The ``Buffy'' characters talk like my friends and me, only better, with creative verbiage and pop-culture references. The ``Gilmore Girls'' and ``Smallville'' owe ``Buffy.''
Buffy Anne Summers (1981-2001): Beloved sister, devoted friend. She saved the world. A lot.' This pithy epitaph, carved into sun-dappled granite in a West Coast cemetery, has a definite ring to it. It may not have the resonance of Percy Bysshe Shelley's inscription for Ozymandias: 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' But, for millions, Buffy the vampire slayer, of the eponymous television show, means far more than Ozymandias and - dare one say it? - more than Shelley.
Since it debuted in 1997, witty, literate, action-packed ``Buffy'' has been one of the biggest hits for the WB network, whose main audience is women ages 12 to 34. The show, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, has been lauded by critics as one of the best on television, thanks to creator and writer Joss Whedon. Among his innovations: a legendary episode, "Hush," which was almost entirely silent.
The episode "Hush" aired during the fourth season of Buffy. This episode has become a pillar of televion for those who have seen it. Evil demons come to town, Sunnydale, and steal the voices of all the citizens, leaving everyone speechless. Therefore, the characters don't speak at all during the episode, thus the acting talent of the cast is evident. Furthermore, the score was fantastic.
Another memorable episode, is the musical. In this episode another demon comes to Sunnydale and causes everyone to sing. The clever dialogue and whitty songs are another testement to the sucessful writing of Buffy.
The Slayers, who also watch the Buffy spinoff ``Angel,'' which follows, love the way the show tells the coming-of-age story of a small-town girl who struggles with confidence, identity, love and fitting in _ and who also is charged with saving the world from evil.
Along with an abundance of smart comic dialogue and plenty of action as Buffy takes on the monster of the week, ``Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' dares to slow down for moments that connect emotionally with viewers.
No one would be surprised to hear that a television show like Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a strong cult following. Some might be surprised, however, to find out just how many academics are members of this particular cult--confirmed by even a cursory glance at the contents of Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies.
It has been mooted that the show's demons are metaphors for the anxieties that assault teenagers every day. With all those hormones bouncing about, life is bound to seem more vivid. And amateur analysts everywhere must have been reaching all sorts of conclusions in the episode in which Buffy's best friend Willow finds out that her boyfriend is a werewolf.
Josh Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer successfully represents a female role model who displays many of the traditionally heroic ideals associated with masculinity while still retaining her femininity. Wielding a combination of phallic weapons and feminine devices to attack literal and metaphoric demons, Buffy works within the genre of fantasy and horror to challenge ideologies regarding the heroic stereotype, and is a strong protagonist due to the multiple levels of her identity. I will argue that this display of gender bending makes for a compelling new model of heroism that subverts the patriarchal system by establishing a new gender hierarchy where women are given greater agency.
Buffy was explicitly conceived as a feminist reimagining of the horror genre: Screenwriter/tv producer Joss Whedon has said in interviews that his very inspiration for Buffy came from years of watching horror movies in which “bubbleheaded blondes wandered into dark alleys and got murdered by some creature.” Whedon wanted to make a movie where the blonde “wanders into a dark alley, takes care of herself, and deploys her powers” to kill the monster. Buffy’s exploits implicate the audience in a witty defiance of genre conventions: Instead of shouting, “Don’t go in there!” to the naive gal traipsing through the darkened vacant house, we shout, “Go, girl!” as Buffy enters the dark alley to dispatch the monster of the moment with her quick thinking and martial-arts prowess.
The lead character, Buffy, is a Slayer, imbued with supernatural powers which allow her to fight the powers of darkness. Primarily, she’s focused on eliminating vampires, but she’s not choosy, and will slay other demons and nonhuman entities. She’s assisted by the rest of the “Scooby Gang,” a fluctuating crew which includes Willow Rosenburg, Alexander “Xander” Harris, Cordelia Chase, Daniel “Oz” Ozbourne, Tara Maclay, and Anya, a former vengeance demon turned human. Buffy also works with Angel, a vampire with a soul who later gets his own spinoff, and she has a special relationship with Rupert Giles, known as Giles, her “Watcher.”
According to ``Slayer'' lore, Buffy is the latest incarnation in a long line of women with superhuman strength, all on a mission to save the world from demons and with a tendency to die young. The latest incarnation does so in perky, suburban Sunnydale, Calif.
Buffy is often treated as a paragon of female empowerment, and it certainly broke a lot of ground when it aired between 1997-2003.
In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as Buffy Summers, The Chosen One, the one girl in all the world with the strength and skill to fight the vampires. With the help of her close friends, Willow (Alyson Hannigan), Xander (Nicholas Brendon), and her Watcher Giles (Anthony Stewart Head), she balances slaying, family, friendships, and relationships. For five years Buffy slayed vampires on the WB; then for her last two seasons she went to UPN.