Kids, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was my favorite TV show for a lot of years. I daresay it continues to be my favorite TV show of all time. There is so much about the series to love: action, horror, comedy, Sarah Michelle Gellar. It’s got it all. Joss Whedon really knew what he was doing when he put this little show together.
“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.” In the late ’90s, the Chosen One was Buffy Summers. Buffy the Vampire Slayer chronicles Buffy’s adventures through high school and beyond as she battles evil in the fictional town of Sunnydale, California.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on The WB network 20 years ago. The show ran for seven seasons (two of which were on the UPN when The WB canceled it). No small feat when you consider the movie that preceded it. You might remember it as a joke that starred Kristy Swanson as Buffy and Luke Perry as the guy they thought would get young girls into the theater seats. I don’t think it worked.
Buffy’s television incarnation was far superior to the big screen version. It spawned a spin-off: Angel, which followed Buffy’s original love interest to his own series set in Los Angeles. Buffy has even lived on in the form of comic books for several more seasons beyond the televised seven. I was reading those comics for a while, but lost track of what was going on when I stopped collecting physical comic books. I may catch up at some point, but that will only be if a day comes when money is no object.
I watched the series when it first aired. I rewatched it when the show first became available on Netflix. But it’s been a while. And now, I’m going to rewatch it again. And I invite you to watch it with me.
No, you don’t have to come over to my house and watch it with me. That could get awkward. But here’s the plan: each Tuesday (the night that the show aired throughout the vast majority of its life) I will watch three episodes. Why three? Because that’s how many I can watch before Netflix starts judging me. While I watch, I will share my thoughts on each episode in a blog post, right here at The Confusing Middle. Besides, I need something to post regularly on Tuesdays, now that I’m done with my Dater’s Guide to Disney Princesses.
This might not be everyone’s cup of tea. You may find recaps of old TV shows boring. You may not like Buffy the Vampire Slayer (no, that’s not possible). But I won’t hold it against you if you decide to skip Tuesdays on my blog. If the response is overwhelmingly negative, I’ll give it a rest after the first couple seasons. But then I’ll have to think of something to take over Tuesdays.
Maybe I’ll review Mexican restaurants in the area. It’ll be like my own Taco Tuesdays. No… I don’t want to do that. I can stretch this Buffy thing out for a while. So, if you guys could just get on board, that’d be great. Mmmkay?