Old But Gold: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I know that I prefer reviewing movies but today I couldn’t resist the temptation of writing about a show that has been a huge part of my childhood and that I love so deeply. And believe me when I say that I have a special bond to all the characters on the show, but for me, Buffy Summers was the best character in the history of television because she was us! Okay maybe without the crazy strength and an unorthodox full-time job, but basically she was representing an average teenager.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a TV show about the young Buffy Summers who was born to slay vampires, demons, and other creatures of the night in her new town Sunnydale where she moved after being expelled from her high school in LA. The show consists of seven seasons, each one having its own storyline and villains that Buffy and her friends have to face together, as each one of the friends plays an important part in the fights against the big bads. We are introduced to villains from übervamps to ancient vampires and from Gods to a mayor turning into a huge snake, and believe me, I know how lame it may sound but it’s really not. Every season as well as each episode has a storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat and some season finales will make you cry.

Now, no matter how much I would love to possess Buffy’s superpowers and be able to kick everyone’s ass and save the world for a living, there are other aspects of the show that I love because it represents situations many (if not all) of us can relate to and have been through at some point in life such as bad breakups, loss of family members, friends letting you down, hard time at school, and especially bad fashion choices. I mean, I’m all for going braless but Buffy really took it to another level, lol. But well, I guess it was fashion in the 90s. Speaking of which; if you decide to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, please bear in mind that it’s a series from 1997 where technology wasn’t as well-developed as today, so keep an open mind and don’t be negative about the digitalization.

Okay let’s talk about my favorite thing in Buffy the Vampire Slayer! The creator Joss Whedon did an amazing job creating a regular girl who faces the scary monster and isn’t a victim as opposed to the cliché with a helpless girl being chased by a villain. At one point, one of the high school jocks asks her to walk him home because he is too scared, and the fact that feminine doesn’t equal weak is really rubbed in our faces. Buffy the Vampire Slayer also shows that romantic relationships are partnerships with balance where the people involved in the different relationships balance each other out, and you will witness that phenomena both in Buffy’s functional and dysfunctional relationships as well as the relationships of her friends. Feminism – although questioned from time to time – plays a big part in the series and, while Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a huge male fanbase, many young women looked and still look up to Buffy Summers who, despite her incredible power, is not flawless and has internal demons to fights just like everyone else, making us all ask ourselves “what would Buffy do?” when we find ourselves in a difficult situation. In general, the actors do an amazing job apart from Sarah Michelle Gellar who makes me cringe (especially the first seasons) and a one point, she makes me dislike Buffy. David Boreanaz played Angel for a long time but he is a thousand time better (and I can’t stress this enough) in Bones where he spares us the constant whining and eye squinting.

Guess how many clapperboards I will give this amazing oldie? Many! The only flaw I can think of is Sarah Michelle Gellar’s aforementioned cringeworthy acting. I don’t think she was a bad choice for Buffy but I now realize that she isn’t the greatest actress. Despite that, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is and will always be my favorite show that everyone should watch because it’s extremely entertaining and attention-grabbing with a good dose of humor.


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