiday, Samhain, Willow contacts Anya who says she has a urgent message about Xander growing more despondent as Giles and Co. battle a demon set on creating a zombie army. A young slayer, Marsha, stands out from the crowd and Willow is named as her new watcher.

In Love and War, Dawn visits the council sans Buffy just in time to run into Ethan Rayne who's working for an organization called...well...The Organization. During her stay, Dawn bonds with a young witch in Willow’s class named Jeff. In Another Year Old, Xander returns to the Watchers Council for Willow's birthday. She finds a ritual to restore his eye however it involves creating sexual energy much to Kennedy's dismay. In Love Hurts, as Kennedy and Willow grapple with the fallout from Xander's successful spell, Andrew concocts some company in the form of a demon that only has eyes for him. But an agent of the big bad, the Presidium, kills her and takes away Willow’s powers in the process. In Dark Force Rising, Tara appears to Kennedy in a dream to help aid in the return of Willow's magical powers. The advice leads Giles to a book and a shopkeeper, Becca Montague, whom he begins dating. Anya's demonic 'Santa' and his helpers return to Cleveland in Blue Christmas, and while Giles and Becca's relationship blooms, Willow and Kennedy's comes to an end.

In Modus Operandi, the Watchers realize there's a killer in town who actually might be very old instead of someone new – a demonic Jack the Ripper. In Rash Decisions, Kennedy takes a walk on the wild side with a vampire that leads to unexpected consequences while the Watcher's Council battles Sister Sin. As a blizzard strikes Cleveland, in Family Ties, the council is besieged with family and friends seeking shelter from the storm, including Willow’s parents and Brell's brother and family who've had a close encounter with the Presidium. In About Last Night, Willow comes 'out' to her parents as a Watcher and their supernatural dealings while grappling with the after effects of a one-night stand with Kennedy. In Restoration, the story jumps to the year 2130, with the descendant of Willow Rosenberg, a Colonel in the militaristic Watchers Council, reuniting with the reincarnation of Tara Maclay, a Slayer. Together they try to stop an army of demons created by the Council itself with the help of the only surviving Summers family member, a woman named Aurora. In Scarecrow, the suit of a long gone Watcher/Magic abuser comes back to haunt Giles and as he, Willow and Rowena go to an Ohio farm to investigate they find themselves battling not only mystical enemies but mother nature. During the outing Willow realizes she’s starting to have strong feels for Rowena but says nothing.

In Gangland, while coming home from adult education class Faith comes upon a group of 'lost girls' who have Slayer strength and banded together. She tries to convince them to join the council. In Lessons Learned, as Kennedy grapples with the decision to stay or leave the council, Faith and the Watchers try to instill the newfound rebels to their cause, including one young woman named Mia who takes a liking to Kennedy. In High Art, as Giles celebrates his 50th birthday he's faced with the death of a new Watcher recruit and a painting he acquires at an auction with Becca turns out to be more than just a pretty picture but showing a window inside himself. While Giles and Becca consummate their relationship Amy returns to put a hex on Willow, Faith and Xander making them reverse in age in Child’s Play. As the Watchers and Slayer prepare for Beltaine, in the episode May Day, Bonnie and the Presidium cast a spell on various religion groups to attack the council. In Another Day, Faith is kidnapped and placed as bait inside a cave. Buffy and Kennedy rescue her but not without Rona being killed. In the Season One finale, Another Apocalypse, the gang works together to take on the Presidium each using their skills to foil the plans of the Engineer. (CLICK HERE to Read the Season 1 Episodes)


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