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Encyclopedia > Doppelgängland (Buffy episode)

"Doppelgängland" is an episode of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer centered on the character of Willow Rosenberg. A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a U.S. television series loosely based on the 1992 movie of the same name. ... Willow Rosenberg is a fictional character in the popular television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer played by Alyson Hannigan. ...

Contents

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a U.S. television series loosely based on the 1992 movie of the same name. ... The Whedonverse is a name for the fictional universe which includes most of the collected works of Joss Whedon, including: Buffy: the Vampire Slayer Angel: the Series Fray Tales of the Vampires and other comics The Whedonverse is also known as the Buffyverse or the Slayerverse. ... Angel was the highly successful spin-off from the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Fray is an eight-issue miniseries of comic books from Dark Horse Comics, written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and drawn by Karl Moline (pencils) and Andy Owens (inks). ...

Plot Outline

Episode 16 of season 3 picks up the theme of an alternate reality from episode 9 "The Wish" where Slayer Buffy Summers had never arrived in Sunnydale and vampires ruled the city. In Doppelgängland Anya's attempt to regain her powers with Willow's help goes awry and the spell instead summons evil vampire Willow to the show's main reality moments before she is staked in the alternate reality (poignantly, by Good Willow's then-boyfriend Oz). The Wish is an episode of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer that shows us a different version of Sunnydale. ... Buffy Anne Summers Buffy Anne Summers is the title character in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the television show of the same name. ... Sunnydale, California is the fictional suburban setting for the popular television drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Anya Christina Emmanuelle Jenkins (also known as Anyanka, also known as Anya Emerson, also known as Aud) is a fictional character in the television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Emma Caulfield. ... Daniel Osbourne, referred to exclusively as Oz, is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Seth Green. ...


Importance

Though Willow is still going steady with Oz in this episode, her later lesbian preference is first introduced here when vampire Willow shows a sexual interest in her human alternate self. The key scene is an exchange between Willow, Buffy, and Angel when they study the unconscious vampire Willow (quoted from the DVD edition): A lesbian (lowercase L) is a homosexual woman. ... Angel Angel is a fictional character on the television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel played by David Boreanaz. ... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for storing data, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...

Willow (referring to her vampire self): "I think I'm kind of gay"
Buffy: "Willow, just remember a vampire's personality has nothing to do with the person he was."
Angel: "Well, actually..."
(Willow and Buffy glare)
Angel: "...it's a good point."

The first quote are the exact words that Willow will use in episode 8, season 6 "Tabula Rasa" when she realizes she is gay after being hit by her own amnesia spell. Willow's first girlfriend Tara Maclay is not introduced until season 4, episode 10 "Hush". Tabula Rasa is an episode of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer that explores the characters true personalities. ... Amnesia is a condition in which memory is disturbed. ... Tara Maclay is a fictional character in the television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Amber Benson. ... Hush is an episode of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer centered on the characters decreasing ability to communicate with each other and, notably, the nascent relationship between Buffy Summers and Riley Finn. ...


Writing and Acting

The episode's humor is based on various incidents of mistaken identity, and actress Alyson Hannigan is given the chance to explore different aspects of Willow's personality in different situations. The episode is one of the most popular of the series; part of its power rests in the moral question of whether the evil version of Willow should be killed like other vampires or sent back to her own reality. Alyson Hannigan (born Allison Lee Hannigan, March 24, 1974) is an American actress best known for playing Willow Rosenberg in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Morality is a system of principles and judgments based on cultural, religious, and philosophical concepts and beliefs, by which humans determine whether given actions are right or wrong. ...


Quotes and Trivia

The episode's title is taken from the term "Doppelgänger", a German word for a ghostly double of a living person, and "gangland," a term associated with organized crime. The form "Doppelgängland" is actually not correct German: "The land of the Doppelgängers" would be Doppelgängerland (note "-er-" inserted), while "the land with doubled gangs" would be Doppelgangland (no umlaut over the "a")). It should be noted, however, that the title is a pun combining German and English words, and not intended to be an actual German phrase. For other uses of the word Doppelgänger please see Doppelgänger (disambiguation). ... Ä ä Ö ö Ü ü The term umlaut is used for two closely related notions: a special kind of vowel modification and a particular diacritic mark. ...


Cast

Nicholas Brendon (born April 12, 1971 as Nicholas Brendon Schultz), is an actor best known for playing the character Xander Harris in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Alexander (Xander) LaVelle Harris is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Emma Caulfield (born April 8, 1973 as Emma Chukker) is an actress, best known for playing the character of the ex-demon Anya in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Anya Christina Emmanuelle Jenkins (also known as Anyanka, also known as Anya Emerson, also known as Aud) is a fictional character in the television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Emma Caulfield. ... Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from the second season DVD boxed set Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977) was the leading actress in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Buffy Anne Summers Buffy Anne Summers is the title character in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the television show of the same name. ... Alyson Hannigan (born Allison Lee Hannigan, March 24, 1974) is an American actress best known for playing Willow Rosenberg in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Willow Rosenberg is a fictional character in the popular television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer played by Alyson Hannigan. ... Anthony Stewart Head (born February 20, British actor in theatre, television and films but most widely known for his role in the American television drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the role of Frank N Furter in the London revival of The Rocky Horror Show, and a series of coffee... Rupert Giles is a character from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series played by actor Anthony Stewart Head. ... Seth Gesshel Green (born February 8, 1974 in Overbrook Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an actor, best known for playing the character of Oz the werewolf in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Daniel Osbourne, referred to exclusively as Oz, is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Seth Green. ...

Other Languages

The title has been changed to "Doppelgängerland" in the German DVD edition.


Music

Doppelgängland features the song "Virgin State of Mind" by K's Choice from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album Ks Choice is the name of Belgian rock band from Antwerp, Belgium. ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album is a soundtrack album featuring music from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series. ...


External links

  • BBC episode guide to "Doppelgängland" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/buffy/indetail/doppelgangland/)
  • BuffyGuide.com episode guide to "Doppelgängland" (http://www.buffyguide.com/episodes/doppel.shtml)
  • Buffy Body Count synopsis of "Doppelgängland" (http://homepage.mac.com/dsample/Episodes/316_Doppelgangland.html)

 
 

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