History Series / BuffyTheVampireSlayer

6th Feb '16 6:52:02 PM bwburke94
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In 2007 ''Buffy'' started up again -- [[PostScriptSeason in comic form]]. Produced by Joss Whedon, it encompasses three "Seasons" of TV time so far. In 2011, the mainline series branched off into ''ComicBook/AngelAndFaith'', which is London-based (a nod to ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'').
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In 2007 ''Buffy'' started up again -- [[PostScriptSeason [[ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer in comic form]]. Produced by Joss Whedon, it encompasses three "Seasons" of TV time so far. In 2011, the mainline series branched off into ''ComicBook/AngelAndFaith'', which is London-based (a (in a nod to ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'').

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In 2007 ''Buffy'' started up again -- [[PostScriptSeason in comic form]]. Produced by Joss Whedon, it encompasses three "Seasons" of TV time so far. In 2011, the mainline series branched off into ''ComicBook/AngelAndFaith'', which is London-based (a nod to ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}''). ** [[ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Comic-Specific Tropes]]
31st Dec '15 9:35:19 AM hamonrye
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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network raised ''Buffy'' from the dead with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treats the motion picture as originally ''[[BroadStrokes scripted]]'' (not the film that resulted) as canon: Buffy, hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the high school's gym), transfers to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues to battle hellspawn while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. Given that the demons on ''Buffy'' are walking metaphors for existing evils -- reptilian authority figures, suddenly-soulless boyfriends, and so on -- the B-horror trappings take on an entirely new meaning, usually with a sly feminist wink inserted. The show didn't exactly light the world on fire in its first season, but did garner enough critical acclaim to attract viewers by year two. However, ''Buffy'' (and ''{{Series/Angel}}'') were ''not'' inexpensive shows to produce, and neither were expected to grow beyond their cult demographic. Although WB attempted to shove ''Buffy'' off the air in 2001, it was picked up by {{Creator/UPN}} in time for Season 6 and 7. The jump was heralded by Buffy's literal death and resurrection, along with a ratings-grabbing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mRsITLBUvg ad campaign.]]
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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network raised ''Buffy'' from the dead with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treats the motion picture as originally ''[[BroadStrokes scripted]]'' (not the film that resulted) as canon: Buffy, hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the high school's gym), transfers to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues to battle hellspawn while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. Given that the demons on ''Buffy'' are walking metaphors for existing evils -- reptilian authority figures, suddenly-soulless boyfriends, and so on -- the B-horror trappings take on an entirely new meaning, usually with a sly feminist wink inserted. The show didn't exactly light the world on catch fire in its first season, but did garner enough critical acclaim to attract viewers by year two. However, ''Buffy'' (and ''{{Series/Angel}}'') were ''not'' inexpensive shows to produce, and neither were expected to grow beyond their cult demographic. Although WB attempted to shove ''Buffy'' off the air in 2001, it was picked up by {{Creator/UPN}} in time for Season 6 and 7. The jump was heralded by Buffy's literal death and resurrection, along with a ratings-grabbing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mRsITLBUvg ad campaign.]]
4th Dec '15 9:16:13 AM Willbyr
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4th Dec '15 8:07:05 AM namingway
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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] with a {{postmodern}} spin on a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley; in contrast, Buffy scared monsters into becoming afraid of meeting ''her'' in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment. Not wanting the character and overall concept to go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, Joss wasted no time in saying "yes". In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network took ''Buffy The Vampire Slayer'' and [[ObligatoryJoke raised it from the dead]] with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treated the motion picture as originally ''scripted'' (not [[BroadStrokes the film that resulted]]) as canon: Buffy Summers is the "[[TheChosenOne Slayer]]," the most recent in a line of girls -- one chosen every generation -- given mystical strength and other powers to confront the ghouls that stalk the night. Buffy, hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the high school's gym), transfers to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues battling evil--often couched in terms youths can relate to, like reptilian authority figures or suddenly-soulless boyfriends--while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. The show didn't exactly light the world on fire in its first season, but did garner enough critical acclaim to attract viewers by year two. However, ''Buffy'' (and ''{{Series/Angel}}'') were ''not'' inexpensive shows to produce, and neither were expected to grow beyond their cult demographic. Although WB attempted to shove ''Buffy'' off the air in 2001, it was picked up by {{Creator/UPN}} in time for Seasons Six and Seven. The jump was heralded by Buffy's literal death and resurrection, along with a ratings-grabbing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mRsITLBUvg ad campaign.]] The show pioneered the HalfArcSeason, with a singular villain behind that year's events, and [[{{Foreshadowing}} signposted]] a few major plot developments months (and even ''years'') in advance. Perhaps most surprisingly, the central cast grew like kudzu, with even [[AscendedExtra walk-on roles]] getting a dose of character development much later on... Just in time for Joss to kill them off, alas.
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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] with a {{postmodern}} spin on about a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley; alley. In a {{postmodern}} twist, the "Slayer" -- the most recent in contrast, Buffy scared a line of warrior women picked by fate -- has the power to make monsters into becoming afraid of meeting ''her'' in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment. Not wanting the character and overall concept to go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, Joss he wasted no time in saying "yes". In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network took ''Buffy The Vampire Slayer'' and [[ObligatoryJoke raised it ''Buffy'' from the dead]] dead with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treated treats the motion picture as originally ''scripted'' ''[[BroadStrokes scripted]]'' (not [[BroadStrokes the film that resulted]]) resulted) as canon: Buffy Summers is the "[[TheChosenOne Slayer]]," the most recent in a line of girls -- one chosen every generation -- given mystical strength and other powers to confront the ghouls that stalk the night. Buffy, hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the high school's gym), transfers to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues battling evil--often couched in terms youths can relate to, like reptilian authority figures or suddenly-soulless boyfriends--while to battle hellspawn while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. feet. Given that the demons on ''Buffy'' are walking metaphors for existing evils -- reptilian authority figures, suddenly-soulless boyfriends, and so on -- the B-horror trappings take on an entirely new meaning, usually with a sly feminist wink inserted. The show didn't exactly light the world on fire in its first season, but did garner enough critical acclaim to attract viewers by year two. However, ''Buffy'' (and ''{{Series/Angel}}'') were ''not'' inexpensive shows to produce, and neither were expected to grow beyond their cult demographic. Although WB attempted to shove ''Buffy'' off the air in 2001, it was picked up by {{Creator/UPN}} in time for Seasons Six Season 6 and Seven.7. The jump was heralded by Buffy's literal death and resurrection, along with a ratings-grabbing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mRsITLBUvg ad campaign.]] The show pioneered the HalfArcSeason, with a singular villain behind that year's events, and [[{{Foreshadowing}} signposted]] signposted a few major plot developments months (and even ''years'') in advance. Perhaps most surprisingly, the central cast grew like kudzu, with even [[AscendedExtra walk-on roles]] getting a dose of character development much later on... Just in time for Joss to kill them off, alas.
4th Nov '15 5:57:35 PM hamonrye
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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network took ''Buffy The Vampire Slayer'' and [[ObligatoryJoke raised it from the dead]] with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treated the motion picture as originally ''scripted'' (not [[BroadStrokes the film that resulted]]) as canon: Buffy Summers is the "[[TheChosenOne Slayer]]," the most recent in a line of girls -- one chosen every generation -- given mystical strength and other powers to confront the ghouls that stalk the night. Buffy, hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the high school's gym), transfers to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues battling evil while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet.
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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network took ''Buffy The Vampire Slayer'' and [[ObligatoryJoke raised it from the dead]] with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treated the motion picture as originally ''scripted'' (not [[BroadStrokes the film that resulted]]) as canon: Buffy Summers is the "[[TheChosenOne Slayer]]," the most recent in a line of girls -- one chosen every generation -- given mystical strength and other powers to confront the ghouls that stalk the night. Buffy, hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the high school's gym), transfers to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues battling evil while evil--often couched in terms youths can relate to, like reptilian authority figures or suddenly-soulless boyfriends--while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet.
31st Oct '15 10:37:05 PM hamonrye
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The show pioneered the HalfArcSeason, with a singular villain behind that year's events, and even {{foreshadow|ing}}ed a few major plot developments several ''years'' in advance. Perhaps most surprisingly, the central cast grew like kudzu, with even [[SpearCarrier walk-on roles]] getting a dose of CharacterDevelopment much later on. Just in time for Joss to kill them off, alas.
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The show pioneered the HalfArcSeason, with a singular villain behind that year's events, and even {{foreshadow|ing}}ed [[{{Foreshadowing}} signposted]] a few major plot developments several ''years'' months (and even ''years'') in advance. Perhaps most surprisingly, the central cast grew like kudzu, with even [[SpearCarrier [[AscendedExtra walk-on roles]] getting a dose of CharacterDevelopment character development much later on.on... Just in time for Joss to kill them off, alas.
30th Oct '15 1:09:29 PM johnnye
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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] with a {{postmodern}} spin on a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley; in contrast, Buffy scared monsters into becoming afraid of meeting ''her'' in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment. Not wanting the character and overall concept go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, Joss wasted no time in saying "yes".
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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] with a {{postmodern}} spin on a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley; in contrast, Buffy scared monsters into becoming afraid of meeting ''her'' in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment. Not wanting the character and overall concept to go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, Joss wasted no time in saying "yes".
30th Oct '15 1:08:55 PM johnnye
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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] with a {{postmodern}} spin on a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley; in contrast, Buffy scared monsters into becoming afraid of meeting ''her'' in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film a disappointment. Not wanting the character and overall concept go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, Joss wasted no time in saying "yes".
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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] with a {{postmodern}} spin on a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley; in contrast, Buffy scared monsters into becoming afraid of meeting ''her'' in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment. Not wanting the character and overall concept go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, Joss wasted no time in saying "yes".
27th Oct '15 3:36:25 AM bonesawisready
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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network took ''Buffy The Vampire Slayer'' and [[ObligatoryJoke raised it from the dead]] with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treated the motion picture as originally ''scripted'' (not [[BroadStrokes the film that resulted]]) as canon: Buffy Summers is the "[[TheChosenOne Slayer]]," the most recent in a line of girls -- one chosen every generation -- given mystical strength and other powers to confront the ghouls that stalk the night. Buffy, hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the high school's gym), transfers to Sunnydale, a [[{{Suburbia}} sleepy town]] in Southern California. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues battling evil while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care (and denial) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. The show didn't exactly light the world on fire in its first season, but did garner enough critical acclaim to attract viewers by year two. However, ''Buffy'' (and ''Angel'') were ''not'' inexpensive shows to produce, and neither were expected to grow beyond their cult demographic. Although WB attempted to shove ''Buffy'' off the air in 2001, it was picked up by {{Creator/UPN}} in time for Seasons Six and Seven. The jump was heralded by Buffy's literal death and resurrection, along with a ratings-grabbing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mRsITLBUvg ad campaign.]]
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In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network took ''Buffy The Vampire Slayer'' and [[ObligatoryJoke raised it from the dead]] with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treated the motion picture as originally ''scripted'' (not [[BroadStrokes the film that resulted]]) as canon: Buffy Summers is the "[[TheChosenOne Slayer]]," the most recent in a line of girls -- one chosen every generation -- given mystical strength and other powers to confront the ghouls that stalk the night. Buffy, hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the high school's gym), transfers to Sunnydale, a [[{{Suburbia}} sleepy town]] town in Southern California. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues battling evil while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care (and denial) ([[StepfordSuburbia and denial]]) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. The show didn't exactly light the world on fire in its first season, but did garner enough critical acclaim to attract viewers by year two. However, ''Buffy'' (and ''Angel'') ''{{Series/Angel}}'') were ''not'' inexpensive shows to produce, and neither were expected to grow beyond their cult demographic. Although WB attempted to shove ''Buffy'' off the air in 2001, it was picked up by {{Creator/UPN}} in time for Seasons Six and Seven. The jump was heralded by Buffy's literal death and resurrection, along with a ratings-grabbing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mRsITLBUvg ad campaign.]]

''Buffy'' remains Joss Whedon's mothership series, with numerous tie-in novels, merchandise, video games, and spinoffs in the offing (see ''{{ComicBook/Fray}}''), though plans for a Spike and/or Giles TV show remain in DevelopmentHell. In 2001, Joss even tried shopping around an animated series based on the show, but many networks felt it wasn't suitable for a family audience. In 1999, Joss and co-producer David Greenwalt conceived a [[SpinOff spin-off]] starring Buffy's vampiric love interest, Series/{{Angel}} -- the [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] to ''Buffy's'' [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]], if you will. While ''Buffy'' continued to focus on adolescent woe, ''Angel'' revolved around stressed-out twentysomethings with thankless jobs, trying to hold onto their youthful ideals. ''Angel'' ended the only way it could have: the gang sold out and become {{Corporate Sponsored Superhero}}es, much to the disgust of Buffy and her allies, who [[AHouseDivided disavowed them]]. Crossovers and cross-references between the two shows persisted even after ''Buffy'' ended in 2003.
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''Buffy'' remains Joss Whedon's mothership series, with numerous tie-in novels, merchandise, video games, and spinoffs in the offing (see ''{{ComicBook/Fray}}''), though plans for a Spike and/or Giles TV show remain in DevelopmentHell. In 2001, Joss even tried shopping around an animated series based on the show, but many most networks felt it wasn't suitable for a family audience. small kids. In 1999, Joss and co-producer David Greenwalt conceived a [[SpinOff spin-off]] starring Buffy's vampiric love interest, Series/{{Angel}} Angel -- the [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] to ''Buffy's'' [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]], if you will. While ''Buffy'' continued to focus focused on adolescent woe, ''Angel'' revolved around stressed-out twentysomethings with twenty-somethings in thankless jobs, trying to hold onto their youthful ideals. ''Angel'' ended the only way it could have: the gang sold out and become {{Corporate Sponsored Superhero}}es, much to the disgust of Buffy and her allies, who [[AHouseDivided disavowed them]]. Crossovers and cross-references between the two shows persisted even after ''Buffy'' ended in 2003.
25th Oct '15 5:12:49 PM hamonrye
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We can stand to lose some of this introduction. Also moving the production details to the bottom.
In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] with a hip concept and {{postmodern}} take on the horror genre: the fragile (and doomed) Southern Californian cheerleader attacked by a monster in a dark alley; in contrast, Buffy scared monsters into becoming afraid of meeting ''her'' in dark alleys. Buffy Summers is the "[[TheChosenOne Slayer]]," the most recent in a long line of girls -- one chosen every generation -- given mystical strength and other powers to confront the monsters that stalk the night. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film a disappointment. Not wanting the character and overall concept go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, Joss wasted no time in saying "yes". In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network took ''Buffy The Vampire Slayer'' and [[ObligatoryJoke raised it from the dead]] with an abbreviated first season. The show didn't exactly light the world on fire in its first season, but did garner enough critical acclaim to attract viewers by year two. However, ''Buffy'' (and ''Angel'') were ''not'' inexpensive shows to produce, and neither were expected to grow beyond their cult demographic. Although WB attempted to shove ''Buffy'' off the air in 2001, it was picked up by {{Creator/UPN}} in time for Seasons Six and Seven. The jump was heralded by Buffy's literal death and resurrection, along with a ratings-grabbing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mRsITLBUvg ad campaign.]] The pilot treated the motion picture as originally ''scripted'' (not [[BroadStrokes the film that resulted]]) as canon: Buffy, hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the school gym), transfers to Sunnydale, a [[{{Suburbia}} sleepy town]] in Southern California. As it so happens, [[BusmansHoliday Sunnydale sits on top of a]] {{Hell|Gate}}mouth. Bring along the kiddies! The Watchers Council, an [[AncientConspiracy ancient order]] responsible for training Slayers for the past few millennia, sends Buffy a mentor (Giles) to prepare her for the fights to come. Giles, posing as the school librarian, sets up shop in preparation for the day the Hellmouth reopens. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues to battle evil, all while maintaining her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care (and denial) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. This wry awareness of horror movie tropes would be lampshaded (and subverted) throughout the show's 7-year run.
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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] with a hip concept and {{postmodern}} take spin on the horror genre: a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) Southern Californian blonde cheerleader attacked by a monster monsters in a dark alley; in contrast, Buffy scared monsters into becoming afraid of meeting ''her'' in dark alleys. Buffy Summers is the "[[TheChosenOne Slayer]]," the most recent in a long line of girls -- one chosen every generation -- given mystical strength and other powers to confront the monsters that stalk the night.alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film a disappointment. Not wanting the character and overall concept go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, Joss wasted no time in saying "yes". In 1997, the fledgling [[Creator/TheWB WB]] network took ''Buffy The Vampire Slayer'' and [[ObligatoryJoke raised it from the dead]] with an abbreviated first season. The pilot treated the motion picture as originally ''scripted'' (not [[BroadStrokes the film that resulted]]) as canon: Buffy Summers is the "[[TheChosenOne Slayer]]," the most recent in a line of girls -- one chosen every generation -- given mystical strength and other powers to confront the ghouls that stalk the night. Buffy, hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the high school's gym), transfers to Sunnydale, a [[{{Suburbia}} sleepy town]] in Southern California. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues battling evil while juggling her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care (and denial) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. The show didn't exactly light the world on fire in its first season, but did garner enough critical acclaim to attract viewers by year two. However, ''Buffy'' (and ''Angel'') were ''not'' inexpensive shows to produce, and neither were expected to grow beyond their cult demographic. Although WB attempted to shove ''Buffy'' off the air in 2001, it was picked up by {{Creator/UPN}} in time for Seasons Six and Seven. The jump was heralded by Buffy's literal death and resurrection, along with a ratings-grabbing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mRsITLBUvg ad campaign.]] The pilot treated the motion picture as originally ''scripted'' (not [[BroadStrokes the film that resulted]]) as canon: Buffy, hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the school gym), transfers to Sunnydale, a [[{{Suburbia}} sleepy town]] in Southern California. As it so happens, [[BusmansHoliday Sunnydale sits on top of a]] {{Hell|Gate}}mouth. Bring along the kiddies! The Watchers Council, an [[AncientConspiracy ancient order]] responsible for training Slayers for the past few millennia, sends Buffy a mentor (Giles) to prepare her for the fights to come. Giles, posing as the school librarian, sets up shop in preparation for the day the Hellmouth reopens. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues to battle evil, all while maintaining her double life as a carefree schoolgirl. That last part is easier than it sounds, as Sunnydale's adults are too wrapped up in lawn care (and denial) to acknowledge the evil brewing right under their feet. This wry awareness of horror movie tropes would be lampshaded (and subverted) throughout the show's 7-year run. ]]
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