Welcome, FTV! (First Time Visitor) We have no idea when you're joining us--we could be at episode two or twenty
by the time you read this, so let us give you a quick insight into how the site is
structured so you can maximize your Lunatic Experience!
Obviously, we're doing a Buffy VS8. But think of this as the DVD
edition, not the TV version--there are plenty of extra features and
we've tried to make them meaningful (ok, so that's not always like a DVD
So while the first episode starts after "Chosen," from October
2003 (following the Buffy TV tradition of starting a season in the fall
and only vaguely referencing summer events), we cover much of the
backstory and events of the summer in our extra sections.
And our extras often provide epilogues or teasers for the episodes they
If you're completely new to the site and the season, may we suggest the
following viewing order for the extras/episodes, just to get you in the
rhythm of things? Going in this order will minimize spoilers
and confusion, although not completely of course!
First, PLEASE take a look at our group
introduction and obligatory full
disclaimer. Really, we do need you to cover that first
thing--the group intro gives info
that need to know (like our season focus, philosophy, ratings, warnings
(and lack thereof) etc., which may tell you if this season is for you or
not) while the disclaimer attempts to cover all
our asses while happily mocking corporate America. Hmmm...probably
not the smartest move, but we're Lunatics
with a reputation.
After you've done that,
go sign up for the distribution/discussion list, just in
case we decide to add more later.
Now, you're finally ready to tackle the season. Go, download
the credits now, so you can get fully in the mood. Ready?
Start with Dawn's
Diary. Read up to the last September entry (and no
largely covers the backstory and believe us, you'll never look at that
little ball of green energy the same way again!
Then go ahead, you've been patient. Do Episode
One. Then go back and read the first four (and only four!) newspaper
entries. Take a look at Anya's
Go then to Episode Two. Although actually, we bet you already did
that, given Episode One... Anyway, do Episode Two. There are a
few diary entries paired to that, and then you can do Episode
Now, you're free to really start looking around. Catch up on some
more diary entries. Check out the cast
pages and the town
pages. Get some cool
graphics (some of which are spoilerish in nature). Start working your way through the Council
started after episode 4 at least), check out the author/site
links and study the Reference
Links. And continue into the rest of the episodes--and we
think you'll figure out quickly enough what eps work with what extras.
We strongly recommend you read Ethan's
Journal ONLY after you've read all the way through to episode
12...it's much more fun reading it in retrospect and if you read it first,
it's going to spoil you!
Anyway, that will get you started. There
is a lot to catch up on. We air a new ep every other Tuesday (we
hope!), and updates to various extras are released as appropriate between episodes. And
new extra sections are in the works as well.
All episodes are sent first through the yahell distribution list and then
updated on site. Extras are not distributed through the list. Updates
are announced on-site only, unless they are really special or new.
If you have questions, drop us a line on the boards. Welcome to VLC!