It seems only right that someone review 'Buffy: The Vampire Slayer' because without this TV show the very site we are one would't exist. Don't believe me? Look it up on the other wiki. Mutant Enemy's most famous creation is one of the easiest ways to overdose on Trope.
Why? What makes Buffy Slayer of the Vampire so special? Why does this little blonde chick with a mini-skirt and a pointy stick still have such a lasting effect twelve years after she first graced TV?
Is it the characters? I have known many people who have hated Buffy as an individual but loved the show because of the people around her. With a re-occurring cast of over forty five members 'Buffy' has a massive pool of interesting characters to draw on, with ensemble darkhorses abounding. Willow and Xander extend beyond your typical TV-land best friends role and Giles isn't just some lofty Obi-Wan. They are characters in their own right with depth and shade.
Is it the writing? The term Buffy Speak
is often used nowadays in a belittling way but Buffy was always known for its cutting and witty writing. Many have tried to imitate this natural and realistic style but have fallen flat. However as shown through episodes with no dialogue to full-blown musical scores the Mutant Enemy team showcased some of the best writing talent TV had to offer.
Is it the metaphors? A mother can take over her daughter's life. A strict stepfather-to-be really is a heartless machine. A young lesbian fears that her nature is demonic. A girl who has sex with a nice guy discovers that he afterwards becomes a monster. Frat Boys sacrifice young women to a giant snake that live in their basement. Never overly preachy, and never one to beat a point home, 'Buffy' still always managed to get it’s central premise across; High-school, and indeed life, can be hell.
Is it the range? 'Buffy' could encompass multiple genres at once. Romance to Drama. Comedy to Action. Horror to Tragedy. 'Buffy' could flip on a dime making you laugh 'til you cried, cry 'til you laughed and back again.
Or is it because the cast is just so damn attractive?
Who says it has to be one or the other? Can't it be all of these things wrapped up in a fantastic package and smothered in chocolate and awesome? I say so.
Long Live The Slayer.