Twenty years ago Buffy Summers walked into our lives, as a teenage girl called upon to be a vampire slayer. Buffy the Vampire Slayer has become a cult classic with very dedicated fans, and spawned the spin off series Angel. Buffy was not only a strong female character, but just a strong character in general.
Buffy was written and created by Joss Whedon, nerd famous as creator of Angel, Firefly, Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods and Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Joss Whedon changed the television landscape with this show, with long story arcs becoming more commonplace.
Buffy skyrocketed Alyson Hannigan as Willow into pop culture superstardom, as one of the best LGBT characters on TV.
Xander was played by Nicholas Brendan, who sadly, since the series ended has been dealing with some serious addiction problems. Ryan Reynolds had turned down the role of Xander, I can’t help but to think, as much as I love Buffy as it is, that Ryan Reynolds would have been amazing in that role.
Other memorable cast members include Anthony Head, James Marsters, Julie Benz, Seth Green, Emma Caulfield, Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Trachtenberg and David Boreanaz amongst others.
Buffy had seven seasons of well written episodes, but two episodes stick out to me exceptionally as groundbreaking and memorable. Spoilers ahead.
The first is Hush, the tenth episode of the fourth season. In this episode, a group of ghouls called the Gentlemen steal everyone’s voices. This episode is obviously memorable due to the lack of talking. There is only approximately 17 minutes of talking during the 44 minutes of the show. The acting in this episode was absurdly good, I really cannot gush enough about Hush.
The second memorable episode, called The Body, was the most heartbreaking, where Buffy finds her mother had passed away. What truly makes this episode one that you won’t forget, is the genius decision to not have any background music. It made the episode feel more surreal and displaced, emulating the feeling of loss when a loved one dies suddenly.
These are just two of the amazing episodes, I also loved Doppelgangland, Once More With Feeling, any episode with Druisilla in it.
Buffy was an amazing show, that left on a high perfectly. Joss Whedon is a genius and I love all of the work that he does – I hope to see him do another TV show with a strong, amazing lead character like Buffy.