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An Ode to the Slayer
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.
Nice review, shame about the markup.
comment #473 BringTheNoise 20th Jun 09
BUGGER!
comment #474 wellinever 20th Jun 09
That is one of the most awesome reviews I've ever read.
comment #4977 NewKidOnTheBlock 31st Oct 10
Nah, I think it's the writing.
comment #6688 troacctid 3rd Mar 11
I have known many people who have hated Buffy as an individual but loved the show because of the people around her.

I've rarely seen Buffy fans who hate Buffy herself and those who do strike me as odd. Isn't the main character one of the characters we need to empathize with for the story to work? And some characters are alot less likable than her (as sympathetic or relateble as Xander can be, he can also be a major Jerk Ass.) If the hate is mainly for Buffy in the later seasons, then I'd understand.

comment #8346 ManwiththePlan 29th Jun 11 (edited by: ManwiththePlan)
It's leagues ahead of charmed but I am very much NOT a fan.
comment #9472 manblack 27th Aug 11
I personally hate some of the things Buffy does. Get It Done? I personally credited Anya a Crowning Moment Of Awesome for her commenting that since Buffy thinks everyone else sucks let her take her ball and go home until she decides to work with them. When she recognizes what a Jerk Ass she is I love her, and when she drops the attitude I love her more. Same with Faith, Xander, Willow, they have flaws and make mistakes.
comment #11050 thedragoness 26th Oct 11
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