History Series / BuffytheVampireSlayer

5th Apr '16 6:49:08 PM DN26
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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer somewhat decent if largely forgotten film]] about a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley. In a {{postmodern}} twist the blonde cheerleader is the "Slayer," a powerful warrior that monsters are afraid of meeting in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment (though still entertaining). Not wanting the character and overall concept to go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, he wasted no time in saying "yes".

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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer somewhat decent if largely forgotten film]] about a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley. In a {{postmodern}} twist the blonde cheerleader is the "Slayer," a powerful warrior that monsters are afraid of meeting in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment (though still entertaining). Not wanting the character and overall concept to go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, he wasted no time in saying "yes".
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5th Apr '16 6:47:52 PM DN26
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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 learns that she is the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate to balance the fight against the forces of darkness and in a pitched battle sets [[KillItWithFire the school gym on fire to kill the vampires inside]]. She can't fully explain this to the authorities, making her a social pariah. Hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities, she and her mother moved to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. In spite of that she learns Sunnydale is sitting on top of a Hellmouth, a [[MagneticPlotDevice well of evil that attracts all types of demons]]. She is assigned a "Watcher" from an AncientConspiracy dedicated to finding and training Slayers. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy battles 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 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.

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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 learns that she is the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate to balance the fight against the forces of darkness and in a pitched battle sets [[KillItWithFire the school gym on fire to kill the vampires inside]]. She can't fully explain this to the authorities, making her a social pariah. Hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities, she and her mother moved to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. In spite of that that, she learns Sunnydale is sitting on top of a Hellmouth, a [[MagneticPlotDevice well of evil that attracts all types of demons]]. She is assigned a "Watcher" from an AncientConspiracy dedicated to finding and training Slayers. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy battles 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 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.
30th Mar '16 10:32:11 PM CASCHero
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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] about a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley. In a {{postmodern}} twist the blonde cheerleader is the "Slayer," a powerful warrior that monsters are afraid of meeting 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, he wasted no time in saying "yes".

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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer somewhat decent if largely forgotten film]] about a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley. In a {{postmodern}} twist the blonde cheerleader is the "Slayer," a powerful warrior that monsters are afraid of meeting in dark alleys. Since Whedon, a mere writer, [[ExecutiveMeddling lacked creative control]] over his work, he viewed the actual film as a disappointment.disappointment (though still entertaining). Not wanting the character and overall concept to go to waste, and given the opportunity to re-visit it as a television series, he wasted no time in saying "yes".
22nd Feb '16 1:12:57 AM KJMackley
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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] about a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley. In a {{postmodern}} twist, the "Slayer" -- the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate -- has the power to make monsters 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, he wasted no time in saying "yes".

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 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.

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In 1992, Creator/JossWhedon wrote a [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer largely forgotten film]] about a bog standard trope: the fragile (and doomed) blonde cheerleader attacked by monsters in a dark alley. In a {{postmodern}} twist, twist the "Slayer" -- blonde cheerleader is the most recent in "Slayer," a line of powerful warrior women picked by fate -- has the power to make that monsters are 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, he wasted no time in saying "yes".

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 Buffy learns that she is the most recent in a line of warrior women picked by fate to balance the fight against the forces of darkness and in a pitched battle sets [[KillItWithFire the school gym on fire to kill the vampires inside]]. She can't fully explain this to the authorities, making her a social pariah. Hoping to elude her Slayer responsibilities (and the authorities after burning down the high school's gym), transfers responsibilities, she and her mother moved to Sunnydale, a sleepy town in Southern California. In spite of that she learns Sunnydale is sitting on top of a Hellmouth, a [[MagneticPlotDevice well of evil that attracts all types of demons]]. She is assigned a "Watcher" from an AncientConspiracy dedicated to finding and training Slayers. Forming a tight-knit group of friends, Buffy continues to battle battles 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 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.
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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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.]]
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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.
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