“Buffy, look at me. You are not in an institution. You have never been in an institution.”
“Yes, I have.”
“Back when I saw my first vampires … I got so scared. I told my parents and they completely freaked out. They thought there was something seriously wrong with me. So they sent me to a clinic.”
“You never said anything.”
“I was only there a couple weeks. I stopped talking about it and they let me go. Eventually, my parents just forgot.”
“God … that’s horrible.”
“What if I’m still there? What if I never left that clinic?”
Willow and Buffy, about Buffy’s doubts whether the world of vampires is real or the world where she is insane in an asylum, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Normal Again”
There are a few very well constructed series. “Breaking Bad” for example. Or “Star Trek DS9”. Or, “Buffy — The Vampire Slayer”.
“Buffy” is a bit like Star Trek (TNG/DS9), in the sense that Star Trek is not about aliens or even space exploration, but simply uses aliens to illustrate human issues. They provide a nice contrast and can exemplify human concepts or issues. In Buffy, the aliens are monsters, but the same concept applies: Tell fantastic stories, while examine deeply human everyday issues.
And the things you can address when it’s ostensibly about monsters? Waow.
And the design of the full series pack? I recently got series 1 to 7 (all that were filmed) and … woaw. Beautifully done. I mean look at the DVD covers:
If you know the series, each DVD cover shows one image that pretty much sums up each individual season. Yeah, even season 4 where I was stumped by the pentagram for a moment. But yeah, makes sense. Just golden.
Watch the series with an open mind and a young heart.
Chances are, it will blow yours’.
Thank you so much for this article, I didn’t think there were other people who appreciate what Buffy is all about. She was a great and authentic role model for me when I was young – strong and deeply flawed. I completely agree that (at least from season 2-3 onwards) the programme is not really about vampires. I also can just support your views about Bb and Star Trek DNG but never got into DS9 and prefer the OS. But that’s just me. May I add to the collection: The Walking Dead…a programme which I started watching with very low expectation but has really blown my mind…brilliant social studies…sprinkled with the occasional zombie action, which fades more and more into the background as the series progresses. Thanks Julia
Thank you for reminding me of The Walking Dead. Only watched the first two seasons so far (and read a couple of the comics). Found it interesting, but not a fan of waiting until the next episode/season is released. 😉 I will probably wait until the series is finished and binge watch it.
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