Hey, guys. Miss me?
I have missed blogging and you all something fierce, but sometimes real life can get in the way of fangirling.
While I’ve been gone, I’ve been on a nostalgia kick revisiting fanfom favourite Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Joss Whedon once said that it is important to give audiences what they need, not what they want, and when he was on a roll, boy did he ever.
Buffy resonates with me with an intensity that is yet to be matched by any other show, even Vampire Diaries or Veronica Mars.
Maybe it was because I watched season two in real time at age 13, when everything is epic and emotional and mercurial, so it transports me back to a that age.
Maybe it is because of its eminently quotable dialogue.
I have been known to work Buffyisms into everyday conversation in the vain hope someone, anyone in my real life will recognise what in the world I am going on about.
“This could be mathier”. LOL, I hated maths by the way, but doing algebra was worth invoking Giles.
“I have an elsewhere to be.” I mean, really, is there a cooler way to announce that you have to head off?
“Your logic doesn’t even begin to resemble our Earth logic.”
Buffy has the dramatic stakes of epic horror and sci fi honed down to an intensely personal level. The power of the Big Bags came from how relatable they were, how they struck a chord with our deepest rooted normal fears. The vampire who loses his soul after experiencing a moment of true happiness when having sex with Buffy is a heart wrenching metaphor for one of our worst fears, being rejected after making ourselves so vulnerable. The source of all evil is the ghost of all the people you have lost. The Master of all vampires is the monster from your worst nightmares, the thing that goes bump in the night and hides in your closet or under your bed.
So, while our main shows are on hiatus, I have decided it is time for a Buffy re-watch. (Just so y’all know, I consider s1 -3 and select episodes thereafter to be canon. I refuse to acknowledge the hot mess this show became for much of the latter seasons, because I am irrational like that.)
What is your favourite Buffyverse moment?
My favourite moment can be summed up in one word:
This is the mission statement of the show, really. I love that Buffy has had everything taken away from her in this moment, yet is able to find it within herself to marshal her slayer strength and save the world.
Other iconic moments that still give me chills, even after all these years.
So, watch this space for salty goodness, Mr Pointy and quality time with Mr Gordo.
I have six episode recaps to release in the next week, and hope you’ll go on a nostalgia kick with me.