Buffy the Vampire Slayer is 20

Hey 3.5 readers.

Did you know that the series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer turns 20 this year?  That’s right.  Two decades ago this month, it began on the now kaput WB network.

What is your favorite Buffy moment?  Your favorite Buffy episode?

For me, the three most memorable:

  1. The one where they are silent the entire episode.
  2. The musical where they sing for the entire episode.
  3. The one that is sort of a parody of the show where they focus entirely on a subplot where Xander saves the day on his own while Buffy and the gang are busy working on something else.

In this world of reboots, remakes and sequels, I wonder if it isn’t time for a Buffy sequel film?  The main cast members are all around late thirties to early forties, still photogenic after all these years.

Then again, the ending did tie up the series nicely so it is always problematic when a good ending is tinkered with.

I don’t think a reboot with a new actress playing Buffy would work.  We know this because there was an actual Buffy movie earlier in the 1990s that flopped, though it gained a following in light of the Buffy series.

This was an example of a good cast coming together with good writers to capture lightning in a bottle.  Sometimes you can have great writing but a lousy cast.  Sometimes a great cast but lousy writing.  Here, you had both.

Happy birthday, Buffster.  Go celebrate at the Bronze.



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10 thoughts on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer is 20

  1. sirmarkus80 says:

    I agree with # 1 and 3 on your list, as for the musicals, well, they’re just not for me. That said I’m still incredibly impressed they had the guts to do a musical episode.

    • Yeah I mean it was more of a parody of musicals than anything. I forgot to mention there was a Buffy video game that was actually pretty decent – rare because even back then video games based off of TV/movies tend to stink.

  2. @lynnsbooks says:

    I couldn’t pick a favourite episode to be honest, but, Spike is my favourite character. And, 20 years – wow!
    Lynn 😀

  3. The musical episode, where Xander summons the demon. “If she dies, then I’ll be free. – I better go help her.” Seriously, when we have a really bad day, the whole family will cuddle on the couch to watch that one and laugh our bleep off. Awww, Joss Whedon.

  4. Dakota Kemp says:

    Gotta love Buffy. There were too many great moments from which to pick, so I’ll just say that, in general, the early seasons (1-3ish) were the best for me. Even with Spike as a regular, the later seasons never did live up to the early days. But I loved both Buffy and its spin-off series, Angel.

    • I loved the early high school seasons but I also enjoyed the college seasons mainly because I was going to college at the time so I felt like Buffy and the gang were going to college with me. I particularly enjoyed the episode where Buffy is convinced that her roommate’s annoying habits mean that she is a demon. Everyone says she is overreacting until it turns out that the roommate is a demon.

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