Jeff writes up the show promos for Buffy, Angel, and Firefly; he also does the Previouslys. Love him muchly, for he sees what we don't and reports it back to us.
OK, here is the introduction to
The entire introduction is narrated by Book (Ron Glass)
After the Earth was used up, we found a new solar system and hundreds of new Earths were terraformed and colonized.
We open on the
flying past the camera as it swoops around an Earth-like planet. Two moons are visible in the ditance.
The next shot is of the
hovering over the ground in some desert-ish location.
The third shlaot is of a standard western mining town, where the people are milling around on the dusty street and in front of the stores. A couple of soldiers/policemen are seen patrolling in the foreground, as gas flames are shown off in the distance.
The central planets formed the Alliance, and decided all the planets had to join under their rule.
Cut to a shot of a bunch of uniformed people walking in a vast computer center. This looks to be the "Central Command" center.
Cut to another shot showing a large, dark object in space. It lookl like 2 triangular towers, with a third, smaller tower in front. This might be the command center from a space view.
There was some disagreement on that point.
Cut to a closer shot of people milling around, as 2 soldiers/policemen look on.
Cut to a shot of a battle, where we see multiple explosions.
Cut to another shot of battle, where we see a squad of soldiers shooting it out as they make their way across a battle-scarred terrain.
A third shot of the battle shows a plane/spaceship swooping down and strafing the battlefield.
Expand out to a wider scene of the battle, where we can see multiple space ships hovering over the cneter of actions and beams and flashes of light coming down from said ships.
After the war, many of the Independents who had fought and lost, drifted to the edges of the system, far from Alliance control.
Cut to a close up of Mal, at the battlefield, looking on in horror.
Cut to another shot of the battlefield, where we see Zoe looking on in horror at the carnage.
Cut to a shot of the
blasting out into space, the Firefly engines in full force and a serious gaseous wake in its trail.
Cut to a shot of Mal in a spacesuit during a spacewalk, with what he is looking at reflected in his visor (the Dave Bowman shot).
Out here, people struggled to get by with the most basic technologies.
Cut to a shot of a standard Western town, where the people are milling about on the dirt roads, looking at the stranger walking down the street.
Cut to a shot of two horses pulling a wagon through a river.
A ship would bring you work.
We see a shot of the
dropping down to a spaceport.
A gun would help you keep it.
Cut to a low-angled shot looking up at Mal holding a gun on the viewer.
A captain's goal was simple:
Cut to a shot of Mal in the cockpit of the ship, looking pensive.
find a crew,
We see a shot of Wash and Zoe in the cockpit. Zoe is standing next to a seated Wash as they hold hands.
Cut to a close-up of Jayne on board the ship.
find a job,
Cut to a shot of Kaylee, smiling. (Transcriber's note: I love the smile).
Fade out on a shot of the
flying off into space (only using the two outside engines).
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Here is the promo for the next episode of
Next Friday, on an all-new
We open on a shot of Wash in the cockpit of the ship, looking out through the windows. Something drops on top of the windows.
Cut back to a shot of the entire cockpit, as we see Wash, Book, and Jayne (seated), with Zoe, Kaylee, and Mal standing behind them, looking towards the front windows.
Cut to a close up of Mal (sweating up a storm), with Kaylee standing next to him in the cockpit. Mal asks Wash a question.
Cut to a close up of Wash answering back.
"Been hailing her."
Cut to a shot from space that shows the
close to or docked with another, bigger ship.
Cut back to a shot of the cabin, where we see Mal, Kaylee, and Zoe look on.
"We'll check it out."
Cut to a close up of Zoe and Kaylee reacting.
"Could be surviors."
Cut to a shot where we see the cargo bay doors open up, and we see a couple of figures in space suits walk towards the camera.
Cut to a shot of a space suited person walking through an abandoned ship, usig a flashlight for that
Mal (in suit):
"Whatever happened here happened quick."
Cut to a shot of River standing in a doorway as the doors slide open and her hair blows backwards.
Cut to a shot of Summer's bare foot landing on the surface of the ship floor.
We see a space-suited figure investigate more of the ship.
Zoe (in suit):
"No sign of struggle."
Cut to a quick shot of the Doctor leaping from a seated position in his cabin or sick bay.
Cut back to a shot of Zoe in a space suit.
Zoe (in suit):
Cut over to Mal, standing next to Zoe.
Mal (in suit):
Cut to a shot of a darkened cargo bay lit from above.
We see a shot of bare feet (presumably River's) walking on the said cargo bay floor.
Cut to a shot of the doctor, wearing a space suit but no helmet, looking around a dark place.
"Why would anybody abandon their ship in the middle of nowhere like this?"
Cut to a long shot of Summer walking through the cargo bay and looking up at the light.
The camera swings around to a figure holding a flashlight.
Cut to Zoe and Mal, sans spacesuits, talking in a corridor.
"Sir, you think those who escaped..."
We see a very quick flash of (I think) Mal trying to restrain Wash. The scene seems to be in the cockpit.
A quick cut to tow space suit figures beaming their flashlights into the darkness.
We see a quick cut of the Doctor in the suit sans helmet as lights flash all around him.
Cut to more flashlights, then zoom into a male figure lying on a sick bay bed.
We see a shot of three space-suited figures exiting the cargo bay doors.
Cut to a shot of Mal holding a flashilight and peering straight up into the ceiling of the darkened room. A female figure (probably Zoe) is in the foregroung, looking up as well.
"I know what did this."
We see a close up of the flashlight-illuminated ceiling.
Cut to a shot of Zoe looking on in concern.
Cut to a very quick shot of a male figure (probably the one in the sick bed in the other scene), trying to avoid the glare of a flashlight as he is huddled in a corner.
Cut to a shot of the sick bay, from down low, looking up at the sick bay bed. There is a figure on the table, and tow masked figures are working on the person on the bed.
Cut to a shot of Jayne (sans helmet, at least), examining something in front of him closely, using a flashlight for illumination.
Mal (over comm-link):
Suddenly, the lights in the ship come on, and we see the male figure seen in earlier shots standing behind Jayne.
Mal (over comm-link):
"Jayne, do you read me?"
The guy rushes him.
Mal (over comm-link):
As Jayne turns to face his attacker, a bowl on a table falls over and crashes to the ground. Fade to Black.
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Here's the promo for next week's episode of
Next Tuesday, it's an all-new
Buffy the Guidance Counselor...
We open on a daylight shot of Buffy, Dawn, and Xander in Xander's car.
"A spankin' new Hellmouth High."
Flash cut to Buffy, in the principal's office, as she peers out through the window blinds. She turns to the principal, smiling.
"Can I give detention?"
Cut to Principal Wood, who reacts with a raised eyebrow (cue goofy sound effect).
You know, kids drop in...
Flash cut to a night shot, where we see a group of people (Dawn and her friends? Xander, Buffy, and Dawn? Who knows?) flying through the air over a chain-link fence, then land in a garbage bin.
...talk about whatever comes up.
Cut to Dawn (I think), standing in a standard Sunnydale alley at night, as something explodes out of the ground behind her.
Cut to a close up of the thing coming up from the ground. It looks like a relative of the Hellmouth spawn, being basically a worm with a square opening and teet at each of the four sides of the opening. As it opens its mouth wide, it resembles Audrey a bit.
Cut to a shot of a woman screaming.
Flash cut (intercut with glowing celtic cross symbols) to Dawn in the back seat of Xander's car, during the day, talking to those up front.
"See, this is why I don't want you talking to my friends."
Cut to a reaction shot of Buffy, then back to Dawn.
Cut to a shot of somone walking their little dog down a Sunnydale sidewalk at night. We see the ground rise up in a path behind them, similar to when Bugs Bunny goes traveling.
Cut to a close up of the dog-walker, and we see that it's the woman we saw screaming earlier. The dog leash has been yanked and she looks as if she is being pulled by the leash.
Reverse to a shot behind the woman, as we see now that nothing is on the leash (insert burping noise here)
Cut to Spike twirling a pole as he walks down an alleyway and talks towards the camera while walking away. He is twirling the pole similar to how he twirled the pool cue in "Fool For Love".
"Bring the wife and kiddies. Come and see the show."
Next Tuesday, at 8, 7 central, on UPN.
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Here's the previously on breakdown of the first episode of the new
Buffy the Vampire Slayer...
We open with scenes from "Seeing Red":
Warren walks up to Buffy's back yard and starts shooting.
Xander ducks as Buffy gets hit.
Warren runs off, as he shoots wildly
Tara takes a hit, collapses in front of Willow.
"Tara? Oh god!"
Close up on Willow as her eyes go straight through black to red.
Cut to the ending of "Villains", as Willow has Warren tied to the tree:
Dark!Willow flays Warren alive.
Cut to scenes from "Grave"
Anya pops in on Buffy and Dawn as they try to find a way out of the grave:
"Things just got worse."
"End of the world worse. Willow's going to destroy it."
Cut to Dark!Willow trying to destroy the world by channeling energy into the effigy.
Quick cut to Willow crying into Xander's arms.
"I love you."
Cut back to Buffy and Dawn, talking in the grave.
"Things have really sucked lately. That's all going to change...and I want to be there when it does."
Cut to Spike, in the cave in Africa.
"Make me what I was."
Glowy eyed demon:
"We will return...YOUR SOUL!"
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Here is the breakdown of the promo for the next
"Our Mrs. Reynolds":
Open with a shot of
blasting into space.
Cut to a shot of Mal walking around a large cargo bin in the hold.
Pan the camera through the hold until it settle on a very pretty red-headed girl (RHG).
"Who the hell are you?"
Flash cut, then open on RHG lying on a bed in a cabin, presumably naked and covered with a sheet.
A spaceship stowaway will heat things up...
Cut to a shot of Mal, looking on (presumably at the RHG).
Pan out to a wide shot, where we see that Mal and the RHG are, in fact, in Mal's cabin. Mal is standing at his doorway, while the RHG sits up in the bed, modestly covering herself with the sheet. She pats the space on the bed beside her.
"I made the bed warm for you."
Cut to a shot from behind the bed, towards Mal, then cut to a close up of him.
"It looks, uh, warm."
Cut to a shot of the ship flying through space.
...and turns the crew upside down....
Cut to a high shot down into the cargo bay. We see most of the crew standing and looking at the RHG, as she is standing in front of a large cargo bin. The RHG is opposite the camera placement. Mal is directly opposite her, standing a few feet away. Zoe is coming up on our left. Jayne towers over the RHG, standing to her left right next to her. Simon is behind and to the back of them, having just come down the stairs. Kaylee is standing almost directly opposite of Zoe, while I think Wash luks back way off to our right.
Cut to a close up of Simon, as he looks at the girl, then turns towards the camera.
Cut over to Mal, looking on.
"I don't know this girl!"
Cut to Jayne, delicately (for him) feeling the material of the girl's grament.
"Can I know her?"
Flash cut, then cut to a close up of the RHG talking to Inara.
"I was curious about you, ever since I saw you."
Reverse angle from behind RHG towards Inara to get a reaction shot.
Cut bakc to an extreme close-up of the RHG.
Flash cut, then we see Inara in a darkened cabin, talking to others.
"She tried to seduce me too."
Reverse to a shot of the rest of the darkened cabin, where we see Mal, Simon, and Jayne (I think) reacting to Inara's statement.
Cut to a shot of Book, in a lighted cabin, talking to somebody off-screen.
"Well, isn't that....special."
Flash cut, then cut back to the scene in Mal's cabin, only this time the RHG has walked up close to Mal, as if to kiss him. Oh, and she is naked.
It's a wild, all-new
Cut to a shot of Jayne cocking what looks like a large, autmatic weapon as he stands in the cargo hold. (No way I cannot make that sound porny).
Cut to Inara, wearing something different than in the other scenes, standing on deck and then passing out cold.
Cut to a shot of the RHG talking to Wash in a different part of the ship.
"Make this night what it should be."
Reverse to see a close up of the RHG, very close to Wash, as she looks up at him.
Reverse back to Wash, who has backed awasy from the RHG. His eyes are almost bugging out.
"Did it get very hot in here?"
Flash cut, the we see a quick shot of Book peering into a darkened corridor.
"...with a twist you will never expect."
Cut to a shot of the RHG running across the screen. She appears to be on the second tier of the cargo bay.
Cut to a shot of some place on the ship with lots of display scopes and such, as the set explodes around Mal and Wash, I believe.
Cut to a reactio shot of Kaylee, as she appears to be startled by something and brings her hand up to her wide-open mouth.
blasting into space.
Next Friday on Fox.
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Here is the promo breakdown for the next
"Same Time, Same Place":
Next Tuesday, on an all-new
Buffy the Vampire Slayer...
We open on a night shot of Buffy, Xander, and somebody I can't identify running through the woods. Xander is carrying a sword.
Cut to a shot of Willow entering the back door of the Casa de Summers at night, looking around for anybody.
Cut to a graphic WILLOW'S HOME!
Cut to a shot in someone's living room. In the center of the shot, seated and looking as though she is casting a spell, is someone who resembles, but I can't say for certain, Anya. She is wearing a blue sweater. Back behind her and to her left is Willow, brooding. She is wearing a tan sweater over a white blouse. In the foreground of the shot, seated below "Anya", is another girl with lighter hair than the others. It could be Buffy, it could be Dawn, it could be somebody else.
Cut to a reaction shot, where we see Willow (now seated on achair closer to "Anya") gets up and reacts to...
Cut to a shot where we see (presumably) Willow's feet stomping out a fire that has just arisen on a spell mat or something on the floor.
...just in time to party with the Hannibal Lecter of the demon world.
We see a night shot of a taloned claw making a clasping motion.
Flash cut to a daytime shot of the Summers' house, where Dawn and Buffy are seated at a table, and Xander is standing next to them. Dawn is reading from the laptop on the table.
Close up of Dawn explaining what's she's discovered.
"He eats them."
A graphic EWW... flashes on the screen.
Cut to a different angle on Dawn, explaining further.
"Cuts strips of their skin while they're still alive."
Cut over to Buffy, looking disgusted at the news.
Cut to a shot of the demon in question, eating a fresh strip of flesh. This is the demon that can be seen in one of the new shots for the credits.
A graphic flashes on the screen:
Cut to a night shot of Buffy, in a cave or something, as she tries to get rid of something slimy from her hands as she makes a disgusted face.
A tasteful new
Cut to a close up of Spike, talking to someone off camera. The shot is at night and appears to be in front of a crypt.
"I mean who doesn't like skin."
Next Tuesday at 8, 7 Central, on EwwPN. (Transcriber's note: I'm not kidding, that's what the Narrator said!)
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Here is the promo for the next
(I believe written by Ben Edlund):
Two weeks from tonight...
We open on a shot of a statue, apparently of Jayne, in the middle of a clearing.
The camera pans down to the gang, looking up at the statue. Present are Kaylee, Mal, Zoe, Wash, and of course, Jayne. All are dressed normally, except Jayne is wearing the goggles and hat that he wored during the train heist.
"You wanna tell me how come there's a statue of you here, lookin' at me like I owe him somethin'?"
Cut to a close up of Mal, followed by a close up of Jayne, lowering his head, followed by a close up of the statue.
...a secret from Jayne's past makes him a local folk hero.
We see a scene where Jayne, no longer wearing the coat, hat and goggles, scans an open area that is strewn with debris.
Cut to a shot of the
doing a barrel roll and screaming into the atmosphere of a planet.
Cut to an interior shot of Jayne (in gear) as he stands up.
Reverse to a shot of a gathering of people applauding Jayne.
Cut to a close up of an older man, seated on a stage and playing a guitar while singing a song about "a hero"
Cut to a shot of a crowd surrounding Jayne as they celebrate. One partier raises his cup:
The crowd around them raises there cups in a toast:
Jayne reacts to this acclaimation:
and he downs his drink.
Cut to a close up of a seated Wash, talking to everyone around him.
"We gotta go to a crappy town where I"m a hero."
But not everyone thinks he's the toast of the town.
Back to a daytime shot, as we see the people gathered in front of the statue and looking at Jayne. A gunshot rings out, and the crowd parts.
Cut to Jayne, standing in front of the statue, reacting to the gunshot.
Cut to a close up of the man wielding the gun. He has a long, dark beard, and the right side of his face is scarred extensively.
"Well hey there Jayne, you inbred dunghead."
Cut to a reaction shot of Jayne. Note that behind him at the edge of the clearing there appear to be four militia types standing around and holding guns as they look on.
"YOu here to talk me to death buddy, is that the plan?"
Cut back to the Bearded One, as he raises his shotgun and pumps it, leveling it towards Jayne.
"This is the plan."
The scene fades out as we hear a gunshot.
in two weeks.
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Here is the promo break down for next weeks
In 250 years, he has loved many women with an empty heart.
We open on a shot Angel sitting on the steps of the hotel lobby, well-nourished and broody. He is wearing a black, long-sleeve sweater in this interior night shot.
Fade out, then fade in on Angel kissing Cordelia passionately. I think this is from the hallucination that we saw in "Deep Down".
Fade out, then fade in on Angel staring pensively out towards the sea.
A graphic NEXT SUNDAY flashes on the screen.
Cut to a shot of the vixen-of-the-week, strolling through a restaraunt? In the background, old men seated at tables can be seen staring at her, as she pulls up her long-sleeved black glove. She is barley wearing a red leather top and hot pants?
"Only the dead can enter her presence."
Flash cut to a close up of her bare belly as hse walks.
Cut to a close up of her face.
Cut back to her walking though the room. A smirk appears on her face.
...A seduction so intense will arouse the impossible.
Cut to a shot of Angel power kickin some guy in a suit. This is in the lobby of some apartment/hotel/office complex, apparently.
Cut to a shot of Angel karate-chopping a different suited guy in the back, then tossing him around. This looks to be in an office.
Cut to a shot of the VOW throwing a punch, in the same office area. The shot is cut to make it appear that she is fighting Angel, but that might not be the case.
Cut to a shot of Angel reacting to the girl.
Reverse to a shot from behind Angel, as the girl holds a hand out to him.
Cut to s ahot of Angel and the girl playing tonsil hockey.
Fade to black, then cut to a shot of Angel leaning back against a wall. He is seated on the floor and has an amazed look on his face.
Reverse to a shot of the gril, staring at Angel.
"It was beating."
Cut back to Amazed!Angel.
Fade to black, then cue the
next week on the WB's Big Sunday.
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Here is the previously on break down of the
premiere episode, "Deep Down":
We open on a shot of Angel, in the lobby of the Hyperion, looking shocked. This is from "Offspring"
Cut to a shot of Darla feeding off of and turning Liam into Angel, from "Darla".
"We did so many terrible things together."
Cut to Angelus and Darla feeding off of Holtz' wife.
"Did you and Darla?"
Cut to a shot from "Reprise" whare Angel throws Darla to his bed.
"Once. It was a very dark time."
Cut to the shot from the end of "Hearthtrob" where we see a very pregnant Darla walking away from the bar counter.
Cut bakc to "Offspring", where we see Angel trying to explain Darla's condition to Cordelia.
"This is impossible. Vampires can't have children."
Cut to a reaction shot of Darla.
Cut to the scene in "Quickening", where the gang surround Darla as Wesley give her a sonogram.
Cut to a shot of the sonogram monitor as Wesley points to it.
""You're carrying a boy."
Cut to Angel's happy reaction.
"I'm gonna have a son."
Cut to a scene from "Lullaby", as Angel holds up Darla as they walk out of the Host's blown-up club into the rain.
"Our baby's going to die."
Cut to a close up of Angel holding Darla's hand and kissing it.
Cut to Darla lying in the alley, looking up at Angel.
"This child, it's the one good thing we ever did together."
We then see the shot of Darla staking herself.
We see Angel grasping at the dust that was Darla's hand.
Cut to a shot of Connor lying in the rain in the alleyway.
Cut to a short scene from "Loyalty". We see Angel and Wesley in the waiting area of the doctor's office as Angel holds Connor in his arms.
"I'm Mr. Dad1"
Cut back to a scene from "Lullaby", as we see Holtz striding through the burning wreckage of the Host's club as he brings his crossbow up to bear.
"Daniel Holtz: Angel massacred his family and he spent the rest of his life seeking revenge."
We cut to a scene from "Provider", where Holtz is "interviewing" Justine with an ice pick.
"I want you to go out and find others like you. People who've suffered as we have."
Cut to a shot of Justing fighting a vampire in a cemetary.
Cut to the end shot of "Couplet" as we see THE FATHER WILL KILL THE SON that Wesley has translated.
Cut to Wesley, sitting at his desk, working on the translation.
"Wes thought Angel-"
"- was going to kill Connor."
Cut to Wesley opening his car door as he holds Connor.
"He's taking the baby away, for good."
Cut to Justine slashing Wesley's throat from behind, from "Sleep Tight".
Cut to Justing running off with the baby.
Cut to Holtz holding Connor and negotiating for his taking the child.
" will take good care of him as my own son."
Cut to Holtz carrying the baby with him into Quartoth.
Flash forward to "Forgiving", as we see Wesley recuperating in his hospital bed while Angel tries to smother him.
"Son of a bitch! I'll never forgive you. Never!"
Cut to Fred talking to Wesley in the hospital, from "Double or Nothing"
"You should have trusted us. Don't come back to the hotel, ever."
Cut to Lilah talking to Wesely, from "A New World".
Cut to a reverse, where we see Wesley talking to Lilah.
"Are you going to offer me a job? Not interested."
Cut to a shot of Lilah and Wesley in bed, from "Tomorrow".
"Don't pretend that you're too good for us."
Cut to Fred and Gunn kissing, after taking out the vampires in "Loyalty".
"What is it about you that makes me melt?"
We see Gunn and Fred talking in the front of his truck, from "Couplet"
"Maybe it's that I love you."
Cut to the end of "The Price", where we see Connor fall out from the tear in reality that led to Quartoth.
Cut to the close-up of Connor, all grown up and pointing a weapon at Angel.
Cut to a reaction of Angel as he realizes who just showed up.
Cut to the end of "Benediction", where an aged Holtz has Justine kill him with an ice pick.
"Don't make me do it."
"One more, Justine."
Cut to Connor cradling dead Holtz in his hands as he crys.
Cut to scenes from "Tomorrow", as we see Cordelia call Angel from her home.
"I sort of need to talk to you."
We now see Cordelia careening through highway traffic, as her Jeep pulls to the side of the road.
"I'm late. I'm late!"
Cut to the scene out at the beach/cliffs, where we see Connor walk up to the Angelmobile.
Cut to Angel, reacting to Connor's presence.
"Connor, what are you doing here."
We see Connor leap on to Angel and take him over the cliffs.
Cut to Skip explaining to Cordelia why time has apparently stopped around her on the freeway.
"What you are being called to do transcends love. .... You become a higher being."
Cut to a reaction shot of Cordelia.
Cut to Connor looking down on Angel as he is strapped into the box.
"You murdered my father."
Cut to Angel, lying in the box and looking up.
"I didn't. And she knows it!"
Cut to a close up of Justine as the boat sails out onto the water.
Cut to the top of the box/coffin being bolted into place, as we see Angel through the screen.
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Cut to Connor and Justine pushing the box into the ocean.
"Never forget that I'm your father and that I love you."
Cut to a reaction shot of Connor as the coffin dives into the water.
Cut to a shot of a glowy Cordelia ascending to who knows where.
"I know somehow, it's all going to be all right."
Cut to an underwater shot of Angel's box sinking to the ocean floor.
"You don't get to die. You get to live, forever."
Cut to Angel's face visible through the mesh window of the box as it sinks into the water.
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