hi, i've never seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer before, but I've always thought it was interesting and you seem to blog about it a lot. Can you tell me what exactly it's about? All i know is what i've learned from tumblr, which is basically that she's a slayer and she's badass and that it ended 10 years ago. do you think i should watch it and if i did, could i message you and stuff, because i think you're awesome and i love your blog and i heard buffy was a really good show.
thank you so much first of all :)
secondly, i know i may be biased but I believe that everyone would benefit from watching Buffy so yes absolutely!
ok let’s try describe the show….
(some basic stats
- 7 seasons, 144 episodes
- 12 eps in season 1, 22 eps in the remaining 6 seasons
- each season finds a nice balance between “monster of the week” episodes and an overall “big bad” of the season that each finale build up to and so each season has a nice pace to it and amazing season finales
- The first 3 seasons take place while they are in high school and then it deals with college and beyond :))
The show takes place in the fictional town of Sunnydale, California. The pilot episode starts with Buffy Summers moving there from L.A. after being kicked out of her old school for setting the gym on fire (she was fighting vampires but couldnt exactly explain that ;P)
Now the important part is that Sunnydale was built on a “Hellmouth” which basically draws a lot of supernatural energy/monsters to it and so now we have a starting point for the show!
it would be the easy thing to just describe the show by saying Buffy is a girl who fights vampires
let’s not :)
Buffy is about so much more than just that and reducing it to that is maybe why a lot of people don’t start watching it!
Joss Whedon (the creator of the show
and evil creative genius) has always said that his idea for the show is high school = hell and so let’s actually mean it! and so even though they are always dealing with supernatural problems, they can each represent a real life problem that we could have all faced in high school (one great example is from season one that includes an episode with an invisible girl but is really about how easy it is to feel invisible) and later seasons deal with issues like addiction and depression and lots and lots of death (i’m sorry! - but trust me don’t let that deter you)
now, that all sounds very sad and depressing…
but!! the show successfully balances the light and the dark and the show is truly very very funny and the odds are you’ll love the majority of the characters who are all so unique
it is known for challenging typical dialogue and has created “buffyspeak” which gives the show a unique feel that is so smart and witty and you’ll find yourself starting to talk like it!
they have a musical episode which many people claim is the single greatest episode of television :)
they have an episode without any background score/music at all which trust me really works given the context of the episode
and they have an episode almost entirely without dialogue which was so well done that it earned an emmy nomination for writing! haha
even though it started in the 90s, the show doesn’t feel dated (except maybe parts of season 1 but keep with it and enjoy the 90s feel! haha)
in some respects it actually still feels ahead of its time and many shows could learn a thing (or five hundred) from buffy
and actually so many shows today actually owe their existence to buffy!
importantly! the show has a nice balance of male and female characters - no one is simply a love interest
so. many. strong. female. characters. every. single. one. of. them. :)
(and so many wonderful male characters too!)
well developed characters all with strengths and flaws
and well written villains that you love to hate, or in some cases just plain love
(I should also mention, in case you weren’t aware, that there is a spinoff show that was created after season 3 and so i’ll tell you more about that if and when you reach that point!)
I better start wrapping this up even though i could ramble on for quite a while
but basically the show sends a message to all of its viewers and it’s that everyone is important and everyone is strong and i’d imagine that most people would agree with me when I say that it’ll make you a better person!
so get on netflix, get the dvds, magically summon the episodes from somewhere idk
(this next part applies to anyone and everyone!)
sit down, watch buffy, laugh about it, cry about it, scream about it, enjoy it, learn from it and most definitely come discuss it with me!