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Thanks to the following people for their
info/help/advice/etc on either the show or the
site, for without them this would not be
possible - ALL of the staff and viewers of WATCHERS,
the people who have made monetary donated to
this site and of course, da man, Joss Whedon for
giving us wonderful characters and inspiring a
few of our own.
is a “Virtual Series”?
can a see WaTchers? What time and
virtual series/season is patterned
after a television show featuring
already established characters and
appears only on the internet. A VS
usually includes artwork (and in our
series, sounds) that helps tell the
story but not always. Watchers
is not a 'real' television show.
We're just a group of crazy Buffy
fans that got together to form a
spin-off and keep the Buffyverse and
the franchise alive.
isn't a real television show. It's
only glorified fan fiction that can
only be found at this site. But
thanks for thinking it's real. It's
a nice ego boost for all of us that
put the hours in each week to make
having trouble hearing and seeing
and other users might experience
some errors. Sorry but I.E. works
best. When viewing a 'new episode'
make sure that you 'refresh' each
page. Although we have 'no-cache' on
our pages your computer might not recognize the update to the pages.
If that doesn't help then clear your
history. For IE users that
means doing the following: Go to
Tools, Go to Internet Options and
then click on Clear History. For
Netscape users the path is: Edit,
Preference, History and then Clear
History. This should take care of
most, if not all, new episode
format of writing do you use?
write in prose (story) form but also
include script direction such as
‘fade out’, ‘cut to’ etc. to
help the readers ‘see’ what’s
happening. All character dialogue
however is written in story form and
some of those character lines that
have sound will feature a link that
readers can click and hear.
are no character thoughts in the stories
– why not?
much like Buffy you couldn’t hear
inside a character’s mind (with
the exception of ‘Earshot’ but
that WAS the entire point of that
episode<G>). If the
‘viewers’ know what everyone is
thinking it doesn’t make for
suspenseful storytelling. However,
there’s nothing that says viewers
can’t pick up on the dialogue,
body language or mannerisms of the
characters. Good rule of thumb –
if you want to know what a character
is thinking then read each story
the ‘previously on Watchers’ at the
beginning of each episode?
play ‘catch up’ please read our BACK
STORY or CHARACTER
pages to see the important stuff
you might have missed. You can also
check out the entire PAST
the episodes which have aired? I can't
the story break down?
- New episodes air
weekly on Tuesdays during the
regular season (Sept-May). Prior
episodes can be found on the PAST
same as an episode – a teaser and
the length of the stories?
2-5 pages of the teaser and 10-20
pages per act to total on average 45
pages per ‘episode’ but for eps
loaded with action they can be as
large as 70+ pages.
many screencaps per episode?
per act which equals 25, give or
about sound bytes?
take various bits of lesser-known
character dialogue. Then we either
use it as/is or we manipulate it so
two characters speak at the same
time. These dialogue bits are
included into every script. We try
to have at least 3 sound bytes per
writes the episodes?
Winters will have a hand in every
episode so the story stay concurrent
with each other but various writers
will be working on a host of
scripts. Each writer is credited
each week in the episode cover art
along with all information regarding
does one ‘direct’ an episode?
does most of the direction of the
episodes by advising the writers and
editing the material to fit the
storyline to the season plans.
we going to have more than four seasons?
with every year prior, we
Viewer support, both monetary and in
spirit, plays a key role in
continuing. Donations are used to
pay for our server space to host a
site this large and with this much
traffic. Any other funds we get go
toward raffle items we give winning
donators as well as a little
something special for our staff who
put in hours (and even days) of work each week
throughout the year.
are the regular characters?
Rowena, Faith, Kennedy. As for
Buffy, Giles, slayers and others
they have smaller roles but are
where are all the Slayers?
mention them and even show them in
our stories but remember the focus
of the series is Watchers, hence the
name. This series is told through
the Watchers eyes.
planned for them for the fourth season?
can’t tell you that! Where’s the
fun in knowing everything? We can
say that we’re trying to keep the
relationships among all the
characters the heart of the show as
they face the latest threats to
Cleveland and around the world.
We’ll also do our best to insert
that tongue in cheek and a bit of
campy humor that captivated Buffy
and Watchers viewers of past
been mentioned in two episodes of
Buffy (‘The Wish’ and
‘Chosen’) that Cleveland sits on
a Hellmouth. It’s interesting to
note that Cleveland in real life has
a bit of a bizarre history over the
years so do a little research if you
get the chance. It's rather fascinating
there some kind of Headquarters or home
base they're using?
to Willow and her hacking skills
they began a New Council using the
Old Council's funds. Since that time
the council has done quite well for
itself. Cleveland, the
world headquarters, owns two large
buildings next to each other. One is
the watchers headquarters (HQ),
which is three stories tall. On the
HQ top level is their meeting rooms,
Watcher classrooms (where new
watchers are trained), computer
equipment and a library. On the
second floor is the living space for
the council members hierarchy
and Co.) and on the lower/ground
level are two main areas - one where
Willow works her ‘old age-y’
Wiccan magic and another where she
does her new age-y (i.e. computers)
magic. The New Council has a second
building next door, which is an
academy of sorts. It houses all the
incoming Slayers and Watchers much
like an Army barracks with large
training areas for the Slayers.
anyone be a Watcher?
like Slayers, Watchers also have a
destiny or a calling to perform
their duties in the fight against
evil and are chosen much like
Slayers. With the overrun of slayers
coming in Willow and Giles have been
forced to take on people who already
have a knowledge of Hellmouth
activity yet are extremely talented
in intellectual matters although
they might not be chosen. Dawn
Summers was the first person
admitted to the Watchers Academy
because of her skill of languages.
Although she appears to have no
mystical connection to Watcherhood,
Giles spent years being the surrogate
father of her and her sister,
not much of Buffy?
was designed as a Spin-Off of
Buffy and not a season eight
and beyond. That means that Buffy, is not featured
heavily. Again, Buffy is not the
focus of the show nor will she ever
be. If you need a 'Buffy fix' there
are LOTS of Buffy VS's out there -
some of which are located on our LINKS
page. So check 'em out too!
what's so special about chosen
Watchers have a high level of
intellect and intuition. Some, who
are considered chosen, are
skilled at certain tasks that go
above and beyond that of
‘normal’ people. Giles is a keen
researcher – remembering
information for years after
consuming it and calling it up when
it’s needed. If he doesn’t know
the information immediately he
usually knows where to find it or
where he read it. With Willow she's
gifted in the area of magic and with
computer knowledge that surpasses
many in the field. Rowena has an
extensive knowledge in demonology
and Dawn has advance skill when
reading and deciphering languages
both dead and current. Watchers can
also have other special skills such
as fencing, hand to hand and other
physical skills too – not all
watchers have all skills but they do
seem advanced in certain areas and
disciplines. As for Buffy as
Watchers Head, she was picked
because of her experience in the
field and the need to merge both
branches (Watchers and Slayers)
closer together, much like how she
and Giles worked together as a
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You don’t have to
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and intelligence. Always think twice before you
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