If you don’t like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, then you must be some sort of vampire or something. It’s the only logical explanation. The groundbreaking TV show first aired some 18 years ago, but is still so important, so relevant today. It challenged social norms by treating its viewers intelligently, and it meant that a generation grew up with a better sense of the modern world. To say it was ahead of its time is too simplistic, so we’ll delve into some of the biggest reasons it’s the still the best.
While some viewers may have developed a bigger tendency to venture into malapropisms because of growing up on Buffyspeak, most of us appreciate first-class dialogue between the characters. Joss Whedon and his team of writers truly revolutionised the way that TV portrayed teenagers, vampires, heroines, ghouls, ghosts and beyond.
Dealing With Grief
The Body. Oh my god. It still sends shivers down our spines thinking about this episode that covered the fallout of Buffy’s mother’s death. This powerful depiction of grief really struck a chord with us, which was especially surprising considering the supernatural tropes so heavily embedded in the show. But that’s the beauty of Buffy – it was one of the most truly human shows, but it just happened to exist in a supernatural setting.
We didn’t want to call out the feminist overtones. Actually they’re not really overtones. It’s actually a big theme of the show that wasn’t just done in a feeble attempt to garner interest. Joss Whedon really invested in just writing characters, male/female/demon, as they should be. What made it even better was Buffy was such a kick-ass lead character, and a game-changer in the way women were depicted on the small screen.
Continuing with the theme of strong characters. How good were Tara and Willow? TV’s first openly lesbian couple did a lot to advancing LGBT interests for casual viewers. RIP Tara, though. That hurt us right in the feels.
The sounds of Buffy really added so much texture, drama and interest to the narrative of each episode. From the absence of any dialogue in the absolutely brilliant and Emmy-nominated ‘Hush’ to the transformation of Xander from geek to man as played by Extreme Music Library and their song For The Glory. We also can’t leave you without mentioning the incredible musical episode, Once More With Feeling. Okay, we’re off to watch some Buffy or something. Later!
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